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Information on health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid, and public health policies, legislation and budget matters. Also, links, articles and emerging issues on abortion information, rights and laws, and the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
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First Year Changes Under Obama's Health Care Reform Bill
Lists first-year changes for Americans under President Obama's health care reform plan bill.

Obama Urges Final Passage of Health Care Reform Bill
President Obama's remarks on March 3, 2010 urging Congressional passage of a final health care reform bill package. Obama expresses support for a plan that uses both Republican and Democratic ideas to make three changes to the current health care system

Health Care Reform under President Obama
A hub of provocative columns and articles chronicling health care reform under President Obama and the 111th Congress in 2009-2010.

Key Provisions of the Senate Health Care Bill
Summary of key provisions in the U.S. Senate health care bill, ""Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," H.R. 3590, which was unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on November 18, 2009

Stupak Amendment to Prohibit Government-Funded Abortions
Presents the text of the controversial Stupak amendment which won House passage on November 7, 2009 as part of the House Health Care Reform Bill. The vote pitted pitted pro-choice Democrats against 64 pro-life Democrats who voted for passage.

Who voted NO on the House Health Care Bill?
Lists the 39 Democrats who voted against the landmark House health care reform bill which won passage on November 7, 2009. List includes affiliations with pro-business Blue Dog Democrats.

Provisions of the House Healthcare Bill
Key provisions and basics of "Affordable Health Care for America Act," H.R. 3962, which was passed by the House on Nov 7, 2009 in a historic 220 to 215 vote. The bill was endorsed by AARP and the AMA, and strongly supported by President Obama. Per the CBO, the revised bill will slightly reduce the federal deficit.

White House Statement of Support for House Health Care Bill
Full text of the White House Nov 6, 2009 statement of "strong support" for the House Health Care Bill, as revised after negotiations and reintroduced by Speaker Pelosi on October 30, 2009.

Obama's Health Care Reform Speech to Congress
Full text of President Obama's speech to Congress on health care reform legislation, delivered on September 9, 2009.

President Obama's Health Insurance Reform Plan
Outlines President Obama's aggressive eight-point consumer protection plan to reform health insurance policies offered by private insurance corporations.

President Obama's Health Care Reform Plan
This article explains and simplifies answers to key questions about President Obama's health care reform plan provisions, ideas, and rationale.

Pros & Cons of Government Healthcare
Gives succinct pros and cons for government-funded healthcare, and a frank assessment of where healthcare reform stands. "Government healthcare" in the U.S. refers to government funding of healthcare services via direct payments to doctors, hospitals and other providers.

Should Govt Healthcare Be Offered for All Americans?
Readers share their thoughts as to whether or not government-funded healthcare be offered as one of many coverage options, or as the only healthcare option, to all Americans.

Glossary of Healthcare Plan Definitions
This article lists definitions of healthcare plan terms used in the 2009 political debate over policies and issues in connection with President Obama's goal to provide universal health care for all Americans.

Obama Campaign Promises: Health Care
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's health care policies.

Bush Slashes Health Care Program for Uninsured Children
Explanation and a timeline of the Bush administration's attempts to cripple the bipartisan Congressional move to expand the SCHIP program, which provides federal funds to states to give health care services to uninsured children from lower-income families.

Liberalism 101: Democratic Party Agenda on Health Care
The following is the Democratic Party agenda on health care. "We will join 36 other industrialized nations in making sure everyone has access to affordable health care, starting by... "

Pros & Cons of Masschusetts Mandatory Health Insurance Program
In April 2006, MA Governor Mitt Romney signed into law a broad new program requiring all citizens to obtain health insurance. The state legislatures both strongly approved this landmark legislation on a bipartisan basis. The program's ambitious aim is to cover 95% of the state's 500,000 uninsured within three years. There are pros and cons to this radical reform plan.

Barack Obama's Speech Urging Universal Health Insurance
Delivered by Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, a candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination for the presidency: THE TIME HAS COME FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the Families USA Conference, Washington, DC.

Sen. Barack Obama's Speech on World AIDS Day 2006
Remarks by Senator Barack Obama delivered on Dec 1, 2006 at the Global Summit on AIDS at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church Campus in Lake Forest, California

Democrats Push 2006 Legislation to Reduce Abortions
"We believe that it is necessary for all Americans to join together and embrace policies that will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, decrease abortions and improve access to women's health care.There is no question that the rate of unintended pregnancy is too high in the United States," co-wrote Senators Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton on April 18, 2006.

Pros & Cons of Partial Birth Abortions
Partial-birth abortion is a non-medical term used to describe a type of abortion performed after the first trimester of pregnancy. It's also one of the most hotly contested right-to-life political issues in American life today. Most legal battles over banning this procedure relate to the inclusion of exemptions to save the life or health of the woman.

Medicaid Made Simple: Health Care for 50 Million Low-Income Americans
Medicaid made simple, so you can understand the political issue. President Bush and the Republican-led House want to slash Medicaid by up to $20 billion over 5 years, thus depriving millions of low-income Americans of healthcare access. The Senate dealt a strong rebuke to the Bush budget by rescinding all Medicaid cuts. The Senate and House will fight this out in coming months.

Bush Aims to End Life-Saving Progams for Kids & Families
The Bush budget for 2006 includes $788 million in cuts to Health & Human Services programs. The US now spends $788 million in Iraq every 86 hours. One program to be ended is the Traumatic Brain Injury Program, which has helped Terri Schiavos in 49 states since 1997. Other services being killed are emergency services for kids, trauma care programs and many infectious disease services.

Pro-Life Democrats Drive to Reduce Abortions by 95%
Democratic Congressmen joined Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) in April 2005 to kick-off the group's "95-10 Initiative," which consists of 17 programs designed to aggressively reduce US abortions by 95% within 10 years. Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-OH) will be introducing the 95-10 Initiative soon in Congress.

US Senator Hillary Clinton on Abortion & Family Planning
US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a longtime proponent of family-planning and womens' healthcare policies, speaks out about family-planning, teen pregnancy prevention and Democratic Party abortion stances. This Senate website link leads to her extensive remarks in January 2005, urging moderation of Democratic Party policies on abortion.

Senator John Kerry's 2005 Childrens' Health Insurance Bill
Link leads to John Kerry's US Senate website summary of the bill he introduced in January 2005, the "Kids Come First Act," which will provide health insurance to every child in America.

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