Old Media Reaction to Healthcare Passage

Monday, March 22, 2010


Here’s a sample of old media reaction to yesterday’s historic healthcare passage. Please feel free to post your local newspaper reaction in the comment section for everyone to read.

New York Times: “House Democrats approved a far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s health system on Sunday, voting over unanimous Republican opposition to provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans after an epic political battle that could define the differences between the parties for years.”

Washington Post: “House Democrats scored a historic victory in the century-long battle to reform the nation’s health-care system late Sunday night, winning final approval of legislation that expands coverage to 32 million people and attempts to contain spiraling costs.”

Los Angeles Times: “Ending the Democrats’ decades-long quest to create a healthcare safety net to match Social Security, the House of Representatives on Sunday night approved sweeping legislation to guarantee Americans access to medical care for the first time, delivering President Obama the biggest victory of his young presidency.”

USA Today: “Congress completed action Sunday night on the major portion of President Obama’s top priority, a historic restructuring of the nation’s health care system that has eluded his predecessors for more than a century.”

Wall Street Journal: “The biggest transformation of the U.S. health system in decades won approval on Capitol Hill late Sunday, the culmination of efforts by generations of Democrats to achieve near-universal health coverage.”

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20 Responses to Old Media Reaction to Healthcare Passage

  1. feminazi says:

    I don’t know how to make tidy link but this what the Hartford Courant reported.

    House Democrats send historic health bill to President Obama; action shifts to Senate

    On the cusp of succeeding where numerous past congresses and administrations have failed, jubilant House Democrats voted 219-212 late Sunday to send legislation to Obama that would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce deficits and ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

    Link: http://www.courant.com/news/politics/sns-ap-us-health-care-overhaul,0,6729985.story

  2. Feminazi,

    This is great! Thanks for sharing this local story.

    Never worry about making things neat and tidy. I appreciate your participation.

  3. Prairiedog says:

    72 hours ago, the Moonie-owned Washington Times was calling on Obama’s impeachment.

    Anyone seen their front page today?

  4. Harry says:

    I’m with Prairiedog. Someone should post a link to the Washington Times coverage. It must smell to high heaven.

  5. Matteo says:

    The Moonie’s Washington Times uses a thinly veiled racial snipe at Obama comparing healthcare reform the “black plague.” Not funny and not accurate.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/21/editorial-democrats-death-suicide/

  6. distributorcap says:

    meanwhile over on cable……

    Morning Schmoe cant trash it enough and of course he drags out people like John Cornyn (Douchebag-Texas) to justify their disdain.

    Cornyn promises the bill will be mucked up in the Senate.

    and the cable — well the vomitorium of pundits can stop saying that something that will help 31,000,000 people is going to kill them in November

  7. Rachel says:

    Republican lawmakers will have to face their constituency and explain why they voted to deny them health insurance. This isn’t Obama’s Waterloo but it sure as hell is the GOP’s.

  8. libhomo says:

    This is a huge defeat for the middle class, the poor, and the elderly. It’s a huge victory for the HMOs, the health insurers (who wrote the bill), Big Pharma, and their armies of lobbyists. The Democrats have set real healthcare reform back by years, if not decades.

  9. Fran says:

    The Eugene Register Guard:

    WASHINGTON — Summoned to success by President Obama, the Democratic-controlled Congress approved historic legislation Sunday night extending health care to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and cracking down on insurance company abuses, a climactic chapter in the century-long quest for near universal coverage.

  10. Fran says:

    * When is the last time we heard the term “Democratic-controlled Congress”

    To date, it’s been mostly out-of-control.

    I hope this is a new trend.

  11. Jimmy says:

    In a highly polarized nation, this is the reform that can get passed. It’s far from perfect. That will come later.

    The fact that no Republican voted for, what is essentially, a Republican-friendly bill, shows how craven they are and how invested they are in handing Obama a defeat, the American people be damned.

    It is my hope that THAT message is made clear to voters in these off-year elections.

  12. Aunt Peg says:

    Anyone who says this bill is a bad thing doesn’t have a clue how hard it is on seniors like me to pay the $3,600 annual charge called the “donut hole” for my part D Medicare.

    The bill eliminates the “donut hole” and this makes all the difference in the world.

  13. libhomo says:

    Aunt Peg: What do you think about the Medicare cuts in the legislation?

  14. mbmdl says:

    There is a lot of poorly understood information floating around about the healthcare bill. One of the least understood is the GOP-fueled charge that reform means cuts to Medicare.

    Recent increases in Medicare costs and in premiums for seniors stems from extra subsidies to private insurance companies who participate in the Medicare Advantage program — not to regular Medicare. The federal government pays private insurance companies on average 14 percent more for providing coverage to Medicare Advantage beneficiaries than it would pay for the same beneficiary in the traditional Medicare program. This overpayment is as high as 20 percent in certain parts of the country.

    This overpayment does not translate into improved quality or services. There is no evidence that this extra payment leads to better quality for Medicare beneficiaries. Insurers, not seniors or the Medicare program, determine how these overpayments are applied and this includes marketing, profits, and other administrative costs like CEO salaries.

    Seniors do not always get the full overpayments back in the form of extra benefits or improved quality care. In fact, because Medicare Advantage plans have flexibility to determine their own cost-sharing arrangements, seniors can end up spending more out-of-pocket under a Medicare Advantage plan, not less.

    Cutting federal overpayments to Medicare Advantage represent the bulk of so-called cuts to the Medicare program. If you’re currently enrolled in regular Medicare — which is true for more than 75% of Medicare recipients, you will not see a reduction in benefits under healthcare reform.

  15. Randy Arroyo says:

    Personally, I think this is a good first step. Is the bill everything I wanted? Of course not but, like Social Security’s first step in 1935, the program has grown and changed over the decades. I think health care is no different. One day, I am convinced we will see single payer added to what was passed yesterday.

  16. Joe in Colorado says:

    All I know is, if you oppose healthcare reform, what you’re doing is upholding the status quo and it’s a huge victory for the insurance industry. Why do you think insurance opposed this bill? They know the days of being able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions is over. So are the days of dropping customers who get sick and cost them money.

  17. Walk on Socks says:

    America, Here Are 10 Things You’ve Just Won With Health Care Reform

    You already know about the health care reform vote, but you might not know what’s in it for you.

    Here’s 10 things that will kick in this year.

    1. Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime coverage limits on your insurance. Never again will you face the risk of getting really sick and then, a few months in, having your insurer tell you “sorry, you’ve ‘run out’ of coverage.” Almost everyone I’ve met knows someone who had insurance but got really, really sick (or had a kid get really sick) and ran into a lifetime cap.
    2. If you don’t know someone who has run into a lifetime cap, you probably know someone who has run into an annual cap. The use of these will be sharply limited. (They’ll be eliminated entirely in 2014.)
    3. Insurers can no longer tell kids with pre-existing conditions that they’ll insure them ”except for” the pre-existing condition. That’s called pre-existing condition exclusion, and it’s out the window.
    4. A special, temporary program will help adults with pre-existing conditions get coverage. It expires in 2014, when the health insurance exchanges—basically big “pools” of businesses and individuals—come on-line. That’s when all insurers will have to cover everyone, pre-existing condition or not.
    5. Insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick, either—this plan means the end of “rescissions.”
    6. You can stay on your parents’ insurance until you’re 26.
    7. Seniors get $250 towards closing the “donut hole” in their prescription drug coverage. Currently, prescription drug coverage ends once you’ve spent $2,700 on drugs and it doesn’t kick in again until you’ve spent nearly $6,200. James Ridgeway wrote about the problems with the donut hole for Mother Jones in the September/October 2008 issue. Eventually, the health care reform bill will close the donut hole entirely. The AARP has more on immediate health care benefits for seniors. Next year (i.e. in nine months), 50 percent of the donut hole will be covered.
    8. Medicare’s preventive benefits now come with a free visit with your primary care doctor every year to plan out your prevention services. And there are no more co-pays for preventative services in Medicare.
    9. This is a big one: small businesses get big tax credits—up to 50 percent of premium costs—for offering health insurance to their workers.
    10. Insurers with unusually high administrative costs have to offer rebates to their customers, and every insurance company has to reveal how much it spends on overhead.

    More: http://www.alternet.org/story/146134/

  18. libhomo says:

    mbmdl: There are a lot of things you don’t know about the wealthcare bill. Once someone is in Medicare Advantage, they can never return to regular Medicare. It’s a trap. Also, all the cuts to Medicare Advantage will be taken out of care for the people who are in that. The HMOs won’t accept any loss of profits.

    Joe in Colorado: You are wrong about the HMOs and health insurers being against this bill. They are the ones who wrote it.

    Everyone: Please go to the Firedog Lake fact sheet on the wealthcare bill. Find out what is actually in this GOP style legislation.

  19. Scott Dancer says:

    mbmdl – Thanks for the explanation about the difference between regular Medicare and Medicare Advantage.

    I’ve heard the names before and I am a familiar with regular Medicare (both my parents are on it) but I didn’t know anything really about the managed plan.

    Good info.

  20. Dmitris says:

    I think the extreme left and the extreme right have found common ground. Who’da thunk it? 🙂

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