Their view: Health care must be rationed

Deane Waldman is the author of “Uproot U.S. Healthcare” and writes for New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government. Here’s a portion of what Waldman had to say about government’s role in health care in a recent column:

Meetings watch: County approves amendments to county indigent health care fund policy

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Approved amendments to the county indigent health care fund policy to increase the amount the county will pay for ambulance service to a maximum of $1,000 and decreased the amount of time allowed for claims appeals. With the changes, patients whose claims were denied have 10 […]

GOP candidates back health care lawsuit

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Without the two highest-polling contenders, a trio of gubernatorial candidates took to the campus and airwaves of Eastern New Mexico University to make their pitches. Republican governor hopefuls Janice Arnold-Jones, Pete Domenici Jr. and Doug Turner faced questions in front of about 100 audience members Tuesday at the Becky […]

Primary caregivers stipend approved

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress has passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on […]

Higher health care costs product of reform

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Health care just another government mandate

This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. T he passage of the federal health care bill is likely the result of a confluence of various factors. A costly existing system, primarily due to doctor shortages, the cost of existing regulation and hefty lawsuit […]

Their turn: Udall declares ‘new day’ in health care

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during a ceremony at the White House: “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited generations for health insurance reform. With this new law, we establish […]

Not all satisfied with health care legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

Flower care featured topic on program

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on making a four-diamond roman shade, caring for flowers and learning how to cope will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Terrell Sundermann is going to demonstrate making a “four diamond roman shade,” which she says is the most-requested design she […]

Heartland care center planning therapy room

PNT Staff Reports Heartland Continuing Care Center is remodeling what used to be a hospital emergency room on its campus to become a therapy room for residents and other community members. Administrator Joann Tweedy said the area would provide a simulated living space for physical, occupational, speech and restorative therapy with inpatient and outpatient services.

Senate OKs health care measure, reaching milestone

By Erica Werner: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. “We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of […]

Laundry care tips featured on show

Information on challenging windows and doors, decorating with accent pieces and reducing laundry loads will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday. Latriece Brooks is an interior decorator, and she’s going to show some solutions for challenging windows and doors. Her business is Brooks Interiors in Clovis. […]

Health care overhaul needs new approach

Freedom Newspapers Despite a belated recognition that most Americans care more about lost jobs and the faltering economy than an effort to increase government control over one-sixth of the economy, President Barack Obama has made passage of some sort of health care revision his signature issue. He wants something he can sign by early next […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Commissioners: Money for health care, state freezing cash

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At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Approved a request to provide almost $600,000 in matching money, enabling Roosevelt General Hospital to receive state community hospital money for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The county money comes from the indigent fund. With county and state contributions, RGH hopes to receive about $2.7 million. • […]

Consumers keep health care thriving

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

House passes landmark health care bill

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous. The 220-215 vote cleared the way […]

Health care provider preparing for flu surge

The New Mexico Department of Health is warning local health care providers to look for a surge in flu cases in upcoming weeks, including the H1N1 strain. Director of Marketing for Roosevelt General Hospital Gay Weese said the surge is normal for flu season. “Flu season works in waves,” she said. “We’ve seen a decrease […]

Obama needs to take care of U.S. first

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday to a U.N. General Assembly packed with more than 100 heads of state was a strange combination of modesty and chutzpah, of a change in tone designed to persuade people that more substantive changes in policy had occurred. Insofar as a more modest tone reflects an understanding […]