July 30, 2012 |
Two new reports provide striking evidence that President Obama's health-care overhaul will keep countless Americans healthier, cut the federal deficit, and even save millions of lives — though how many will depend on whether Republican-run states opt for good medicine over partisan politics. The Affordable Care Act faces continued opposition from presidential candidate Mitt Romney and GOP members of Congress, despite passing a historic legal review by the Supreme Court in June.
September 23, 2009 |
Eric Aycox wasn't feeling well on Nov. 18, 2006, but he didn't have health insurance so he went to an emergency room, where he was sent home with a prescription for codeine and an antibiotic. But he didn't have money to fill the prescriptions, and he later died of a bacterial infection that morphed into menigitis. He was only 44. Yesterday, his mother, Joan Kos-loff, and his father, Frank Aycox, gathered with members of Healthcare for America Now, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Service Employees International Union, and the United Food and Commerical Workers, Local 1776, to protest and demand that Cigna Insurance Co. stop blocking health-care reform.
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.
September 17, 1993 |
The draft of President Clinton's health-care reform plan calls for sweeping changes in the way medical services are delivered, dramatic savings from government and private insurance plans, and the promise that the patient - a bloated health-care system - will make an amazingly swift recovery. At the same time, though, the administration proposes to provide medical care to an estimated 37 million Americans who are currently uninsured, expand services for the elderly, and increase spending on medical research - all without any new taxes.
March 23, 2012 |
On this second anniversary of the health-care reform law, and on the eve of its consideration by the Supreme Court, it's worth recalling what preceded it.Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act came into being, insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions, cancel policies when people needed them most, place lifetime limits on coverage, and raise rates without justification. Before President Obama signed the legislation into law, 45,000 Americans were uninsured due to preexisting conditions.
September 27, 1994 |
President Clinton's yearlong crusade to guarantee health insurance for all Americans ended in failure yesterday as Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell announced he was giving up on efforts to pass any bill this year. "It is clear that health-insurance reform cannot be enacted this year," a somber Mitchell (D., Maine) told reporters. In a statement issued by the White House yesterday, Clinton called the collapse of health-care reform a "rough spot" but not the end of the road.
December 8, 2009
THERE are two glaring problems with the Senate health bill. First, it takes $464 billion out of Medicare over 10 years, of which $120 billion comes out of Medicare Advantage, unless you live in New York, Oregon or Florida, exempted cuts through a special deal made before the bill went to the floor. These cuts can't be good for Medicare, which is already becoming insolvent. Those with Medicare Advantage will be forced to buy a Medigap policy to replace the coverage they now have.
August 25, 1994
In this autumn-like moment of late August, the pruning of health reform proceeds apace. There is not much left, of course. It is a 95-pound weakling, its sternest stuff having bitten the dust: No more grand talk about bringing 39 million uninsured Americans into the loop. No more can-do talk about squeezing down medical costs. House Speaker Tom Foley, the Washington Democrat, says he'll settle for tinkering with insurance rules - the ones that kick out sick people, or cheat them out of benefits for existing conditions, or stop coverage when they switch jobs.
June 18, 2012 |
Several of the nation's largest health insurers drew attention last week by saying they would maintain certain popular consumer provisions in the 2010 health reform law even if the Supreme Court strikes down the statute in a ruling expected this month. Humana Inc., Aetna Inc., and UnitedHealth Group Inc. said they would continue offering preventive health services, such as immunizations with no direct out-of-pocket costs for consumers, allow children to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26, and keep the third-party appeals process for denials of coverage mandated by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But a local employee benefits expert said the insurers' announcements were probably not as significant as they first appeared to be. "I think it was really just a PR move," said Joseph McGinty, vice president of employee benefits consulting at the Graham Co., a Philadelphia employee benefits and insurance firm.
September 1, 2009 |
Ted Kennedy's voice and leadership will be sorely missed in the effort to pass health-care reform. But when Republicans say Democrats don't have anyone to take his place in achieving a bipartisan compromise, they are either missing - or deliberately obscuring - the relevant lesson of Kennedy's example. The truth is that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.), with the support of the White House, has worked hard for months to reach consensus with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa)