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Commentary: Obama should think small on health care reformupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 06:35:00

President Obama has taken the advice of famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. "Make no little plans," Burnham said, "they have no magic to stir men's blood."

CNNMoney: Biggest medical mystery: The billupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 05:27:00

Ask most Americans how much it costs to visit a doctor and they probably do not know.

CNNMoney: What cutting $100 million really meansupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 17:01:00

President Obama told his Cabinet on Monday to come up with ways to collectively cut $100 million from their agencies' budgets.

Commentary: Getting healthy on the jobupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 07:09:00

At the World Economic Forum earlier this year, a group of corporate executives engaged in a thought-provoking discussion on a variety of health care topics, including workplace wellness programs.

Fortune: FDA reboot could cut health care costsupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 18:17:00

One of the cornerstones of Washington's omnibus stimulus plan is $19 billion in spending on improved information technology systems in hospitals and other health facilities throughout the U.S.

CNNMoney: Unhealthy habits cost you more at workupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 09:54:00

More companies are adopting a carrot-and-stick approach to lowering their health care costs: reward healthy workers and penalize those who maintain unhealthy habits.

'Health care reform cannot wait'updated: Fri Mar 20 2009 10:58:00

President Obama says work on reforming the health care system "will not wait another year."

Obama calls for health-care reform in 2009updated: Fri Mar 20 2009 10:58:00

President Obama pledged Tuesday night to cure Americans from what he called "the crushing cost of health care," saying the country could not afford to put health-care reform on hold.

Five mistakes that will land you in medical debtupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 09:52:00

It took the Trim family of Arlington, Texas, three hours to go $15,000 into debt.

Saving money on medsupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 14:14:00

The cost of prescription medication is breaking many budgets. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has 10 tips to cut costs.

CNNMoney: Workers pay more for health care - surveyupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 12:54:00

As health care costs continue to rise, more companies are adopting consumer- directed health plans that would lower their own costs but potentially raise costs for employees.

CNNMoney: Chopping costs by cutting pillsupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 06:38:00

More consumers, struggling to contain medical expenses, are resorting to "pill cutting" to makes their prescriptions last longer.

Prescription for changeupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 21:49:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux looks at President Obama's bid for health care reform.

Kennedy returns to Washington as health care talk heats upupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 21:49:00

Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has been recuperating from brain cancer surgery, was back in Washington on Thursday as President Obama set out to tackle a major domestic policy item on his increasingly loaded plate: health care reform.

Obama calls for overhaul of U.S. health care systemupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 21:29:00

President Obama on Thursday called for a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. health care system, warning that soaring medical costs present "one of the greatest threats not just to the well-being of our families ... but to the very foundation of our economy."

Health Care Summitupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 21:29:00

At President Obama's health care summit, members of both parties discussed their enthusiasm for reform

CNNMoney: Health crisis: 'A bankruptcy every 30 seconds'updated: Thu Mar 05 2009 15:57:00

The Obama administration is hosting a summit Thursday designed to cure a frustrated patient battling a persistent ailment: The United States and its rising health care costs.

Will Sebelius be a bipartisan force for Obama?updated: Tue Mar 03 2009 10:30:00

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' experience working with both Democrats and Republicans in her home state could be an asset to President Obama as he embarks on an effort at bipartisanship in reforming health care.

Obama picks Sebelius for HHSupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 10:30:00

President Obama nominates Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary.

Obama taps Sebelius, DeParle for health postsupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 15:04:00

President Obama announced his choices for two key health care positions on Monday, tapping Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for health and human services secretary and former Clinton administration official Nancy-Ann DeParle as White House health care czar.

Orszag emerges from behind the scenes as budget is unveiledupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 16:03:00

At 40, Peter Orszag is the youngest member of the Obama Cabinet and one of People magazine's "hottest." These days he's also front and center of the president's key policy initiatives.

Orszag: 'I'm supernerd'updated: Fri Feb 27 2009 16:03:00

Budget director Peter Orszag is the youngest member of the Cabinet. CNN's Jessica Yellin goes behind the scenes.

Fortune: The coming deficit reckoningupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 12:47:00

There is much that is encouraging in President Obama's first budget, but also items of concern for those of us who worry that our growing deficits and debts will imperil America's future.

CNNMoney: Obama's budget: Back to brass tacksupdated: Thu Feb 26 2009 08:32:00

President Obama has sought to inspire Americans to view the current financial crisis as an opportunity to better the country. In past times of upheaval, he said in his address Tuesday night, the United States emerged with new industries, a better educated citizenry and an economy geared for growth.

Obama seeks tax hike, higher Medicare paymentsupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 22:55:00

President Obama will ask wealthy Americans to deal with a tax increase and pay higher Medicare premiums to help fund a $634 billion health care "reserve fund" aimed at reforming the system, according to senior administration officials familiar with the budget being unveiled Thursday.

Obama answers criticsupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 00:05:00

President Obama responds to GOP governors who threaten to turn down stimulus aid. CNN's Dan Lothian reports.

Obama pledges to cut deficit in half at fiscal summitupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 00:05:00

President Obama pledged Monday to cut the nation's $1.3 trillion deficit in half by the end of his first term.

CNNMoney: Obama pledges to cut nation's deficit in halfupdated: Mon Feb 23 2009 16:41:00

President Barack Obama pledged Monday to cut the nation's $1.3 trillion deficit in half by the end of his first term.

Help for the uninsuredupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 14:20:00

CNN.com's Reggie Aqui talks to CNN's Elizabeth Cohen about help for the uninsured.

No health insurance? Get help hereupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 14:20:00

Dr. John Di Saia was playing baseball with his son a few weeks ago, and just as he rounded second base, he tumbled to the ground, breaking his fall with his elbow.

CNNMoney: Bailing out the states: How it will workupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 10:44:00

Struggling with gaping budget deficits, states are eagerly awaiting the hundreds of billions of dollars coming their way from Capitol Hill.

Business advice for Obamaupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 10:50:00

CNN's Charles Hodson reports on the economic advice President Obama is receiving from around the world.

What consumer advocates want from Obamaupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 10:50:00

As bad economic numbers fill the headlines day after day, Americans want to believe that better times are ahead. They want jobs, health care for the uninsured, accountability in business and other changes. And President Obama promised on the campaign trail that he would increase regulation of the financial industry, enable people to get affordable health care and put people back to work.

Commentary: Bush saved 10 million livesupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 14:30:00

A legacy of President George W. Bush will be that he saved 10 million lives around the world.

House passes expansion of children's health programupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 16:08:00

Congressional Democrats flexed their new political muscle Wednesday as the House of Representatives passed legislation expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program by more than $32 billion over five years.

Daschle: Urgent reform neededupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 21:16:00

Tom Daschle, the new administration's point man on health care reform, calls flaws in health care "corrosive."

Daschle: Health care flaws threaten economic securityupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 21:16:00

President-elect Barack Obama's point man on health care reform wasted no time in portraying a sense of urgency on the issue at his confirmation hearing Thursday.

CNNMoney: Obama: $1 trillion deficits 'for years'updated: Wed Jan 07 2009 08:04:00

President-elect Barack Obama is inheriting the worst economy in decades and says he'll need to "invest an extraordinary amount of money" to get it back on track.

Commentary: What New York needs in a senatorupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 06:28:00

Now that President-elect Barack Obama has nominated Sen. Hillary Clinton to be his secretary of state, the governor of New York will appoint a new senator to fill the vacancy.

Job creates health insurance twists, turns for manyupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 11:07:00

In early October, Starla Darling was just days away from giving birth to her second child. The 27-year-old mother from Polk, Ohio, had a well-paying job with good health insurance at the Archway Cookie plant in nearby Ashland.

Obama taps Daschle as 'lead architect' of health care planupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 13:41:00

President-elect Barack Obama announced Thursday that he has chosen former Sen. Tom Daschle to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Daschle honored at nominationupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 13:41:00

Tom Daschle says he is honored to be nominated as President-elect Obama's health care point man.

Source: Daschle to get Health and Human Services nod Thursdayupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 22:12:00

Former Sen. Tom Daschle will be announced Thursday as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, a Democratic source said Wednesday.

Family doctor shortageupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 09:58:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new survey that finds half of all primary physicans surveyed want to leave their practices.

Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicineupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 09:14:00

Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative.

Time.com: Patients Give U.S. Hospitals So-So Marksupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 17:00:00

The first national patient-satisfaction survey suggest U.S. hospitals have a ways to go.

Fortune: Call this a crisis? Just waitupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 10:55:00

Staring into the abyss always focuses the mind, which can help you avoid falling in. So let's take a look at the potential catastrophe that awaits us once we survive our current crisis.

CNNMoney: Health care: What they're proposing vs. what will passupdated: Wed Oct 22 2008 11:22:00

In his Democratic convention acceptance speech sixteen years ago, Bill Clinton declared that as one of the first initiatives of his administration, he would "take on the health care profiteers and make health care affordable for every family."

McCain: Obama tax plan 'welfare'updated: Fri Oct 17 2008 17:10:00

Sen. McCain says Sen. Obama voted to raise taxes and has a program that resembles "welfare," not a tax cut.

Biden lashes out at Palin's 'pro-America' commentupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 17:10:00

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden ripped into recent comments by his Republican counterpart that suggested that some places in the U.S. are more "pro-America" than others.

Time.com: Study: Seniors Not Quite Embracing Generic Drugsupdated: Thu Sep 25 2008 14:00:00

Seniors who switch between low-cost generic drugs and the original products based on who's footing the bill are likely driving up the cost of the government's Medicare drug plan, according to a new study.

Time.com: Health Insurance Costs Grew in 2008updated: Wed Sep 24 2008 11:00:00

Health insurance premiums rose a modest 5 percent this year for coverage that's getting skimpier, researchers say

Report: Millions of children have untreated tooth decayupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 20:17:00

Millions of poor American children have untreated tooth decay, some of them because they cannot find a dentist willing to treat them, a federal report issued Tuesday said.

Time.com: No Rise in 2009 Medicare Premiumsupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 16:00:00

The monthly premium for the vast majority of the elderly and disabled participating in Medicare will hold steady at $96.40 next year

CNNMoney: Uncle Sam: $407 billion in the holeupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 08:36:00

The budget deficit will jump by $246 billion to $407 billion this year, the Congressional Budget Office estimates in a report released Tuesday.

Time.com: Workers to Pay More for Health Careupdated: Thu Sep 04 2008 09:00:00

A survey being released by the Mercer consulting firm found 59% of companies intend to keep down rising health care costs in 2009 by raising workers' deductibles, copays or out-of-pocket spending limits

Commentary: Obama plan would save jobs, help middle classupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 22:52:00

President Bill Clinton's appearance at the Democratic National Convention last night served as a reminder of the economy we can have with policies that balance fiscal responsibility with investments in our people.

Census: Fewer Americans lack health insuranceupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 10:55:00

Participation in government health insurance programs -- particularly those aimed at children -- increased from 2006 to 2007, leading to a decrease in the number of Americans lacking insurance, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Money Magazine: Boomers won't bust us - Health care willupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 18:21:00

Entitlement has become a bit of a swear word. In Washington, D.C., it's technically a nonpejorative term for government programs like Social Security and Medicare that aren't subject to the usual budget process.

CNNMoney: Uninsured pay $30 billion for health careupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 17:09:00

Americans without health insurance will spend $30 billion out of pocket on medical care this year, according to a new report by George Mason University and the Urban Institute.

Time.com: Medicare: 3 in 10 Payments Made in Errorupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 16:00:00

A review of Medicare payments to suppliers of wheelchairs, oxygen machines and other medical equipment showed nearly three in 10 were made in error -- about four times the rate previously cited by the federal government, investigators said Monday

Hospital death ratesupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 19:51:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen looks at new government data on hospital mortality rates.

Hospital death rates for key conditions unveiledupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 19:51:00

If you or a loved one develops pneumonia or has a heart attack and is taken to a hospital, do you know what the chances are of getting out alive?

Time.com: Medicare Drug Premiums to Rise 12% updated: Thu Aug 14 2008 18:00:00

The typical Medicare beneficiary can expect to see about a $3 increase in their monthly premiums for prescription drug coverage in 2009, federal officials said Thursday

Time.com: Health Care Costs May Rise 10% updated: Mon Aug 11 2008 12:00:00

Health care costs are expected to rise more than 10 percent into next year, according to a survey of insurers by Aon Consulting Worldwide

Senate GOP pressured to stop Medicare 'meltdown'updated: Tue Jul 29 2008 11:31:00

Republicans were facing pressure Tuesday to vote for a rollback of across-the-board cuts in Medicare payments to health providers after a major doctors' group said the cuts could lead to a "meltdown" of the government's health care system for the elderly.

Time.com: Low Health Insurance Caps Leave Patients Strandedupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 15:00:00

Insurers set lifetime limits to keep rates low on some policies, but holders are learning that individual caps that seemed large quickly max out as health care costs soar

FSB: Healthcare biggest headache for small employersupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 12:21:00

The cost of health insurance continued its 20-year reign as the number-one issue worrying small-business owners, according to the latest edition of the Small-Business Problems and Priorities survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, released on Monday.

CNN Classroom Edition: Broken Gov't - Health Care: Critical Conditionupdated: Wed May 14 2008 20:31:00

Record the CNN Special Investigations Unit Classroom Edition: Broken Government: Health Care: Critical Condition when it airs commercial-free on Monday, May 19, 2008, from 4:00 -- 5:00 a.m. ET on CNN. (A short feature begins at 4:00 a.m. and precedes the program.)

CNNMoney: Solving a $2 trillion puzzleupdated: Thu May 01 2008 05:51:00

Reducing health care costs - and insuring the 47 million Americans who have no coverage - is the Rubik's Cube of policy puzzles. And it's one that the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates say they can solve.

Tax credits at heart of McCain's health care proposalupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 19:27:00

A tax credit to help individuals and families buy health insurance is at the heart of a health care proposal Sen. John McCain unveiled Tuesday.

McCain on health care reformupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 19:27:00

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain discusses his health care plans in Florida.

CNNMoney: Retirement wake-up callupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 04:47:00

Americans are becoming increasingly worried about saving for their retirement as the nation's economic outlook continues to darken, according to a new survey of workers and retirees released Wednesday.

Fortune: Why McCain has the best health-care planupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 09:57:00

Fellow Americans, choose your revolution. One way or another, we're getting a new health-care system. The old one is obviously broken. The U.S. now has 47 million uninsured, and costs are out of control. The Department of Health and Human Services predicts that if things continue as they are, health spending will almost double by 2017 to $4.3 trillion, or one-fifth of GDP, vs. 16% today.

CNNMoney: Most Americans unprepared for retirementupdated: Tue Feb 19 2008 03:37:00

A majority of American workers will not be able to maintain their current standard of living after they retire, according to a report released Tuesday.

Clinton-Obama barbs dominate debate updated: Tue Jan 22 2008 00:11:00

Sharp confrontations over health care and other issues highlighted a debate among the Democratic presidential front-runners Monday night, with the sniping threatening to overshadow substance days before the South Carolina primary.

Part 2 of CNN Democratic presidential debate updated: Mon Jan 21 2008 23:01:00

Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards answered questions from CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Joe Johns and Suzanne Malveaux in a debate sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Monday night.

Fortune: How GM's labor pact affects us allupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 09:36:00

The historic deal between GM and the UAW on health benefits is the latest and loudest signal that healthcare will be the largest domestic issue facing the next President. That news, combined with Hillary Clinton's announcement of her plan and the Mayo Clinic's release of its proposal, starts to set the firm outlines of the coming debate.

CNNMoney: UAW-GM template may not hold, report saysupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 08:45:00

There is reluctance on the part of both union and management negotiators at Ford Motor and Chrysler to have those company's labor deals with the United Auto Workers union follow the pattern set by General Motors, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: UAW: GM says it won't shutter plantsupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 07:05:00

General Motors' tentative labor deal with the United Auto Workers union includes guarantees that the automaker will continue to build cars and trucks at its remaining UAW-represented assembly lines, according to highlights of the agreement given to the union's local leadership Friday.

Clinton: Criticism of health care 'politics as usual'updated: Tue Sep 18 2007 15:17:00

One day after unveiling her health care plan, Sen. Hillary Clinton called criticism of her strategy "politics as usual" and defended the proposal as an effective way to give all Americans affordable insurance.

Clinton unveils mandatory health care insurance planupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 09:46:00

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton announced a $110 billion health care reform plan Monday that would require all Americans to have health insurance.

CNNMoney: Auto workers may see big signing bonusesupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 08:39:00

A deal now in the works between the United Auto Workers and General Motors could include a large signing bonus for workers at the plant as a way of winning approval for the automaker shedding billions in retiree health care costs, according to published reports.

CNNMoney: GM-union talks recess; progress reportedupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 21:54:00

Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Corp. recessed Monday night, slowed so much by the complexity of retiree health care and other issues that a deal could be days away.

CNNMoney: Clinton unveils universal health care proposalupdated: Sun Sep 16 2007 23:54:00

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is unveiling a sweeping health care proposal Monday that would require everyone to carry health insurance and offer federal subsidies to help reduce the cost of coverage.

Florida primary date fightupdated: Sun Sep 16 2007 23:54:00

John Zarrella reports about a flap over the presidential primary that may keep Democratic candidates out of Florida.

CNNMoney: Hurdles remain in GM, UAW labor talksupdated: Sat Sep 15 2007 23:38:00

General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers still faced significant hurdles at the bargaining table Sunday despite making progress at negotiations a day earlier.

CNNMoney: Auto workers await details on health fundupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 05:23:00

For something that's so central to the contract talks between auto companies and their unionized employees, most workers say a shroud of mystery covers VEBA, or Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association.

CNNMoney: UAW chief reported open to Big 3 proposalupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 21:58:00

United Auto Workers union President Ron Gettelfinger has told members of his bargaining team that he is willing to agree to the creation of a union-controlled trust fund to assume responsibility for nearly $100 billion in retiree health care costs, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: Health costs race past inflationupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 21:32:00

Health insurance premiums in 2007 rose 6.1 percent, the lowest growth rate in eight years but still well above inflation and worker earnings, according to the latest annual survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Fortune: Why the biotech party is winding downupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 02:56:00

For three decades, biotech drugmakers have led a charmed existence. Unlike their Big Pharma peers, biotechs - companies such as Amgen, Genentech, Gilead Sciences and Genzyme - have never had to fret over future competition from generic versions of their medicines.

CNNMoney: Detroit's $100 billion headacheupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 04:31:00

The survival of brands like Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler could very well depend on whether the United Auto Workers union is willing to assume a $100 billion headache.

CNNMoney: GM, Ford begin talks with auto workers unionupdated: Sun Jul 22 2007 23:06:00

General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. began talks with the United Auto Workers union Monday, hoping to win sweeping concessions that would slash labor costs for the struggling auto industry.

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