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Joe Von Kanel, CNN.com
Wed, 2012-11-07

"President Obama's health care reform law - Obamacare - continues to be very controversial, exit polls indicated Tuesday. In Florida, the exit polls showed 49% of voters say the 2010 law should be repealed completely or in part. Forty-three percent said it should be expanded or kept as is... Exit polls in Ohio, show 52% said they think the president's health care reform law should be repealed completely or in part while 42% said it should be expanded or left as is. There's a similar split in other swing states."

Elise Viebeck, The Hill
Wed, 2012-11-07

"House Republicans will take aim at President Obama's divisive Medicare cost-cutting board during the new Congress, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) wrote Wednesday. The alert came in a letter from the House majority leader to his GOP colleagues lamenting Mitt Romney's presidential loss and outlining ways for Republicans to pursue tailored interests legislatively."

Julie Jargon, Louise Radnofsky & Alexandra Berzon, The Wall Street Journal
Mon, 2012-11-05

"Some low-wage employers are moving toward hiring part-time workers instead of full-time ones to mitigate the health-care overhaul's requirement that large companies provide health insurance for full-time workers or pay a fee. Several restaurants, hotels and retailers have started or are preparing to limit schedules of hourly workers to below 30 hours a week."

Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico
Mon, 2012-11-05

"The once-steady stream of regulations and rules from the Obama administration — instructions for insurance companies, hospitals and states on how to put the law in place — has slowed to a trickle in recent months in an attempt to avoid controversies before the election. Many states, too, have done little public work to avoid making the law an election issue for state officials on the ballot."

Alexandra Bolton, The Hill
Sat, 2012-11-03

"The Obama administration is relying heavily on outside contractors to implement a core component of healthcare reform as it races to set up a federal health insurance marketplace before 2014. The fast-approaching deadline gives the administration little time to scrutinize private-sector partners for conflicts of interest. The purchase of one of these contractors, Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), by UnitedHealth Group, a major healthcare conglomerate, has sparked concerns about a potentially uneven playing field."

Matthew Sturdevant, The Hartford Courant
Fri, 2012-11-02

"A Cigna Corp. executive said Thursday that taxes on the health insurance industry related to the Affordable Care Act, or federal health care reform, will be pushed onto customers in the form of higher premiums. Cigna’s Chief Financial Officer Ralph J. Nicoletti responded to a question about the taxes during a conference call with financial analysts Thursday morning when the Bloomfield-based health insurer reported third-quarter earnings."

Kelly Kennedy, USA Today
Mon, 2012-10-29

"As the federal government tries to leave the states with the freedom to set up individualized local health exchanges, state officials say they've received so little guidance that they're afraid they'll have to make changes as more regulations come out after the presidential election."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Wed, 2012-10-24

"The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has signed at least 2 PR contracts to promote the president's landmark Affordable Care Act. HHS signed a $20 million deal to raise awareness of new coverage for preventive services, and a separate $3 million contract is focused on the federally run insurance exchange, which will begin operating in 2014. Ways and Means Republicans previously requested documents about the PR work, but said the administration failed to respond."

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
Tue, 2012-10-23

"To recruit more doctors to treat the poor, President Barack Obama's health law took a simple approach: temporarily pay doctors more money... But implementing the raise is not so simple... With two months to go, doctors, state officials, and Medicaid managed care plans say there are numerous details still to be worked out."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Tue, 2012-10-23

"Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee threatened to issue subpoenas if the IRS doesn't turn over more records about how it's implementing the law's insurance subsidies. Republicans believe the IRS is planning to hand out billions of dollars in subsidies that aren't authorized by the healthcare law."

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