Health care

Obama orders hospitals to allow gay visits

Obama orders hospitals to allow gay visits

President Barack Obama issued a memo on Thursday that would require hospitals accepting Medicare or Medicaid funds to allow visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners. Obama asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to set up rules to make sure all hospitals that participate in the government-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs respect the […]

Loopholes in Obama’s low-cost health coverage plan

Loopholes in Obama’s low-cost health coverage plan

It’s an eagerly awaited early benefit of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul: affordable coverage for Americans with medical problems who can’t get a private insurer to even take a look. Starting in July, a special high-risk pool will offer coverage to uninsured people with pre-existing health conditions at a cost similar to what everyone […]

Health care opposition up, Obama down in poll

Health care opposition up, Obama down in poll

Opposition to President Barack Obama‘s health care law jumped after he signed it — a clear indication his victory could become a liability for Democrats in this fall’s elections. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans oppose the health care remake 50 percent to 39 percent. Before a divided Congress finally passed the bill and […]

Democrats rebound in Florida special election

Democrats rebound in Florida special election

Republican backlash over President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul had little effect in the nation’s first U.S. House race of 2010. Florida Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch handily won Tuesday’s special election to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler after his underdog GOP opponent attempted to make the contest a referendum on the massive […]

Threats continue to escalate against members of Congress

Threats continue to escalate against members of Congress

As public anger over hot-button issues like health care reaches a boiling point, threats against lawmakers continue to rise, prompting some to cancel public appearances and others to take extra measures for security. Threats increased nearly 300 percent over the first three months of 2010 when compared to 2009 and most come from those opposed […]

Heath care defeat gives GOP a reality check

Heath care defeat gives GOP a reality check

As the Republican party heads into the mid-term elections, some worry that their scorched-earth policy on health care reform could come back and bite them in the ass. Some GOP leaders now admit they may have overplayed their hand and worry that the “repeal the law” strategy promoted by the party’s extreme conservative base could […]

Health care law will add to doctor shortage

Health care law will add to doctor shortage

Better beat the crowd and find a doctor. Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and the landmark health overhaul that will bring them millions more newly insured patients in the next few years promises extra strain. The new law goes beyond offering coverage to the uninsured, with steps […]

Drug Lobby: The big winner in health care ‘reform’

Drug Lobby: The big winner in health care ‘reform’

Chalk one up for the pharmaceutical lobby. The U.S. drug industry fended off price curbs and other hefty restrictions in President Barack Obama‘s health care law even as it prepares for plenty of new business when an estimated 32 million uninsured Americans gain health coverage. To be sure, the law also levies taxes and imposes […]

Final piece of health care bill headed for Obama’s signature

Final piece of health care bill headed for Obama’s signature

Congressional Democrats sent the final piece of landmark health care legislation to President Barack Obama before heading home to face a skeptical — and sometimes even threatening — electorate. The last legislative chapter in the wrenching national debate over Obama’s health overhaul plan came Thursday night in the House, as Democrats approved — for the […]

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