November 30, 2009 John Kitzhaber says Congress is too focused on access to health care in its proposed overhaul — and not focused enough on costs. He's running for governor again and wants to make Oregon a model for health care by focusing on prevention and rationing.
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November 30, 2009 While much of the attention paid to the Senate health bill has been about the public option or financing, there are many lesser-known provisions that would affect consumers, from breast-pumping at work to retiree health benefits.
November 26, 2009 The debate in Washington over how much the health care overhaul bills will cost has largely centered on the bottom line for the federal government. But polls repeatedly show Americans are much more concerned about how a reshaped health care system will affect their own family's financial situation.
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November 25, 2009 If a Democratic health bill passes, certain individuals and small businesses initially would pay more for insurance, while others would pay less, experts predict. But the long-term outlook is less clear.
November 24, 2009 June O'Neill says the national debt would grow and the elderly on Medicare would suffer, but her successors at the Congressional Budget Office disagree.
November 20, 2009 Levies on liposuction, breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures would generate billions of dollars to help cover the uninsured.
November 19, 2009 The health care overhaul debate in Congress now centers on two bills: the House measure and the Senate Democrats' version unveiled Wednesday. They differ in important ways. Here are commonly asked questions and answers about the bills.
November 19, 2009 Majority Leader Harry Reid added new taxes and modified major provisions from earlier Senate committee bills. The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor.
November 18, 2009 Some say moving kids from the Children's Health Insurance Program to health exchanges would add stability, but others fear they could lose benefits and their families could face higher co-payments for coverage.
November 17, 2009 Dr. Richard "Buz" Cooper doesn't mince words as he challenges highly-respected research that asserts hospitals and doctors waste up to $700 billion a year on unnecessary testing and treatment. He says the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care doesn't adequately account for the health care needs of poor people.
November 16, 2009 Joe Hauser lives in La Crosse, Wis., where nearly all older adults have signed a directive outlining their end-of life plans. Hauser's kidneys are failing and he doesn't want to live on a machine, but he's keeping his options open. Talking about end-of-life care helps people make informed choices and have their wishes heard, hospital staff says.
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November 13, 2009 The people in Southeastern Kentucky have the poorest health in the country. Since many people there already qualify for subsidies, some experts say the current health overhaul initiatives won't change much. Instead, a health care overhaul has to address the roots of the health problems.
November 11, 2009 The House-passed health bill includes an amendment that bars insurers from selling policies that cover abortion to anyone who gets a federal subsidy. Many states already have similar policies.
November 11, 2009 A key principle of the Republican health care plan is that individuals should be allowed to buy health insurance from companies licensed in any state. Critics say this would erode consumer protections and not save money.
Regina Holliday prepares her supplies for a day of painting.
November 9, 2009 As Congress debates health care overhaul, Regina Holliday is using her paintbrush to protest the current medical system. Her 50-foot-long mural depicts the problems her family encountered while her husband was fighting stage IV kidney cancer.
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