October 31, 2009 The president's senior adviser, David Axelrod, says the administration based its predictions about how many doses of the H1N1 vaccine would be available by mid-October on bad information.
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October 29, 2009 House Democrats bowed toward their more conservative members with their new health care overhaul bill, which was unveiled Thursday. Throughout the negotiations, Republicans remained firmly on the sidelines, leaving Democrats to cobble together a bill that can satisfy enough of their own members to make a majority
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October 29, 2009 Legislation seeks to limit the amount low-and middle-income people pay for health insurance. But a shift in the way their share of the premium is calculated in the second year of the program may make it more expensive.
October 29, 2009 The legislation represents a historic step, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday in announcing the legislation. It represents months of negotiations to bridge differences between liberal and moderate Democrats.
October 28, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid included a public option in the Senate's version of a health care bill. But because of opposition from Senate Republicans and conservative Democrats he said states would be free to opt out. South Dakota's Republican Gov. Mike Rounds discusses the opt-out provision.
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October 28, 2009 The rate of HIV and AIDS in the Black Community is startling. African-Americans, who only make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, account for nearly half of those living with HIV. More specifically, black women represent 61 percent of the new HIV cases among all women. The popular suspicion has been that many infected black women have contracted the virus from their black male companions, who secretly have sex with other men (also known as the "down low"). But a new study shows that correlation is flawed. Dr. Kevin Fenton, of the Centers for Disease Control, explains the misconception and talks about prevention.
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October 28, 2009 As part of the economic stimulus, the government offered subsidies so laid-off workers could keep their health insurance. For some, the subsidies are running out.
October 28, 2009 Nearly all seniors are covered through Medicare, but legislators still need their support for a health care overhaul bill. Democrats have packed their bills with perks for seniors in an effort to win their backing, but, one analyst says, they haven't necessarily done a good job of publicizing that.
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October 27, 2009 With health care costs expected to outpace inflation, Sens. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., want a bipartisan commission to control future Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security costs.
The question Congress is trying to tackle is: How do you get young people to jump into the health care pool — especially if the water is really cold?
October 27, 2009 In drafting national standards on how health insurers should be able to use age to set premium rates, congressional committees agree that older people should pay more. But they differ widely on just how much. Ultimately, it comes down to how best to persuade young adults to get into the pool.
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October 27, 2009 A week of closed door negotiations among Democrats has produced a compromise health-care overhaul bill. To the delight or dismay of many, it includes a public option — or government-sponsored insurance plan. Majority Leader Harry Reid yielded to intense pressure from his party's liberal wing to include a public option. It is still unclear whether there's enough Senate support to keep it intact.
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October 26, 2009 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate's merged health care bill will include a government-sponsored program in the insurance market. But it remains unclear whether Reid has locked in the 60 votes needed to guarantee passage of a final bill with a public option.
October 26, 2009 A public option looks likely to be included in both the House and Senate versions of health care bills expected to be brought to their respective floors early next month. But even if lawmakers can get a bill passed and signed by President Obama, they are faced with a potential public relations problem: Most of the benefits don't actually take effect for three years or more.
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