Doctor and childSeven months after instituting the only state child universal healthcare program in the country, Hawaii is dropping the plan. According to an AP article, the state could no longer afford the plan though it only enrolled about 2,000 of the state's estimated 3,500 to 16,000 uninsured children.

Golden Gate BridgeA federal appeals court recently upheld a San Francisco ruling requiring employers to either offer healthcare coverage to their employees or fund a citywide healthcare program. The stipulation applies to private businesses that employ 20 or more workers and nonprofit organizations with 50 or more. Of the yearly $200 million cost of the city's two-year-old program, 80 percent is drawn from state and local taxes, and a patient fee based on income. The ruling requires San Francisco businesses to help pay the remainder of the bill for the city's uninsured.

MRI MachineAmericans who want national healthcare should examine the results where it has already been tried.

Mike LeavittThe Bush administration plans to enforce a regulation that will prevent healthcare workers who object to abortion from being forced to perform abortion-related services that violate their beliefs. Under the rule, federal officials can deny funding to hundreds of thousands of health care providers if they do not allow employees to opt out from providing care that violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

Hospital Compare WebsiteThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, has made available online a new tool for comparing how well thousands of American hospitals do in keeping very sick patients alive. The new tool, available on the Website entitled “Hospital Compare,” while not intended to be the sole means by which consumers should judge the quality of care available at U.S. hospitals, nevertheless gives patients an extra tool to measure the competency of their local hospital.

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