SATURDAY, Jan. 1 (HealthDay News) -- In a year packed with
health news headlines, the pick for top spot was still easy: the
passage last spring of the long-sought health care reform bill.
When President Barack Obama signed the final version of the
reform package into law on March 30, advocates pointed out that it
would vastly expand the pool of Americans able to get health
insurance, while eliminating problems such as denial of coverage
for pre-existing medical conditions. Starting this year, young
adults also can retain health care coverage via their parents'
plans up until the age of 26, and insurers can no longer place a
lifetime dollar limit on essential benefits. Preventive services
such as mammograms or colonoscopies are now free.
To many, this sounds like an advance, but critics worry whether
the government can -- or should -- foot the bill for what many see
as socialized medicine.
Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll conducted in mid-November
found Americans as split as ever on the new package, with 28
percent hoping for repeal, 31 percent wanting to keep the
legislation, and 29 percent not sure what should be done.
The reform package withstood a number of court challenges
throughout the year, but in December a federal judge in Virginia
struck down the provision mandating that nearly all Americans get
coverage. And an even larger court challenge -- filed on behalf of
20 states -- is set to play out in Florida over the coming
But beyond the reform hurly-burly, other health news grabbed
attention in 2010:
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