Last Updated Dec 16, 2009 1:12 PM EST The $849 billion health care reform bill making its way through Congress promises to redefine the health care landscape. That's why health care companies are now spending hundreds of millions of dollars to shape the topography. Health care groups — insurance companies, drugmakers, doctors — spent a record $486 million on lobbying in 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan watchdog focused on the influence of private money in government. This year, health organizations are on track to shatter that number, says Dave Levinthal, communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics: Health care groups spent $396.2 million on lobbying in the first 10 months of the year, and are expected to have amped up spending in November and December. “Corporate and special interests have played an incredibly large role in the shaping of this legislation,” says Levinthal. The big push will come in the … [Read more...] about Health Care Reform: Who’s Paying to Shape It?
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Two of the country's largest insurance providers called an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz to the latest Republican health care bill "simply unworkable," as Republicans struggle to capture enough votes to pass the legislation. The CEOs of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) Friday, urging them to strike the Texas Republican's "Consumer Freedom Option" amendment, claiming it will cause costs to skyrocket for those with "significant medical needs" and limit insurance options for people who buy individual plans. Cruz's amendment would allow insurers to offer bare bones-style plans with fewer benefits, as long as those insurers also offer more robust plans required under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. "As the U.S. Senate considers the Better Care Reconciliation Act, we are writing to urge you to strike the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Insurance groups tear into Cruz amendment to health care bill as “unworkable”
Weary Republicans in Washington may be ready to move on from health care, but conservatives across the United States are warning the GOP-led Congress not to abandon its pledge to repeal the Obama-era health law - or risk a political nightmare in next year's elections. The Senate's failure this past week to pass repeal legislation has outraged the Republican base and triggered a new wave of fear. The stunning collapse has exposed a party so paralyzed by ideological division that it could not deliver on its top campaign pledge. After devoting months to the debate and seven years to promising to kill the Affordable Care Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky., simply said: "It's time to move on." But that's simply not an option for a conservative base energized by its opposition to the health law. Local party leaders, activists and political operatives are predicting payback for Republicans lawmakers if they don't revive the fight. "This is an epic fail for Republicans," … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Republicans brace for political fallout after “epic fail” on health care
Last Updated Oct 12, 2017 5:20 PM EDT Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order Thursday that aims to make lower-premium plans more widely available.But the president's move is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and perhaps even some insurers — the same coalition that so far has blocked congressional Republicans from repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.According to a background call prior to the order's signing, the White House views it as an action that will "increase the healthcare choices for millions of Americans, potentially allowing some employers to join together across State lines to offer coverage."They say it also aims to "reform the United States healthcare system to take the first steps to expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase competition to bring down costs for consumers."The … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Trump aims to boost lower-premium health insurance plans in health care executive order
Last Updated Nov 17, 2009 8:46 AM EST It's Saturday morning and that run-down feeling you've been fighting has turned into a full-fledged sore throat. Is it strep, or H1N1? You could: a) worry and feel like hell all weekend and hope your doctor has time to see you on Monday. b) wait for hours at the emergency room, getting exposed to who-knows-what germs. c) drive to the drugstore and immediately see the nurse practitioner at its clinic.Odds are, you’re leery about “c” because you’re nervous about getting health care where you buy your deodorant. Yes, it feels a bit like buying an engagement ring at Wal-Mart, but get over it. When your regular doctor isn’t available and you have a minor illness or injury, a store walk-in clinic such as CVS MinuteClinic, Walgreens Take Care Clinic, or Target Clinic can provide speedy, reliable medical attention plus peace of mind. Study: ‘Good Alternative’ Skeptical? Consider the recent findings from Rand … [Read more...] about Health Care at the Drugstore: Should You Go to a Retail Clinic?