Archive for July 3rd, 2012
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can effectively opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion without any effect on current funding, state officials now must decide whether to comply. Since the ruling, many governors have made statements in the media and through their press offices indicating their plans about their participation.
American Health Line has compiled available information on where the governors stand. We’ll continue to update this list as information becomes available. Please send news or feedback to: email@example.com. For details about specific states, click the link below to read the rest of this entry.
[Graphic last updated: May 13, 11:28 a.m. ET // Text last updated: May 17, 11:53 a.m. ET.]
People in countries with universal health care systems — like Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany — have been puzzled by the sharp divide in the U.S. over the federal health reform law and the Supreme Court’s ruling on the law.
News coverage and editorials about the law and the court ruling generally were critical of the diverging attitudes, but some of them suggested that U.S. residents will grow to accept and appreciate the law.
- “After Ruling, Roberts Makes a Getaway From the Scorn,” New York Times: The day after delivering the Supreme Court ruling Chief Justice Roberts said he was going to Malta.
- “Chief Justice Roberts’ key Role in Health Care Ruling,” PBS’ “Newshour”: Jeffrey Brown discusses the health reform ruling with a professor who taught both Chief Justice John Roberts and President Obama.
- “John Roberts, Conservative Outcast, and the Supreme Court’s Unprecedented Leak,” Times‘ “Swampland”: Sorensen explains that last minute position changes are not a new phenomenon in the court.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced a $3 billion settlement agreement with GlaxoSmithKline — said to be the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history — to resolve allegations that the British drugmaker broke U.S. laws in marketing several products, Reuters reports (Ingram, Reuters, 7/2)
Under the agreement, GSK will pay the settlement and plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges for illegally marketing antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin and for failing to report the safety data on diabetes drug Avandia, the New York Times reports (Thomas/Schmidt, New York Times, 7/2).
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, AHLAlerts is republishing a recent post comparing the health care efforts by President Obama and then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Since March 30, 1992, when American Health Line first launched, there have been two major efforts to reform the country’s health care system.
In the early 1990s, President Clinton called on first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to lead an effort to enact major health reform legislation. That effort famously (or infamously) failed.
It wasn’t again until 2009, when President Obama took office, that lawmakers attempted such a large-scale effort to overhaul the U.S. health care system. Obama and congressional Democrats overcame decades of failed efforts to enact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now known as the federal health reform law, the ACA or “ObamaCare.”
We looked back at past coverage in American Health Line to examine the difference between the two efforts and why one was successful, and the other was not. Here are a number of key moments from each reform effort that helped determine their failure or success.