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Dennis Jacobe, Gallup
Fri, 2013-05-10

"Forty-eight percent of U.S. small-business owners say the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to be bad for their business, compared with 9% who say it is going to be good, and 39% who expect no impact... Similarly, 52% of owners say the ACA is going to reduce the quality of healthcare they and their employees receive. This contrasts with 13% who feel it will improve the quality of care their employees get, and 30% who see no impact."

Sahil Kaput, Talking Points Memo
Thu, 2013-05-09

"The top two Republicans in Congress informed President Obama on Thursday that they will refuse to fulfill their duty under the Affordable Care Act to recommend members of a new board with the power to contain Medicare spending. It’s a dramatic power-play driven by the explosive partisan politics of Obamacare and with potentially important implications for federal health care policy."

Elise Viebeck, The Hill
Thu, 2013-05-09

"The Obama administration announced new funding Thursday for efforts to help the uninsured find coverage through ObamaCare. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department will spend $150 million on enrollment assistance through community health centers, which serve an estimated 21 million patients annually. The funding comes as Democrats are expressing concerns about implementation of the landmark law. Polls show that few people understand it, or how they might benefit."

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News
Thu, 2013-05-09

"Many executives have long enjoyed perks like free health care and better health benefits for themselves and their families. But under a little noticed anti-discrimination provision in the federal health law, such advantages could soon trigger fines of up to $500,000. Employers 'should be more concerned about this than anything else' in the law, because many are in violation and the penalties can be stiff, says Jay Starkman, chief executive of Engage PEO in St. Petersburg, Fla., which offers human resources services and advises clients on the health law."

Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane, The Washington Post
Wed, 2013-05-08

"The House will vote again next week to repeal the 2010 health-care reform law, a decision by top Republican leaders designed in part to appease GOP freshmen lawmakers who have not had an opportunity to take a vote on the issue."

Neil Munro, The Daily Caller
Mon, 2013-05-06

"Head Start teachers and administrators told The Daily Caller that their most pressing concern is not budget impacts from sequestration but changes coming from President Barack Obama’s health-care law... Rising healthcare costs will likely force Oregon to reduce some Head Start workers’ hours so they’re not eligible for the medical program, said Nordyk, who spoke to TheDC during a national Head Start conference held just outside D.C. in Maryland."

Louise Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal
Thu, 2013-05-02

"The complaint focuses on the law’s distribution of federal subsidies for Americans to purchase insurance, and whether people can get them if they live in one of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own insurance exchanges and have left that task up to the federal government."

Alexander Bolton, The Hill
Thu, 2013-05-02

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he shares colleagues’ concerns that the Affordable Care Act could become a 'train wreck' if it’s not implemented properly. Reid warned that people will not be able to choose health insurance plans on government health exchanges if federal authorities lack the resources to set them up and educate the public."

Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News
Thu, 2013-05-02

"In a new sign that implementing the health law could take longer than expected, insurer Aetna said Tuesday it lowered the number of medical policies it expects to sell through online marketplaces that open for business in October."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Tue, 2013-04-30

"President Obama said Tuesday that his healthcare law is bound to hit some snags as it comes fully into place over the next six months. 'Even if we do everything perfectly, there will still be glitches and bumps … That's pretty much true of every government program that's ever been set up,' Obama said at a news conference. Asked about Democratic concerns that the implementation could be a 'huge train wreck,' Obama said the law will be fully implemented on time."

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