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U.S. Senate Votes for Health Care Bill
from BBC News
U.S. senators have passed the second of three procedural votes on a major healthcare reform bill. Democrats collected the 60 votes needed to halt debate on the bill, putting the legislation on course to face a final vote on Christmas Eve. More

Doctors' Group Endorses Senate Health Bill
from USA Today
The American Medical Association today endorsed the $871 billion, 10-year Senate health care bill. "This bill advances many of our priority issues for achieving the vision of a health system that works for patients and physicians," Cecil Wilson, the association's president-elect, said in a statement he read at a news conference attended by several Democratic senators. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., who attended the news conference, called the endorsement "the most important," because of the "fundamental relationship between a patient and his doctor." More

Recipients Hail Cobra Subsidy Extension
from San Francisco Chronicle
Christmas came a little early for unemployed people who've put health insurance at the top of their wish list. Congress, under pressure to provide additional help for people who have lost their jobs and health benefits, passed legislation to extend federal subsidies to help people pay for their former employer's health insurance. Lawmakers also agreed to extend the eligibility period to sign up for assistance. More

Pro & Con: Should Georgia Expand Medicaid to Cover Uninsured?
from Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Leading congressional health insurance reform proposals include expanding Medicaid, which could not only bring coverage to nearly 1 million low-income, uninsured Georgians, but would provide at least 90 percent of the funding to do so. Despite the obvious and significant benefits to the state’s economy and its citizens, Gov. Perdue, Lt. Gov. Cagle and others opposed to reform are arguing that Georgia cannot afford its share of the proposed Medicaid expansion in either the House or Senate proposal. More

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Big Hospitals Flush with Cash Despite Industry's Dire Warnings
from Chicago Tribune
If you listen to hospital lobbyists in Washington, the industry teeters on the brink of financial ruin, depending on how health care reform plays out. But the rhetoric does not match the balance sheets of some of Chicago's largest hospital operators. More

Stretching the Limits
from Modern Healthcare
Christopher Howard killed his wife with an ax in her bed in 2002. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The family of the murdered woman sought to hold another party responsible for her death: the suburban Detroit hospital that discharged Howard 10 days earlier. More

How to Close the LGBT Health Disparities Gap
from Centers for American Progress
In the past decade lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people have made rapid progress in winning and securing equal rights. Fifteen states and Washington, D.C. now give same-sex couples at least some of the same rights afforded to heterosexual married couples. Even more states offer nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or both. Polling data show that the general public has increasingly positive views of LGBT people and are becoming more supportive of their civil and political rights. In short, heterosexual Americans are finally recognizing LGBT people as a legitimate social minority that should have equal access to our society’s basic rights, opportunities, and responsibilities. More

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  • Who Gets Expensive Cancer Drugs? And Thoughts on Rationing
    from Baltimore Sun Blogger
    There are lots of assumptions made about the U.S. health care system and how it differs from say, the British nationalized model. In America, everyone has unfettered access to top-notch drugs, while the Brits ration their care, goes the stereotypes. That leads many critics of U.S. health reform efforts to assume the American system is just fine the way it is. But a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers finds the perceptions aren't so. The study compares the two systems' access to the most expensive cancer medications and asks: Which is more fair? And which cancer patients are better off? More

    N.J. Hospital Bills Highest in Nation
    New Jersey leads the nation in hospital prices used to negotiate the cost of a bill for the uninsured and for the insured who use a hospital outside their network. A new report by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Initiative finds the charges are four times higher than the actual cost of treating a patient. More

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