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Democrats moving forward with healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama strongly signaled that Democrats will move forward on a health care overhaul with or without Republicans, preparing his party for a fight whose political outcome will rest with voters in November. Delivering his closing argument at a 7-1/2-hour televised policy marathon Thursday, Obama told Republicans he welcomes their ideas — even ones Democrats don’t like ...

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Lab to be named for Thompson

JACKSON — The new Mississippi State Public Health Laboratory currently under construction will now bear the name of the health official who pushed for its completion – former State Health Officer Dr. Ed Thompson. Thompson served as state health officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) from 1993 to 2002 and was named interim state health officer in ...

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GOP says it has better healthcare reform idea

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama argued today that a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s broken health care system is imperative for the nation’s future economic vitality, setting off an immediate clash in an extraordinary live-on-TV summit with Republicans who want far more modest changes. “We believe we have a better idea,” retorted GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander. With the daylong policy ...

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Baptist mulling new hospital

OXFORD — Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is in talks with local officials about buying its way out of a lease so that it can build a new $200-million regional hospital in Oxford. Baptist CEO Don Hutson tells the Oxford Eagle that several possible sites for the new hospital after being studied. In August, Oxford, Lafayette County and Baptist officials agreed ...

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Byers named to epidemiologist post

JACKSON — Dr. Paul Byers has been named Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) acting state epidemiologist. The position was previously held by State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “Dr. Byers has worked in public health for more than 15 years, and we’ve worked side-by-side for several years in the epidemiology office,” said Dr. Mary Currier. “During his tenure at ...

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Democrats warily embrace healthcare plan

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cautiously embraced President Barack Obama’s new health care plan as their last hope for enacting a comprehensive overhaul. Republicans trashed it, dimming prospects for any deal at the bipartisan health care summit that Obama has scheduled for Thursday to try to jump-start the debate. A year after calling on Congress to act to reform the nation’s ...

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Senate finds problems with Avandia's maker

NEW YORK — A Senate report said Saturday that drug maker GlaxoSmithKline knew of possible heart attack risks tied to Avandia, its diabetes medication, years before such evidence became public. Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Chuck Grassley, the committee’s ranking Republican, released the report, which follows a two-year inquiry. They are also asking the U.S. ...

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Obama unveils $1T healthcare plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Monday put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. The White House immediately demanded an up-or-down vote in Congress on the plan, or something close to ...

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Obama takes aim at insurance industry

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is making a fresh attempt to rescue his health care overhaul by proposing a measure that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. Coming just days before a White House health care summit with congressional leaders of both parties, Obama’s legislative proposal, which will be unveiled ...

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Forrest General opens new clinic

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital has opened an outpatient heart failure clinic, located at Forrest General’s LiveWell Center. Forrest General’s Heart Failure Clinic, which opened Feb. 18, is designed for patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure, but may or may not have a physician that they visit regularly. Forrest General’s Heart Failure Clinic features the services of Brad ...

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