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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 …


Obama sets health bill deadline for week’s end

WASHINGTON – Moving forcefully on his top domestic priority, President Barack Obama told a powerful Senate chairman on Monday he wants health care legislation ready in the Finance Committee by …


Health reform’s progress sluggish

WASHINGTON – Legislation to overhaul the nation’s health systems is unlikely to make it through the House and Senate before the August target set by President Barack Obama and other …


Michael Kinsley: Pick health care’s ‘low fruit’ for reform

To achieve the goals of health care reform – universal coverage and reducing costs – is it really necessary to overhaul our entire health care system? The answer is probably …


Regence raising its premiums

SEATTLE – Regence BlueShield, Washington state’s largest provider of individual health care insurance, is raising premiums for 135,000 individual plan members in the state by an average of 17 percent …


Discord over health care may jeopardize reform

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration, hoping to boost its health-reform effort with financial concessions from the hospital and pharmaceutical industries, is instead confronting dissension within Democratic ranks and possible defections …


Wash. ombudsman sues over cuts to health program

A judge in Seattle has been asked to halt cuts to a health care program for disabled adults living in Washington state-sponsored homes.


Private insurance at 50-year low, CDC says

ATLANTA – The percentage of Americans with private health insurance has hit its lowest mark in 50 years, according to two new government reports. About 65 percent of non-elderly Americans …


Obama: Compromise needed on health care

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of fully taxing Americans’ employer-provided health insurance benefits, but suggested he might be persuaded to tax so-called Cadillac coverage, benefits …


Editorial: Hinge pay on outcomes to trim cost of Medicare

It has come to the attention of Congress that comprehensive health care reform will be expensive. Expensive enough – $1 trillion or more – to dash President Barack Obama’s and …


Bad test results often fail to reach patients, study finds

CHICAGO – No news isn’t necessarily good news for patients waiting for the results of medical tests. The first study of its kind finds doctors failed to inform patients of …


Care overhaul hits cost hurdle

WASHINGTON – No one can figure out a politically acceptable way to pay for an overhaul of America’s health care system, and until someone does, the effort is stalled. Maybe …


Bootstrap-pulling mom aspires to transplant list

Life has a way of knocking you when you’re down, but Lori Kramer is determined to stay on her feet. Five years ago, she said, it was her husband throwing …


VA inspections still find flaws

WASHINGTON – Fewer than half of Veterans Affairs centers given a surprise inspection last month had proper training and guidelines in place for common endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies – …


Seeking cures for health care costs

Until recently, the sagging economy wasn’t a subject Dr. Mary Newman routinely discussed during office visits. But after a steady stream of longtime patients confided that they had been laid …


Obama offers doctors enticements, sacrifices

CHICAGO – President Barack Obama wooed the American Medical Association on Monday with talk of curbing malpractice lawsuits and canceling a proposed 21 percent cut in Medicare payments as he …