Raising Women’s Voices

3 news items on the national health reform front

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on January 15, 2009

1)Economy Depends on Better Health Care,
Interest Groups Say in New Ad Campaign: On January 8th, a multimillion dollar television advertising campaign was launched to bring visibility to the need of health reform in the current economic climate. The ad will be on-air until February 5th, on major networks including CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and Comedy Central. The six groups behind the campaign include: the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Medical Association, Families USA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, and the Service Employees International Union.

2) Commonwealth Fund Plan Would Cover
45 Million Uninsured, Up Spending 1 Percent: The “Building Blocks” proposal is estimated to cost the federal government $103.9 billion during the first year. The Lewin Group analyzed 10 proposals from the 110th Congress, finding a range of changes, including a bill introduced by Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-Calif.) that would increase the number of insured and a savings of $58.1 billion in total health spending. Other proposals, including Sen. Mike Enzi’s plan (R-Wyo.), would increase health care spending by $64.1 billion. Under Rep. Sam Johnson’s (R-Texas) plan, an additional 283,000 people would lose health coverage.

3) HHS Nominee Daschle Pledges to Work
With Both Parties on Health System Reform: On January 8th, HHS Nominee Tom Daschle told a Senate panel that he wanted to work in a bipartisan collaborative manner, adding that transparency, grassroots efforts and input from the American people were essential to the process. Daschle stressed the need for the preventative health care, and that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services were critical in aiding in the affordability, accessibility, and quality of health care reform. Daschle also pledged to reform the FDA, bringing to the agency a restored focus on science.

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