NEWS

Public option deal takes shapePolitico

A potential deal took shape Monday that could eliminate the public option from the Senate health reform bill, as Democrats weighed big expansions of both Medicare and Medicaid in a bid to break an impasse over the government insurance plan.

Worries grow that health overhaul could price out many Boston Globe

President Obama has promised that the nation’s health care overhaul will make medical insurance available – and affordable – for everyone. But while bills in Congress would make insurance more accessible for millions of Americans, advocates worry that the Senate bill would impose significant financial burdens on some of the families who will now be required to buy coverage.

Liberal Senators Press for Expansion of MedicareNew York Times

In return for concessions on their proposal for a new government-run health insurance plan, liberal Democratic senators pushed Monday for expansion of Medicare and Medicaid and more stringent federal regulation of the insurance industry.

Vigils planned to support health care reform effort The Baltimore Sun

A group that’s been lobbying for health care reform is hoping to get the public in on the action tonight. The Maryland chapter of Health Care for America plans six vigils around the state around 5:30 p.m.

OPINION

In Polls, Much Opposition to Health Care Plan Is From LeftNate Silver

Don’t know why I didn’t catch this earlier, but it strikes me as fairly important.

Ipsos/McClatchy put out a health care poll two weeks ago. The topline results were nothing special: 34 percent favored "the health care reform proposals presently being discussed", versus 46 percent opposed, and 20 percent undecided. The negative-12 net score is roughly in line with the average of other polls, although the Ipsos poll shows a higher number of undecideds than most others.

Insurance ‘Just Like Members of Congress’? Think Again.The New Republic

It seems clear that the latest public option compromise being floated will bear little resemblance to the robust plan that liberals had originally envisioned. But it’s also possible that the current proposal to offer non-profit options in the insurance exchange–modeled after the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP)–could result in coverage that’s far less generous than what government employees receive and more expensive for those at certain income levels.

(compiled for Health Care for America Now)

NEWS

Public option deal takes shapePolitico

A potential deal took shape Monday that could eliminate the public option from the Senate health reform bill, as Democrats weighed big expansions of both Medicare and Medicaid in a bid to break an impasse over the government insurance plan.

Worries grow that health overhaul could price out many Boston Globe

President Obama has promised that the nation’s health care overhaul will make medical insurance available – and affordable – for everyone. But while bills in Congress would make insurance more accessible for millions of Americans, advocates worry that the Senate bill would impose significant financial burdens on some of the families who will now be required to buy coverage.

Liberal Senators Press for Expansion of MedicareNew York Times

In return for concessions on their proposal for a new government-run health insurance plan, liberal Democratic senators pushed Monday for expansion of Medicare and Medicaid and more stringent federal regulation of the insurance industry.

Vigils planned to support health care reform effort The Baltimore Sun

A group that’s been lobbying for health care reform is hoping to get the public in on the action tonight. The Maryland chapter of Health Care for America plans six vigils around the state around 5:30 p.m.

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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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