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2009-09-30 12:44:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, in a vote of 10-13 in the Senate Finance Committee, the Hatch Amendment #C14 was defeated. The amendment would have explicitly prohibited federal funding and coverage of abortions. The Committee also voted down an amendment by Senator Hatch that would have prevented discrimination against any individual or entity who refused to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions. Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of...

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2009-09-24 13:00:05

The Senate Finance Committee is slowly working to develop a revised healthcare bill, as neither Republicans nor Democrats appear to be succeeding at a compromise. The panel faces hundreds of proposed amendments to the $900 billion healthcare bill, which is of top priority to President Barack Obama. According to Reuters, the panel's reform bill would curb subsidies to the Advantage plan, but Republicans argue that the move would hamper insurance companies' ability to compete. "Why would we...

2009-09-22 10:38:00

$30M in Industry Money Clouding Debate, Says Consumer Watchdog WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The health care industry and its lobbyists have hosted at least 130 fundraisers this year for members of Congress who sit on the five key committees responsible for crafting a health care overhaul, according to an analysis released today by the nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog. Health industry PACs and individuals donated $30.7 million to members of those committees over the same...

2009-09-21 12:37:00

Committee for Economic Development Backs Effort to Improve Choice and Competition WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Committee for Economic Development (CED) today urged the Senate Finance Committee to amend the America's Health Future Act (sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT)) by adopting the "Free Choice" amendment submitted Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). The "Free Choice" amendment is a key element of the Healthy Americans Act (S. 391) which was...

2009-09-16 12:58:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on the proposal released by Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee: "Assuring the affordability of health care for all Americans and requiring accountability for insurance companies are two of our central principles in this reform. "We look forward to studying the impact of the Senate Finance Committee Chairman's mark on America's families and businesses, and on...

2009-09-16 12:17:00

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Mark Ganz, president and chief executive officer of Regence BlueCross BlueShield, regarding introduction today of the health reform bill for consideration by the Senate Finance Committee: "I applaud Chairman Baucus and his working group of senators for their bipartisan work on health reform. By introducing a bill today, Chairman Baucus has moved our nation forward on the difficult yet important road to reform....

2009-08-07 11:33:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The differences between the House and Senate health care reform bills aren't just for wonky policy experts," say former Chief of Staff to the House Aging Committee Bob Weiner and Analyst Jordan Osserman. "They translate to real differences in Americans' lives." In an op-ed column in today's Palm Beach Post, "THE PROGNOSIS FOR REFORM," Weiner and Osserman contend, "With no public option, the Senate Finance bill, developed by Republicans and...

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2009-07-29 13:27:58

Republican and Democratic senators could be nearing an agreement on a new healthcare reform bill, according to Republican Senator Charles Grassley. Grassley is one of three Republicans who sit on the Senate Finance Committee, which is currently discussing the future of the healthcare bill. "Will we get it done so we can get a bill to the other members by this weekend because there is a certain time you've got to give people to study it? We're on the edge, and almost there," Grassley told...

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2009-07-18 06:50:00

In a 23-18 vote, the House Ways and Means Committee approved new legislation on Friday that would impose a sizeable tax on wealthy Americans to fund the estimated $1 trillion in costs for healthcare reform. The new taxes would be imposed on couples earning more than $350,000 a year.  However, critics of the plan say it would do little, if anything, to curb rising healthcare costs, and that it would significantly harm small businesses that fall into this tax category.   The...

2009-07-15 12:07:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Steele will outline a unifying set of core Republican principles for health care reform, spelling out what Republicans are for and what they are against while seeking to correct common myths about what President Obama claims his health care plan would do for ordinary Americans. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has already begun work on a health care...


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