A Lot At Stake For Employers In Health Overhaul()  

July 23, 2009 U.S. businesses spend a tremendous amount of money on health care coverage for their employees, so there's broad support for an overhaul. But some oppose mandates requiring employers to insure workers. Others are still studying the issues.

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Who Has Access To Max Baucus?()  

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July 22, 2009 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has the clout to determine winners and losers in the health-care debate. Several former staffers are now industry lobbyists with a unique brand of access to the man at the debate's center. In Washington, access is money.

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Word Choice A Key Factor In Health Care Debate()  

July 22, 2009 Choosing which words to use is a key part of the health-care debate. For example, is it a "public option" or a "government plan"? Every side uses words calculated to persuade people before they even think about it. But can one side or the other win the debate simply by winning the war of words?

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A Painless Way To Hold Down Health Costs?()  

June 29, 2009 While opponents of the overhaul proposals currently under consideration warn of long waits for care or draconian cuts in payments to doctors and hospitals, some experts say slowing the growth of health spending doesn't have to hurt. "You can deliver high-quality care for far fewer resources if you organize your processes right," says one expert.

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Tracking The Money In The Health Care Debate()  

Turning The Camera Around: Who's Who In The Health Care Debate

June 25, 2009 As Congress prepares to overhaul the nation's health care system, anyone with a financial stake in the outcome wants to be in on the action. NPR's Dollar Politics series is tracking the lobbying money in the debate, and the interests at stake.

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Congress Woozy With Health Care Sticker Shock()  

June 21, 2009 Guest Host Alison Stewart talks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the upcoming week in Congress, and how it looks like it will be dominated by big numbers — many in red ink. The cost of overhauling the health care system is giving members of Congress sticker shock, and polls show the public is worried about the cost of multiple bailouts.

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T-Word Looms Large In Health Care Cost Debate()  

June 19, 2009 The preliminary price tag of $1 trillion for a health care overhaul bill has Republicans up in arms and one Senate committee back to the drawing board. But one expert says the figure is a drop in the bucket compared to how much the nation currently spends on health care.

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Kennedy Absent As His Health Bill Launches()  

June 17, 2009 As Congress prepares to tackle the daunting task of reforming the U.S. health care system, the absence of Sen. Edward Kennedy from the debate could alter the Democrats' influence of the so-called Kennedy bill.

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Orszag Defends Health Care Plans Amid Criticism()  

June 16, 2009 President Obama is pushing to overhaul the nation's health care system, but doctors, hospitals and others are raising sharp concerns over his call for a government-run insurance plan to compete with private plans. White House budget director Peter Orszag and Rich Umbdenstock of the American Hospital Association offer opposing views.

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Spend More, Get Less? The Health Care 'Conundrum'()  

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June 17, 2009 In "The Cost Conundrum," his latest article for The New Yorker, staff writer Dr. Atul Gawande reports from McAllen, Texas, a border-town with the dubious distinction of spending more per person on health care than almost any other market in America.

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