WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama meets today with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as he continues his push for health care legislation.
The White House also says the president will travel to northeastern Ohio on Monday. He'll appear near the hometown of an uninsured cancer patient named Natoma Canfield, whom the president has made a symbol of the need for reform. It will be Obama's third event on health care in a week. Yesterday, in St. Charles, Mo., the president shouted to a crowd: "The time for talk is over. It's time to vote."
Meanwhile, congressional leaders and administration officials are reported close to agreement on key issues following a closed-door meeting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office last night.
Democrats still need to see a final cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. They want to ensure it stays around $950 billion over 10 years. But they also made plans to begin to read the bill to rank-and-file Democrats at a caucus meeting today.
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.