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Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News
Wed, 2011-09-14

"During the health care debate, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health System and Intermountain Healthcare were repeatedly touted as models for a new health care delivery system. Now, they have something else in common: All four have declined to apply for the 'Pioneer' program tailor-made by the Obama administration to reward such organizations."

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press
Wed, 2011-09-14

"Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators. Part of President Barack Obama's health care law, the program is in limbo as a congressional debt panel searches for budget savings and behind the scenes, administration officials scramble to find a viable financing formula."

David Hogberg, Investor's Business Daily
Wed, 2011-09-07

"Because of a quirk in ObamaCare, people who buy health insurance through a federally run exchange may not be eligible for premium subsidies... Section 1311 of ObamaCare instructs state governments to set up an exchange. If a state refuses, Section 1321 lets the federal government establish an exchange in the state. Yet ObamaCare states that the tax credit is available to people who are enrolled in an 'an exchange established by the state under (Section) 1311.' It makes no mention of people enrolled in federal exchanges being eligible for the tax credit."

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News
Tue, 2011-09-06

"The percentage of American adults who lack health insurance coverage has not only increased during the presidency of Barack Obama, but it has continued to increase since Obama signed his signature piece of legislation last year mandating that by 2014 every American carry health insurance, according to a Gallup survey released today."

Sam Baker and Niall Stanage, The Hill
Sat, 2011-09-03

The Obama White House is grappling with an unusual reality as next year’s election looms: the signature domestic achievement of the president’s first term seems, at best, as much of a liability as an asset... Friday’s news that the economy added zero jobs for the month of August only deepens Obama’s problem. Republicans, who opposed healthcare reform from the beginning, are bullish on the issue."

Ryan Jaslow, CBS News
Wed, 2011-08-24

"Is employer-sponsored health insurance on life support? A new survey shows that one out of every 10 midsized and large companies say they'll stop offering health insurance once federal insurance exchanges kick off in 2014, according to the survey, which was conducted by consulting firm Tower Watson."

Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico
Fri, 2011-08-12

"The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law’s requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation. The suit was brought by 26 states — nearly all led by Republican governors and attorneys general. The Department of Justice is expected to appeal. The 2-1 ruling marks the first time a judge appointed by a Democrat has voted to strike down the mandate."

Stephanie Bouchard, Healthcare Finance News
Thu, 2011-08-11

"Seventy-five percent of respondents to the Health Care Reform Readiness Survey said they believe healthcare costs will increase due to healthcare reform; 43 percent said they expect the increase to be significant. The Health Care Reform Readiness Survey, released by Buck Consultants, a human resource and benefits consulting firm that is a subsidiary of A Xerox Company, is based on responses from more than 200 professionals at healthcare organizations in the United States."

Matt Cover, CNS News
Wed, 2011-08-10

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that it has awarded $28.8 million to 67 community health centers with funds from the Obamacare health reform law. Of that $28.8 million, 'approximately $8.5 million will be used by 25 New Access Point awardees to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers,' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Spokeswoman Judy Andrews told CNSNews.com. HRSA is a part of HHS. Andrews said that grant recipients will not check the immigration status of people seeking services."

Neil Munro, The Daily Caller
Mon, 2011-08-08

"Federal payments required by President Barack Obama’s health care law are being understated by as much as $50 billion per year because official budget forecasts ignore the cost of insuring many employees’ spouses and children, according to a new analysis. The result could cost the U.S. Treasury hundreds of billions of dollars during the first ten years of the new health care law’s implementation."

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