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Lawmakers Try to End ‘Doc Fix’ That Ain’t Necessarily Broken

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Maybe the "doc fix" shouldn't be fixed. Pressured by the health-care industry, Congress is rushing to permanently raise pay for doctors who participate in Medicare. A new bill would replace the decade-long practice of funding periodic pay increases for physicians by cutting spending in other parts of the $622 billion program.

Dozens of startups in health law's wake reveal law as job creator

courant.com — More than 90 new health-care companies employing as many as 6,200 people have been created in the United States since the Affordable Care Act became law, a level of entrepreneurial activity that participants say may be unprecedented for the industry.

Dozens of Startups in Obamacare’s Wake Reveal Law as Job Creator

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- More than 90 new health-care companies employing as many as 6,200 people have been created in the U.S. since Obamacare became law, a level of entrepreneurial activity that participants say may be unprecedented for the industry.

Senators Demand Anthem Hasten Notifications on Data Breach

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Two senior U.S. senators demanded Anthem Inc. pick up the pace in notifying as many as 79 million Americans that their personal information may have been stolen from the health insurer in a computer breach last month. Anthem, which runs Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in 14 states, said Feb.

Drugmakers Turn Heat on Insurers by Backing Copay Limits: Health

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- The battle over soaring U.S. drug prices is heading for the states. With the price of some treatments topping $100,000, patient groups are pushing for state laws to make sure insurers cover most of the costs. Their campaign is backed by an important ally: the drug industry.

Obamacare May Get More Time for a Solution, Justice Alito Says

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Justice Samuel Alito floated the idea of giving the government more time to respond if the Supreme Court strikes down tax credits for millions of people insured under Obamacare.

Supreme Court Ruling Against Obamacare May Force State Action

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- A Supreme Court ruling this year stopping Obamacare subsidies in three-quarters of the U.S. would place immediate pressure on governors who have kept the health law at arm's length. The court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case challenging insurance-premium subsidies in states that didn't build marketplaces under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Q&A: Health law’s survival hangs on four words at Supreme Court

modbee.com — Three years after the Supreme Court upheld the health care law, by a single vote, the justices are poised to consider a new challenge - an appeal that has turned a routine question of how to interpret the statute into a threat to unravel the landmark 2010 law.

Q&A: Health law’s survival hangs on four words at Supreme Court

sacbee.com — Three years after the Supreme Court upheld the health care law, by a single vote, the justices are poised to consider a new challenge - an appeal that has turned a routine question of how to interpret the statute into a threat to unravel the landmark 2010 law.

Health law’s survival hangs on four words at high court

miamiherald.com — Three years after the Supreme Court upheld the health care law, by a single vote, the justices are poised to consider a new challenge - an appeal that has turned a routine question of how to interpret the statute into a threat to unravel the landmark 2010 law.
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Mar 26, 2015

RT @petersuderman: The takeaway is that it’s the total fiscal irresponsibility that makes a bipartisan deal like this possible. reason.com/blog/2015/03/2…

Mar 26, 2015

If I'm filled with despair by the thought of Michael Cannon and Jon Gruber debating healthcare does that mean I should become an editor?

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