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South Carolina: Home Of Individual-Mandate Hypocrisy

October 3, 2011

From Slate: South Carolina Gov. Nikiki Haley | Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. Why aren’t conservatives complaining about this South Carolina insurance law? By Eliot Spitzer| Posted Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 The “individual mandate” in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has provoked incredible enthusiasm among the act’s supporters and towering rage in its opponents. The obligation…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Increasing The Medicare Eligibility Age: A Smaller Bargain

July 29, 2011

From Politico: By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 7/28/11 12:41 PM EDT President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner failed to strike a “grand bargain” on the nation’s deficit, but they may have pulled off another trick: revolutionizing the debate over Medicare. When they both accepted the idea of increasing the Medicare eligibility age to 67,…

PCIP Provides Bridge For Looming Healthcare Reform

July 25, 2011

From Forbes: By DAVID A. LIEB –07.25.11, 10:21 AM EDT JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One of the first prongs of President Barack Obama’s health care law has been in effect now for a year, and the result in Missouri is that about 500 additional people with chronic health problems now have insurance. It is, by…

Panel Pushes For Free Insurer Provided Contraceptives

July 25, 2011

From The New York Times: Editorial Board–July 20, 2011 In an encouraging development for women’s health, an advisory panel of leading experts has recommended that all insurers be required to offer contraceptives as well as other preventive services free of charge under the new health care law. The Obama administration seems inclined to follow the…

An Uncertain Future For Medicare and Medicaid

July 22, 2011

From Politico: The Obama administration could be faced with obligations to spend cash it  doesn’t have. By J. LESTER FEDER| 7/21/11 10:47 PM EDT A default scenario is so unthinkable that not too many people have thought about what happens to Medicare and Medicaid if a deal isn’t reached. One longtime Washington health hand said…

State Health Exchanges Leaning Toward Insurers

July 20, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Wendell Potter–7/14/11 12:29 PM ET The insurance industry made it abundantly clear this week that it is in the driver’s seat–in both Washington and state capitals — of one of the most important vehicles created by Congress to reform the U.S. health care system. The Affordable Care Act requires the states…

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