Health Care

For the Record

The Congressional Budget Office said in a recent letter that repealing the parts of the Affordable Care Act, including changes to Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, would increase the deficit by $455 billion. The CBO released the figure this week in a letter responding to a request from Republican Sen. Mike …

A New Strategy for Selling Health Care

By now, most of us can agree that Democrats have largely failed to use health care reform as a political boost. The new law remains unpopular with half or more of the U.S. population and it will be one of several critical issues in the upcoming mid-term elections, particularly in districts where freshman, Blue Dog or vulnerable Democrats …

UPDATE: About That Individual Mandate Lawsuit…

How much confidence does the lead filer of the lawsuit against the individual mandate have that it will prevail? Virginia, whose attorney general and governor are leading the charge, at the same time is taking definitive steps to make sure that federal health reform is implemented effectively within it’s borders.

Yesterday, Gov. Bob …

Should Wealth Determine Health?

Robert Pear of the New York Times today picks up an unsurprising, but important, new study showing that the recession has caused Americans to cut back on medical care far more than in countries with universal health care.

This is to be expected. In tough economic times, even health care costs are considered discretionary for …

Health Care Reform Sentiment – Beyond Missouri

Today, Republicans are celebrating the fact that Missouri voters just overwhelmingly approved a state anti-health reform ballot initiative. The measure, which says Missouri residents can’t be required to maintain health insurance, is largely symbolic since federal law trumps state law. There was almost no organized opposition to the …

“The Law of the Land”

Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is now law. Barring full repeal or a court finding that it’s unconstitutional – impossible in the near term and fairly unlikely in the long term – there’s not much those opposed to the law can do to resist it.

But yet, some of the people who may be in charge of enforcing the law are telling …

Pawlenty Tells Feds to Keep Their Medicaid Money

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is feeling pretty good today. After using his political power as the state’s Republican leader and his veto power as governor, Pawlenty has notched a massive state budget victory that Politico’s Ben Smith says lays the groundwork for the governor’s assumed 2012 presidential run.

Refusing to compromise …

Is the NFIB Really a Voice for Small Businesses?

Today, the National Federation of Independent Business joined the states suing the federal government on the grounds that federal health reform is unconstitutional. Wow – this ups the ante, right?

Politico seems to think so, saying its daily health care alert this morning:

…politically and symbolically, it could make the …

“Rationing” is Back!

If you’re still mourning the loss of the health care debate’s heated rhetoric, don’t despair. It’s about to get another lease on life thanks to the upcoming confirmation hearing for Donald Berwick, Obama pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

This is a powerful position within the Department of Health and …

Elena Kagan and Health Reform

During Elena Kagan’s Senate confirmation hearing, the American public will get a sneak peak of a particularly contentious case that may reach the Supreme Court – the constitutionality of the new health reform law. Several Republican senators have already indicated they plan to ask Kagan about her view of the law’s mandate that …

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