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Obama In Campaign Mode On Health Reform

With three town hall meetings in the past in the past week, President Obama and Democrats are staying in campaign mode on their push for reform, The Washington Post reports. "At this point in the debate, the president's team says several things are clear. One is that Obama has taken a hit this summer because of health care and other factors. Another is that he is not continuing to fall. 'There's no doubt he took a dip, but things are stable, ' (senior presidential adviser David) Axelrod said. Better news about the economy, he argued, has helped cushion the effects of the health-care debate. 'There's been some stabilization.'" Reports indicate that in private meetings, the president has been "intensely focused on developing a strategy for winning the health-care debate" once Congress returns to work in September.

Mexican Health Care Reform Has Been Convoluted And Ineffective

A Policy Forum published in this week's open access journal PLoS Medicine argues that twenty-five years of health care reforms in Mexico have increased insurance coverage but have not resulted in greater efficiency and have not significantly reduced health inequities despite their costs in a country that has huge divisions between the rich and the poor. Health care reform in Mexico attracted international attention with the introduction in 2003 of the Seguro Popular-known as the "People's Health Insurance, " a voluntary program designed by the federal government and promoted as a program to provide free health care insurance to the poorest of the poor.

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Affordable Medical Insurance Is Reality, Viagra Coverage Unlikely

As Americans become increasingly frustrated with rising health care costs, for many of them it seems that affordable medical insurance is out of their reach. Families are searching for ways to pay for medications that are partially covered by insurance plans as well as those that are not typically covered, such as Viagra. The struggle to make ends meet is intensified by these medical costs, yet it is still possible to obtain affordable medical insurance, even during a time of economic crisis. Because quality medical coverage is becoming a necessity in order to handle the high costs of health care, financial experts are suggesting that families make cuts in other areas of spending before skimping on medical insurance plans.

Health Care Premiums Rose 5.3 Times Faster Than Earnings In North Carolina From 2000 Through 2009

Family health care premiums rose an estimated 5.3 times faster than earnings for North Carolina's workers from 2000 through 2009, according to a report issued by the consumer health organization Families USA. In that 10-year period, family health insurance premiums rose by 96.8 percent, while median earnings rose by only 18.4 percent. The Families USA report for North Carolina is an update of its original groundbreaking 2006 report, which was the first of its kind to document these changes on a state-specific basis. Among the new report's key findings are: - For family health coverage provided through the workplace in North Carolina, the average annual health insurance premium (employer and worker share of premiums combined) in the 2000-2009 period rose from $6, 649 to $13, 083-an increase of $6, 434, or 96.

White House Offers Reassurance That Public Option Is Very Much Alive

The Wall Street Journal : "The White House sent an email to members of Congress and other supporters saying that President Barack Obama wants a public insurance option as part of health-care overhaul. Ms. Sebelius seemed to suggest otherwise on Sunday, saying a public option isn't an 'essential element.'" "The flap illustrates the difficulty of communicating Mr. Obama's position on a public option - he believes it is the best way to lower costs and increase coverage, but he is also open to alternatives. That message is designed to appease two constituencies. Liberal activists say they will oppose any overhaul without a public option, while moderates worry it will pave the way for a government-run health system.

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Health Care Premiums Rose 2.7 Times Faster Than Earnings In Louisiana From 2000 Through 2009

Family health care premiums rose an estimated 2.7 times faster than earnings for Louisiana's workers from 2000 through 2009, according to a report issued today by the consumer health organization Families USA. In that 10-year period, family health insurance premiums rose by 82.3 percent, while median earnings rose by only 30.4 percent. The Families USA report for Louisiana is an update of its original groundbreaking 2006 report, which was the first of its kind to document these changes on a state-specific basis. Among the new report's key findings are: - For family health coverage provided through the workplace in Louisiana, the average annual health insurance premium (employer and worker share of premiums combined) in the 2000-2009 period rose from $6, 536 to $11, 913-an increase of $5, 377, or 82.

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