News Clips Sept. 17, 2009

FACTBOX-Details of Baucus plan for U.S. healthcare reform

Sept 17 (Reuters) – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has released his long-awaited proposal to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.

The Baucus plan — with a price tag of $856 billion over 10 years — calls for sweeping insurance market reforms and payment system changes, as well as requirements for all citizens and legal residents to buy insurance. [ID:nN16122453]

Revealed: Secrets of Leading Health Care Providers

At the same moment that Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, was introducing his long-awaited blueprint for a health care overhaul Wednesday, executives from medical groups widely hailed as models were meeting nearby in Washington, D.C., to plot how to make more of the country look like them.

Confused about health care reform? Join the club

Admit it: the health care debate is confusing. Your eyes gloss over at terms like “bending the cost curve” and “health insurance exchange.” You’re not sure how a public option might be different from a non-profit co-op and why you should even care.

You want to know what this plan might mean for you and you want it in simple language that makes sense.

Democrats base their health care push on a political myth

Rahm Emanuel, of all people, should know better. As chairman of the campaign committee for congressional Democrats, Emanuel had actively recruited a number of conservative candidates to run for Congress on the Democratic ticket (a savvy politician, Emanuel well understood that there were an awful lot of people in America who did not take too kindly to liberals).

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Your Health Care Benefits, in Charts

Over at the Prescriptions blog, my colleague Reed Abelson describes the findings of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest benefits survey. The headline number: The average cost of a family policy is now $13,375 a year, and has doubled in a decade.

Here are some other findings from the report, in pictures.
First, Drew Altman, president and chief executive of the foundation, has projected what will happen to health insurance premiums over the next 10 years, based on their behavior so far this decade:

Ruben Navarrette: Obama, immigration and health care

President Barack Obama has already made three big errors where the issues of health care and illegal immigration intersect, and we’re still in the early innings.

Error No. 1: Obama and his advisers should have listened to immigration reform activists who suggested the White House should tackle immigration before health care. Otherwise, the activists warned, concerns that illegal immigrants would get benefits could trip up the health care effort. That’s just what has happened.

Obama: There’s been a little controversy

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama is attempting to set the record straight over health care reform and illegal immigrants.

“As you know, there’s been a little controversy about who exactly will be covered under reform. I want to be clear: If someone is here illegally, they won’t be covered under this plan. That’s a commitment I’ve made,” the president said Wednesday night as he addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd annual award gala.

Obama links healthcare, immigration reform

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) — Healthcare reform is crucial for Hispanic Americans because reforming the U.S. healthcare system is linked to immigration reform, U.S. President Obama said.

“My commitment is real and so is my desire to get this (immigration reform) done,” Obama said Wednesday during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd Annual Awards Gala.

Before Obama spoke, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., told crowd, “I know he’s going to help us with comprehensive immigration reform.”

Of healthcare reform, the president said, “We certainly should not let this debate … get sidetracked.”

Health care’s Hispanic problem

The alarm among immigrant advocates over measures excluding legal immigrants from a health care exchange established under the Senate Finance Committee’s bill is growing. The new measure includes a clause I hadn’t seen before blocking even legal immigrants whose status is set to expire within one year from receiving tax credits, and excludes illegal immigrants from participating in the exchange with their own money.

Obama praises Sotomayor at Hispanic gala

By PHILIP ELLIOTT (AP) – 13 hours ago

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, trying to calm critics and rally allies on his top domestic priority, told a Hispanic gathering on Wednesday that no one in the United States illegally would receive benefits under plans for a health care overhaul.

Speaking to a black-tie gala for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the president also promised action on immigration, although he left unspoken a timeline. During a star-studded night that included Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, he also reminded the caucus that he successfully nominated Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the nation’s first Latina member of the Supreme Court.

All-Time Latino 9’s in Major League Baseball

For Latinos living in the United States it is fiesta time.

This week it just started the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

It’s the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.


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