Health care (page 397)

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    In case you missed him …

    Joseph Coletti panned ObamaCare during a WNCN Television report that aired on the one-year anniversary of the federal health care reform law. Coletti used the anniversary to urge N.C. elected leaders to pursue Medicaid reform.
    Mitch Kokai, March 24, 2011
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    New JLF report on ObamaCare anniversary day urges N.C. to pursue Medicaid reform

    As the federal health care reform law reaches its first anniversary, a new John Locke Foundation report calls on North Carolina leaders to pursue Medicaid reform. Joseph Coletti explains the need for reform here and in the video clip below.
    Mitch Kokai, March 23, 2011
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    Medicaid is awful

    Live Blog The other day, a young woman told me about her experience on Medicaid. She was recently divorced and trying to get back on her feet, so she signed up for the state-federal health “insurance” program. What she learned, however, was that Medicaid rules meant she…
    Joseph Coletti, March 23, 2011
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    Gingrich calls for ObamaCare repeal as law reaches its first anniversary

    Former U.S. House speaker and potential 2012 Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich uses his latest Human Events column to call for the repeal of one-year-old ObamaCare: The Obama administration and other Democratic leaders stated that once the bill was signed into law, the American people would see its benefits andcome around to supporting it, and any issues with the law that needed to be tweaked could be fixed along the way. The reality has been almost totally the opposite. The latest Rasmussen poll shows that 53% of Americans favor repealing the law versus 42% who oppose repeal. The numbers amongst independents are higher, with 56% favoring repeal. That’s about the same percentage of people who opposed the bill one year ago, showing that the passage of time has not changed the way Americans see the law.
    Mitch Kokai, March 23, 2011
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    No ObamaCare Exchange in Louisiana

    Live Blog From this morning's Politico Pulse ONLY IN PULSE: JINDAL SAYS NO ON HEALTH EXCHANGE – The Louisiana governor’s office gave PULSE the first definitive answer on whether it would run its own health exchange, and it took them only two letters: no. “Obamacare is a terrible…
    Joseph Coletti, March 22, 2011
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    What’s in the Numbers?

    I’ve been asked many times about the discrepancy in reported and published numbers presented by agencies such as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). People want to know, for example, how one day federal health reform is reported to save the US money and the next day cost billions. Unfortunately…
    Nicole Fisher, March 22, 2011
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    Health Care Compacts: Making State Exchanges Unnecessary?

    Many state legislators are wary of setting up state-based health insurance exchanges, as they should be. However, a new option has become available and being talked about with greater frequency: The Health Care Compact. Health care compacts are interstate compacts, or agreements between states, that allow states to take federal…
    Nicole Fisher, March 21, 2011
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    No One Likes Getting Dumped

    Representative Verla Insko, a former Health Program Administrator, asked during a recent Health and Human Services committee meeting how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would be impacted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  What came after was a series of uncomfortable looks from House and…
    Nicole Fisher, March 20, 2011