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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 …


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 …


Cal Thomas: Reform would usurp God

The debate – OK, the shouting match – we are having over “health care reform” is about many things, including cost, who gets help and who does not and who, …


Struggling family loses mother, wife

Jerry and Carlene Bonagofski were planning to renew their wedding vows today in a small ceremony before family and friends. Instead the Bonner County man is planning a funeral for …


Health reform edges forward

WASHINGTON – Senate negotiators are inching toward bipartisan agreement on a health care plan that seeks middle ground on some of the thorniest issues facing Congress, offering the fragile outlines …


Obama planning trip to Montana

HELENA — Bozeman city officials say they are preparing for President Barack Obama to visit next week — an event that would bring the president to the home state of …


David S. Broder: Health care bills improving

Here’s an irony for you: The health care bills in Congress are getting better, even as support for them diminishes around the country. It is just as well that President …


A quick update on health care

Amid a flurry of activity on health care legislation, the House left Friday for its monthlong summer recess. The Senate will take off Aug. 7. Here is an update on …


Charles Krauthammer: Reform to be shadow of goal

Yesterday, Barack Obama was God. Today, he’s fallen from grace, the magic gone, his health care reform dead. If you believed the first idiocy – and half the mainstream media …


Froma Harrop: Grandma needn’t fear Medicare fix

Some attacks on health care reform are so ludicrous that you don’t think they need answering. A recent example invokes an evil plot to save money by knocking off the …


Health deal would omit mandate for employers

WASHINGTON – After weeks of secretive talks, a bipartisan group in the Senate edged closer Monday to a health care compromise that omits two key Democratic priorities but incorporates provisions …


Health reform packs heavy wallop locally

With health reform dominating headlines, the stakes in Spokane are extraordinary. About 25 cents of every dollar spent in this community is tied to health care. Some clinics are concerned …


Religious coalitions find unity in care overhaul

WASHINGTON – Several large coalitions are mobilizing religious communities nationwide in support of overhauling the nation’s health care system. In recent weeks, hundreds of clergy members and lay leaders have …


Obama tries to rally support for health revamp

WASHINGTON — Six months in office, President Barack Obama sought to rally support for sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night as Congress struggled to find agreement on a historic overhaul. …


Health care bills under fire

WASHINGTON – Emboldened by divided Democrats and polls that show rising public anxiety about President Barack Obama’s handling of health care and the economy, Republicans on Monday launched an aggressive …


Analyst lashes health care legislation’s cost

WASHINGTON – Congress’ chief budget analyst delivered a devastating assessment Thursday of the health care proposals drafted by congressional Democrats, fueling an insurrection among fiscal conservatives in the House and …


Vote gives boost to health reform

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama achieved a milestone Wednesday when a Senate committee approved a plan to revamp the U.S. health care system. The Senate panel’s action, which attracted no …