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Current News in the Political Arena

Update from Heartland  (newsletter on Jul 21, 2009)

It is clear from this list that opposition is growing and becoming more vocal.

2009 August Health Care News: Obama Health Plan Meets Protestors The August issue of Health Care News reports on the protests in Green Bay, Wisconsin against President Barack Obama’s health care plan. More than ... (read more)

Ariz. Senate Debates Medicaid Expansion The Arizona Senate is debating a proposal to expand taxpayer-funded health care benefits for unemployed residents.  The proposal includes extending unemployment ... (read more)

Better Tax Regime Needed to Fix Health Care After spending hundreds of millions of dollars in the last election campaign accusing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of wanting to “tax the health insurance ... (read more)

Bill Would Prevent Rationing U.S. Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have introduced legislation to prevent the federal government from rationing health care services.  Senate ... (read more)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Pushes Medical Homes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has announced a plan to increase by 10 percent reimbursement rates for physicians participating in “patient-centered ... (read more)

Connecticut House Passes ‘Public Option’ Bill The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed legislation to create a taxpayer-subsidized public health insurance pool open to all of the state’s ... (read more)

Debate Heats Up in Congress Over Biotech Drugs U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced legislation that would grant biopharmaceutical firms a five-year window of patent ... (read more)

Do Coloradans Sacrifice to Afford Health Care? According to a Denver-based advocacy group, Colorado families increasingly must sacrifice “basic necessities” in order to pay for health care ... (read more)

Health Care Needs Market Solutions, Not More Gov’t Health care reform has been a central goal of The Heritage Foundation since our creation more than three decades ago. We believe putting families, not the ... (read more)

Hospitals Will Pay to Expand Colorado Medicaid Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) has signed into law a bill expanding Medicaid and other health care programs by imposing new fees on hospitals. The law, House ... (read more)

Iowa Expands SCHIP Program Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) has signed legislation to extend eligibility for the Hawkeye State’s Children’s Health Insurance Program to children ... (read more)

Kennedy Unveils Government-Run Health Care Bill Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions have unveiled the first of what is expected to be a series ... (read more)

La. Debates Commission on Health Benefits Mandates Louisiana state Rep. Thomas McVea (R-St. Francisville) has introduced legislation to create a commission that would study proposals for new health insurance ... (read more)

Michigan Legislature Debates Medicaid Expansion The Michigan legislature is considering a bill proponents say would extend health coverage to 600,000 currently uninsured state residents. The measure would ... (read more)

N.H. May Expand Taxpayer-Funded Insurance The New Hampshire House of Representatives is considering legislation to expand the state’s taxpayer-subsidized children’s health insurance ... (read more)

Opponents of Obama Health Plan Hit Street Opponents of runaway government spending have staged Boston Tea Party-inspired protests across the country since April to show their displeasure with what ... (read more)

Pa. Insurers Must Let Young Adults Stay on Parents’ Policies Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) on July 1 signed into law a measure requiring health insurance providers to allow single, childless adults up to the age ... (read more)

Patients’ Choice Act Moves Debate in a Market-Friendly Direction A group of four Republicans has submitted a legislative alternative to the Democratic Party’s government-centric health care reform proposals. Sens. ... (read more)

Pfizer Offers Free Medications to Unemployed The nation’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, Pfizer, has launched a program to provide prescription drugs to the growing number of Americans ... (read more)

Public Favors ‘Universal’ Care—If it’s Free Americans are divided over so-called universal health care, a CNN/Opinion Research poll shows, with far fewer favoring the proposal when informed they will ... (read more)

Study: Doctors Dropping Medicaid The number of doctors accepting Medicaid patients has dropped significantly in the past five years, a new study shows.  In a study of 15 metropolitan areas, ... (read more)

U.S. Gives FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco Congress has approved a measure to regulate tobacco under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration for the first time in American history.  The House ... (read more)

Wait Times Signal Problem with Massachusetts ‘Model’ It takes three weeks longer to see a medical specialist in Boston than in any other metropolitan area in the country, according to a study by Merritt, Hawkins ... (read more)

Washington Readies Health Care Takeover The first Democratic health care reform bill has come out of the Senate hopper in the form of a 615-page tome from Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-MA) Health, ... (read more)