Health Care

Mitt Romney clarifies: The individual mandate IS a tax

July 4, 2012

“Fehrnstrom’s comments caused consternation [for those] who believed that the Supreme Court had handed Romney a gift when it used the tax argument to justify upholding the healthcare plan. On Wednesday, Romney backed off from his advisor’s remarks.”

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): The odds are against repealing ObamaCare

July 3, 2012

“”If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I’d say the odds are still on your side,” McConnell said. “Because it’s a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place.”"

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Purdue Pharma seeking FDA approval to label the painkiller OxyContin for use by children as young as 6

July 3, 2012

“The pharmaceutical company earned an estimated $2.8 billion in revenue last year from sales of the powerful opioid, part of the same drug family as morphine and heroin.”

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Pharmaceutical Corporation GlaxoSmithKline settles a healthcare fraud case for $3 billion

July 2, 2012

“GSK targeted the antidepressant Paxil to patients under age 18 when it was approved for adults only, and it pushed the drug Wellbutrin for uses it was not approved for, including weight loss and treatment of sexual dysfunction.”

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Romney Aide goes off-message by claiming that the health care mandate is not a tax

July 2, 2012

“Said Fehrnstrom: “The governor disagreed with the ruling of the Court, he agreed with the dissent, which was written by Justice Scalia, which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax.”"

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA): The House will vote to repeal ObamaCare on July 11th

June 29, 2012

“Cantor, who sets the floor schedule in the House, said in a statement that the House will vote on the repeal the week of July 9 – which Cantor said will clear the path for “patient-centered reforms that lower costs and increase choice.””

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#DrudgeRetort — Drudge makes ridiculous claim that anti-epilepsy drugs led to Chief Justice Roberts’ ObamaCare vote

June 29, 2012

The Drudge Report is taking a cheap political shot at Chief Justice Roberts in retaliation for voting against the beliefs of Matt Drudge. To assert that Chief Justice Roberts is unfit to serve on the Supreme Court is an insult to both Chief Justice Roberts and the approximately 2 million Americans who suffer from epilepsy.

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Update: Fox News and CNN incorrectly reported that the Supreme Court struck down the individual mandate

June 28, 2012

Disregarding journalistic integrity, the Cable News Network (CNN) and the Fox News Network misreported that the Supreme Court struck down the individual mandate.

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Supreme Court votes 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and the individual mandate

June 28, 2012

“The justices rejected two of the administration’s three arguments in support of the insurance requirement. But the court said the mandate can be construed as a tax.

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Poll: 57% of former Supreme Court Clerks think the Court will overturn the individual mandate

June 24, 2012

“That’s a 22-point jump from the last time the same group of clerks was surveyed, right before oral arguments. Back then, 35 percent thought the court would toss out the required purchase of health insurance.”

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Eskew: Weak performance by Mitt Romney on CBS’s Face the Nation

June 18, 2012

“Despite four attempts by CBS’s ”Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, Romney refused to answer the direct question of whether he will cancel the president’s action to allow children of illegal immigrants to remain in the United States under certain conditions of education and military service.”

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Jaffe: Both U.S. Political Parties lack a clear path forward on Health Care

June 18, 2012

“Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland faced off on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, offering party-line arguments in opposition to or defense of the law, which currently awaits a Supreme Court decision on its constitutionality.”

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Chinese Government authorities confirm hat a woman was forced to abort her baby 7 months into her pregnancy

June 15, 2012

“Rights groups have blamed authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province for forcing Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy because she failed to pay a hefty fine for exceeding China’s strict “one-child” population control policy.”

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) calls for an end to high health care costs

June 4, 2012

“Patrick’s long-promised reform is due to be aired at a public hearing at Bunker Hill Community College starting at 9 a.m. today.”

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Hospitals across America are facing a scarcity of prescription drugs

June 2, 2012

“The growing scarcity of sterile, injectable drugs is one of the biggest issues confronting hospitals across the country, and will be a key issue at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago this weekend.”

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