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Editorial: Cantwell offers solid ideas on health care

Among the blizzard of markups to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s health care legislation, also known as the Baucus bill, are a couple of amendments offered by U.S. Sen. Maria …


Baucus’ bill gets reworked

WASHINGTON – The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee was revising his sweeping health care bill Monday to address serious concerns from fellow Democrats and a key Republican about insurance …


Outside voices: Public option gets a boost

Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 17: Clever, Sen. Max Baucus. The Montana Democrat who heads the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday breathed new life into the growing calls to create a government-run …


VA expands family benefits

A 58-year-old Post Falls woman – we’ll call her Sharon since she doesn’t want her real name used – receives a tax-free $1,154 monthly check from Veterans Affairs because her …


Subsidies, regulations drive health reform bill

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., on Wednesday released the crucial moderate alternative in the struggle to refashion America’s health care system, a $856-billion bill that includes …


Senate’s 10-year health fix would cost US $856B

Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday released the much-awaited Finance Committee version of an American health-system remake — a landmark $856 billion, 10-year measure that starts a rough ride through Congress …


Details of costs of Baucus health care plan

A rundown of the new spending in Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus’ health care overhaul bill, and a look at how it’s paid for.


Obama courts unions on health reform

PITTSBURGH – Shoring up a key part of his political base, President Barack Obama turned to blue-collar crowds Tuesday to rally support for health care overhaul and claim credit for …


Health reform hits roadblock

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats’ most concerted quest for a bipartisan compromise on health care collapsed Tuesday as Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced he would move ahead with his …


Cost of health premiums may resume rapid rise

The cost of employer-sponsored health insurance rose moderately again this year, but researchers predict a return to bigger increases that may eventually produce crippling premiums if left unchecked. Meanwhile, more …


Health reform opposition easing

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama continues to face significant public resistance to his drive to initiate far-reaching changes to the country’s health care system, with widespread skepticism about central tenets …


Health care reform still faces skepticism

WASHINGTON – One day after President Barack Obama pitched his plan for comprehensive health care reform in a joint session of Congress, administration officials struggled Thursday to detail how he …


Compromises on table in Obama health plan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday laid out a series of compromises he’s willing to make to get a health care overhaul through a nervous Congress this year, including …


Physicians make their case for single-payer health care

A group of physicians calling themselves “Mad As Hell Doctors” vowed Wednesday in Spokane to keep pushing Congress toward a government-run plan. Two crowds gathered Wednesday, the first outside the …


Obama: ‘Season for action’ has arrived

After a summer of setbacks, President Barack Obama summoned Congress to enact sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night, declaring the “time for bickering is over” and the moment has arrived …


Fact check: Obama walks fine line in health plan claims

WASHINGTON — The change was subtle, but significant. In his speech to Congress on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama gave a more accurate — and less reassuring — account of …


Excerpts of Obama’s health care address

Excerpts of President Barack Obama’s address to Congress about health care reform Wednesday night, as provided by the White House.


Hints of compromise on health care reform

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will seek to rally Congress to pass health care reform in a prime-time address today, even as lawmakers continue struggling to reach broad consensus on …


Obama says time for debate is over

CINCINNATI – In a combative Labor Day speech, President Barack Obama said the health care debate had gone on too long and accused opponents of spreading “lies” meant to convince …


Democrats hopeful on health care

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his congressional allies are entering the next phase of their push to overhaul health care with lower expectations of what can be accomplished – …


Health care ‘trigger’ idea gains

WASHINGTON – Looking to break the logjam on health care legislation, the White House and Democrats in the Senate are increasingly placing their hopes on the idea of a “trigger” …


Rally mutates into yelling match

BOISE – A health care reform rally Wednesday in Boise featuring Idaho small-business owners struggling to provide health insurance for employees was disrupted by a counterrally of health care reform …


Sacred Heart’s profits climb

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center earned a profit of nearly $100 million in 2007 and 2008 as patients were admitted to the hospital in record numbers. The hospital, part of …


Obama aims to jump-start reform

WASHINGTON – After spending weeks defending his top legislative priority, President Barack Obama will attempt to regain the initiative in the health care debate with an address to a joint …


An appeal for an honored vow

Dear Mr. Obama: I am afraid there has been a misunderstanding since that election in 2008, during which 66,882,230 Americans cast their votes for you. Perhaps one of your trusted …


Kennedy evoked on health

WASHINGTON – Democrats evoked memories of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Sunday in calling for a civil debate over plans to overhaul the nation’s health care system. A …


Enzi’s criticism weakens health care deal chances

WASHINGTON – A Republican member of the Senate’s “Gang of Six” health-care negotiators sharply criticized Democrats’ reform plans Saturday, making the climb to a bipartisan deal when Congress reconvenes appear …


Patients find disadvantage to private Medicare plans

MIAMI – Cecile Sangiamo liked her health insurance – until she needed to use it. The 72-year-old Clearwater, Fla., resident had been on the federally subsidized, privately run Medicare Advantage …


Editorial: To honor Kennedy, lift debate to his level

On Tuesday, just a few hours before Edward M. Kennedy died, one of his Senate friends and occasional allies was meeting with constituents at a town hall meeting across the …


Senator key to push for care reform

WASHINGTON – Securing universal health care coverage for Americans was a decades-long quest that eluded Sen. Edward Kennedy. In the wake of his death, however, several key Democrats on Wednesday …