NEWS

House bill would make health care a rightAssociated Press

House Democratic leaders, pledging to meet the president’s goal of health care legislation before their August break, are offering a $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans. Left to pick up most of the tab were medical providers, employers and the wealthy.

Obama’s day: Promoting health careUSA Today

Good morning from The Oval. It’s been 38 years since President Richard Nixon made the stunning announcement that he would visit communist China, the first U.S. leader to do so in more than two decades.

Massachusetts Takes a Step Back From Health Care for All New York Times

The new state budget in Massachusetts eliminates health care coverage for some 30,000 legal immigrants to help close a growing deficit, reversing progress toward universal coverage just as Congress looks to the state as a model for overhauling the nation’s health care system.

DNC Targets Democratic Senators on Health CareABC

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: The Democratic National Committee is launching a new television advertisement today to press Congress to support President Obama’s health care plan — and is targeting moderate Democrats to come on board.

Chairman Miller on the Ed Show talking about health care reformEducation and Labor Committee

Chairman Miller appeared on the Ed Show on July 8, 2009 to talk about health care reform. The embedded segment is 13:14 and Chairman Miller’s interview begins at 9:45.

OPINION

House Bill Comes In At $1 Trillion, Undermines GOP Talking PointsThink Progress

Today, three separate House committees — Ways and Means Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee, Education and Labor Committee — released a single health care reform bill, the American Affordable Healthy Choices Act. The bill establishes “a mandate for most legal residents to obtain insurance, significantly expand eligibility for Medicaid, and set[s] up insurance “exchanges” through which certain individuals and families could receive federal subsidies to substantially reduce the cost of purchasing that coverage.” According to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the legislation would cost $1 trillion over 10 years and cover 94 percent of Americans (97% if you don’t count the undocumented).

BREAKING: House Bill Looks Good (So Far) The New Republic

The three House committees writing health care legislation have just released the full text of their bill. And my immediate, admittedly tentative reaction is strongly positive. Once fully implemented, this reform plan will accomplish most of the goals on my mental checklist.

The House Releases Its Health-Care Reform Bill Ezra Klein

The Process Is the Message: Three separate committees — Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor — have come together on one bill. This is an incredible achievement. If you read histories of the 1994 health-care reform fight, all of them have a substantial section on the committee crack-up: One passed a version of single-payer, another a variant of Bill Clinton’s reform, another went further to the right. There was no unity.

Commentary: Health care can’t wait Kathleen Sebelius

Today in Washington, some politicians like to suggest that the many challenges we face as a nation mean we shouldn’t tackle health care reform.

Why Health-Care Reform Begins in 2013 Ezra Klein

Most of the major provisions in the House’s health-care reform bill begin in 2013. That’s a bit of a lengthy ramp-up period, but these things happen. Jon Cohn, however, makes a point I haven’t heard before: The Congressional Budget Office scores bills across a 10-year budget window. And, even more arbitrarily, we seem to have decided that the final bill will cost $1 trillion over that period.

As employers’ health costs will grow 9% in 2010, the gap in employee wages vs. health costs will widen Health Populi

Health care costs for employers who cover health insurance for workers will increase 9% in 2010 — well ahead of general price inflation and workers’ earnings.

House health care bill races to markupCongress Matters

The House "tri-committee" health care bill, introduced earlier today, is already set for markup in the committees beginning on Thursday.

Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.

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