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Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
Fri, 2013-04-26

"Cary Pigman, a Republican lawmaker in the state House of Representatives, sees uninsured patients every shift as an emergency room doctor in a rural part of central Florida, where nearly 30 percent of residents lack coverage. With a week remaining in Florida’s legislative session, Dr. Pigman might be expected to be sympathetic to hospitals and other groups urging the Republican-dominated legislature to accept $50 billion in federal money over a decade to extend coverage to 1 million poor Floridians. But that’s not the case."

Cheryl Clark, HealthLeaders Media
Fri, 2013-04-26

"Some 500 healthcare provider groups and companies, patient advocates and employers on Thursday signed a letter to Congress urging repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board in fear that not only will its cost-cutting powers hurt patients' access to care, but that it will also raise costs for employers, and actually raise costs in the long run."

David Nather, Politico
Fri, 2013-04-26

"Obamacare fires are flaring up all over — in Hill hearings, in scary headlines about big rate hikes and in closed-door meetings of nervous Democrats. The White House response: We’ll get to that. President Barack Obama’s messaging gurus and their allies say they will step on the gas before enrollment begins this fall, but the effort, they concede, is not in full swing."

Christine Vestal, Stateline
Thu, 2013-04-25

"The lack of competition in nearly a dozen states could present problems when the insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act launch in October. The exchanges are supposed to give Americans who do not get health insurance from their employers the opportunity to choose from an array of private insurance plans. The idea is to generate competition between insurers that will lead to lower premiums."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Wed, 2013-04-24

"The office implementing most of President Obama's healthcare law is not furloughing its workers as a result of sequestration, its director said Wednesday. Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Wednesday that his office has not cut its workers' hours and pay as a result of the automatic budget cuts that went into effect in March."

John Bresnahan & Jake Sherman, Politico
Wed, 2013-04-24

"Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Wed, 2013-04-17

"Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday he fears a 'train wreck' as the Obama administration implements its signature healthcare law. Baucus, the chairman of the powerful Finance Committee and a key architect of the healthcare law, said he fears people do not understand how the law will work."

Jeffrey Young, Huffington Post
Wed, 2013-04-17

"Obama and his lieutenants have their work cut out for them as they try to connect millions of uninsured people to subsidized private health insurance or Medicaid -- and to transition people and small businesses who already buy their own health insurance into the new system. Public polling continues to show a plurality of Americans oppose the law, which is bad enough for Obama."

Janet Adamy, The Wall Street Journal
Wed, 2013-04-17

"A labor union representing roofers is reversing course and calling for repeal of the federal health law, citing concerns the law will raise its cost for insuring members. Organized labor was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, but more recently has voiced concerns that the law could lead members to lose their existing health plans. The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers is believed to be the first union to initially support the law and later call for its repeal."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Wed, 2013-04-17

"Groups on both sides of the healthcare debate are lobbying Congress to scale back a tax in President Obama's healthcare law that could end up costing the states billions of dollars. Supporters and opponents of the healthcare law are both eyeing changes to the law's tax on insurance plans, which could cost the states nearly $15 billion."

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