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Health Care Costs

Drug Companies Raising Prices Ahead Of Reform

nytimes.com | DUFF WILSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as drug makers promise to support Washington's health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation's drug costs after the legislatio...

Dems on Health Bill: Oops! We Forgot to Cut Costs

New York Times | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As health care legislation moves toward a crucial airing in the Senate, the White House is facing a growing revolt from some Democrats and analysts wh...

Tearing Down the Barriers to Competition

Rep. Diana DeGette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Rep. Diana DeGette

Potentially egregious anti-trust violations in the insurance industry should not be permitted, and the government should be given the power to protect the public from harmful behavior that drives up prices.

Why the Savings From Health Care Reform Are Underappreciated

Sima Gandhi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sima Gandhi

The American people have two choices: Implement health care reform now, when the future benefits outweigh the current costs, or wait as rising health care costs slowly drain our bank accounts.

The Senate Bill and Cost Control

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

The Senate health care bill contains two decades worth of ideas for containing the cost of health care. Before making them law, why not first test these theories in small scale demonstration projects?

The Price of Lab Tests Around the World

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

Sure, the high end U.S. prices still blow everyone out of the water for Pap smears, and beat all but Australia for the throat culture, but take a look at the low-end U.S. average for both tests. The U.S. prices actually look reasonable.

The Price of Diagnostic Imaging Around the World

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
D. Brad Wright

Diagnostic imaging represents one of the greatest leaps forward in medical innovation. And as it happens, its costs depend purely on where one plugs in the machine.

New Bill Would Extend COBRA Subsidy: Representative Joe Sestak

bloomberg.com | Margaret Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Congress should extend a health-care subsidy that helps the unemployed before it ends for some recipients this month, ...

A Little Perspective on the Cost of Health Care Reform

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

People are saying that health care reform is going to break the bank. No. Health care costs are what might bankrupt us. I am all in favor of reducing those, but railing against the cost of reform while ignoring all the rest is willful ignorance.

Wilford Brimley Is the Problem With Health Care

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

The ad encapsulates everything that's wrong the health care system: consumers are insulated from the costs of their care, providers are motivated to make a profit, and Wilford Brimley looks like a walrus.

A Health Care Wishlist for 2010

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

2010 holds great promise for improving our health care system. However, with mounting deficits at both the state and federal levels, nothing is guaranteed.

Health Care Rationing: Why the "R" Word is a Red Herring

N. E. Marsden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
N. E. Marsden

it is ludicrous to imply that private insurance companies don't ration care by flat-out refusing procedures that people genuinely need or desperately want.

An Open Letter to Harry Reid on Controlling Health Care Costs

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Nobody promised you this would be easy, Harry. But, hell, why are you there, anyway? Your responsibility is to do the right thing by the American people and bring down future health-care costs.

Scott Hawkins: $29,000 For 5 Minutes In The ER

McClatchy | Bobby Caina Calvan | Sacramento Bee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO -- For five desperate minutes, emergency room doctors at UC Davis Medical Center frantically tried to revive Scott Hawkins....

Ambulances Charging Extra For Obese Patients

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TOPEKA, Kan. — The memory still bothers Ken Keller: A panicked ambulance crew had a critically ill patient, but the man weighed more than 1,000 ...

Louis Sullivan Backs Health Bill: We Need To Come Together

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"We need to come together towards the middle and this is what the Baucus bill represents," said the former Secretary of the Department of Health and H...

Would The Senate Health Care Bill Have Helped Obama's Mom?

True/Slant | Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Back in the day, Candidate Obama told a touching story about his mother's struggle to pay her medical bills while battling cancer. Obama's mother, Ann...

The Problem Isn't the Recommendation, It's How We React to It.

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

Mammograms weren't outlawed. They weren't taken away. No one's insurance stopped covering them. It's just a recommendation.

Health Care Prices Around the World

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

Starting today and running into the beginning of next week, I'm going to be making some pretty charts that demonstrate just how the U.S. stacks up against its counterparts among rich, industrialized nations.

Tort Reform Does Not Reduce Health Care Costs--Never Has, Never Will

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Anyone opposed to robust health care reform because it fails to include tort reform needs to examine their premise. We should be more concerned with patient safety.

The Public Option in Congress Is Now a Sham. Who Cares If Lieberman Kills It?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With or without a fraudulent public option, millions of Americans who will be required to buy insurance or pay a fine will see their premiums skyrocket.

Shuffling the Deck Chairs on Reform

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

I was wrong to think that no Republican would vote for reform. I was wrong to think that Baucus had been wasting his time. I was wrong to assume that there was no point to negotiating or giving up anything.

Debate the Solution, But Don't Deny the Problem

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

I recognize I'm not going to convince all of you to become single-payer supporters through a post here. I've learned to live with that. We will disagree as to the best solutions. But can we at least agree that there is a problem?

The Price of Prescription Drugs Around the World

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

We've come to the end of the health care costs world tour and conclude today with a look at the price of three prescription drugs: Plavix, Nexium, and...

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Close In On Reform: Details Of Health Care Bill Revealed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Read the bill (PDF). Senate Democrats have posted the legislation on their web site. --------- Senate Democrats made a big step toward comprehensive...