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Panel pushes health care bill toward passage (AP via Yahoo! News)
After a bruising struggle, Democrats pushed sweeping health care legislation to the brink of passage in a key congressional committee on Friday, clearing the way for a September showdown in the House on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

House panel approves health bill (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrats have pushed sweeping health care legislation through a key congressional committee, clearing the way for a September showdown on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

Health care proposal clears key House hurdle (USA Today)
In a triumph for President Obama, Democrats narrowly pushed sweeping health care legislation through a key congressional committee Friday night and cleared the way for a September showdown in the House of Representatives.

Key House committee passes health care bill (CNN)
A key House committee passed comprehensive health care reform legislation Friday, moving President Obama's domestic priority one step closer to congressional approval.

House Committee Approves Health-Care Package (Washington Post)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday night approved a sweeping package of health-care measures, clearing a critical hurdle that sets the stage for a five-week battle for both Democrats and Republicans to define the legislation in voters' minds before the full House votes next month.

Pelosi Faults McConnell for Parroting ‘Immoral’ Health Insurers (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of parroting falsehoods about the Democrats’ health-care plans fed by an “immoral” insurance industry bent on protecting its “exorbitant profits.”

Dems win approval of health bill in committee (AP via Yahoo! News)
In a triumph for President Barack Obama, Democrats narrowly pushed sweeping health care legislation through a key congressional committee Friday night and cleared the way for a September showdown in the House.

Republicans blast Democrats' health care proposals (USA Today)
President Obama and congressional Democrats are looking ahead to a health care showdown on the House floor in September following a key committee's passage of sweeping overhaul legislation.

Major progress in Congress for Obama health plan (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the US health care system got a major boost when a key US House of Representatives committee approved the measure.

Obama hails House committee vote on health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama is hailing a House committee vote on health care overhaul legislation as a "historic step."

Obama hails House vote on health care (USA Today)
President Obama is hailing a House committee vote on health care overhaul legislation as a "historic step."

Obama hails action on health care bill (AFP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama hailed Saturday a key congressional committee's approval of a bill embracing his plan to overhaul the US health care system as a "historic consensus."

Health Showdown Looms (Fox News)
Final House panel approval of health care reform signals coming battle as parties battle over details • FULL COVERAGE — Health Care Reform • Popularity, Web Snafus Nearly Broke 'Clunkers' • No Clunker $, but Obama Says Buy | 'CLUNKER' 101

Obama hails `historic step' on health care changes (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are looking ahead to a health care showdown on the House floor in September following a key committee's passage of sweeping overhaul legislation.

House Panel Clears Plan to Overhaul U.S. Health Care (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Legislation to overhaul the U.S. health-care system cleared its final House committee, setting up a September floor vote on a measure that may curb the profits of insurers and drugmakers and would extend coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans.

In rural America, skepticism of health care reform (AP via Yahoo! News)
Don't tell Dorothy J. Tenorio that Washington is nearing a deal to improve her health care.

House Panel Clears Plan to Overhaul U.S. Health Care (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Legislation to overhaul the U.S. health-care system cleared its final House committee, setting up a September floor vote on a measure that may curb the profits of insurers and drugmakers and would extend coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans.

With Health Care Talks Uncertain, Democrats Consider a Last Resort (New York Times)
Democrats are talking about exploiting a procedural loophole they planted in this year’s budget to skirt Republican filibusters against a health care overhaul.

Pelosi to Use House Recess to Sell Obama's Health-Care Plan (Washington Post)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi returned home to San Francisco this weekend carrying a red, white and blue pocket card that will help guide her through the August recess. The card lists talking points she hopes will convince everyday Americans of the benefits they could receive under the health-care...

Key Committee Backs Health Plan; Pelosi Allows Single-Payer Vote (The Nation via Yahoo! News)
The Nation -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday evening voted 31-28 for a health-care reform plan that uses a relatively robust "public option" and other strategies to insure the nearly 50 million Americans who currently lack health-care coverage.

Obama, Democrats brace for health care showdown (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are looking ahead to a health care showdown on the House floor in September following a key committee's passage of sweeping overhaul legislation.

White House Altering Health Pitch in Bid to Reinvigorate Obama's Signature Issue (Washington Post)
From the start of his presidency, Barack Obama made clear that his plan for enacting comprehensive health-care reform came down to three words: fast, broad and bipartisan.

Both sides shift health care debate to Main Street (AP via Yahoo! News)
The health care debate is heading back to Main Street, to cities and towns where people are worried about medical costs but increasingly concerned that overhauling the system may do more harm than good.

Health Care Debate Shifts to Main Street (Fox News)
House members have returned to their districts for their August break, and senators are going home soon. Health care will be Topic A during town-hall meetings, visits to hospitals and small businesses and conversations with constituents.

White House Altering Health Pitch in Bid to Reinvigorate Obama's Signature Issue (Washington Post)
From the start of his presidency, Barack Obama made clear that his plan for enacting comprehensive health-care reform came down to three words: fast, broad and bipartisan.

FACT CHECK: Distortions rife in health care debate (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Confusing claims and outright distortions have animated the national debate over changes in the health care system. Opponents of proposals by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats falsely claim that government agents will force elderly people to discuss end-of-life wishes.

FACT CHECK: Distortions rife in health care debate (Boston Globe)
Confusing claims and outright distortions have animated the national debate over changes in the health care system.

Health Care: Reports From The Local Desk (NPR)
Liane Hansen speaks with Deputy Opinion Editor Ray Cooklis of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Editorial Page editor John Kanelis of the Amarillo Globe-News about how their readers are responding to the health care debate in Washington.

Health reform: Where things stand (CNNMoney.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A lot was supposed to happen on health reform before Congress went on summer vacation. Turns out, a lot didn't. End result: The heavy lifting on health reform legislation has been pushed to the fall.

FACT CHECK: Distortions rife in health care debate (AP via Yahoo! News)
Confusing claims and outright distortions have animated the national debate over changes in the health care system. Opponents of proposals by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats falsely claim that government agents will force elderly people to discuss end-of-life wishes. Obama has played down the possibility that a health care overhaul would cause large numbers of people to change ...

FACT CHECK: Distortions rife in health care debate (AP via Yahoo! News)
Confusing claims and outright distortions have animated the national debate over changes in the health care system. Opponents of proposals by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats falsely claim that government agents will force elderly people to discuss end-of-life wishes. Obama has played down the possibility that a health care overhaul would cause large numbers of people to change ...

How The Internet Is Changing Health Care (Forbes)
From Twitter to Second Life, patients have access to more health information than ever.

Health Bill May Advance Without Bipartisan Deal (New York Times)
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said the White House still preferred a bipartisan approach to the president’s health care bill but hinted that it might consider advancing without one.

'Broken' health system can learn from heart treatment (USA Today)
No two hospitals are alike, according to a trove of evidence showing that the quality and cost vary dramatically from one place to another. Experts say these variations are the clearest indication that the nation's health system is ailing. Cardiologists, accustomed to using cholesterol and high blood pressure in gauging heart risk, have pioneered ways to use data to evaluate the quality of heart ...

What's so great about private health insurance? (Los Angeles Times)
The bloody battle in Congress over a 'public option' ignores the insurers' role in creating the nation's healthcare crisis and their efforts to throttle reform. Throughout the heroic struggle in Congress to provide a "public option" in health insurance, one question never seems to get answered: Why are we so intent on protecting the private option?

FACT CHECK: Health-care reform debate analyzed (Chicago Tribune)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confusing claims and outright distortions have animated the national debate over changes in the health care system.

Your Health: School nurses on front lines in war on swine flu (USA Today)
As millions of children in the USA return to classrooms over the next few weeks, parents, teachers and health officials will watch anxiously to see how soon and how hard schools are hit with new outbreaks of swine flu, or H1N1.

Kreidler offers his take on debate over health-care reform (seattlepi.com)
As debate continues over the health-care reform effort currently consuming Congress, we check in with Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Democrats Find Rallying Points on Health Reform, but Splinters Remain (Washington Post)
Democrats leave town for the August recess with frayed nerves and fragile agreements on health-care reform, and a new bogeyman to fire up their constituents: the insurance industry.

State lawmakers try to dodge federal health care mandate (Provo Daily Herald)
Conservative opposition to federal health care reform could lead to a 2010 Utah constitutional amendment.

If a Health-Care Bill Passes, Nurse Practitioners Could Be Key (Time Magazine)
Expanded health care will mean more demand for primary-care physicians. Nurse practitioners could help ease the burden

Health Care in Crisis: The Cure for Health Care? (BusinessWeek via Yahoo! News)
Editor's Note: This is the epilogue of a five-part series on the health-care crisis.

Lawmakers Move to Sell Health-Care Plan to Voters (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Congressional Democrats, already behind in their bid to revamp the U.S. health-care system, will spend an August break trying to resolve discord within their party, fending off Republican attacks and taking on insurers.

Obama officials: Taxes may rise to pay health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
Two of President Barack Obama's economic heavyweights said middle-class taxes might have to go up to pare budget deficits or to pay for the proposed overhaul of the nation's health care system.

The Link Between Health Costs and National Savings Rates (New York Times)
Households in China squirrel money away in part because health care costs can be catastrophic, and efforts to raise government coverage in the countryside don't go far enough.

Confidence in U.S. Health Care System Has Grown in Recent Months (Rasmussen Reports via Yahoo! News)
Forty-eight percent (48%) of U.S. voters now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 19% rate it as poor.

Public Baffled By Health Care Arguments (NPR)
Lawmakers back home for the August recess will find voters left deeply confused about the health care overhaul still being hammered out in Congress. The delays in reaching an agreement — and big federal spending elsewhere — have fueled skepticism.

Analysis: Some health care numbers don't tally (AP via Yahoo! News)
Some of President Barack Obama's health care numbers don't seem to add up. And that's complicating his efforts to pass his top domestic priority.

Health Highlights: Aug. 3, 2009 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Conn. Sen. Dodd pushes for health care reform (AP via Yahoo! News)
Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd says he'll be spending the month pushing for national health care reform, while dealing with his own health issues.

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