Health Care

Judge Upholds Texas Ban on Abortion Groups from the State Women’s Health Program

January 15, 2013

“Texas has banned Planned Parenthood from a health care program for poor women. A judge sided with the state on Friday.”

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Americans for Tax Reform: ObamaCare Raises Taxes on Dental Braces

January 11, 2013

“As of Jan. 1, the 30-35 million Americans who use a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs face a new government cap of $2,500. This will squeeze $13 billion of tax money from Americans over the next ten years.”

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New York City Announces New Restrictions on Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospital Emergency Rooms

January 11, 2013

“Under the new city policy, most public hospital patients will no longer be able to get more than three days’ worth of narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet. Long-acting painkillers, including OxyContin … and methadone, will not be dispensed at all.”

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Analysis: Upcoming ObamaCare Taxes in 2013

December 26, 2012

“Individuals making more than $200,000 annually (and married couples making over $250k combined) will be subjected to a 3.8 percent levy on investment income.”

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White House Announces New $63 ObamaCare Fee Beginning in 2014

December 12, 2012

“It’s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama’s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say.”

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Releases 159 Pages of Rules to Clarify the ObamaCare Investment Income Tax

December 4, 2012

“The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income.”

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60 Minutes: Health Management Associations, a Company that Owns 70 Hospitals, Pressured Doctors to Admit More Patients

December 2, 2012

“Generally speaking, the more patients a hospital admits, the more money it can make, a business strategy that HMA has aggressively pursued.”

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Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer: ObamaCare is too Risky and Expensive

November 30, 2012

“Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says her decision to opt out of establishing a state-run health insurance exchange under Obamacare was one of the “most difficult decisions” she’s made as governor.”

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Politico: Republicans in Idaho, Tennessee and Mississippi Fighting Over ObamaCare

November 30, 2012

“Republicans face a choice: Create their own and appear to endorse a federal government health care takeover, or allow Washington to take control.”

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White House rebukes House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), refusing to change ObamaCare to cut the Deficit

November 22, 2012

“Boehner suggested after Obama was reelected that “Obamacare was the law of the land,” sounding like he and his party would not continue efforts to overturn it.”

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Papa John’s Owner John Schnatter: No intention of closing stores or cutting jobs due to ObamaCare

November 22, 2012

“In a conference call with Politico in August, Schnatter said he was not supportive of Obamacare because of the costs it would force on his company.”

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Analysis: ObamaCare Expected to Raise the Cost of Health Care for Insurers and Consumers

November 21, 2012

“According to the Washington Post, hospitals worry that, without widespread participation in the plans, “they will continue getting stuck with patients’ unpaid medical bills.”

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Obama Administration announces finalized ObamaCare Rules and Regulations

November 21, 2012

“President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday formally proposed new rules requiring insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions and set minimum health benefits to millions of others under U.S. healthcare reform law.”

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Republican Governors Rick Perry (TX) and John Kasich (OH) refuse to set-up State-Level ObamaCare Health Insurance Exchanges

November 21, 2012

“The health insurance exchange is a key component of the Federal Affordable Care Act, known widely as Obamacare, and is required to be up and running in 2014.”

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): ObamaCare must be included in Budget Deficit Reduction Negotiations

November 21, 2012

“House Speaker John Boehner said the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, must be included in deficit negotiations.”

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