September 8, 2009
Edwin L. Fountain [ letters , Sept. 1] unwittingly explained why universal health-care coverage, or at the least a public option, should be a part of health-care reform: With everyone covered, risk would be distributed across the entire population. The system Mr. Fountain defended is really insurance for the profit of the private insurance industry; coverage is designed for the healthy, wealthy or lucky. Instead, health care should be from conception to the grave. STANLEY R. BAKER Gambrills -- It's...
May 20, 2008 |
The next president will have a fighting chance to defeat the lobbyists and reform a broken system. With the economy clearly the No. 1 issue in the presidential race, it's time to get serious about what any president can and cannot actually do about it. Which campaign promises are worth considering seriously, and which are just poll-driven pandering? On most economic matters most of the time, presidents can't do nearly as much as they'd like us to think. Despite all the overheated election-year rhetoric to the contrary, presidents can't do much...
July 2, 2009 |
Congress took an important step for health care when it provided $1.1 billion to fund "comparative effectiveness research" as part of the stimulus legislation this year. This research promises to help America's doctors better target treatments to patients who can benefit from them as well as cut unnecessary health-care spending. It's also good that lawmakers recognized that research comparing one therapy to another should take into account that patients respond to treatments differently.
November 2, 2009 |
If history had taken a different course, Doug Holtz-Eakin would be inside the McCain White House driving the Republican president's domestic agenda, including health-care reform. But now, one year after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lost the presidential election, the man who was by McCain's side as the campaign's top health-care guru remains unemployed -- and his COBRA health coverage is running out. Irony of ironies, it gets worse. Holtz-Eakin, who is about to start shopping for insurance on the...
November 5, 2011 |
Over the past two decades, venture capitalists helped make possible striking advances in health care, including robotic surgery, cancer vaccines and genomics. But such innovations also fuel higher health-care spending, and now private investors see new opportunities in betting on companies that could curb those costs. America's health-care spending is "twice what it was 10 years ago, and it's forecasted to grow in an unaffordable way for the country," said John Doerr, a Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers...
May 24, 2009 |
Max Baucus , chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, may be President Obama's most critical ally on health-care reform. But which version of the independent-minded Montanan will preside as the debate intensifies this summer? Republicans hope it's the cautious loner with a history of betraying his party on politically sensitive bills. Democrats are rooting for the iconoclast who emerged this year as a newly reliable champion of the administration's ambitious agenda. Now 67, Baucus remains a Senate...