Healthcare

AMA and Congress: playing “chicken” again

Nine times in the past eight years, Congress has, at the last second, delayed the automatic cuts in doctors’ Medicare fees that it decreed some 13 years ago to prevent Medicare spending from outpacing other consumer expenditures.

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Technology & innovation can check rising health costs

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Behind the Numbers report, employee health care costs are expected to rise by more than nine percent in 2011.  If that projection holds for the foreseeable future, health care costs will double in about eight to nine years. 

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Military hospitals: a place to heal; not kill (Rep. Todd Akin)

Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report finding that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, Advocates for Youth, the Guttmacher Institute, and the Population Council – all organizations that promote or provide abortions - have spent nearly $1 billion dollars in taxpayer funds since 2002.

Two-thirds of Americans do not want their tax dollars to underwrite other people’s abortions. Yet, some Members of Congress appear to be launching an all out assault on pre-born children – and they want to use our money to do it.

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We will not be silent on viral hepatitis (Rep. Mike Honda)

At a Government and Oversight Reform Committee hearing this week, I testified to the devastating and deadly impacts of an unsuspecting disease: Viral Hepatitis. The fact that I was joined by Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, and Dr. John Ward, Director of the Viral Hepatitis Program at the Center for Disease Control, underscores the importance of the issue. Government oversight is a good start to getting the American public more informed, but much more is needed, according to the Institute of Medicine's 2010 report titled "Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C".

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The fight begins to keep the insurance we have

In pushing for healthcare reform, President Barack Obama promised that — under his plan — Americans would be able to keep the insurance they have. That promise is beginning to fall short.

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Fighting the epidemic of prescription drug abuse (Rep. Hal Rogers)

Ten years ago, my rural Kentucky district became the epicenter for prescription drug abuse, namely the diversion and addiction of Oxycontin.  Local hospitals were facing weekly overdoses to pills issued by pain clinics only a few blocks away.  Today, this epidemic is reaching every community across state lines, socio-economic groups, and geographic boundaries.  Solutions need to be found and alarm raised at all levels of government to tackle this problem.  With the critical help of Representative Mary Bono Mack, we’re getting organized to do just that through the Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus.

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Health care law: At odds with Constitution

It may have faded from the daily news headlines, but the health care law passed by Congress is still generating a lot of questions, controversy — and lawsuits.

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Dem reps protest FDA blood ban: A drop of common sense

Our nation’s blood supply is facing a serious shortage. The American Red Cross, the single largest provider of blood in the United States, reports difficulty maintaining an adequate blood supply from a shrinking pool of eligible donors. As a result, cancer patients, those in need of organ transplants, and trauma victims in our emergency rooms don’t have access to the life-saving transfusions they need. Despite this shortage that costs us American lives every day, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has refused to lift—or even adjust—its antiquated and discriminatory ban which prohibits gay and bisexual men from donating much-needed blood.

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Health reform's lost opportunity (Rep. Michael Burgess)

Yesterday, Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana addressed the Congressional Health Care Caucus. He gave us some particular insights as to what's been happening in his State of Indiana with regards to health care costs.

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Four commonsense alternatives to Obamacare (Rep. Paul Broun)

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama continued to sell his government takeover of healthcare to seniors. Despite the Administration’s PR gimmicks, more Americans continue to reject the product, price and process of Obamacare. Since he signed the bill into law on March 23, Americans have seen what “change” looks like, and it is not a healthy picture.

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