Healthcare

Cutting home healthcare

My brother Brian did a courageous thing several years ago. He didn’t like selling insurance and decided to change his career path. He went back to school and got a degree in nursing, which fits his personality much better than selling insurance. He is good with people, he doesn’t mind blood and he has a scientific mind.

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Big majority backs public option

The Hill's Briefing Room blog included a story about an important poll that shows 60 percent of Americans, including 57 percent of independents and even 33 percent of Republicans, back the public option.

This is an important poll. It was conducted by Thompson Reuters, a highly reputable and nonpartisan media organization. It included a sample of 2,999 people, much larger than average, with a margin of error of only 1.8 percent, much smaller than average.

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Healthcare proposal provides backdoor amnesty for illegal immigrants

President Obama's national healthcare bill mandates that employers must provide health coverage to all employees. This proposal would seemingly include coverage for tens of millions of illegal immigrants.

This is an outrage. There are close to 60 million illegal immigrants in this country. Effectively forcing Americans to subsidize cradle-to-grave healthcare costs for these people would cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars annually, while further incentivizing illegal immigration.

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The young turn against ObamaCare

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

Previously, we reported to you that our national polling showed that the under-30 voters were the strongest supporters of the Obama healthcare initiative. While seniors opposed it by almost 2-to-1 and voters 30-64 opposed it by five- to 10-point margins, the under-30 voters backed his program by 58-30.

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Healthcare's long upper-chamber road ahead

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard sits down with pundits John Feehery and Chris Kofinis to discuss how the healthcare bill may play out in the Senate, and the three consider what Sarah Palin is planning a run for: president, or Oprah's Book Club?


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The SAD Study

With all the reports coming out that recommend we scale back on life-saving medical exams there is one we might soon see from still another group of experts.

This one concerns depression. It concludes that diagnosis, medication and counseling won’t work anyway, so why bother trying? After all, the best we can expect from dealing with negative feelings are false positives.

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Mammograms indicate defects of gov’t healthcare

The recent decision of the federal government to recommend that women abstain from annual mammograms illustrates well exactly how ObamaCare would force a deterioration in the quality of medical care, particularly for the elderly.

The panel evaluating the effectiveness of mammograms did not find that they don’t work or that they do not save lives. Rather, it found that the lives they save are not “worth” the cost of annual testing. This bureaucratic balancing of human life and financial cost lies at the core of the government-managed healthcare in the Obama bill.

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Healthcare reform: The unanswered questions

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard answers viewer queries about some of the unanswered questions regarding healthcare reform and looks at how, in some districts, lobbyists are taking the place of congressmen.

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Health reform on life support

Former President Bill Clinton hit up the weekly caucus lunch of Senate Democrats on Tuesday, imploring them to shelve enough differences to pass healthcare reform. "We're winning," he told them, which couldn't be further from the truth. 

As I listed in my column this week, obstacles to passage of healthcare reform continue to mount. Getting to 60 votes in the Senate appears not implausible but impossible at this point — yes, it can happen, but nobody knows how. 

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