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Once Again, Running The Numbers On Healthcare Reform

January 20, 2011

From Mother Jones: By Suzy Khimm | Wed Jan. 19, 2011 3:00 AM PST As Republicans seek to repeal health care reform, they have assaulted “Obamacare” as a job-killing, freedom-crushing behemoth that’s pushed the country onto the path to socialism. In order to defend their landmark legislative achievement, Democrats, meanwhile, have tried to highlight the…

House Backs Repeal Of Healthcare Reform

January 20, 2011

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law on Wednesday in a mostly symbolic move likely to be scuttled in the Senate. The House voted 245-189 to approve the Republican bill that would scrap the law, which was passed by…

Gov’t: Up To Half Of Americans Under 65 Have Pre-Existing Conditions, Face Denial By Insurers If Repeal Passes

January 18, 2011

By Amy Goldstein Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, January 18, 2011; 9:07 AM As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government’s first attempt to quantify the number of people at risk of being rejected by insurance…

AP-GfK Poll: Opposition To New Health Care Law Eases

January 18, 2011

From The Associated Press: By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JENNIFER AGIESTA Sun Jan 16, 3:16 pm ET WASHINGTON – As lawmakers shaken by the shooting of a colleague return to the health care debate, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds raw feelings over President Barack Obama’s overhaul have subsided. Ahead of a vote on repeal in the GOP-led House this week,…

GOP Leadership Intentionally Distorting “Obamacare”

January 18, 2011

From Forbes‘ policy analyst Rick Ungar: As we get ready for this week’s vote to repeal health care reform, it’s a good time to review the substance behind the claims that are at the center of the GOP opposition – opposition that has taken shape in the bill to be introduced this week entitled,  “Repealing…

USA Today: Calling It A “Job Killer” Doesn’t Make It So

January 18, 2011

In 2009, the Democrats who controlled Washington could see that voters’ top priority was jobs, jobs, jobs. So they focused on … health care reform. In 2010, the Republicans took America’s pulse and concluded that voters still want jobs, jobs, jobs. So the new GOP majority in the House has also made health care —…

So Much For The “Job-Killing Health Care Act”

January 7, 2011

We’ve posted before about the surprising number of small businesses already taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s tax cut incentive and offering health insurance to their employees. We’re posting again because it’s great news and now the big money men are paying attention, as evidenced by this column in Forbes. And, please, note that…

CBO: Repeal Health Reform, Add $230 Billion To Deficit

January 6, 2011

Based on previous analysis, repealing would increase the deficit, CBO director Doug Elmendorf writes. | AP Photo By SARAH KLIFF Republicans kicked off the first day of congressional proceedings to overturn health reform with unwelcome news: a Congressional Budget Office estimate that repeal would increase the deficit by $230 billion by 2021. The nonpartisan CBO’s…

White House Punts On End-Of-Life Planning

January 5, 2011

In a move that may dishearten the majority of Americans who would like to see more progressive healthcare reforms, the Obama administration has dropped end-of-life planning from the annual medical exams that will be covered by the Affordable Care Act. Regrettably, some segments of the population better know end-of-life planning – a process that enables…

“You Cannot Have It All”

January 3, 2011

From Rick Ungar’s Policy Page at Forbes: The Truth About Opposition To Health Reform By RICK UNGAR A new CNN Poll out today speaks volumes about what is bugging the country about health care reform. The survey reveals that 59% of those polled oppose the health care reform law with only  39% in support. But…

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