health care

  • 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

  • March 29, 2012  

    As the Supreme Court decides how to rule on the health reform law following this week’s hearings, Republican candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney touched on the topic Thursday. Judy Woodruff, The Washington Post’s Amy Gardner and The Boston Globe’s Brian Mooney discuss how health care is being debated on the campaign trail. Continue reading

  • March 28, 2012  

    In the final day of Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act, justices questioned the constitutionality of requiring states to expand Medicaid coverage to more individuals. Betty Ann Bowser reports, and Marcia Coyle and Susan Dentzer discuss with Gwen Ifill whether the law could survive without an insurance mandate. Continue reading

  • March 28, 2012  

    In the third day of the Supreme Court’s hearings on the health reform law, justices delved into the constitutionality of Medicaid expansion and whether the law could survive without a so-called individual mandate. Judy Woodruff discusses the eagerly anticipated decision with Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Peter Roskam, R-Ill. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2012  

    Arguments at the Supreme Court Tuesday dealt with whether Congress had the authority to require citizens to purchase health insurance and whether the government could issue a financial penalty for those who decline. Betty Ann Bowser reports then Marcia Coyle and Susan Dentzer discuss the crux of the hearings with Gwen Ifill. Continue reading