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Things that make you go hmmmmmmm…

April 5, 2012

From the LA Times: The lead plaintiff challenging the Affordable Car Act says she should not be forced to buy health insurance. She apparently doesn’t need health insurance because she doesn’t have any intention of paying for health care to begin with. Why pay for something you can get for free? Turns out, as part…

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Who loses if the Affordable Care Act is Struck Down?

April 5, 2012

Soon, the Supreme Court will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. But it’s important to remember that there are millions of individuals who have already benefited from its enactment.  Old and young people, people we work with, people we worship with and people in our circle of friends who now have affordable healthcare…

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The Ryan Budget = Less Health Care, More Taxes for Poor

March 22, 2012

So Paul Ryan is back with another budget. It’s a doozy. In it, he proposes repealing the Affordable Care Act entirely, cutting Medicaid and Medicare, cutting food stamps, welfare, federal pensions and assistance to farmers. WOW, you must be thinking, that must put us into budget surplus! Surely, this will reduce our debt! Well…no. In…

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Healthcare Reform Already Reveals Positive Effects

August 2, 2011

From Think Progress: By Igor Volsky— Jul 28, 2011 at 9:01 am A new report from the Medicare Office of the Actuary estimates that “health spending will grow by an average of 5.8 percent a year through 2020, compared to 5.7 percent without the health overhaul.” As a result, the nation is expected to spend…

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Free Birth Control Rule Meets Harsh Criticism

August 1, 2011

From CBS News: (AP) August 1, 2011 8:43 AM The federal Department of Health and Human Services was to announce historic women’s healthcare guidelines Monday that would require insurance companies to cover women’s preventive services, including birth control, for what amounts to no cost. The guidelines, under the new healthcare law, would force insurance companies…

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Supreme Court Will Rule On Healthcare Reform Act

August 1, 2011

From Business Insider: Abigail Caplovitz Field–Jul. 29, 2011 If the act is upheld as constitutional, federal regulations will transform the industry. For example, regulations will dictate how much of each premium can pay for overhead and profit, change insurers’ ability to decide what kind of coverage to offer, and who can purchase it. The stakes…

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A Hazy Future For Medicare

August 1, 2011

From Politico: Democrats had been counting on  taking aim at Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. By DAVID NATHER | 7/31/11 11:25 PM EDT President Barack Obama’s health care law has high negative ratings, and they’re not getting any better. But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan has high negatives, too — and they’re not…

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CMS Report: Healthcare Reform To Increase Spending

July 28, 2011

From Politico: Seniors listen to a round table discussion on the benefits of the Affordable  Care Act. By BRETT NORMAN | 7/28/11 8:36 AM EDT The Affordable Care Act will drive health care spending up slightly, to nearly a fifth of the country’s gross domestic product by 2020, while extending insurance coverage to 30 million…

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Small Biz Skeptical of ACA, But Still To Offer Coverage

July 27, 2011

From The Hill: By Sam Baker – 07/25/11 01:00 PM ET House Republicans leapt on a new report Monday that suggests small businesses might scale back their healthcare benefits in the wake of the reform law. The survey, released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), found that small businesses don’t have much faith…

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Inefficiencies Of “One Size Fits All” Health Care Reform

July 22, 2011

From Market Watch:   Press Release–July 21, 2011, 2:00 p.m. EDT ORANGE, Calif., Jul 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — A panel of industry experts has advised states on alternative strategies to comply with federal health reform focusing on each state’s “unique demographic, business and cultural characteristics.” The discussion was part of a podcast conducted by…

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