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Rooney rival to Congress: Don't quit on health care (The Palm Beach Post)
Rooney rival to Congress: Don't quit on health care

Hutt Valley health chief moves to ministry (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Hutt Valley District Health Board chief executive for the last seven years, Chai Chuah, has resigned to become national director of the National Health Board business unit at the Ministry of Health.

Ramsay Health Raises Profit Forecast; Shares Jump (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Ramsay Health Care Ltd. , Australia’s biggest private hospital operator, raised its full-year profit forecast on better-than-expected performance in its domestic and U.K. operations. The shares surged to the highest in 20 months.

Director of Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission honored (MyCentralJersey.com)
WARREN — With nearly 25 years of service to the Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission, Kevin Sumner -- director and health officer over a small kingdom of six municipal health departments that comprise the commission -- was recently recognized as 2009 Health Officer of the Year by the local Boards of Health Association.

Health Care: 16% Of GDP? (Forbes)
The federal government should exit health care altogether.

Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley would like to expand from Allentown into Bethlehem, Easton (The Express-Times)
The group brings health care to those that are uninsured or with limited access to health services.

Health Care: 16% Of GDP? (Forbes)
The federal government should exit health care altogether.

States seeking to ban mandatory health insurance (AP via Yahoo! News)
Although President Barack Obama's push for a health care overhaul has stalled, conservative lawmakers in about half the states are forging ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates.

Dose up on health-care stocks (CNN Money)
For health-care investors, 2009 was a year to forget. While the rest of the market surged, shares of most drugmakers, biotechs, and managed-care companies lingered in the sick ward, weakened by investors' preference for riskier assets and, more important, uncertainty over health-care reform.

Obama budget pushes health insurance reforms (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Despite stalled efforts in Congress to pass sweeping healthcare reform, the White House is targeting other ways to push its overhaul, including a health insurance tax deduction, according to the administration's budget proposal released on Monday.

Health research one winner in Obama budget (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Health research is one potential winner in the budget proposed by President Barack Obama Monday, with the National Institutes of Health down for an extra $1 billion for medical research.

Is Health Care Reform Dead or Alive? (CBS News)
Democrats Say They Insist on Finishing their Health Care Overhaul, but the Outlook is Grim

Analysis: Dems' missteps led to health breakdown (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrats say they never saw it coming, but the breakdown of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was abetted by their own mistakes.

President's Budget Still Foresees Health Overhaul Bill (Fox News)
President's Budget Still Foresees Health Overhaul Bill

Hubby Wanted -- For Health Care (CBS News)
Without Insurance and with a Rare Genetic Disease, Woman Is on Unusual Quest for Health Care

Health Highlights: Feb. 1, 2010 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Obama 2011 budget request: Department of Health and Human Services (Washington Post)
Last year President Obama used his budget to lay the groundwork for comprehensive health-care reform, proposing a 10-year, $634 billion reserve fund as a "down payment" on universal coverage.

If health care dies, Obama's modest budget Plan B (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama's modest health care budget may be a harbinger of what's ahead if his overhaul plan dies in Congress.

Health spending a winner in Obama budget (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Health research is a potential winner in the new U.S. budget proposed on Monday, with the National Institutes of Health in line for an extra $1 billion -- the largest increase for the agency in eight years.

Obama Proposes $911 Billion for Health and Human Services (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
MONDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The health-care portion of President Barack Obama's 2011 budget proposal includes $1.4 billion to overhaul the nation's food-safety program, $1.6 billion to expand child-care programs, and $1.7 billion to fight waste, fraud and abuse, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, said Monday.

States seeking to ban mandatory health insurance (AP via Yahoo! News)
Although President Barack Obama's push for a health care overhaul has stalled, conservative lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are forging ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates.

The HHS Budget and What It Says About Health Reform (Time Magazine)
At a news briefing today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talked about funding for her agency contained within President Obama's proposed 2011 budget

State health plans in jeopardy (USA Today)
State health care programs to help low-income adults who don't qualify for Medicaid are facing cuts and fee hikes in a sour economy.

Virginia Senate bills say no to requiring health insurance (Washington Post)
RICHMOND -- Virginia's Democratically controlled state Senate passed measures Monday that would make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a direct challenge to the party's efforts in Washington to reform health care.

Hospital Mergers Loom as U.S. Health Overhaul Fails Centers (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Failure to pass the health-care overhaul may accelerate a push by Community Health Systems Inc., Health Management Associates Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals Inc. to acquire facilities weakened by the recession.

State health plans in jeopardy (USA Today)
The troubled economy is forcing Washington and other states to pare back health insurance programs for low-income people, even as growing joblessness boosts demand for help. Five of six states that use state funds to assist adults not covered by Medicaid are considering cuts, barring new enrollment or raising fees.Programs to help low-income adults who don't qualify for Medicaid face cuts and ...

Hospital Mergers Loom as U.S. Health Overhaul Fails Centers (Bloomberg)
The nation’s largest publicly traded hospital chains are stalking medical centers that have been hurt by the cost of charity care and unpaid bills in a recession, and are no longer confident stalled health legislation will add 30 million newly insured customers, said Sheryl Skolnick , an analyst at CRT Capital Group LLC in Stamford, Connecticut.

WATCH: Spotting Spotty Health Care Plans (ABC News)
Health discount cards and limited benefit plans fall short of complete coverage. Health care - Health - Insurance - Business - Health Policy

Community health centers can fill care gaps (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Community health centers can help fill gaps in the U.S. healthcare system for relatively little money, researchers said on Tuesday.

WATCH: New Mental Health Care Law (ABC News)
A new law to help mental health care more affordable. Mental health - Health care - Health - Directories - Policy and Advocacy

Health Highlights: Feb. 2, 2010 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Eliminating Health Care 'Job Lock' Will Generate Few Jobs (BusinessWeek)
Scott Shane thinks universal coverage will increase the creation of new businesses. But he says health-care-reforms could result in a net loss of jobs

Health care's new hidden danger (CNN Money)
In the battle over health care reform, two ideas seems to bridge the divide between Democrats and Republicans: Private insurers should be required to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions and be banned from charging older, sicker people much more. But where the two camps jibe could also cause the most damage to health care.

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Health lobbying gears down (AP via Yahoo! News)
Notice you're not bombarded anymore by TV ads about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul plan?

Rangel: Bargainers start compromise health bill (AP via Yahoo! News)
A leading House Democrat says lawmakers hoping to revive President Barack Obama's stalled health care overhaul have started writing a compromise bill.

House to vote on health insurers antitrust law (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The House of Representatives will vote next week on repealing the antitrust exemption for health insurers, but Democrats remained uncertain on Tuesday on how to proceed on a broader healthcare overhaul.

Rangel: Lawmakers writing compromise health bill (AP via Yahoo! News)
Leading lawmakers hoping to revive President Barack Obama's stalled health care overhaul have started writing a compromise bill, but it's unclear when the legislation will be ready for votes, a top House Democrat said Tuesday.

More than half of Americans use Internet for health (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
More than half of Americans looked up health information on the Internet last year, U.S. government researchers reported on Tuesday.

Is Health Care Reform Dead -- or in a Coma? (Time Magazine)
A blog about politics. So is Health Care Reform Dead or Just in a Democratically Induced Coma?

Mental health centre bid backed (BBC News)
NHS chiefs approve the business case for a multi-million pound mental health centre in southern Scotland.

Pelosi plans health care two-track (Politico via Yahoo! News)
With the broader health care bill still perilously close to collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to take a shot at the health insurance industry next week by scheduling a vote on a smaller bill to revoke its half-century-old exemption from antitrust laws.

Health-care stocks weigh on Wall Street (MarketWatch via Yahoo! Finance)
U.S. stocks are slightly lower Wednesday as a disappointing outlook and earnings from Pfizer weigh on the health-care sector, although a smaller-than-expected drop in private-sector jobs kept the declines in check.

Health Net Swings To 4Q Loss On Divestiture Charges (Fox News)
Health Net Swings To 4Q Loss On Divestiture Charges

Health insurance guarantee plan (BBC News)
Proposals to guarantee health insurance for UK-bound Manx residents could be brought before Tynwald next month.

Obama Rallies Democrats On Health Care, Jobs (Fox News)
Obama Rallies Democrats On Health Care, Jobs

House to take up one piece of health care reform (CNN)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the chamber will take up one piece of its health care bill as a separate provision next week.

Obama rallies Democrats on jobs, health care (Market Watch)
President Barack Obama reaches out to Senate Democrats to finish tough issues including health-care reform and job creation, as the party grapples with the loss of its 60-seat supermajority in the upper chamber of Congress.

Health Highlights: Feb. 3, 2010 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

IBM to buy health care software firm (CNET)
Big Blue to acquire Initiate Systems, maker of software that helps health care companies better manage and and share patient data and medical information.

Obama to Dems: We must 'finish the job' on health care, other tough issues (Washington Post)
President Obama sought to rally his party on Wednesday as it heads into a potentially difficult election year, urging fellow Democrats to remember why they ran for office in the first place and to "finish the job" on health-care reform and other tough issues.

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