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August 5, 2009 | Mike Dorning
When President Obama says he has the best healthcare in the world, he isn't kidding. The White House medical unit, with a staff of four doctors plus nurses and physicians' assistants, is steps from his office. Treatment is free for Obama and his family (as well as for the vice president and his family). During the president's travels, a doctor and nurse ride in a limousine in his motorcade. An emergency medical technician comes too, with an ambulance.
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August 16, 2009 | Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is founder of the Center for Health Transformation.
When Sarah Palin said that the emerging healthcare reform legislation would lead to "death panels" and government rationing of care, her language was explosive, but her premise about rationing was not. The most critical test of any reform proposal is whether it will empower individuals or impose on them. It is a fact that the leading bills in Congress would increase the power of government and decrease individual freedom. You cannot spend an additional $1 trillion of taxpayer money and reduce the role of government.
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September 13, 2009 | Alex Blum, Alex Blum trained in pediatric medicine at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. He is now an Evidence and Health Policy Fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He sits on the board of directors of the National Physicians Alliance and is the national field director for Doctors for America.
Along with every other pediatrician I know, I have seen far too often the unconscionable consequences of children not having healthcare coverage. One case still haunts me. In the middle of one night during my training at a county hospital outside of Los Angeles, a 12-year-old boy arrived at the emergency room. He was having a seizure. From a brain scan, we made the terrible diagnosis: He had suffered a massive stroke. At best, he would be severely disabled for the rest of his life.
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September 14, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
In his speech to a joint session of Congress, President Obama said his healthcare overhaul would cost "around $900 billion over 10 years" -- a hefty price tag but substantially less than the projected cost of some of the proposals lawmakers are considering. Here is a look at what that number means: Where does the figure come from? Although the White House has not drawn a connection, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who has been working on a bill designed to attract moderates in both parties, has indicated his legislation should cost about $900 billion.
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April 1, 2004
"An Inside Look at a Health Crisis" (March 28) is one of the most important issues facing us today here in the U.S. There is almost no civilized country in the world where everyone is not under medical protection. To allow unnecessary sickness and physical ailments to exist here is not indicative of our current medical abilities, and must not be allowed to continue. The time has come now to create laws that include everyone in healthcare -- all. It is not socialism. It is humanism.
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October 1, 2009 | Jordan Rau, Jordan Rau, who previously covered the California Legislature for The Times, is a correspondent at Kaiser Health News, a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
When Congress began working on healthcare legislation this year, Massachusetts' universal insurance plan was often cited by Democrats as a model to follow. But as the increasingly difficult negotiations enter the fall, legislators might also study the lessons of California. In 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed covering the state's 6.5 million uninsured residents through a plan similar to the one Massachusetts had deployed the previous year. The California program would have required all citizens to obtain insurance, with the state subsidizing part of the premiums for lower earners.
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