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Senate bill may include public option

Senate bill may include public option

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Top Democrats are leaning toward including a publicly funded health insurance option in a healthcare reform bill in the U.S. Senate, sources said Thursday.

Poll: Healthcare reform would raise costs

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Nearly half of Americans asked said they feared health costs would increase if a healthcare reform bill passes, a Gallup Poll released Thursday indicated.
Medicare doc payment cuts freeze unlikely

Medicare doc payment cuts freeze unlikely

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he doesn't have the votes needed to pass a bill that would freeze scheduled Medicare cuts for 10 years.

Poll: Healthcare details key for support

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The devil's in the details for 39 percent of Americans who say their support of healthcare reform depends on the bill's particulars, a Gallup Poll indicated.
Senate revisits public healthcare option

Senate revisits public healthcare option

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Senate Democratic leaders, pressed by the party's liberal wing, are considering reviving a public option in the U.S. healthcare reform bill, lawmakers said.

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Docs offered freeze in Medicare cuts

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders have offered to freeze cuts in Medicare payments to doctors in exchange for doctors' support of healthcare reform, sources say.

Obama seeks grassroots work on healthcare

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President appealed to grassroots activists to make calls about healthcare reform, using a medium he exploited during his presidential run: the Internet.

4 in 5 say healthcare reform to up economy

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Four in five U.S. adults say they believe it is important that President Obama includes health reform in plans to address the economy, a survey indicates.
Poll: Public healthcare option favored

Poll: Public healthcare option favored

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The percentage of U.S. residents supporting a public option in the healthcare reform debate is 57 percent, an ABC News-Washington Post poll indicates.

Medicare premium increase

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The monthly premium for basic Medicare coverage will go up to $110.50 a month, a 15 percent increase for about 12 million program beneficiaries.
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Dems, insurers spar over reform provisions

Dems, insurers spar over reform provisions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. insurers and congressional Democrats are arguing over key provisions in healthcare reform bills now being considered, analysts say.

Aide: Obama won't demand public option

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama wants, but won't demand, a public insurance option as part of healthcare reform, a top White House adviser said Sunday.
Specter: GOP is 'party of obstructionism'

Specter: GOP is 'party of obstructionism'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Republicans are a "party of obstructionism" on healthcare reform, one time GOP Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., said Sunday.

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White House said angry with union ally

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The White House is angry with the leader of the country's largest public employee union, a major ally on U.S. healthcare reform, administration officials say.

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Obama attacks insurance companies

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama attacked insurance companies Saturday, saying they have resorted to "smoke and mirrors" to try to sink healthcare reform.

Did White House launch healthcare lobby?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The Obama administration helped kick-start a campaign by corporate lobbying campaign for healthcare reform, Politico reported Friday.
Once scorned senator could hold care key

Once scorned senator could hold care key

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Sen. Roland W. Burris, D-Ill., is viewed by some to be a potential key player in the national healthcare debate, political observers say.

Healthcare provisions focused on fitness

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Proposed healthcare reform provisions reviewed by U.S. Senate committees say workers nationwide who fail physical examinations could face harsher penalties.

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Clinton viewed more favorably than Obama

Clinton viewed more favorably than Obama

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- More Americans have a favorable view of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton than President Obama, a Gallup Poll released Thursday suggests.
Public health option has lots of options

Public health option has lots of options

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Inter- and intra-party debate is heating up in the U.S. Congress on whether to have a public option in healthcare reform and, if so, what it will look like.
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