October 1, 2009 |
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.
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.
March 19, 2010
We heard this week from a friend of the Op-Ed page, Carolyn Keenan Kmiec, the wife of Douglas Kmiec. Both are on leave from Pepperdine University while Doug is serving as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Malta. As strong supporters of President Obama's efforts to have healthcare understood as a basic human right, they are constantly being asked why the U.S. lacks the universal coverage that exists even in a far less affluent nation like Malta. This is an especially awkward question, noted Carol, "when one considers that Maltese doctors view house calls -- in this age of obesity and poor nutritional habits -- as vital to the doctor-patient relationship."
November 21, 2009 |
Democrats and their allies formally moved their healthcare bill to the Senate floor tonight, rebuffing Republicans and ensuring that lawmakers will get a long and acrimonious debate on the overhaul of the healthcare system. All 58 Democrats and the two independents who usually vote with them backed cloture on a motion to proceed, a needed procedural step to bring the Democratic-backed healthcare bill to the floor and open formal debate. Thirty-nine Republicans opposed the motion.
December 2, 2009
Senate Democrats will have to win several procedural votes if they are to send President Obama a healthcare bill. AMENDMENTS Lawmakers from both parties are allowed to offer amendments to the healthcare bill. When expected: Now through Christmas or beyond. Votes required: Subject to negotiation, with 60 likely for more contentious amendments. CLOTURE TO END DEBATE ON THE BILL Required to end a Republican filibuster and move to a vote on the bill.
May 17, 2013 |
When Medicare disclosed average charges from thousands of U.S. hospitals for 100 common procedures last week, only one hospital was near the top in every category: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Be it a cardiac stent, a hip replacement or a pacemaker, Cedars-Sinai's list prices for these routine treatments ranked among the top 5% in the country. For example, the average charge at Cedars-Sinai for gallbladder surgery with complications was $153,302 in 2011 compared with the U.S. median charge of $42,380, government data show.