health reform

House Republicans Unveil Election Manifesto

Republicans in the House of Representatives promised to end "job-killing tax hikes" and repeal the health reform law as part of their campaign manifesto for the November election. In their "Pledge to America," House Republicans also say they will ban federal funding for abortion, cancel any unspent stimulus funding, and try suspected terrorists in military courts, The New York Daily News said.

Health Care After Reforms: More to Cheer than Fear

Some states are balking Obama's health-reform requirements for them to set up exchanges on which uninsured individuals and small businesses can purchase health coverage. But a closer look suggests uninsured Americans will be better off.

AT&T's Huge Health Reform Charge Is Just the Start

With the passage of health reform, top U.S. corporations are taking huge charges because the law is expected to reduce the deductions they can claim for their various employee health-care programs. On Friday, AT&T said it would need to take a $1 billion non-cash charge.

Why We Should Be Glad Health Reform Passed

There are some valid concerns with the health reform legislation, starting with the fact that there aren't enough cost-cutting measures -- or curbs on the insurance industry. But this law is the best bet to save both lives and money.

Why Health Care Reform Must Be Resuscitated

Obama and congressional leaders have one last chance to convince Americans that health reform is above politics. There%u2019s no question the plan is complicated -- and probably flawed -- but not passing it means fewer will be able to afford insurance and costs will continue to climb.

Health Insurer Profits Up 250% in Last Decade

Profits for the 10 largest U.S. insurance companies jumped 250% between 2000 and 2009, while millions of Americans have lost coverage, a report released Thursday said. The report found that the five biggest insurance companies saw their profits increase 56% in 2009 alone.

Whole Foods CEO: Be Like Me

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's plan to give employees breaks on health insurance for lower blood pressure and body mass index is ruffling feathers. Has this notorious "right-wing hippie" gone too far?

The State of the Union
Will Depend on Jobs

During his address Wednesday night, look for President Obama to focus on solutions for problem No. 1: The lack of jobs. Employment growth will determine not just the economy's fate, but also that of the Democratic majorities in Congress -- and possibly of Obama's presidency.

How a Tea Party-Led U.S. Might Look

Tea Partiers favor limited government and a free market. Problem is, it was the free market that led to the crisis that created the very miserable economic conditions the Tea Partiers protest.

Feds Push Health Care System to Go Paperless

With most U.S. hospitals and doctors' offices still mired in paper, new federal standards for electronic records seek to resolve this mess -- although they're not without controversy.

For Democrats, It's Create Jobs or Lose Power

The clock is ticking for Democrats. Obama and his party have just six months to create jobs and lower unemployment, or divided government in Washington is ahead. Failure to improve the jobs outlook by summer means Republicans could return to power in the U.S. House in the November elections.

Dialysis Firm DaVita 'Nervous' About Reform

While DaVita says health reform would allow the dialysis-center operator to offer more integrated care, it could hurt business if Medicare recipients become an even bigger part of its patient load. CEO Kent Thiry reviews the pros and cons of reform.

Health Reform Leaves Millions Uninsured

While many politicians trumpet the increased insurance coverage in the health-reform legislation, the bill the Senate will soon vote on still leaves 23 million uninsured. What's more, neither the Senate nor the House version of the reform takes effect before 2013, leaving many uninsured without relief for years.

Obama Gets Climate Deal but Emissions Cuts Not Binding

In a political victory for Barack Obama, the U.S. president emerged from the global climate summit in Copenhagen late Friday with a deal with China, India and other key countries to reduce earth-harming emissions. But environmentalists were disappointed the cuts were not binding while skeptics weren't disappointed there was a deal at all.