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Yes, America, You Really Are Paying More For Health Care

May 16, 2011

From National Public Radio: Published: May 11, 2011 By Julie Rovner OK, health care is expensive. And the costs keep going up. But the latest report from the green-eyeshade experts at Milliman does include a few surprises about what is — and isn’t — driving those costs higher. First, a tidbit that sort of passes…

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…

Judges’ Questions Hint That They’ll Uphold New Health Law

May 11, 2011

From Politico: Judges sharply questioned whether Virginia has a right to sue the federal government. | AP Photo . By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 5/10/11 7:49 PM EDT RICHMOND, Va.— The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals peppered the health reform law’s challengers with intense rounds of questioning on Tuesday, suggesting that it could rule against both…

House GOP “Ironically” Plans To Strip States Of Resources Needed To Establish Private Health-Insurance Marketplaces

May 4, 2011

From our friends at Families USA: House Republicans Won’t Allow Their Constituents to Gain Similar Health Coverage that Members of Congress Enjoy Washington, D.C.—This week, House Republicans plan to vote on a bill (H.R. 1213) to take from states the grants they can use to establish “exchanges,” new state-based marketplaces authorized by the Affordable Care Act,…

Poll: Fewer Americans Support Repeal of Health Care Law

May 4, 2011

From Rasmussen Reports: Monday, May 02, 2011 For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the national health care bill in March of last year, support for repeal of the measure has fallen below 50%. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal…

At Least 600,000 Young Adults Insured Via New Health Law

May 2, 2011

From Kaiser Health News: Alexander Lataille, 23, of Laurel, Md., an asthma-stricken beneficiary of the under-26 provision. By Phil Galewitz KHN Staff Writer May 01, 2011 Hundreds of thousands of young adults are taking advantage of the health care law provisionthat allows people under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans, some of the…

How The Big “Obamacare” Lie Drowned Out The Truth

April 27, 2011

From Mother Jones: Illustration: Steve Brodner The secret campaign behind the phrase “government takeover of health care.” By David Corn IN THE SPRING of 2009, as the titanic fight over President Barack Obama’s health care proposal was beginning, Frank Luntz—an infamous Republican consultant who specializes in the language of politics—drew up a confidential 28-page report…

Opinion: Health Care Reform, Take The Good & Make It Work

April 25, 2011

From The State: Friday, Apr. 22, 2011 By Warren Bolton – Associate Editor MEET JUNE, a 37-year-old mother with two girls in elementary school. She had been married, but her husband was killed in Iraq. She is fighting depression. One morning while showering, June discovered a lump in her left breast. “She knew in her…

S.C. Health Care Panel Studies State’s Insurance Options

April 15, 2011

Opponents of Health Care Reform Preach Free-Market Solutions While Obstructing A Free, Competitive Market for Health Insurance From The Spartanburg Herald-Journal: By Jason Spencer [email protected] Published: Friday, April 15, 2011 COLUMBIA — The future of health care reform in South Carolina might include insurance marketplaces as required by federal law, but this state can’t afford…

States Get New Flexibility To Improve Medicaid, Innovate

April 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: HHS Press Office Thursday, April 14, 2011                                                                                              (202) 690-6343 New rules will make Medicaid more flexible and efficient, helping states provide better care and lower costs The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced four initiatives to give states more flexibility to adopt innovative new practices…

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