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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…

5 Ways Health Reform Helps Medicaid Beneficiaries

March 20, 2012

From the folks at the National Health Law Program, 5 ways that health reform helps medicaid beneficiaries. 1.     ALREADY IN PLACE: Protection for Medicaid enrollees           The ACA included a “Maintenance of Effort” provision prohibiting states from cutting eligibility for adults until 2014 and children until 2019. If states do not comply, they can be…

Happy Anniversary, Failed-Repeal-Of-Obamacare!

January 20, 2012

One Year Later: What if Congress Had Repealed the Affordable Care Act? For too long, too many hard working Americans paid the price for policies that handed free rein to insurance companies with few protections for patients or providers. Nearly two years ago, President Obama signed health reform – the Affordable Care Act – into…

Seniors Save Big Thanks To ObamaCare

December 27, 2011

From USA Today: By Kelly Kennedy 12/6/2011 WASHINGTON – More than 2.65 million Medicare recipients have saved more than $1.5 billion on their prescriptions this year, a $569-per-person average, while premiums have remained stable, the government plans to announce today. That’s because of the provision of the health care law that put a 50% discount…

Seniors Realizing ACA’s Benefits, Doughnut-Hole Shrinkage

November 28, 2011

From The Associated Press: By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Sunday, 11.27.11 WASHINGTON — Medicare’s prescription coverage gap is getting noticeably smaller and easier to manage this year for millions of older and disabled people with high drug costs. The “doughnut hole,” an anxiety-inducing catch in an otherwise popular benefit, will shrink about 40 percent for those unlucky…

Healthcare Costs Driving Americans Into Poverty

November 22, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Drew Altman and Larry Levitt November 18, 2011 Policymakers in Washington are consumed with the federal budget deficit. The Congressional Budget Office serves as the official referee in budget debates, keeping score of how proposed legislation would make the deficit bigger or smaller. But Congress and the public could get a…

Haley’s Panel: No State Health Insurance ‘Exchange’ For S.C.

November 22, 2011

From The Post & Courier: By Renee Dudley [email protected] Friday, November 18, 2011 South Carolina should not manage its own “exchange” where health coverage will be sold once the new federal health care law takes full effect in 2014, a state panel is expected to recommend today. The S.C. Health Planning Committee wants private companies…

Opinion: Stop Subsidizing Medical Errors, Cut Costs

November 1, 2011

From The Charlotte Observer: Mistakes are a fact of life in hospitals, and reducing them would yield billions in savings. By Robert Restuccia and Adam Searing Special to the Observer Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 A congressional “super committee” is working right now on a national debt reduction plan. Medicare is sure to be on the…

Editorial: Rhetoric & The High Cost of Health Care

September 26, 2011

From The (Anderson) Independent Mail: It’s no secret that the costs of health care and health insurance to help pay for that care have skyrocketed over the last few years. But if you are among those who believe hospitals are getting rich off of the economy’s ills, think again. Nonprofit and not-for-profit public hospitals around…

Gosh Y’all, Could “Obamacare” Be Working?!! (Part 2)

September 16, 2011

From The New Republic: By Jonathan Cohn September 15, 2011 | 11:16 am Republicans made a lot of arguments against the Affordable Care Act. But perhaps none were as effective, or as seemingly plausible, as their contention that their new law would cripple Medicare Advantage. New evidence suggests — surprise! — that the argument was…

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