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Moderate Democrats chilly to public option

WASHINGTON – Moderate Democratic senators remained reluctant Tuesday – and in one case, defiant – about backing the government-run “public option” health care plan that party leaders are offering as …


Reid says public option included in Senate’s bill

WASHINGTON – In a dramatic sign of Democrats’ growing confidence that they have the votes to pass a far-reaching health care overhaul, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that …


Congress presses health insurers

WASHINGTON – Efforts to strip the health insurance industry of key antitrust protections got significant boosts Wednesday, when a House of Representatives committee voted to end the 64-year-old exemption and …


Sacred Heart’s CEO blasts Rockwood

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s chief executive charged Rockwood Clinic’s leaders with bad-faith dealings and ethical lapses the day after Rockwood stunned Spokane’s medical community by announcing it would align …


Senate derails legislation to block fee cut to doctors

WASHINGTON – With budget anxieties pervading the congressional health care debate, the Senate on Wednesday sidetracked popular legislation to increase Medicare payments to doctors by $250 billion over the next …


House trims health care bill

WASHINGTON – House Democrats are aiming to scale back the cost of their health care bill to well below President Barack Obama’s preferred price tag by giving the government a …


Deaconess’ owner strikes deal to buy Rockwood Clinic

Community Health Systems, the owner of Deaconess and Valley hospitals, said today it has struck a deal to take over Rockwood Clinic, the region’s largest health clinic.


Public option has solid support, survey finds

As Democratic congressional leaders and White House officials work to shape health care bills that will go to the House and Senate floors, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows …


Health care reform may penalize sloth

WASHINGTON – Get in shape or pay a price. That is a message more Americans could hear if the health care reform legislation passed by the Senate finance and health …


Health industry exemption decried

WASHINGTON – Days after the insurance lobby began an aggressive campaign against a Senate plan to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, senior Democrats fired back, threatening Wednesday to revoke the …


Senate panel OKs health care plan

WASHINGTON – The Senate Finance Committee voted 14-9 on Tuesday to back a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system, clearing the way for a historic congressional showdown this …


Senate committee approves health overhaul bill

With support from a lone Republican, a key Senate committee today approved a middle-of-the-road health care plan that moves President Barack Obama’s goal of wider and affordable coverage a giant …


A look at health care plans in Congress

Health care legislation is taking shape in both the House and Senate. Details are still being negotiated and any final bill would have to meld proposals from both houses. A …


Health measure wouldn’t cover all

WASHINGTON – As a Senate committee prepares to vote today on a closely watched plan to overhaul health insurance, senior Democrats are squaring off against key industry groups over how …


Medicare’s shortcomings have some seeking revamp

About a month ago, Nita Jensen visited the Rockwood Clinic to make an appointment for a physical. Her physician there had just retired, and she wanted to find a new …


Rural hospitals seek Rx for survival

POMEROY, Wash. – It is autumn in this small town along Pataha Creek, tucked into the rolling hills south of the Snake River. The downtown is populated with a handful …


Amy Goodman: Tweeter’s arrest disturbing

A social worker from New York City was arrested last week while in Pittsburgh for the G-20 protests, then subjected to an FBI raid this week at home – all …


Legislation gets clean bill of fiscal health

WASHINGTON – Congressional budget analysts gave an important political boost Wednesday to a Senate panel’s health care overhaul, projecting that the $829 billion measure would both dramatically shrink the ranks …


GOP notables back health reform

WASHINGTON – Seeking to provide fresh evidence of bipartisan support for health-care reform, the White House is orchestrating a series of endorsements from GOP heavyweights around the country. With a …


Women shell out more for insurance

WASHINGTON – Women of child-bearing age routinely pay more for health care because they’re women. If they’re pregnant, they can be legally denied coverage. Women face other problems in today’s …


Obama makes pitch for health reform

WASHINGTON – On the cusp of a key legislative push, President Barack Obama on Monday filled the Rose Garden with doctors supportive of his health care overhaul, saying “nobody has …


Amy Goodman: Case crucial to future of books

A battle is raging over the future of books in the digital age and the role libraries will play. One case now before a U.S. federal court may, some say, …


Cantwell health proposal advances

WASHINGTON – Fearing a backlash, Democrats smoothed the impact of sweeping health care legislation on working-class families Thursday and steered President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority toward a crucial Senate …


Health bill survives latest attacks

WASHINGTON – A White House-backed overhaul of the nation’s health care system weathered repeated challenges from Republican critics over taxes, abortion and more on Wednesday, and the bill’s architect claimed …


Public option takes a hit

WASHINGTON – A key Senate panel twice beat back efforts Tuesday to create a government-run insurance plan, dealing a crippling blow to the hopes of liberals seeking to expand the …


Health reform lines drawn

WASHINGTON – Democrats and Republicans formed clear battle lines Tuesday as the Senate Finance Committee opened a high-stakes debate over health care legislation proposed last week by the panel’s chairman. …


Cantwell, Crapo call for changes in health care bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sens. Maria Cantwell and Mike Crapo are on opposite sides when it comes to fixing the nation’s health care system, but the first day of hearings on …


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 …