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U.S. Railroad Regulators Order Safety Upgrades for Amtrak Routes

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Obama, Post-Presidency in Sight, Extends Brother’s Keeper Plan

bloomberg.com — President Barack Obama is dropping the latest hint of what direction he will take after departing the White House by spearheading a new nonprofit organization to help minority boys and young men. Set to be unveiled on Monday during an event at Lehman College in the Bronx, My Brother's Keeper Alliance will extend the work of Obama's My Brother's Keeper project, created in 2014.

Assurant Cited Most by U.S. for Health Premium Increases

Employers Can Pay Workers to Track Weight, Exercise, U.S. Says

bloomberg.com — U.S. employers can reward workers with as much 30 percent of the cost of their health insurance benefits in return for participation in programs to monitor weight, cholesterol and other "wellness" measures, the Obama administration said Thursday. Many employers already have such programs, though there has been debate over how far they can go.

Obamacare Savings Experiment Yields Modest Results in Study

bloomberg.com — An ambitious Obamacare experiment in cutting health-care costs led to a reduction of about 1.2 percent in spending on Medicare patients in its first year, researchers said, calling the savings a promising start. Still, the government may need to make changes to keep hospitals and doctors in the program, known as Pioneer, Harvard University researchers said in a paper published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Aetna Fined $1 Million for Confusing Medicare Pharmacy Changes

bloomberg.com — Aetna Inc. was fined $1 million for providing erroneous information about pharmacies covered by its Medicare drug plans this year, potentially misleading elderly and disabled customers, according to the U.S. government. The company told Medicare patients that its plans covered medicine at 6,887 pharmacies that actually weren't in its networks, the U.S.

Obamacare Aids Economy, White House Says Without Much Evidence

bloomberg.com — Obamacare is a boon to the U.S. economy, President Barack Obama's top economic adviser said in a speech aimed at changing the tone of debate over the Affordable Care Act's effects, though he offered little direct evidence.

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.
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RT @laurakipnis: Read about the professor (me) brought up on Title IX charges over an essay. My Title IX Inquisition shar.es/1rNVMM via @chronicle

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A guy tried to be smart and shop for healthcare. Insurers and hospitals screwed him over anyway. By @jayhancock1 khn.org/news/patient-f…

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Some rich idiot paid $18,000 for a bottle of wine that's probably skunked. Via @business bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

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Google built a huge drone to deliver Internet from the sky. It crashed. Scoop by @AlanLevin1 bloomberg.com/news/articles/… $GOOG

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I'd really love to see a story quoting a real-life registered voter who's all like "yeah man, Donald Trump for president!"

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RT @caryoreilly: State Dept Removes Cuba from Terror Watch List: Bloomberg

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