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Daily Health Care News – 10/14/09

NEWS

Senate Finance Committee Approves Health Care Reform 14-9Huffington Post

Sixty-four years ago, President Harry Truman stood before a joint session of Congress and called on the body “to assure the right to adequate medical care and protection from the economic fears of sickness.”

Labor groups call Senate health care bill ‘deeply flawed’CNN

More than two dozen of the nation’s largest labor unions, a coalition that has previously been among the president’s most solid bases of support, are taking out full page newspaper ads Wednesday to register their disapproval with the health care reform bill that has formally cleared the Senate Finance Committee.

Rahm: Finance health bill no more important than other billsThe Hill

The health bill to be passed out of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday is no more important than the bills to be passed out of any other House or Senate Committee, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said this evening.

Pelosi appeals to youth in health billThe Hill

Speaker Pelosi has agreed to allow young adults to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26 years old.

Vote makes Snowe a key playerPolitico

When Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe took her seat on the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, she had only an inkling of how she’d vote on health care reform. She wanted the budget experts to weigh in before making up her mind.

Would healthcare premiums go up under Senate Finance bill?Christian Science Monitor

America’s Health Insurance Plans, an insurer trade group, has released a study warning of sizable hikes for healthcare premiums. But outside experts have criticized the study’s methodology.

New AHIP Ad Spouts Misinformation To Frighten SeniorsMedia Matters

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has released a new ad targeting senior citizens in its fight against transformative health care reform. Unfortunately for the ad’s home viewers, the ad is simply a flashy delivery system for the same, standard Republican misinformation.

OPINION

What Does Snowe Want Now?The New Republic

As the only Republican who supported Baucus’s bill, Olympia Snowe will wield considerable leverage as the negotiations move out of committee, to the Senate floor and, eventually, into conference committee with the House. As she said during the proceedings today, “My vote today is my vote today and it doesn’t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow.”

(compiled for Health Care for America Now)

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