Healthcare reporter for Bloomberg News

Final Obamacare Enrollment Hits 12.7 Million for 2016, U.S. Says

bloomberg.com — About 12.7 million people signed up for individual health insurance or renewed policies under the Affordable Care Act, as enrollment accelerated during the final deadline week for most people to buy 2016 Obamacare coverage. The figures include data through Feb. 1, the Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.
Feb 04, 2016

12.7 million people sign up for Obamacare plans, around the middle of govt goal bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

Feb 04, 2016

12.7 million people signed up for Obamacare this year, not near enough to deter Republicans from repeal. By @ZTracer bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

Tweak to 'Cadillac Tax' Hated by Business Wins Obama No Friends

bloomberg.com — To win over allies and preserve a key element of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama will propose reducing the impact of the unpopular "Cadillac tax" on high-cost health insurance plans in the budget he releases next week. So far, big businesses and unions that opposed the tax from the start aren't convinced.
Feb 04, 2016

While I've got your attention, here's some interesting health policy news on the Cadillac Tax bloomberg.com/politics/artic… with @agreilingkeane

Feb 04, 2016

RT @ZTracer: While I've got your attention, here's some interesting health policy news on the Cadillac Tax bloomberg.com/politics/artic… with @agreilingkeane

Feb 04, 2016

Nobody gives a damn that Obama's willing to take some bite out of the Cadillac Tax. By @agreilingkeane + @ZTracer bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @aawayne: Nobody gives a damn that Obama's willing to take some bite out of the Cadillac Tax. By @agreilingkeane + @ZTracer bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @aawayne: Nobody gives a damn that Obama's willing to take some bite out of the Cadillac Tax. By @agreilingkeane + @ZTracer bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

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Shkreli Calls Lawmakers ‘Imbeciles’ After House Hearing

bloomberg.com — (Gives timing for first bullet.) "Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government," former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli says on Twitter after invoking 5th Amendment at House hearing on drug pricing. "I am confident I will prevail. The allegations against me are baseless and without merit," Shkreli says in pinned Tweet from Dec.

Valeant, Turing Slammed by Congressman as Drug Hearing Opens

bloomberg.com — Members of Congress opened a hearing into the price of prescription drugs with strong criticism of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, accusing the companies of dramatically increasing up the price of old drugs.
Feb 04, 2016

“It’s not funny, Mr. Shkreli, people are dying" -- our latest from today's big drug prices hearing on the Hill bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Feb 04, 2016

How much do you think Valeant's Schiller wishes he had left hearing with Shkreli? bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @meganmurp: “It’s not funny, Mr. Shkreli, people are dying" -- our latest from today's big drug prices hearing on the Hill bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @ArmstrongDrew: A circus in Washington--Martin Shkreli takes the fifth, Valeant testifies, Congress slams everyone. What a wild day: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Feb 04, 2016

A circus in Washington--Martin Shkreli takes the fifth, Valeant testifies, Congress slams everyone. What a wild day: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

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Even as Clinton bashes drugmakers, insurers may still feel heat

lifehealthpro.com — (Bloomberg) - "Price-gouging." "Predatory." "Outrageous." Those are just a few of the barbs presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, have thrown the way of the pharmaceutical industry this campaign season. That rhetoric helped sink drug and biotech stocks over the last six months and has overshadowed the candidates' criticism of the rest of the health care system, including insurers.

Even as Clinton Bashes Drugmakers, Insurers May Still Feel Heat

bloomberg.com — "Price-gouging." "Predatory." "Outrageous." Those are just a few of the barbs presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, have thrown the way of the pharmaceutical industry this campaign season. That rhetoric helped sink drug and biotech stocks over the last six months and has overshadowed the candidates' criticism of the rest of the health-care system, including insurers.
Feb 03, 2016

Hillary Clinton spends a lot of time bashing drugmakers. But are they the only ones who should be worried? bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

Feb 03, 2016

RT @ArmstrongDrew: Hillary Clinton spends a lot of time bashing drugmakers. But are they the only ones who should be worried? bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

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Valeant Interim CEO Schiller to Be Paid $400,000 a Month

bloomberg.com — Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s interim Chief Executive Officer Howard Schiller will be paid $400,000 a month while CEO Michael Pearson recovers from severe pneumonia, the drugmaker said Tuesday. Schiller started the temporary CEO job on Jan. 6 and will be paid the rate for two months, Valeant said in a regulatory filing.
Feb 02, 2016

Valeant's interim CEO will get $400k in pay a month. He goes before the @GOPoversight committee on Thursday: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Feb 02, 2016

Nice gig if you can get it, eh @Ztracer? Valeant Interim CEO Schiller to Be Paid $400,000 a Month bloom.bg/1nEHNb3

Feb 02, 2016

RT @FayCortez: Nice gig if you can get it, eh @Ztracer? Valeant Interim CEO Schiller to Be Paid $400,000 a Month bloom.bg/1nEHNb3

Feb 02, 2016

RT @FayCortez: Nice gig if you can get it, eh @Ztracer? Valeant Interim CEO Schiller to Be Paid $400,000 a Month bloom.bg/1nEHNb3

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Aetna profit tops estimates as medical spending declines

lifehealthpro.com — (Bloomberg) - Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) posted operating profit that beat analysts' expectations after the company spent less on medical care than a year ago. In the fourth quarter, net income rose 38 percent to $321 million, or 91 cents a share, from $232 million, or 65 cents a share, a year before, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Aetna CEO Has `Serious Concerns' About Obamacare Sustainability

bloomberg.com — The head of the third-biggest U.S. health insurer said he has "serious concerns" about whether or not Obamacare's new markets are sustainable, echoing criticism from other top for-profit insurers. "We continue to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges," Aetna Inc.
Feb 01, 2016

RT @business: Aetna's CEO says he has "serious concerns" about whether or not Obamacare’s new markets are sustainable bloom.bg/1PtFWRh

Feb 01, 2016

RT @ArmstrongDrew: More insurer worries about Obamacare -- Aetna joins the concern choir: bloom.bg/1QC9VW9 by @ZTracer

Feb 01, 2016

RT @ZTracer: Aetna is the latest insurer with big concerns about Obamacare's exchanges bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Feb 01, 2016

Here's your quarterly reminder that Obamacare is doomed. By @ZTracer bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Feb 01, 2016

Aetna CEO Has `Serious Concerns’ About Obamacare Sustainability bloom.bg/1QC9VW9 @Ztracer

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Aetna Profit Tops Estimates as Medical Spending Declines

bloomberg.com — Aetna Inc., the U.S.'s third-biggest health insurer by enrollment, posted operating profit that beat analysts' expectations after the company spent less on medical care than a year ago. In the fourth quarter, net income rose 38 percent to $321 million, or 91 cents a share, from $232 million, or 65 cents a share, a year before, the company said in a statement.
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Feb 07, 2016

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Feb 05, 2016

RT @aawayne: Not only will Republicans repeal Obamacare if they win the presidency; they're gonna do it ASAP! By @StevenTDennis bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

Feb 05, 2016

RT @CarolineYLChen: Breaking: Theranos says it has an extension from CMS to respond to audit report -- story with @ZTracer on @business terminal.

Feb 05, 2016

RT @EyeOnInsurance: Tweak to Cadillac Tax Hated by Business Wins Obama No Friends from @agreilingkeane @ztracer bloom.bg/1Pblza5 pic.twitter.com/pkGzVWCa6P

Feb 05, 2016

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Feb 05, 2016

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Feb 05, 2016

RT @ddiamond: More than 1 in 8 Americans who work in the private sector are working in healthcare. That's a record. twitter.com/ddiamond/statu…


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