About 2,700 people lined up outside the county fairgrounds in Wise, Va., to receive free vision, dental and medical treatment at a volunteer-run medical camp. Some arrived three days early to make sure they wouldn't be turned away.
August 12, 2009 Democrats say a health insurance exchange would help provide affordable insurance options by fostering competition to lower costs. In an exchange, people could choose from a variety of insurance providers and a public plan option.
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 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 3, 2009 Successful demonstration projects are often derailed by objections from hospitals, doctors and other providers — or caught up in political fights as control of Congress shifted.
October 14, 2009 All of the Democratic health proposals would expand children's dental care. Currently about twice as many children are without dental coverage as those without medical coverage. Still, some insurance experts worry that the legislation might unintentionally reduce adult dental coverage.
August 5, 2009 Some Massachusetts policymakers want to end a time-honored tradition of paying health care providers a separate fee for every service they provide. They say paying fees for every visit, test and procedure ordered is one of the driving forces behind Massachusetts' health care costs — the highest in the nation.
July 27, 2009 Politicians on both sides of the health care debate cite the Canadian system as evidence. Some call Canadian health care a good example of low cost coverage for all, whereas others say it's socialized medicine, characterized by rationing and waiting periods for treatment.
March 21, 2010 Capping a year of legislative activity and ending decades of Democratic frustration, the House approves a pair of bills that would extend health care coverage to more than 30 million Americans. One bill goes to Obama's desk, the other heads for a final showdown in the Senate.
March 10, 2010 As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' point man on abortion, Richard Doerflinger has emerged as a major player in the health care debate, one likely to play a pivotal role in the outcome.