October 22, 2000
When it comes to meeting the health-care needs of 42.6 million uninsured Americans, these candidates must be an awful disappointment to their political mentors, Presidents Bush and Clinton. The son, Republican Texas Gov. George W. Bush, offers a tax subsidy to help families buy private insurance. But the paltry, $2,000 credit is less than half what the elder Bush offered in 1992, in a time of crushing deficits, not surpluses. The president Al Gore serves once fought for universal health coverage.
July 5, 2012 |
Conservatives fought Social Security, Medicare and the weekend when they were proposed. But once enacted, Republican and Democratic Presidents embraced all three as they became part of American life. We can expect President Obama's court-tested health-care reforms — which shift payment for uninsured people's health care from hospitals to taxpayers — will also go on, even if Republican Mitt Romney is elected President. Veteran Philadelphia investor James M. Meyer, of Tower Bridge Advisors, which manages $1 billion in other people's money, wrote a thoughtful account of the costs, purpose and likely durability of "Obamacare," in a note for clients of the West Conshohocken-based investment brokerage Boenning & Scattergood: "Republicans want to repeal the law. Indeed, the House will vote on or about July 11 to try and do just that.
November 4, 1993 |
Before we begin dissecting the proposed health-care reforms of the Clinton administration, it should be noted there is one element not included in the voluminous document: trust. Do we trust Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton enough to allow them to completely renovate America's health-care system? We put our safety and lives in the hands of other people every day. We either trust them because of our personal experience with them, or we trust them implicitly because of their training and the standards enforced in their profession.
April 11, 1994 |
The U.S. health-care system is a victim of its own success, says one Main Line hospital official. Leland White, president of Paoli Memorial Hospital, said in a talk at the hospital Thursday night, "What drives up the price of health-care in the country are the same things that make it is so successful," such as the quality of care and technology. Speaking to an audience of about 60 interested in learning more about the proposed health-care reforms, White explained the effect of President Clinton's proposals and fielded questions from the crowd.
October 24, 1993 |
Dr. John Hansen has good news for President Clinton. The 38,000 members of the Group Health Cooperative in Madison, Wis., will pay only 6 percent more for their health care next year. That's about half of this year's increase. The President should also be pleased by what's happening in Maine. Under a new state program to curtail unnecessary medical tests, only about 50 percent of emergency-room patients are undergoing X-rays. Before, 95 percent had the exam whether they needed it or not. In Minneapolis, United Healthcare, a large managed-care organization, recently issued its first "quality report card" on member physicians and hospitals.
November 11, 2010
Emboldened congressional Republicans are predicting a rocky couple of years ahead for the health-care overhaul that they disparagingly call "Obamacare" - as they hatch plans to scuttle the law by holding up funding for key elements. But they had better act quickly. Millions of Americans already are enjoying tangible benefits from the health-care law, and they're not likely to look kindly on having those benefits weakened, much less revoked. The list of benefits so far includes: required coverage of preventive services such as childhood immunizations and cancer screenings for women; a ban on denying coverage for youngsters with preexisting medical conditions; letting young adults still at home remain on their parents' health plan; barring insurers from setting lifetime limits on coverage; and a $250 rebate for seniors facing the Medicare "doughnut hole" in drug coverage.
February 21, 1993 |
No pain, no gain. That's the essence of Bill Clinton's argument for his economic plan. You will be hit with higher taxes and may lose government benefits, but in return you will get a healthier economy and a smaller deficit. Well, not exactly. The pain is guaranteed, if the program passes Congress. But there's not likely to be any lasting gain unless further tough steps are taken. Even if Clinton's entire package of tax increases and spending cuts is enacted, economic growth is expected to be sluggish over the next five years.
December 3, 2009
JENICE Armstrong is the reason I still buy the paper edition of the Daily News. Her columns are engaging, and she never shies from a controversial topic - this time Tiger Woods. Sure, Woods is a well-known celebrity and has made himself fair game for the media. His legal expectations of privacy are reduced, and he has gone to painstaking efforts to protect the little privacy he and his family have. While acknowledging that Woods committed no crime and has the right to remain silent, Armstrong claims it's "not a good move.
September 22, 1993 |
George Ballard, a 27-year-old pipefitter, had read that Tom Brokaw and "NBC Nightly News" would be broadcasting from Temple University Hospital last night so he came out from his home just around the corner from the North Philadelphia hospital. He thought he might get a chance to voice his opinion about health-care reform to a national TV audience. But Ballard, who has health benefits through his job at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, was kept beyond yellow police lines away from the plastic tent where Brokaw stood on a platform in front of the hospital's Rock Pavilion, at Broad and Ontario streets.
November 19, 1993 |
Even before President Clinton could savor his House victory on the North American Free Trade Agreement yesterday, he was buffeted by a gale of bitterness from disaffected former allies in organized labor. Displaying an array of political skills, Clinton pushed NAFTA uphill for two months before winning a 234-200 triumph in the House on Wednesday night - and along the way overwhelmed fervent opposition from labor unions, most liberal Democrats and Ross Perot's populists. The opponents spoke back angrily yesterday.