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Some Insurers Join Forces For Health Law Lobbying Efforts

Bloomberg: UnitedHealth Joins WellPoint To Hone Health-Law Lobby Top executives from UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc. are meeting almost monthly with their counterparts from Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc. in an informal lobbying alliance aimed at blunting parts of the health-care law, say people with knowledge of the sessions. The arrangement began more...

What Happens Next: The Decision’s Immediate Impact

Even as it becomes increasingly clear that challenges to the health law are on a straight course for the Supreme Court, yesterday's lower court decision has muddied the waters around the overhaul — in terms of congressional action, political posturing and state-level implementation activities. Politico: Health Care Could Be High-Court Nail-Biter It's the more...

Some House Republicans See Health Law As Prime Spot For Deep Budget Cuts

Even as GOP lawmakers advance their strategies, Dems see a plan of their own — they plan to cast Republicans as trying to take away patients' rights. Meanwhile, physicians take to the Hill to press for medical liability reforms, with lots of lobbying money streaming in. Politico: House Conservatives Ready To Cut It's finally slash-and-burn time for more...

Some House Republicans See Health Law As Prime Spot For Deep Budget Cuts

Even as GOP lawmakers advance their strategies, Dems see a plan of their own — they plan to cast Republicans as trying to take away patients' rights. Meanwhile, physicians take to the Hill to press for medical liability reforms, with lots of lobbying money streaming in. Politico: House Conservatives Ready To Cut It's finally slash-and-burn time for more...

Is The Health Overhaul’s Individual Mandate The Law’s ‘Linchpin’?

NPR explores this question, which is increasingly central to discussions about the sweeping measure's future. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe reports on the number of waivers given out by Massachusetts to state residents who sought an exemption from that state's requirement to have health insurance. NPR: Alternatives To Mandating Insurance? MaybeBoth supporters and more...

Is The Health Overhaul’s Individual Mandate The Law’s ‘Linchpin’?

NPR explores this question, which is increasingly central to discussions about the sweeping measure's future. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe reports on the number of waivers given out by Massachusetts to state residents who sought an exemption from that state's requirement to have health insurance. NPR: Alternatives To Mandating Insurance? MaybeBoth supporters and more...

Governors Continue To Face Serious Fiscal Issues, Health Programs At Risk

The struggle to balance state budgets will involve a long list of cuts – and health programs will be among the items at risk. Meanwhile, a health policy expert explains how state efforts at implementation of the federal health law add to this pressure. The Wall Street Journal: Governors Chop SpendingGovernors around the U.S. are proposing to balance their more...

State Roundup: Setting Up Health Insurance Exchanges; Community-Based Clinics Cuts; Autism Legislation; End-of-Life Care

California Healthline: Filling Out the Powerful Exchange Board The board of the Health Benefit Exchange is going to be small and mighty. ... This exchange will concentrate the health insurance buying power of millions of Californians, and will be the central force in implementing national health care reform in California (Gorn, 2/4). The Atlanta more...

Abortion Issues Will Take Center Stage This Week In The House

Two House subcommittees are scheduled to hold hearings on separate pieces of legislation that would expand restrictions on federal funding for abortions. McClatchy: GOP-Led House Is Moving To Restrict Funding Of Abortions The battle over abortion takes center stage in Congress this week as two House subcommittees hold hearings on separate bills that would more...

Viewpoints: (Still) Debating Health Law’s Constitutionality; Food Labels; Lawmakers’ Abortion Divide

The Wall Street Journal: An ObamaCare Appeal From The States For state governments, the bill presents huge new costs, as we are required to enroll 15 million to 20 million more people in our Medicaid systems. ... Perhaps worse, the law expects to conscript the states as its agents in its takeover of health care. It assumes that we will set up and operate its new more...