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July 22, 2003
TEN YEARS after Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the fiasco that began as a bold bid to overhaul the nation's health care system, pressure to provide medical insurance for all Americans is building again. A return of double-digit increases in health insurance premiums has shaken business and political leaders out of the complacency that settled in during the late '90s boom years when insurers could rely on the stock market for profits. And while insurance costs are rising, the struggling economy robs employers and individuals of the wherewithal to pay them.
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BUSINESS
By BRUCE JAPSEN and BRUCE JAPSEN,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 14, 2006
Hoping to prod an estimated 5 million uninsured Americans into buying health insurance, the American Medical Association backed yesterday a tax penalty for individuals and families who make enough to buy medical coverage but choose not to. The AMA's policymaking House of Delegates vote in favor of what it called "individual responsibility" comes as state and federal lawmakers are weighing similar ideas in the form of legislation in Congress and statehouses...
FEATURES
By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,Universal Press Syndicate | July 29, 1991
Early in July, a judge in Minnesota ruled against physicians at Hennepin County Medical Center who asked permission to disconnect a respirator from an 86-year-old woman against her husband's wishes.The woman, Helga Wanglie, was covered by private medical insurance, so getting the bills paid was not the hospital's concern. What worried the doctors and prompted their action was simply the futility of the treatment they were giving her against their better judgment.Mrs. Wanglie was in a persistent vegetative state, a condition in which the care she was receiving could mechanically keep her heart beating and lungs breathing but could not restore her to consciousness.
NEWS
By Judith Graham and Michael Martinez and Judith Graham and Michael Martinez,Los Angeles Times | January 21, 2007
For almost a dozen years, conventional wisdom has dictated that far-reaching, national health care reform wasn't possible in this country. But political winds are blowing in a strong new direction. Now, states are seizing the initiative on this issue, challenging persistent policy deadlock in Washington. Business groups are standing with labor unions and consumer activists, calling for reform. Even the insurance industry has advanced a proposal for universal coverage. As a new wave of reform initiatives surges across the nation, Congress is showing interest in supporting state innovations and is likely to begin a renewed debate over which direction national reforms should take.
NEWS
By Stuart Butler | February 13, 1992
PRESIDENT BUSH'S long-awaited health-care reform plan may well reshape the debate over health care.The president has offered a solid plan for extending medical benefits to the estimated 34 million uninsured and has offered realistic proposals for solving some of the ancillary problems driving up health-care costs, such as malpractice lawsuits based more on greed than justice.But he doesn't push his reform plan far enough.What ails the U.S. health-care system is apparent to virtually everyone.
FEATURES
By New York Times News Service | May 17, 1992
Q: Could you list companies that cover medical expenses for travelers going out of the country?A: Here are some companies that offer medical insurance -- sometimes available only in combination with other kinds of coverage, such as trip cancellation. Bear in mind that most companies will not cover pre-existing medical problems, and their definition of such problems varies. Rates are for two weeks of coverage; longer-term coverage is also available. Some of the policies have a deductible for each claim.
NEWS
September 29, 1993
Clinton health plan needs more workAfter reading about the president's proposed national health care plan I am greatly disturbed at the level of naivete. While supposedly "all encompassing," it has many faults.The president says that everyone will contribute toward coverage, with employers large and small bearing a fair share of the expense. The plan proposed a 7.9 percent of payroll cap on large businesses, with all small businesses expected to contribute at a prorated level.The reality is that most large employers have contracts that were a result of collective bargaining.
NEWS
By JUDITH GRAHAM and JUDITH GRAHAM,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 6, 2006
CHICAGO -- With millions of Americans losing health insurance and crying for relief from soaring medical costs, Illinois is considering a bold and once-unthinkable proposal - extending medical coverage to all state residents. It's a daunting, politically divisive and potentially expensive prospect, with 1.8 million uninsured people in the state. But experts say health care reform might stand a better chance of passing in Illinois than almost anywhere in the nation. "The odds are long, but they're much better in Illinois than most other states," said Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
NEWS
By Ed Brandt and Ed Brandt,Staff Writer | November 2, 1993
When President Clinton and Congress finish pushing that health-care rock down the road a year or so from now, Frances Mackall, 32, will probably be at the end of the line awaiting treatment for a painful kidney stone.She is one of an estimated 37 million Americans without medical coverage.Removing the kidney stone would require an operation that costs $5,000, nearly half of what her family receives annually in Social Security and other benefits. Her remaining options seem to be these:* Acquire a life-threatening condition that qualifies her for free emergency room treatment.
NEWS
By Dallas Morning News | November 10, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Critics contend a U.S. Supreme Court decision not to stop the cutting of medical benefits for a man with AIDS will encourage employers across the country to lessen medical benefits for sufferers of many costly, chronic illnesses."
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