2009 December Health Care News: (full text PDF)

Published November 10, 2009

The December 2009 issue of Health Care News reports on the Senate Finance Committee’s October vote to send health care reform legislation to the Senate floor … and on important studies that say insurers and the insured would be hurt by the plan.

Also in this issue:

* Expanding Medicaid could have massive ramifications for state budgets.

* Labor unions have much to gain and much to lose from reform—are they shifting costs to average Americans?

* Correcting Medicare fraud is cited as a major element of paying for expanded government health care, but there are doubts it can be done.

* Canada’s health care system is under fire because of a recent decision denying medication to cancer patients, and a new book details the system’s flaws.

* The current reform plans offered by Congress and the president neglect the reality of economic incentives.