Health policy headlines, believe it or not, are actually pretty frequent. I hope to keep this blog as up-to-date as I can so I will from time to time just post headlines with links and brief comments when appropriate. This week seemed full of them.
- Hillary Clinton unveiled her new health care plan on Monday. I will in the coming months assess each of the Presidential canidates’ various health care proposals – starting with the Democrats as they are the only ones thus far with real plans. Also, check out David Brooks’ Op-ed on her plan (He is one of the more conservative columnists at the NY Times and the conservative voice on PBS political shows). She has already been attacked from all sides, but most humorously, by Elizabeth Edwards who accused Clinton of ripping off her husband’s plan.
I want to add this op-ed from Paul Krugman in response to Hillary’s new health plan and the politics surrounding it. He sums up a lot of my thoughts thus far regarding health care and presidential politics, except that I would give more credit to Obama’s plan. I’ll explain why later.
- I think this is the most interesting news of the week. Wal-mart may be stepping up to the plate. They have revamped their health care plans, and even though there is still room for criticism, it is a vast improvement. They no longer stand out because of their lack of health care. They may even pressure their competitors to do a better job. I have not been a Wal-mart fan, but I have to admit that this is a good step. Pair this change with their environmental policies, and they are becoming a much more tolerable company.
- This is an update to a previous post. The Senate and the House are negotiating a renewal and expansion of SCHIP. Today, Bush came out strongly against it threatening to use one of his scarce vetoes. The program expires at the end of this month.
- Lastly, and I expect this to be the least interesting to most (so it is the last and the least), but a study was released that showed that some States spend over twice as much as others on health care. Studying these differences can give insight into why health care in the U.S. as a whole is so expensive.