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Healthcare Reform To Benefit Small Businesses

June 28, 2011

From The Hill: By Sam Baker – 06/21/11 10:00 AM ET Healthcare reform can help reverse a drop in the number of businesses offering health benefits to their employees, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says. The share of employers that offer health insurance fell by 3.6 percentage points between 1999 and 2009, according to a…

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AMA Votes In Support of Individual Mandate

June 23, 2011

From The Hill: By Sam Baker – 06/20/11   The AMA’s House of Delegates voted 326-165 to support the law’s requirement that most people buy insurance. The coverage mandate is at the center of several lawsuits challenging the new law’s constitutionality.AMA President Cecil Wilson said the “overwhelming” vote shows that doctors still believe a mandate is…

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Is A Health Insurance Exchange In S.C. A Reality?

June 22, 2011

From Charleston City Paper: Clay Middleton–June 22, 2011 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed last year by Congress requires all states to set up a health insurance exchange program. While South Carolina is one of 26 states to sue the federal government over this law, it does not prevent these states from working…

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New Study Predicts Near-Term Stability

June 22, 2011

From The Hill: By Julian Pecquet – 06/20/11   Debate over how many people will lose their employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) coverage due to Democrats’ healthcare law continued to rage Monday as another consulting firm predicted a limited impact. The new study by Avalere assessed several models and other analyses that have examined the issue and concluded…

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New Health Care Ad Campaign

June 22, 2011

From Los Angeles Times: By Noam Levey –June 20, 2011  The Obama administration is kicking off a nationwide ad campaign urging seniors to take advantage of free preventive services such as cancer screenings made possible in Medicare by the new healthcare law. The campaign — featuring television and radio ads in English and Spanish (see…

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Contradicting Surveys Create Public Confusion

June 22, 2011

From The New York Times: Douglas Holtz-Eakin headed a group of 105 economists opposed to the ACA By MILT FREUDENHEIM— June 20, 2011 The debate over the effects of the federal health care law on employer-provided insurance has been intensifying in recent weeks, with controversial polls and consultants contradicting one another about whether employees will…

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Republicans Teeter In Stance On Medicare

June 22, 2011

From The New York Times: Editorial Board– June 21, 2011 Leading Republicans — after proposing to gut Medicare — are still trying to pose as the program’s saviors. How cynical can they get? At the recent Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota warned that health care reform will take $500…

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Doctors Fear Lowered Provider Rates After S.C. Cuts

June 21, 2011

By Matt Kennard–June 20 2011 19:10 Doctors treating the poor in the US are braced for significant reductions to their services amid increased pressure from both the Obama administration and Republicans for deep cuts in health spending. Twenty-nine Republican governors have called for greater flexibility in how states administer Medicaid programmes for the poor, a…

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Shoddy McKinsey Survey Draws Democrats’ Wrath

June 21, 2011

From Talking Points Memo: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) Brian Beutler| June 20, 2011, 6:08PM Democratic members of Congress who pressed the consulting giant McKinsey & Company to open the books on its disputed health care study are piling on, now that the firm’s released its survey materials. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), who…

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Baucus Demands Explanation Of Controversial HCR Survey

June 17, 2011

From Talking points Memo: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) Brian Beutler | June 16, 2011, 2:50PM McKinsey & Co’s public relations fiasco continued Thursday, as one of the most powerful senators on Capitol Hill issued a public call for the influential consulting firm to come clean about a questionable study it published on the impact of…

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