Healthcare News August 9, 2012

  • Obama, Romney campaigns both tout controversial healthcare records

    Healthcare is usually seen as a big liability for both President Obama and Mitt Romney, but both campaigns chose to put the issue front and center Wednesday.

    President Obama touted his healthcare law in a campaign speech just hours after the Romney campaign highlighted Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts.

    Both campaigns were departing from their normal scripts — and from the advice of pundits and strategists who see both candidates’ healthcare records as weaknesses.

  • Baucus says Indian Health Service has ‘serious’ problems, needs more money

    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday that the healthcare system for Native Americans is plagued by “serious” problems, including a severe shortage of doctors.

    Baucus, the chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, addressed the issue at a Native American hospital in his home state. He said many problems demand better systems and more money.

    He also cited more specific problems, saying the hospital where he made his remarks had refused to provide rape kits to some female patients.

  • AARP poll highlights importance of entitlement reform in election

    A new poll by the AARP seniors lobby highlights the importance of entitlement reform in the November elections.

  • Actress Elizabeth Banks touts Planned Parenthood in Web ad for Obama

    The Obama campaign enlisted actress Elizabeth Banks for a new Web video touting President Obama’s support for Planned Parenthood.

    The video, released Wednesday morning, is another step in the campaign’s aggressive push for female voters. Obama is expected to emphasize his pitch to women while campaigning today in Colorado.

    Banks criticizes GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for saying he would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Ninety-five percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides are not controversial, she says.

    “So for that little 5 percent that Mitt Romney decides he doesn’t agree with, he’s going to take away cancer screenings? What is he doing? He’s going to take away people’s access to healthcare close by? We’re talking about working-class ladies who need healthcare. That’s it. That’s Planned Parenthood.”

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