By Hope Ditto. It’s Friday and you know what that means – a brand new roundup of health care news you can use!
The big news this week – census data is out and the percentage of people with health insurance is down for the first time in over two decades. More on the report and its findings from the Wall Street Journal Health Blog.
Ding-ding! And we’re back in the ring for another round of fight-that-doesn’t-end on the Hill. With election season officially upon us, both sides are jumping at the chance to offer their solution to the health care issue.
But first, in case you’re confused by just what health care reform is and isn’t in effect, a “Consumer’s Guide to the Health Law, Six Months In,” by Kaiser Health News.
The White House is planning a full-scale PR strike to promote both the original bill and their additional proposals that will be coming up for a vote in the next few weeks, according to Politico. Loyalist Democrats launched the Health Information Center this week, a multi-million dollar effort to promote all of this and supplement White House efforts with more down-in-the-dirt, War Room style tactics. Gritty reports from the trenches to follow, no doubt.
Meanwhile the GOP is planning a slightly simpler approach – as House Minority Leader John Boehner told an editorial board earlier this week. Knowing that a repeal of the original bill is unlikely, Boehner plans instead to just cut off all funding required to implement it. “They’ll get not one dime from us. Not a dime,” he promised. And the war wages on…
Ezra Klein of the Washington Post reports that across the board, health care reform is polling poorly as did the Wall Street Journal blog, citing one report that more Americans would vote for a candidate that supported repealing the health care reform act than wouldn’t.
With all this in mind, it doesn’t come as much surprise that Democratic congressional candidates are wary – to say the least – of jumping on the Obamacare bandwagon. In fact, according to a report out today, they’re actually spending more money on ads opposing health care reform than ads promoting it. Per Politico, “Since the beginning of Congress’s August recess, Democratic candidates have poured $930,000 into ads deriding the health overhaul but just $300,000 in pro-reform spots, according to Evan Tracey at Kantar Media,” And, according to The Hill, one Democratic candidate has even gone so far as to sign the GOP repeal pledge.
Only one thing about health care reform and the midterm election is clear at this point – it’s going to be a long six weeks.
On a different but equally politically charged topic, a CDC report out this week indicates that almost one-third of all sex education courses for teens discuss birth control – different methods, how they are used, etc. As a Washington Post blog entry on the report explains, lessons about saying no and STDs were much more common.
Ever felt bad coughing, sneezing or otherwise exposing your doctor to your germs while in for a visit? Think again. As USA Today reported, more than half of doctors and nurses they surveyed would and do come to work when they themselves are sick. Talk about a germy situation!
And, just in time for fall, new tips on how to track the flu, per the WSJ Health blog.
Finally, in the age of Big Business, Big Government and Big Brother, a piece on the plight of the community hospital and its fight to remain independent.
That’s all for this week; check back every Friday for your weekly roundup of health care news you can use.