HealthcareKaren Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, told reporters during an August 4 conference call that critics of private health insurance providers are engaged in a campaign to “demonize health plans.” Ignagni called this is “a major step back” for healthcare reform efforts, the Washington Post reported that same day.

Health InsuranceThe House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 31-28 on August 31 to approve its version of healthcare reform. “This historic step moves us closer to health insurance reform than we have ever been before,” President Obama claimed.

doctor and patient“Health care reform could end up bailing out employers who hire illegal immigrants and skimp on their health benefits,” Fox News reported on July 30.

healthcareThe Huffington Post reported on July 29 that Dr. David Scheiner, a physician who has treated Barack Obama for more than 20 years, thinks that the president’s healthcare reform efforts are doomed to fail. “I look at his program and I can't see how it's going to work,” the 70-year-old Chicago doctor told the Post.

Blue Dog DemsMembers of a coalition of moderate House Democrats called the “Blue Dogs” have struck a deal to move Obama’s health care legislation forward after the August recess.