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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 …


Minnick hosting town hall forum tonight on health care

Freshman Congressman Walt Minnick, of Idaho’s 1st District, will jump into the health care fray tonight with a town hall forum.


Democrats should use their power

Early on as New York mayor, Ed Koch went to battle against entrenched interests that were bankrupting the city. The yelling and screaming was such that reporters asked him whether …


Obama makes health care push

WASHINGTON – Struggling to regain control of his message on health care, President Barack Obama made his pitch to skeptical and friendly audiences alike on Thursday – a final push …


Murray says health reform will advance

Despite vocal opposition, health care reform likely will move forward this year, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said Thursday after giving a speech in downtown Spokane. “I think we will pass …


As fears of reform grow, public’s support drops

WASHINGTON – Public confidence in President Barack Obama’s leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to health care reform that threatens to undercut his attempt to enact …


Reform talk draws protest

While U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers travels across Eastern Washington discussing health care reform, one of her only stops in Spokane was a closed affair Wednesday in a Browne’s Addition …


Health care dominating McMorris Rodgers’ talks

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is getting an earful from constituents over the health care debate this summer.


End-of-life counsel helped patients

CHICAGO – As a political uproar rages over end-of-life counseling, a new study finds offering such care to dying cancer patients improves their mood and quality of life. The study …


White House may drop public insurance plan

WASHINGTON – Racing to regain control of the health care debate, two top administration officials signaled Sunday that the White House may be willing to jettison a controversial government-run insurance …


Obama speaks about grandmother’s death

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Now, it’s personal. President Barack Obama invoked his own anguish over the death of a loved one as he challenged the debunked notion that Democratic efforts …


Reform may not make us healthier

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ask around for the healthiest country in the world, and the United States won’t come close to topping the list. People live longer in just about every …


Obama vows safeguards

BELGRADE, Mont. – President Barack Obama on Friday promised a new era of protections against insurance companies that drop customers when medical crises hit and said people who already have …


British unite to defend national health system

LONDON – Castigating their public health care system may be a national pastime for the British, but it’s not one they care to share with Americans. In fact, Britain’s oft-maligned …


Obama denounces emphasis on health care protests

BELGRADE, Mont. — Trying to lower the temperature of the health care fight, President Barack Obama on Friday denounced news media emphasis on angry protesters at town-hall meetings.


Obama brings town hall campaign to Belgrade, Mont.

BELGRADE, Mont. — President Barack Obama brought his town hall tour to Montana on Friday, talking about health care reform in a state where residents pride themselves on their independence …


Amy Goodman: Health care reform is not enemy

Imagine the scene. America 2009. Eighteen thousand people have died in one year, an average of almost 50 a day. Who’s taking them out? What’s killing them? To investigate, President …


Proposed care reforms elicit fears, support aired at Colville meetings

COLVILLE – Some Eastern Washington residents at a pair of town hall meetings Wednesday said they don’t trust the government to run their health care in the future. Others said …


President, allies aim to stanch ‘misinformation’

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his allies in the health care debate began moving more forcefully Monday to rebut what they said was “misinformation” spread by opponents of proposed …