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Clarence and Virginia Thomas Against Healthcare Reform

August 22, 2011

From The New Yorker: As the Justice has assumed an influential role on the Roberts Court, his wife has helped lead the public war against the Administration. ILLUSTRATION: PHILIP BURKE By Jeffrey Toobin August 29, 2011 It has been, in certain respects, a difficult year for Clarence Thomas. In January, he was compelled to amend several…

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CHIP Outreach Gets More Kids Covered

August 22, 2011

From Kaiser Health News: By Phil Galewitz August 18th, 2011, 5:31 PM If you build it, they will come … at least some of the time. The number of children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)  but not enrolled fell to 4.3 million in 2009 from 4.7 million the prior year, according to…

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New Healthcare Rules Would Empower Consumers

August 19, 2011

From The Washington Post: New regulations proposed on Wednesday by the Obama administration would require private health insurers to offer cost/benefit summaries of their insurance plans in “plain English,” enabling us all to comparison shop with confidence. By N.C. Aizenman, Published: August 17 What would your health insurance cover if you got pregnant? How much could…

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Feds To Unveil Health-Insurance Exchange Details

August 17, 2011

From The Wall Street Journal: Associated Press/Don Berwick, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will help unveil the plan Wednesday. By ANNA WILDE MATHEWS And JANET ADAMY Consumers shopping for health insurance will soon get a peek at a new standard form—akin to the nutrition label on food products—that will lay out…

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ALEC Exposed: Sabotaging Healthcare Reform

August 15, 2011

From wendellpotter.com: By Wendell Potter on July 12th, 2011 This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. Days after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, I arrived at the spring 2010 meeting of the National Association of…

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Can We Have Health Reform Without An Individual Mandate?

August 15, 2011

From The Nation: Credit: Creative Commons/janinsanfran Yes, It’s Called ‘Medicare for All’ By John Nichols August 13, 2011 The essential vote on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel that ruled that the individual-coverage mandate in President Obama’s healthcare reform is unconstitutional did not come from a reactionary Republican appointed by Ronald Reagan or George…

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Gov’t Lays Out Health Insurance Exchange Details

August 15, 2011

From Reuters: By Alina Selyukh and Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON | Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:43pm EDT (Reuters) – The government on Friday laid out incentives for states and people to participate in health insurance exchanges, including tax credits and funding grants for the states. Health regulators also clarified how they expect states to determine who…

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11th Circuit Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

August 12, 2011

From Politico: The Department of Justice is expected to appeal. | Reuters By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 8/12/11 1:29 PM EDT The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law’s requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation that increases the odds that…

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Bank Of America, Macy’s Workers Relying On Medicaid

August 11, 2011

From The Hartford Courant: While the article below pertains to Connecticut, some of the same miserly companies operate in South Carolina with government-subsidized work forces. By Matthew Sturdevant If you think about who is on Medicaid, workers at Bank of America and Macy’s probably don’t come to mind. And yet both companies employ people either…

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Think Medicaid Is Safe? Think Again.

August 9, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Sarah Kliff 11:20 AM ET, 08/05/2011 Medicaid advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief when the debt debate wrapped up early this week. The entitlement program, initially seen as vulnerable in negotiations, was protected from across-the-board cuts in the trigger deal. A federal exemption, however, is only half the story.…

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