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Opinion: One Year On, Health Care Reform Helping S.C.

March 23, 2011

From The State: By SUE BERKOWITZ and FRANK KNAPP JR. – Guest Columnists One year ago, we were warned that national health-care reform would impose new taxes, fees and mandates on small businesses, increasing their health-insurance costs. Under this financial pressure, there would be more uninsured due to massive worker layoffs and small-business failures. Today…

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Heads Up: Health Care Reform Hearing Next Week!

March 17, 2011

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee March 23, 2011 – 11:00 A.M. 105 Gressette Building __________________AGENDA_________________ Department of Insurance presentation regarding State compliance with the Affordable Care Act. We will hear from consumer and insurance industry advocates as well. Good Sandlappers, come on down and give lawmakers your $0.02. Help S.C. get it right!

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SC To Study Health Insurance Exchanges, Comply With ACA

March 17, 2011

By executive decree, Gov. Nikki Haley has ordered the establishment of the South Carolina Health Exchange Planning Committee, an advisory body charged with studying and recommending whether South Carolina should launch a state-based insurance exchange or punt that responsibility to the Feds. Either way, the Affordable Care Act (i.e. the new health care reform law)…

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What Happened To S.C.’s $16.8M In Health Care Funds?

March 16, 2011

From The Spartanburg Herald-Journal: Rep. Bakari Sellers, marshal of this particular sunshine brigade. Lawmakers seek answers, say SC quietly taking health care funds By Jason Spencer [email protected] Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 3:15 a.m. COLUMBIA — Five state lawmakers led by Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg, have requested an audit of the S.C. Department of…

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Study: Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Cost S.C. 5,000 Jobs

March 11, 2011

An exclusive from The State: By JOHN O’CONNOR  Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 S.C. hospitals, doctors and other health care businesses could cut 5,000 jobs if legislators approve a proposal to reduce what medical providers are paid to treat poor and disabled patients, according to a University of South Carolina study. A spending plan for the…

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Opponents Of Reform Still Pushing Brazen Distortions

March 9, 2011

Bachmann’s ‘Bombshell’ – A ‘Hidden’ $105 Billion NBC – Meet The Press By Glenn Kessler The Washington Post “There was a Congressional Research Service report that just was issued in February, and we discovered that secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress, over $105 billion was hidden in the ‘Obamacare’ legislation to fund the implementation of…

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Analysis Shows Insurance Giants Pocketing Huge Profits, Despite Weak Economy

March 4, 2011

Report Underscores Importance of Blocking New Health Law’s Repeal Published on Mar 3, 2011 – 7:02:25 AM By: Health Care for America Now Washington, DC – The five largest Wall Street-run health insurance companies parlayed the economic meltdown of 2008 and the nation’s subsequent fragile recovery into huge profits in 2010, the last year before…

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Fla. Judge Stays Own Ruling Against Health Care Reform

March 4, 2011

The Justice Department said it would quickly appeal — as Judge Roger Vinson said it must. | AP Photo From Politico: By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 3/3/11 12:38 PM EST U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson put the health care reform law on a fast track to the Supreme Court on Thursday — giving the Obama administration…

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Message To Health Law Critics: It’s Not A Lack Of Flexibility

March 2, 2011

“The real problem here, in other words, isn’t the lack of flexibility in the health law. It’s the lack of workable ideas from critics on the right.” From Kaiser Health News: By Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor of The New Republic (Mar 01, 2011) With Republican governors complaining that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t give them…

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GOP Govs Cool Toward Offer Of Flexibility On ACA

March 1, 2011

Gov. Nikki Haley at a meeting of governors hosted by President Barack Obama in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) From The Wall Street Journal: By JANET ADAMY WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Monday backed a bill in Congress to let states design their own ways to expand insurance coverage…

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