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The dream of a government-run insurance plan for everyone has died a death of a thousand cuts

Originally at Politico.com
December 10, 2009 -- It seemed like the only thing Democrats talked about for a year, the big idea that would transform health care in America — a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

But a mere six days of negotiations, hastened by political realities and a ticking clock, changed all that.

Supporters of the idea woke up Wednesday to a disappointing new truth, given all they had invested in the proposal:

Dec 10 2009
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Howard Dean says expanding Medicare should have been the first choice

Originally at Politico.com
December 9, 2009 -- Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Wednesday the health care deal emerging from the Senate would represent "real reform" that the left can accept.

Dean, a medical doctor and vocal proponent of the public option, endorsed the reported compromise, which includes lowering the Medicare buy-in age to 55.

Dec 9 2009
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The announcement makes The Lund Report the sole provider of dedicated Oregon healthcare news

December 3, 2009 -- After two decades as a leading healthcare watchdog group in the state, the Oregon Health Forum has closed its doors.

The non-profit announced the news in an email to subscribers of its longstanding newsletter Oregon Health News and frequent attendees to the organization’s monthly breakfast forums.

Dec 3 2009
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Dr. Don Thieman’s been inside the health insurance industry and he’s not remaining silent

I sat down with Dr. Don Thieman at the studios at KBOO community radio. A longer version of this interview will be heard on the air at 90.7 FM in Portland on December 14 at 11:30 and later on the Web at KBOO.fm.

UPDATE: To hear the KBOO interview Click Here >>

Dec 3 2009
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Paying competitors to delay generic drug production keeps people paying higher prices

Originally at TalkingPointsMemo.com
December 3, 2009 -- Over the last few years, drug-makers have embraced a startlingly simple tactic for fending off competition from generic brands: paying them off.

Dec 3 2009
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Multiple senior groups counter Senate bill opposition by physician groups

December 3, 2009 -- Yesterday three of the leading senior groups that defend Medicare beneficiaries came out in support of the Senate health reform legislation.

The same bill has drawn fire from several physician groups over cuts to Medicare. But AARP, the nation's most influential senior group, backs the Democrat's bill in the Senate.

This from the Associate Press:

Dec 3 2009
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The state's largest physician group joins three others in different states to oppose Medicare cuts

Originally at LATimes.com
December 3, 2009 -- The state's largest doctors group is opposing healthcare legislation being debated in the U.S. Senate this week, saying it would increase local healthcare costs and restrict access to care for elderly and low-income patients.

The California Medical Assn. represents more than 35,000 physicians, making it the second-largest state medical group in the country after Texas.

Dec 3 2009
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Vote likely on amendment to offer vouchers for tax-free portion of employer sponored health plans

Originally at TheHill.com
November 20, 2009 -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have taken a long stride toward locking down the support of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Nov 21 2009
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High paid executives and skyrocketing premiums from coast to coast

November 19, 2009 -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) two weeks ago sent a letter to CIGNA, one of the country’s largest health insurers, with new data from an investigation into health insurance pricing.

Nov 19 2009
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Despite many thousands of e-mails and phone calls the White House did not invite us in.

Dr. Marc Sapir from Berkley, California was one of the Mad As Hell Doctors who toured the country through much of September holding rallies in two dozen cities for single-payer healthcare.

Nov 19 2009

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