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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. …


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 …


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 …


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 …