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02 Jan 13

Roughly 4 million additional Californians are expected to obtain health insurance by 2014 through the federal health law, an expansion that will likely exacerbate the state's doctor shortage and could even squeeze primary care access in the Bay Area, experts say.

Even without the Affordable Care Act, a worsening doctor shortage had been forecast as the state's and nation's population ages and grows, and as a generation of older doctors retires. But by mandating that individuals have insurance and expanding Medicaid, the law will extend coverage to an additional 30 million Americans and place a greater strain on the physician workforce, especially for primary care.

29 May 09

Former DNC chairman Howard Dean is coming out with a new book that makes the case for Democrats' ambitious plans to reform the country's health care system.

"America has had 'socialized' medicine since 1964,'" Dean writes in the book, according to a rele

29 May 09

Progressive health care reform groups demanded on Thursday that Washington’s NBC television affiliate refuse to air a 30-minute infomercial funded by a conservative group opposed to creating a public insurance plan.

The Service Employees International Un

22 May 09

This document is based on polling results and Instant Response dial sessions conducted
in April 2009. It captures not just what Americans want to see but exactly what they want to
hear. The Words That Work boxes that follow are already being used by a few

22 May 09

Veteran Republican pollster Frank Luntz has circulated a memo which attempts to
teach Republicans how to kill health care reform by misleading people. Because they
know they cannot win the argument honestly, Republicans are resorting to mendacity.
Democra

22 May 09

Democratic strategist Paul Begala is circulating a point-by-point rebuttal of GOP consultant Frank Luntz’s widely read strategy memo on health care – with Begala urging congressional Democrats to push back hard against “Republican Orwellian rhetoric.”

“B

18 May 09

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D‐Mont.) and
Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R‐Iowa) today released policy options for financing reform of
America's health care system. The options released today are the third and final round of policy option

18 May 09

For the first time, key senators (Sens. Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley) have laid out the range of possibilities for how to pay for health care reform--a big question for those trying to reform it. Reform will undoubtedly cost billions, even with savings a

11 May 09

President Barack Obama, planning a meeting at the White House on Monday with "stakeholders'' in the health care debate, also plans a midday public address on "reforming the health care system to reduce costs.''

"We cannot continue down the same dangerous

06 May 09

Dr. Frank Luntz, a top Republican consultant on the language of politics, is warning the GOP that the American people want health-care reform and that lawmakers need to try to avoid directly opposing President Barack Obama.

“You simply MUST be vocally an

01 May 09

“I know many of you here today are single payer advocates and so am I … and those of us who are pushing for a public health insurance don’t disagree with this goal. This is not a principled fight. This is a fight about strategy for getting there and I bel

25 Apr 09

As Senate Democrats move closer to using reconciliation to pass health care reform this year, key GOP Senators are signaling plans to avenge the move by employing parliamentary tactics to trip up even the most noncontroversial of agenda items.

Although S

25 Apr 09

In the next week or so, Democrats will make sweeping changes to American health care using “budget reconciliation,” an arcane process that allows Congress to minimize debate, prevent amendments, and circumvent filibusters in the Senate, a top Republican b

25 Apr 09

It's been in the works for a while and now, according to senior Captiol Hill staffers, it's a done deal: The final budget resolution will include a "reconciliation instruction" for health care. That means the Democrats can pass health care reform with jus

28 Mar 09

Los Algodones, population 4,000, is home to about 350 dentists geared to foreign patients, including snowbirds from Chicago and elsewhere in the upper Midwest. Their treatment comes at a huge discount—70 percent or more—from what Americans pay at home, a

10 Feb 09

If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill passes the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.
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26 Jan 09

A prominent House Democrat said he doesn't expect a comprehensive healthcare reform bill to pass Congress in 2009, saying an incremental approach to covering the uninsured would be better "than to go out and just bite something you can't chew."

House Maj

29 Dec 08

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) proposed Medicaid reforms are getting a lot of press. Jindal proposes to expand eligibility for Medicaid, enroll Medicaid patients in private managed-care plans, and do other things to improve the quality of care. Writing

29 Jul 08

that health care will be less expensive if everyone is covered -- is being relentlessly discredited

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