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U.S. Health Chief Calls Review After Obamacare Inflation

bloomberg.com — A "culture of increased transparency" is needed at the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said, after Obamacare enrollment data were padded with dental plan customers in what she has called an error. The mistake was "unacceptable," Burwell said in a memo sent to her senior managers yesterday evening, obtained by Bloomberg News.

Improving Health Care Is Billionaire Peterson’s Next Mission

bloomberg.com — Peter Peterson, the Blackstone Group LP co-founder who has championed the cause of U.S. debt reduction, is now taking aim at some $800 billion in annual waste in the nation's health-care system. The billionaire's New York-based Peter G. Peterson Foundation will announce a $200 million offshoot next month, the Peterson Center on Healthcare.

Obamacare Dental-Plan Error Has Critics Seeking Answers

bloomberg.com — The U.S. health secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, said her agency made a mistake when it added dental-plan customers to recent figures on Obamacare enrollment. Republicans said she owes them an explanation. The disclosure by Burwell's department that it accidentally added 380,000 people in dental plans to enrollment figures under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provided a new opening for critics.

Obamacare’s Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans

bloomberg.com — The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups.

Obamacare 2015 Sign-Up Under Way With Few Glitches

bloomberg.com — Obamacare's second year of enrollment began with only scattered glitches, buoying U.S. officials who seek to further reduce the portion of Americans without health insurance. The federal enrollment system was working well enough that 100,000 people submitted applications on the first day, Nov. 15, U.S.

Obamacare 2015 Sign-Up Under Way With Few Glitches

businessweek.com — On the first day of enrollment for 2015 Obamacare plans, U.S. health secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell reported that the federal insurance website was working well enough that 23,000 people submitted applications by midday. It was a dramatic turnabout from 2013, when healthcare.gov collapsed on its first day of business, costing Burwell's predecessor her job.

2015's cheapest health plans 3% pricier in states

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Obamacare Premiums Climb 3% on Average as 2015 Shopping Begins

bloomberg.com — People buying Obamacare plans for 2015 can expect to pay about 3 percent more on average for the cheapest coverage -- a small increase by historical standards -- though premium changes vary widely by state. "Bronze"-level insurance, the least expensive full-coverage plans available, will cost at least $307 a month on average for a 50-year-old nonsmoker next year, according to U.S.

Obamacare, Assessed

bloombergview.com — It's been more than a year since the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, took full effect. How's it doing? No single statistic can cover all of its many aspects. But there are some data sources than can shed light on its performance.

Obamacare’s Army of Workers Learns to Cope With Latest Setbacks

bloomberg.com — The questions kept coming up across Michigan as soon as the Supreme Court said it would take up a case that could reshape Obamacare by ending insurance subsidies in many states. Dizzy Warren, director of Michigan's biggest health-care enrollment group, dealt with it in her presentation to health-care advocates last week in Detroit, then again on today's conference call with 57 workers: What do we do now?
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Nov 25, 2014

"You guys I have a great idea: Let Gordon Ramsey pick on a bunch of kids and televise it!" Put that genius in charge of all the networks.

Nov 25, 2014

Follow @RichardRubinDC as Congress tries to end a wildly productive year by adding $450 billion to the deficit. bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-2…

Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

RT @nicholas_bagley: Who's right about King? Dueling papers, one by @jadler1969 & @mfcannon and the other by me, just went live at @JHPPL: …

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