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Do you want a Presidential Physical?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

(Image: Zef Delgadillo under CC 3.0)

President Obama had a pretty thorough physical back in February– some say too thorough. And with all the talk over healthcare spending many are wondering just what the President’s included.

The president received two top-of-the-line, high-tech tests, CT scans of his colon and his coronary arteries, you most likely won’t be getting when you show up at your doctor’s office this year.

Neither of these tests are part of a regular annual physical so health insurance companies probably won’t cover the costs.

Some doctors are encouraging more Americans to have the tests, saying they have caught heart disease and colon cancer at early stages. However, other doctors disagree and feel Mr.Obama’s testings fall into the American belief that more healthcare is always better. Such physicians say having the tests are costly and also expose patients to unnecessary radiation.

If you still want the President’s physical, it will cost you a pretty penny even if you have medical insurance. Facilities such as the Cooper Clinic, Scripps Health in San Diego, and the Cleveland Clinic offer “executive physicals” for $2,000 to $3,000 depending on the extent of the exam.

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Health Bill is Not in the Bag

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010


President Obama is working on a final push for the health bill, and it seems he still has quite a bit of work to do.

The President says he is confident they will get the votes needed to pass the health bill this week. However, a new CNN analysis shows that opposition in the House of Representatives to the Senate health care plan has reached 200 members. That figure is 16 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority.

Some Democrats oppose the bill saying it is to costly, does not adequately address rising medical costs and skyrocketing insurance premiums, Other Liberal Democrats aren’t backing Obama’s plan because it does not include a government run health insurance option.

Mr. Obama doesn’t seem discouraged by such responses. He is making stops campaign style working to convince Americans of his health plan. The President expressed the urgency of the bill in a speech centered around a woman forced to drop her health insurance due to rising premiums. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with Leukemia and stuck with no medical insurance. Health insurance companies will likely deny her affordable coverage with the pre-existing condition. President Obama said she was a prime example of the problem with the current healthcare system, and is pushing Democrats to pass the bill while there is still a chance.

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Obama’s Future in the Hands of Health Bill

Monday, March 15th, 2010

President Obama is on his final push for the health bill. If Obama’s plan does pass, healthcare in America will never be the same again. Millions left without medical insurance will receive financial help to get coverage, others will be offered lower and more stable premiums, and insurance companies will be forced to follow tighter regulations.

Mr. Obama, himself, has much to gain from passage of the health bill. The President’s reputation will be strengthened. He has struggled for more than a year of his term to overhaul the healthcare system. During that time, some Americans have lost faith in the president’s leadership, and others believe the political system is broken. The President has poured his all into this bill. It would certainly damage his credibility as a leader for months if Democrats do not support and pass his legislation.

If President Obama and the Democrats succeed, the challenge over the next eight months will be to convince the public that the program is better than polls suggest they think it is. Health bill supporters will need to prove to Americans that health insurance for all is best for everyone. And while parts of Obama’s plan would take effect right away other provisions would take time.

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Health Bill No Longer High Priority

Monday, February 1st, 2010

The health bill has been in the spotlight for the past several months. The Obama backed bill has become the most talked about issue in the chambers and among common Americans. But it appears that after months of debate, Democratic leaders are putting the issue on the back burner, and moving other issues ahead of it. Democrats in Congress say they no longer feel pressure to move forward with the health bill.

This comes as President Obama urges leaders not to give up on affordable health insurance. The President has held healthcare reform as his top domestic priority since he took office. However, his plan has been greeted with tremendous opposition among Senate leaders and the recent Senator Scott Brown election caused Democrats to lose their majority.

Senate majority leader, Harry Reid says there is no rush and noted that Congress still have most of this year to work on the health bills. At the same time, two centrist Democrats who are up for re-election this year, Senators Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Evan Bayh of Indiana, said they would resist efforts to muscle through a health care bill using a parliamentary tactic called budget reconciliation, which seemed to be the easiest way to advance the measure. The White House had said in recent days that it would support that approach.

Senator Reid had previously wanted to pass the health bill early last August. Now, it appears Democrats are desperate to prove to voters they can get results before this years’ election. This seems to be fueling their shift of direction from the health bill. But the more Congressional leaders avoid the health bill, the more it faces a death.

President Obama doesn’t appear to have changed focus from medical insurance with Democratic leaders. During during the State of the Union Address, the President called out Democratic leaders reminding them that Americans were expecting them do what they said they would do and bring change to America.

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