After months of closed-door wrangling, the Senate Finance committee has finally started work on a sweeping health care overhaul.
Chairman Max Baucus calls his proposal a "common-sense plan" that takes the best ideas from both sides and is designed to get the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.
The plan by the Montana Democrat would require all Americans to get coverage. It would expand government programs for the poor and provide subsidies to help many middle-class families afford the premiums.
Senators challenging the Baucus plan already have won concessions that include reducing a penalty on those who don't buy insurance. If the Finance Committee passes a bill, it would be a major boost for President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.