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The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small 14.9.2014 The Moderate Voice
Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com[/caption The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small By Tina Dupuy One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It’s a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their cronies. To everyday Americans it’s a lofty, largely academic concept. Yet [...]
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Despite health care law's requirements, insurers still can discourage sick from enrolling 31.8.2014 Twincities.com: Business

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest -- and costliest -- patients from enrolling.

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Health insurers can still game the system, keep the sick out of their plans 29.8.2014 Daily Kos
Excellent start, but it's not done yet. Has Obamacare put health insurance in reach of millions of more Americans? No doubt. Has it made life that much easier for those millions? No question. But is healthcare reform finished in this country? Not by a long shot. Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest—and costliest—patients from enrolling. Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they cover under a plan; requiring patients to make large, initial payments for HIV medications; or delaying participation in public insurance exchanges created by the overhaul. Advocates and industry insiders say these practices may dissuade the neediest from signing up and make it likelier that the customers these insurers do serve will be healthier—and less expensive. The insurers counter that what they are doing is ...
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3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans 28.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling 27.8.2014 AP Business
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but there's still wiggle room for them to discourage the sickest and costliest patients from enrolling....
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3 ways insurers can still avoid covering the sick 27.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but there's still wiggle room for them to discourage the sickest and costliest patients from enrolling.
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CBO: Obamacare subsidies apply to both state and federal exchanges 26.7.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Earlier last week, two federal appeals courts reached opposite conclusions as to whether Congress intended for the Affordable Care Act to provide health insurance subsidies to Americans purchasing coverage through both state and federally run exchanges. While Romneycare architect and Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber seemed to create some confusion with remarks from 2012, for the drafters of the ACA there is no ambiguity at all. Whether a state elected to create its own exchange or instead defer to federal management of its marketplace, the number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer (D-MD) explained, "Clearly the subsidies would apply." As Vox reported: "The clear intent of the tax credits is to make insurance more affordable, especially when you're mandating its purchase," says Topher Spiro, who worked as deputy staff director for health policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. "It's crazy to think of a mandate without subsidies. It just doesn't make any sense." The ...
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Health Policy Brief Updates 22.7.2014 Health Affairs Blog
In the first half of 2014 Health Affairs has released seven new Health Policy Briefs and also has provided updates of five previously released briefs, in order to reflect continuously changing and evolving health policy issues and perspectives.

The following Health Policy Briefs were updated in 2014:
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Beyond Obamacare: Health Care As A Human Right 18.7.2014 Think Progres

Is this the path to getting the country closer to a universal health care system?

The post Beyond Obamacare: Health Care As A Human Right appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Hey Republicans, Here’s How To Help Babies Who Haven’t Been Born Yet 18.7.2014 Think Progres

Pro-life politicians talk a lot about protecting future children. This policy could help do that.

The post Hey Republicans, Here’s How To Help Babies Who Haven’t Been Born Yet appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Why Democrats Need to Take Sides in America's Class War 17.7.2014 American Prospect
This spring, a prominent Democratic pollster sent a memo to party leaders and Democratic elected officials advising them to speak and think differently. The nation’s economy had deteriorated so drastically, he cautioned, that they needed to abandon their references to the “middle class,” substituting for those hallowed words the phrase “working people.” “In today’s harsh economic reality,” he wrote, “many voters no longer identify as middle class.” How many voters? In 2008, a Pew poll asked Americans to identify themselves by class. Fifty-three percent said they were middle-class; 25 percent said lower-class. When Pew asked the same question this January , it found that the number who’d called themselves middle-class had shrunk to 44 percent, while those who said they were of the lower class had grown from 25 percent to 40 percent. Americans’ assessment of their place in the nation’s new economic order is depressingly accurate. Though most of the jobs lost in the 2007–2009 recession were in middle-income ...
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Income Verification On The Exchanges: The Broader Policy Picture 15.7.2014 Health Affairs Blog
The Affordable Care Act scandal de jour (or at least one of them) is the difficulty the exchanges have faced in verifying the eligibility of many premium tax credit applicants. Two Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Reports in early July documented the existence of these problems. One reported that as of the first quarter of 2014, the federal exchange alone had been unable to resolve 2.6 or 2.9 million data inconsistencies. Another reported that internal controls at the federal and two state exchanges were not fully effective in ensuring that individuals enrolled in exchanges were in fact eligible. House Republicans claim that in fact there are 4 million data inconsistencies affecting half of all enrollments. In House Energy and Commerce hearings on June 10, 2014, Republican Representative Charles Bustany Jr. claimed that $44 billion in improper payments would be made over the next 10 years. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Bush Administration official, who testified at the ...
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WellPoint CEO: Insurer readies for technology wave 10.7.2014 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish says that when people ask what a doctor's appointment will be like in the future, they assume that patients will physically have to visit an office....
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We must fight government plans to privatise the NHS | Anne Perkins 3.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
The Tories truly believe that the market does things better, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary Imagine you are feeling a bit groggy, maybe a bit fed up with life. You go to your doctor. Or telephone them, or Skype them, or whatever hoop it is now necessary to jump through. You explain your symptoms the headaches, the insomnia, the reluctance to get out of bed in the morning. The doctor looks increasingly grave. They add in some questions of their own. Yes, you have lost your appetite, and yes, you have rather given up taking any exercise. Suddenly, the doctor brightens. "I think I have the answer!" they exclaim. "You are depressed. But I can make you better at once! Full of energy, positive, back to the party person you used to be. We will amputate your left leg!" This is roughly the logic of the government's determination to privatise the NHS. It doesn't have enough money, therefore it should be given less. It is a type of political manoeuvre that the Tories (and sometimes Labour too) have ...
Oklahoma is winning its Medicaid standoff with the feds — for now 2.7.2014 Ezra Klein
Oklahoma is one of about two dozen states that hasn't expanded Medicaid — and it's tangled in a unique standoff of sorts with the Obama administration. Oklahoma and the federal agency overseeing Medicaid are still wrestling with the fate of a decade-old state program covering almost 20,000 low-income adults. For the second straight year, the ...
Abbott government unveils plan to restrict how young people spend dole 29.6.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Tighter conditions for disability support pension among other likely changes to welfare system

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Abbott government tackles Peter Greste verdict fallout - politics live 24.6.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Tony Abbott unveils work for the dole starting in some areas from next week as fallout continues over Peter Greste sentence. Follow it live...

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MNsure probe finds 'system gaps' 19.6.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Consultants who are assessing the problems with the state’s online health insurance exchange laid out a list of issues, but none loom large enough for MNsure to change course before the open enrollment period in November.
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State slows transfer of public health coverage to MNsure site 14.6.2014 Twincities.com: News

State officials have slowed a massive transition of public insurance beneficiaries to the new MNsure system, but say the health insurance exchange still will meet projections for 1.3 million enrollees by 2016.

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Since Obamacare Enrollment Began, 6 Million More People Have Gained Public Insurance 5.6.2014 Think Progres

But there would be even more new enrollees if GOP-led states agreed to expand Medicaid.

The post Since Obamacare Enrollment Began, 6 Million More People Have Gained Public Insurance appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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