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Administration Delays Obamacare Employer Mandate

July 3, 2013 The delay of a major health reform provision means that employers won't be required to offer their workers health insurance next year. The complex and unpopular Obamacare requirement will not be implemented in 2015, after next year's election, the Treasury Department announced on Tuesday. The decision is a relief to ...

No, Oncologists Are Not Going Broke

April 23, 2013 When the automatic spending cuts kicked in for Medicare this month, every doctor saw a 2 percent reduction in reimbursement from the government insurance program. But cancer doctors have made the most noise. A front-page Washington Post story reported that thousands of cancer patients were being turned away by doctors ...

Why the Senate Democrats' Budget Will Be Vague

March 11, 2013 The GOP has long hoped that by prodding the Senate majority to produce a budget, it could force Democrats to commit to paper some unpopular political choices on spending cuts and health care programs. But if Republicans want specifics this spring, they’ll have to wait. The Senate Democrats’ budget, scheduled ...

Budget office predicts rocky start for health care law

February 6, 2013 The Obama administration has been publicly upbeat about the coming rollout of its health care law. But a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office suggests that at least one set of influential observers anticipates some turbulence in the law’s first years. On several important measures of the law’s ...

Senate Aide Wants to be a Millionaire

November 16, 2012 Chris Jacobs wants to be a millionaire. He might well be one already, but he won’t tell. The Republican Senate Joint Economic Committee staffer and prolific health care blogger is also a self-described “trivia hustler.” On election day, he was travelling to New York City, where he taped an episode ...

Jobs and deficit likely to dominate debate

October 3, 2012 Wednesday evening’s presidential debate is a chance for voters to see where President Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney stand on key domestic issues such as job creation, the budget, and health care policy. The 90-minute event, moderated by PBS’s Jim Lehrer, will be divided into six 15-minute sessions—half ...

Will health rebate checks help Obama?

September 26, 2012 For many insured Americans, the first tangible benefit of President Obama's signature health care law recently landed in their inbox: a check from their insurance company. Some commentators this summer predicted the mailing of the checks could be a turning point for the controversial health law and perhaps give a ...

Supreme Court to say yes or no to gene patenting case

February 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is a single human gene, isolated from its cell and chromosome, a natural product or a patentable piece of intellectual property? That's the question at the center of a case the Supreme Court could take up Tuesday. The answer could have wide-reaching implications for the biotechnology sector, which relies on ...

FDA inspectors could be moving to China

February 13, 2012 If it gets the funding it wants, the Food and Drug Administration will be spending $10 million next year to expand its inspection operations in China. Nearly all of the increases to the agency's $4.5 billion budget come from user fees paid by drug and device makers who want their ...

What kind of health insurance do the GOP candidates get?

January 12, 2012 Charles Krupa/AP Mitt Romney's rivals may enjoy repeating his line that he likes "being able to fire people who provide services to me," but when it comes to health insurance, he has the luxury of choosing among several coverage options, thanks to the health care reform law he signed in ...