Daily Health Care News – 12/11/09
Moderates uneasy with Medicare plan – Politico
Senate moderates who are the linchpin to passing a health care reform bill raised fresh worries Thursday about a proposed Medicare expansion, complicating Majority Leader Harry Reid’s hopes of putting together a filibuster-proof majority for the legislation in the coming days.
High Premiums in Senate Democrats’ Health Plan – New York Times
Senate Democrats have provided few details about their latest health care proposal, but this much seems clear: Anyone who wants to buy the same health benefits as members of Congress, or to buy coverage through Medicare, should be prepared to fork over a large chunk of cash.
Internet users lured to voice views on health bill – Associated Press
Internet users looking for gift cards and other free merchandise are being steered to Web pages inviting them to send e-mails to Congress expressing their views on President Barack Obama’s push to reshape the country’s health system.
Health care loophole would allow coverage limits – Associated Press
A loophole in the Senate health care bill would let insurers place annual dollar limits on medical care for people struggling with costly illnesses such as cancer, prompting a rebuke from patient advocates.
Senate Dems may change health care compromise – Associated Press
Senate Democrats are considering changing a proposed expansion of Medicare to address complaints from doctors and hospitals and defray costs for consumers, officials said Thursday, two days after party leaders hailed it as part of a breakthrough for health care.
Senate Tied in Knots Over Proposal to Allow Imported Drugs – New York Times
Debating an overhaul of the health care system, the Senate found itself tied in knots on Thursday over a bipartisan proposal to allow people to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and certain other countries.
Couple To Divorce For Toddler’s Health Care – WSMN Nashville
A happily married couple may have to divorce in order to get their toddler the health benefits he needs. Molly and Jason Sheppard have been married six years, but they’re thinking getting a divorce.
Like a backup singer finally getting the spotlight, the Office of Personnel Management is moving to center stage in the debate over repairing the nation’s health insurance system.
The People STILL Want the Public Option – Daily Kos
Not that public opinion on healthcare makes a damned bit of difference in D.C., but strong majorities still like the public option, according to two new polls, one from CBS/NYT [pdf], and the other from CNN.
That Grand Health Care Compromise? Jerry Nadler Has His Doubts – New York Observer
All year, the biggest fault line in the health care debate has been the public option—a proposed government-run insurance plan that Americans without access to group coverage would be eligible to sign up for.
(compiled for Health Care for America Now)