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House Dems In New Seats Of Power Will Steer Health Policy, Attack Drug Prices

But Republicans’ tightened grip on the Senate means those hoping for another round of dramatic, progressive reforms may be disappointed.

For the first time since passing the Affordable Care Act, Democrats will soon control the House of Representatives and its powerful health committees. But Republicans’ tightened grip on the Senate means those hoping for another round of dramatic, progressive reforms may be disappointed.

Feds Start Preparing for Co-Op Health Plans

The Lund Report
There’s been $6 billion allocated to jump start such plans that becomes available in 2014

January 26, 2011 -- A national public option may have died, but before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act last March, lawmakers included a provision that calls for consumer-operated healthcare plans – known as co-operatives.

Republicans Can’t Touch Medicaid or Children’s Health

The Lund Report
That should also apply to the Indian Health Service since Congress doesn’t have to appropriate those dollars

January 25, 2011 -- Journalists like me have played the role of Chicken Little for many years. We have written dozens of stories about the consequences of an election, predicting what will happen after Republicans win and fulfill their promises to drastically cut government.

Congress Fails to Adopt Maternity Care Quality Act

The Lund Report
Yet U.S. women have a greater lifetime risk of pregnancy-related complications than those in 40 other countries
January 5, 2011 -- Despite our nation’s wealth and advances in healthcare technology, women in the United States have a greater lifetime risk of dying of pregnancy-related complications than women in 40 other countries, including every other industrialized nation.
 

Earl Blumenauer Shares The Worst Vote of His Political Career

The Lund Report
Funding for alternative mental health programs has been whittled away since Blumenaer was in the Oregon legislature in the late 1970s

November 4, 2010 -- Just a few days shy of being re-elected to Oregon's 3rd district Congressional seat, Earl Blumenauer told a group of 100 community members about the worst vote of his political career.

Kurt Schrader Rides Fine Line on Healthcare

The Lund Report
Republican opponent Scott Bruun says cuts to Medicare will hurt Oregon seniors
October 27, 2010 -- Congressman Kurt Schrader isn’t exactly running away from healthcare like many Democratic incumbents in swing districts this year, but he isn’t actively campaigning on the issue either.
 

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