health care

  • June 21, 2012  

    The Supreme Court dismissed fines against broadcasters who violated FCC indecency policies but did not address whether the government has the authority to regulate indecency on broadcast TV. The justices also said unions must let nonmembers object to unexpected fee increases that all workers are required to pay in a closed-shop. Continue reading

  • June 11, 2012  

    UnitedHealthcare, one of the country’s largest health insurers, said Monday it would keep several provisions of the federal health reform law intact, whether the Supreme Court rejects it or not. Ray Suarez and Health Affairs editor Susan Dentzer discuss how the court’s impending decision will affect Americans’ health care. Continue reading

  • May 10, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, House Republicans pushed through a bill to prevent a 10 percent cut in the U.S. defense budget by cutting $300 billion in food stamps, health care and federal pensions, over 10 years. Also, Greece’s struggle to form a new government entered a third round. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    Public health experts have long warned of a growing obesity epidemic in America. This week, the Institute of Medicine and others launched a major campaign in hopes of curbing the problem. Ray Suarez and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health discuss the personal and public consequences of obesity. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    Norway is the healthiest country in the world to be a mother, according to a new report released by the international non-profit Save the Children. The worst: West Africa’s Niger. Gwen Ifill and Save the Children President Carolyn Miles discuss what countries are best and worst at creating healthy children and mothers. Continue reading

  • April 27, 2012  

    As health costs rise, insurance plans characterized by lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs are on the rise in American workplaces. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the growing trend toward high-deductible health plans, and concerns that they may encourage delays in receiving needed medical care. Continue reading

  • April 4, 2012  

    Nine medical specialty groups on Wednesday released a list of 45 medical tests and procedures they say are often unnecessary and costly — and sometimes dangerous. Gwen Ifill discusses the “Choose Wisely” campaign with Dr. Glen Stream of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Health. Continue reading

  • April 4, 2012  

    President Obama made his feelings known this week on the Supreme Court, “judicial activism” and “those who would overturn” the health reform law. Some say he’s gone too far. Jeffrey Brown discusses the historical tug-of-war between the president and the Court with Georgetown Law’s Louis Michael Seidman and Randy Barnett. Continue reading

  • March 30, 2012  

    After three days of hearings on health care reform, Supreme Court justices held a secret preliminary vote Friday to deliberate the Affordable Care Act’s future. Their decision is expected in late June. Jeffrey Brown and The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle discuss the steps ahead as the justices begin their deliberations. Continue reading

  • March 30, 2012  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week’s top political news including the Supreme Court’s big week of hearings on health care reform, the validity of the law’s individual mandate, the dangers of the Court evolving into a “political institution” and the Paul Ryan budget. Continue reading