Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Their view: Navigators can’t replace insurance agents

Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, offers this view on federal heath reform:

Their view: Bingaman says health reform much needed in state

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman released this press release Tuesday on insurance reform law.

Immigrant doctors could ease shortage

Freedom New Mexico We will get immigration reform — the kind that allows far more immigrants into our country — whether it is politically popular or not. Politicians are no match for the kind of raw, pro-immigration economic forces that lie ahead. For the past two decades, immigrants flooded into this country to do jobs […]

Their view: Senate overdue for reform

Senate overdue for reform Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., on his push for sweeping procedural changes in the Senate: Over one year ago, after observing the unprecedented dysfunction in the U.S. Senate, I stood on the floor of the chamber and called on my colleagues to reflect on what this institution has become and what we […]

Obamacare full of hidden surprises

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

‘Unintended’ consequences from health care reform no surprise

Freedom Newspapers During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. The […]

Reform advocates score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Immigration reform should not be rushed

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. Sen. Lindsey Graham seems the odd man out in Congress these days. The South Carolina Republican has taken heat from both parties for trying to work with the Democratic majority on major legislation, […]

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 reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

ENMU students march for immigration reform

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer For Marina Pina, who came to the United States from Mexico five years ago, her first trip to Washington, D.C., was not a tour. It was to march for immigration reform. Immigrants from across the country participated in “March for America” on March 21 in the nation’s capital. Pina, […]

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 […]

Alliance only way reform will succeed

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has invited congressional Republicans to participate in a bipartisan televised summit on health care. It’s about a year late. Will such a meeting reflect a realistic understanding of what has turned so many of the American people against the different versions of health insurance reform that have passed the […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

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 […]

Panel offers health care reform opinions

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

National health plan won’t hit TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist President Obama says his push to reform the nation’s health care system will not diminish health benefits for service families or retirees who use TRICARE, or for veterans who rely on VA hospitals and clinics. In fact, he suggested, as health reform takes hold across the country, veterans who, for […]

Ethics reform bills make little progress

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]