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Blue Dog Democrats hold out for a weakened public option -- leadership acquieses

Originally at Politico.com
July 30, 2009 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent half of Wednesday finalizing a deal with the Blue Dogs — and the other half quelling a brewing rebellion among progressives who think conservatives have hijacked health care reform.

Jul 31 2009
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Regence refutes that Providence earns better marks

July 31, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon refuses to accept defeat. The insurance giant has filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon after losing a multi-million dollar contract to its competitor, Providence Health Plans.

Jul 31 2009
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Fed up with Sen. Ron Wyden's equivocating on a public option, discontent grows at home
Originally at Politico.com
July 28, 2009 -- Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), in the past a darling of his state’s unions and liberal community, is facing a rising chorus of criticism from those very groups over what they see as his stubborn support for his own alternative health care reform proposal, which differs significantly from the one proposed by President Barack Obama.
Jul 30 2009
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Primary care docs rally for reform, send letters to Congress and team up with Brave New Films

July 30, 2009 – America’s front-line family doctors want you to know what they think about the current dysfunctional health care system and the benefits that could be realized from a system built on primary care.

Jul 30 2009
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Sedentary hours behind a desk contribute, but more research is needed to determine differences with others

July 30, 2009 -- The obesity epidemic has struck state employees whose waistlines are increasing more than most. Not only are they getting heavier, but state employees are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes or arthritis – excercise less – and smoke more than their university employee counterparts.

Jul 30 2009
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Europen and Asian leaders see an otherwise great country struggling to do what most of the developed world has already done – make basic healthcare a right

July 30, 2009 -- Why are we still not able to reform our healthcare system so all Americans have reasonable access to evidence-based prevention and public health measures and services that will actually improve our longevity, our health and our economy? 

Jul 30 2009
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Attorney files legal exception setting stage for battle in Court of Appeals

July 23, 2009 --  Advocates are just getting started on their year-long fight against state regulators who approved a 26 percent rate hike on individual policyholders of Regence BlueCross BlueShield last July. 

Jul 23 2009
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Internet community reflects growing discontent with AMA among doctors

July 23, 2009 --The perception of the public is often that the AMA represents the majority of physicians, or even that all doctors belong to the AMA. In this time of debate over healthcare reform, it’s important to be clear about where all parties stand. Does the AMA truly represent the views of the nation’s physicians? This has recently been called into doubt.

Jul 23 2009
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Health insurers will soon have to report every administrative cost from furniture to moving expenses

July 23, 2009 -- When Oregon regulators analyze insurance premiums next year, they’ll take a closer look at administrative costs than nearly any health insurance regulator in United States history.

Jul 23 2009
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Leading reformist gets praise yet disappointment for what legislature left out of critical reform

July 23, 2009 -- Oregon's Legislature "avoided all of the hard questions" when it dealt with healthcare reform, according to Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), who spoke to a group of health reform advocates earlier in the week. 

Jul 23 2009

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