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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,…

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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…

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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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A Health Bargain That Will Address The Debt

July 18, 2011

From Politico: The author writes that both sides can declare victory if they agree on health  care finance. By STEPHEN T. PARENTE | 7/17/11 9:30 PM EDT A frustrated President Barack Obama last week reportedly declared “enough is enough” during one debt limit discussion with Republicans. Frustration aside, the problem is that both parties have…

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Health Officials Move To Loosen State Requirements

July 13, 2011

From the Los Angeles Times: By Noam N. Levey–July 12, 2011 Washington— The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year.The state-based exchanges are intended to make buying health insurance comparable…

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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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Medicare: Health Care Reform Working, Lowering Costs

May 16, 2011

From Bloomberg: By Drew Armstrong – The administration for Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, said the health-care law will save the program $120 billion in the next five years through lower payments to hospitals and insurers. About $50 billion of the savings come from reduced payments to insurers including…

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CBO: New GOP Bill Would Boot Kids From Medicaid Rolls

May 12, 2011

From Congressional Quarterly (subscribers only): May 11, 2011 – 8:43 p.m. By Emily Ethridge, CQ Staff Tens of thousands of children might lose health coverage temporarily under a Republican bill that would allow states to tighten their Medicaid rolls, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday. The CBO found that the bill (HR…

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HHS: Health Reform Already Working

January 28, 2011

Without health reform ‘consumers and businesses would face higher premiums,’ Sebelius says. | AP Photo By: J. Lester Feder January 28, 2011 04:50 AM EST The Obama administration is firing back at one of the major attacks Republicans have leveled at the health reform law: that it will make insurance premiums rise. A report released…

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Opinion: Flimflammery Over ‘Obamacare’

January 28, 2011

This is not about the health reform law, it is about honesty, the author writes. | AP Photo     By MICHAEL KINSLEY | 1/25/11 4:50 AM EST It’s a standard item in the Republican checklist of what’s wrong with Obamacare: that advocates of the program, in computing its costs, compare six years of expenses…

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