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Huge U.S. Child Health Study Canceled After $1.3 Billion

bloomberg.com — The U.S. government canceled one of its most ambitious health research projects, an effort to follow 100,000 children from before birth through adolescence, after spending about $1.3 billion since 2007 without it ever really getting off the ground.

Republicans Subpoena MIT Economist to Demand Obamacare Records

businessweek.com — Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives subpoenaed an MIT economist to demand records of his work on Obamacare for federal and state governments that they say will shed light on how the law was passed. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist, Jonathan Gruber, appeared before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Dec.

Republicans Subpoena MIT Economist to Demand Obamacare Records

bloomberg.com — Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives subpoenaed an MIT economist to demand records of his work on Obamacare for federal and state governments that they say will shed light on how the law was passed. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist, Jonathan Gruber, appeared before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Dec.

Obamacare Enrollment Poised to Blow Past 9.1 Million Projection

businessweek.com — A working website and more new customers than expected has Obamacare headed toward enrollment that will blow past the lowered projections of its managers. With the program's first deadline looming on Dec. 15, when people who want coverage beginning Jan.

Obamacare Enrollment Poised to Blow Past 9.1 Million Projection

bloomberg.com — A working website and more new customers than expected has Obamacare headed toward enrollment that will blow past the lowered projections of its managers. With the program's first deadline looming on Dec. 15, when people who want coverage beginning Jan.

Give Gay Spouses Same Rights at All Hospitals, U.S. Says

bloomberg.com — Hospitals would have to give equal rights to the spouses of gay and straight patients no matter where they live, as long as the marriages are legal somewhere in the country, the Obama administration said in a proposal today. The new regulations would apply to virtually all U.S.

Congress Nearly Grants Obama’s Ebola Wish List With $5.4B

bloomberg.com — Congress plans to give the White House $5.48 billion to combat Ebola abroad and at home, meeting most of President Barack Obama 's request as the outbreak burns hot in Sierra Leone. Included in the funding is $2.72 billion for the U.S.

Obamacare Economist Apologizes for Remarks on Voter Stupidity

bloomberg.com — Jonathan Gruber, the economist whose remarks on Obamacare have drawn criticism from Republicans, apologized to lawmakers for being "glib, thoughtless and sometimes downright insulting." In testimony today at a U.S. House committee hearing, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor sought to explain his comments in a 2013 panel discussion.

Obamacare Customers Urged to Shop for Cheaper Health Plan

bloomberg.com — Americans can save money by shopping for new health insurance plans through Obamacare, U.S. officials said, in a push to keep people from getting surprised by bigger bills when the coverage they have now through the program renews automatically. Of the 765,135 people who applied for insurance during the two weeks starting Nov.

U.S. Health Spending Rises as Slowest Pace Since 1960

bloomberg.com — U.S. health-care costs grew 3.6 percent to $2.9 trillion in 2013, the smallest increase in more than 50 years and one that probably won't be matched soon as spending accelerates to meet the needs of millions gaining insurance under Obamacare.
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Dec 20, 2014

I'm old enough to remember when it was considered impolitic to blame politicians for a random, apparently unpreventable tragedy.

Dec 20, 2014

Maybe you're the most reprehensible no-talent hack in the rest of your life. If you're good at putting your kid to bed you're okay by me.

Dec 19, 2014

Bit late on this: U.S. #Medicaid director Cindy Mann to leave @CMSGov at end of January, per internal announcement.

Dec 19, 2014

@JeffYoung Ain't no Twitter account for "war man" or "infectious disease man."

Dec 19, 2014

RT @LauraLitvan: North Korea ``caused a lot of damage, and we will respond proportionately"

Dec 19, 2014

@JeffYoung Without Florida the news would be 100% more boring. Every journalist should thank God every day for Florida.

Dec 18, 2014

In hindsight, with revelation that the Sony hack was in fact an attack on U.S. culture, a lot of the initial reporting looks irresponsible.

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