swine fluDeath from the flu is often heartrending for those who have to watch: the victim, having been weakened from the flu virus, contracts pneumonia from bacteria or viruses that have taken hold in the lungs, and he or she struggles for every breath.

BaucusThe U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted to send a health care “reform” bill to the full Senate by a 14-9 vote October 13. President Obama said the vote was a “critical milestone,” but admitted that he was not assured of the bill's passage. "Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back," Obama said, urging supporters to "dig in and work even harder to get this done."

The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly late last week in favor of a draconian bill that purports to give public health and law-enforcement officials extraordinary authority during “public health emergencies” declared by the Governor.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), an insurance industry trade group, released a report on October 11 that is critical of the Senate Finance Committee’s proposed healthcare legislation.

child sickU.S. health officials say that the H1N1 flu has killed 76 children and is getting worse, yet some cities that were hard hit by the swine flu in the spring are not seeing a resurgence.