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Obamacare Refutes Prediction of Corporate America Cost Increases — Numbers show that the dangers predicted from the Affordable Care Act haven't happened, and corporate America is actually benefiting from it Business groups said soon after Obamacare became law in 2010 that the sweeping health care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses.

Ebola 'Not a Significant Threat' in U.S., CDC Chief Says Under GOP Grilling — Republican lawmakers sharply criticized the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's response to the Ebola outbreak as agency director Thomas Frieden said the virus is not a "significant public health threat." "People's lives are at stake and the response so far has been unacceptable," Representative Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, said today as a hearing began in Washington.

Hospitals Need Full-Time Ebola Care Supervisor, CDC Says — Hospitals in the U.S. caring for Ebola victims need to appoint a full-time individual who is responsible for overseeing infection control, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. The agency has sent infection-control experts to a Dallas hospital where two nurses became infected after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct.

Wal-Mart Health Cuts Reopen Debate Over Obamacare Costs, Savings — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 's move to eliminate health insurance for about 30,000 part-time workers underscores the mixed benefits of Obamacare for companies and their employees. Wal-Mart said yesterday it would no longer provide health coverage to employees who work less than 30 hours a week, following similar moves by retailers such as Target Corp., Home Depot Inc.

Bill for Ebola care adding up fast — Have more to add? News tip? Tell us Caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Dallas Ebola patient, may cost as much as half a million dollars, a bill that his hospital is unlikely to ever collect. Duncan is in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he has been isolated since Sept.

Bill for Ebola Adds Up as Care Costs $1,000 an Hour — The care provided Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan may have cost as much as half a million dollars, a bill Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is unlikely to ever collect. Duncan died today at the hospital, where he had been isolated since Sept. 28.

Raving Fans for Obamacare Is Goal of Program’s New CEO — Kevin Counihan, the new chief executive officer of, expects Obamacare will become so user-friendly that "raving fans" will emerge for the U.S. health insurance enrollment program. Americans buying coverage for 2015 using should expect an easier experience than during its troubled first year, Counihan said yesterday in his first interview since starting the job Sept.

Burwell Touts Obamacare Gains Heading to Next Enrollment — President Barack Obama 's new health secretary said Obamacare is expanding U.S. insurance coverage and lowering consumers' health-care costs. She declined to predict how well the program's enrollment system will work in November, when consumers begin a new year of sign-ups.

Obamacare Website Costs Exceed $2 Billion, Study Finds — The federal government's Obamacare enrollment system has cost about $2.1 billion so far, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis of contracts related to the project. Spending for and related programs, including at the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies, exceeds cost estimates provided by the Obama administration, the analysis found.

Obamacare enrollment reaches 7.3 million people, official says — About 7.3 million people had paid for their Obamacare coverage and were enrolled in health insurance plans sold through new government-run markets on Aug. 15, a top U.S. official said today.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @LorenAdler: That so much of the recent Medicare slowdown occurred in Part D should caution against declaring victory:…

Oct 21, 2014

@kyledcheney @KaiserFamFound yup def a weakness. imagine likely GOP voters still a bit more fired up about #obamacare.

Oct 21, 2014

Benefits of being on @GovSteveBeshear's press list: bourbon news. 5 million+ barrels aging in KY, highest inventory in 40 years, state says.

Oct 21, 2014

Scaredy cat Americans give Republicans a pass on damn near misogynist campaigns, GOP consultant tells @HeidiPrzybyla.…

Oct 21, 2014

If you travel from Lousiana to the Ebola zone and back, @BobbyJindal is going to stalk you.…

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