Health Care

Senate Democrats Block Republican Effort to Cut Off Funding to ObamaCare

March 13, 2013

“On a 52-45 vote, the majority quickly dispatched a tea-party-led bid to cut off funding for President Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms.”

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Conservatives Criticize House Republicans For Not Including ObamaCare Repeal in Stopgap Spending Bill

March 7, 2013

“A Republican leadership aide countered that funding national security priorities through the CR is in line with conservative priorities.”

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Records: Mental Health Treatment Budget Cuts Forcing Patients Into Prisons Instead of Hospitals

March 5, 2013

“Police say with few mental health beds available at state facilities, they have no choice but to leave the fate of people like Terrence Wooten to the criminal justice system.”

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris Requests Funding For Prescription Drug Database

March 5, 2013

“Harris, whose office operates CURES, called for upgrading the database and establishing two criminal enforcement teams to investigate suspicious patterns of prescribing.”

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White House Statistics: Nationwide Medicare Patient Readmissions Within 30 Days Declined to 17.8% in 2012

February 28, 2013

“Jonathan Blum, a top official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is scheduled to release the figures Thursday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.”

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) Approves Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

February 26, 2013

“Christie becomes the latest Republican governor, following on the heels of Florida GOP Governor Rick Scott, to set aside the Republican anti-Obamacare agenda, no matter who gets hurt, and do what is in the best interest of his state.”

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FMA Lobby Group: Florida Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors to Implement Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

February 24, 2013

“Of all patients, people covered by Medicaid may have the hardest time finding a doctor; only 59 percent of the state’s physicians are taking new Medicaid patients, according to a Kaiser Health News study.”

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) Proposes Delaying ObamaCare Implementation to Offset Sequester

February 24, 2013

“Though unlikely to gain traction, Jindal’s proposal is the governor’s latest attack against the president’s health care law. In particular, Jindal has stood firm against the Medicaid expansion that is a key tenet of the Affordable Care Act.”

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) Re-Affirms Opposition to State-Level Expansion of Medicaid Under ObamaCare

February 24, 2013

“He explained that the Republicans who control the House of Delegates had “set a clear firewall against expansion. They have said there will no expansion unless all the reforms outlined in the budget are implemented.””

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Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Approves New Breast Cancer Drug That Specifically Targets Tumor Cells

February 24, 2013

“The drug Kadcyla from Roche combines the established drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy drug and a third chemical linking the medicines together.”

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North Carolina State House Committee Rejects Medicinal Marijuana Proposal Because It’s Too Popular

February 22, 2013

“”We did it to be done with it, so people could move on for the session,” said Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake. He said lawmakers we’re being “harassed” with phone calls and emails about medical marijuana.”

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Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott Approves State Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

February 20, 2013

“Earlier, Scott said he did not want Florida to participate in the health law’s Medicaid expansion partly because of what he believed are eventual costs to his state for increasing coverage.”

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Universal Orlando Theme Park Resort Will No Longer Offer Health Insurance to Part-Time Employees, Citing ObamaCare

February 20, 2013

“The giant theme-park resort, which generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, began informing employees this month that it will offer health-insurance to part-timers “only until December 31, 2013.”"

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Proposes Medicare Reforms, Including Making Wealthy Seniors Pay More

February 13, 2013

“”And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.”"

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Study: In-Vitro Fertilization Linked to Increased Chance of Birth Defects

February 11, 2013

“For couples considering IVF, new research suggesting that it could be to blame for a rise in birth defects over the last 25 years might give pause for thought.”

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