States seek ban on health coverage mandate

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Legal analysts expect courtroom battles over efforts by some U.S. state legislators to head off federal mandates for health insurance coverage.
Confusing healthcare polls vex politicians

Confusing healthcare polls vex politicians

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Contradictory polling data about Americans' feelings on healthcare reform measures have left U.S. politicians confused, observers say.

Obama: Healthcare reform to expand choices

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said the nation is regaining its financial footing although black and other minority communities remain hard hit.

House eyes 'Cadillac' health plan tax

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. House of Representatives leaders are discussing a tax on generous health insurance plans to help pay for healthcare system reforms, sources say.
GOP: Dems ignore its healthcare concerns

GOP: Dems ignore its healthcare concerns

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A healthcare bill emerging from the U.S. Senate Finance Committee "looks an awful lot like the Democrats' earlier proposals," a Republican leader says.

Obama faces waning support for war

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama faces waning support for his handling of the war in Afghanistan and anxiety about his healthcare reform effort, a poll shows.
Pelosi presses public healthcare option

Pelosi presses public healthcare option

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., kicked up her push for a divisive public healthcare insurance plan, saying it "saves the most money."
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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

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.

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