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White House healthcare summit invites sent

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The White House Friday sent invitations to congressional leaders for a Washington summit on healthcare.

Lobbying up 5 percent in 2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- While the rest of the United States was mired in a recession, lobbyist spending jumped 5 percent in 2009, a campaign finance watchdog report indicated Friday.
Kennedy to retire

Kennedy to retire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said he will not seek re-election this year, leaving Congress after 16 years in office.
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Tauzin leaving PhRMA

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., has announced his resignation as the pharmaceutical industry's top lobbyist.

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GOP's Gregg open to healthcare discussions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- One Republican says he welcomes the chance to discuss healthcare reform at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama in a few weeks.
Congress, state to probe insurer's hike

Congress, state to probe insurer's hike

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Congress will investigate Anthem Blue Cross's pending rate hike in California, cited by President Barack Obama in his effort to move along healthcare reform.

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Obama wants bipartisan healthcare action

Obama wants bipartisan healthcare action

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A bipartisan discussion about jobs and the U.S. economy touched on how lawmakers can move ahead on healthcare reform, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

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GOP hints it might skip healthcare summit

GOP hints it might skip healthcare summit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. House Republican leaders Monday indicated they might be "reluctant to participate" in a healthcare summit proposed by President Barack Obama.

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Obama invites GOP to healthcare table

Obama invites GOP to healthcare table

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Sunday said he has invited Republican and Democratic leaders to meet with him to work on healthcare reform.
Sen. Scott Brown

Sen. Scott Brown

BOSTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The election for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy is to be certified, clearing the way for Republican Scott Brown to be seated.
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Healthcare Reform
President Barack Obama participates in a national tele-town hall meeting at the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center with senior citizens to discuss the Affordable Care Act and ways to combat scams targeting seniors in Wheaton, Maryland on June 8, 2010. Secretary of Health and Human Service Kathleen Sebelius was on hand to moderate the questions from seniors. UPI/Gary Fabiano/Pool
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Health care reform is a general rubric used for discussing major health policy creation or changes—for the most part, governmental policy that affects health care delivery in a given place. Health care reform typically attempts to:

The Netherlands has introduced a new system of health care insurance based on risk equalization through a risk equalization pool. In this way, a compulsory insurance package is available to all citizens at affordable cost without the need for the insured to be assessed for risk by the insurance company. Furthermore, health insurers are now willing to take on high risk individuals because they receive compensation for the higher risks .

A 2008 article in the journal Health Affairs suggested that the Dutch health system, which combines mandatory universal coverage with competing private health plans, could serve as a model for reform in the US.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Healthcare Reform."
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