Karen 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Defense Department officials, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are considering a proposal whose stated purpose is to assist civilian authorities in the event of a “significant outbreak” of the H1N1 flu virus this fall; H1N1 is otherwise known as swine flu.
The Congressional Budget Office on July 26 published a preliminary analysis of the House Democrats’ healthcare reform proposal known as America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. The CBO made assumptions that led them to conclude a public insurance plan could coexist with private plans.
The lead in the Associated Press story reads: “The White House is being forced to acknowledge the wide gap between its once-upbeat predictions about the economy and today's bleak landscape.”
Dr. John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog for July 22 makes clear the harsh reality that the only way for President Barack Obama’s version of healthcare reform “to control health care costs is to get doctors to provide less care — fewer tests, fewer procedures, fewer everything.” And who gets the least healthcare of all? Senior citizens.
House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio held a press briefing on July 15 to highlight a chart illustrating the labyrinthine bureaucracy that would take over America’s healthcare system under the House Democrats’ reform proposal.