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Patient groups urge HHS to define 'discrimination'

thehill.com — A coalition of 279 patient groups is urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to further define what constitutes insurance "discrimination" under the Affordable Care Act. In a letter Friday, the "I Am (Still) Essential" alliance thanked HHS for recent guidance that would strengthen transparency on the exchanges and push insurers to cover more prescription drugs.

OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Uninsured rate headed for new low

thehill.com — The percent of Americans without insurance is on track to reach a historic low after the country's unprecedented surge in healthcare sign-ups last year, newly released government data show. About 9.7 million people gained coverage in ObamaCare's first year, reflecting the biggest jump since the government's healthcare programs were expanded 40 years ago, according to a study by the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

AMA rebukes doctors for role in CIA 'torture'

thehill.com — The top medical group in the United States on Friday rebuked doctors involved in harshly interrogating terrorism suspects during the George W. Bush administration after a scathing Senate report detailed the practices this week. The American Medical Association (AMA) said medical ethics prohibits doctors from participating in or being made to assist with practices the group termed "torture."

Medicare, Medicaid move to broaden rights for same-sex spouses

thehill.com — Medicare and Medicaid are proposing to broaden decision-making rights for same-sex couples in light of a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that struck down a ban on federal benefits for gay and lesbian spouses. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a 26-page proposed rule Thursday requiring that providers and suppliers in the programs recognize same-sex spouses as a condition for participation.

How much did Gruber make?

thehill.com — ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber refused to say Tuesday how much money he received in federal and state contracts related to healthcare reform. In a series of tense exchanges with lawmakers, Gruber declined to estimate how much he was paid and repeatedly referred questions to his lawyer.

Insurers fire back over ObamaCare changes

thehill.com — The health insurance industry is firing back at Republicans' decision to cut government payments that could help plans struggling under the healthcare law. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) blasted legislation changing ObamaCare's risk corridors program and predicted that it would raise healthcare costs for families.

All Senate GOP staff going on ObamaCare

thehill.com — Senate Republican staffers will be required to obtain health insurance through ObamaCare's exchanges under a rule passed Wednesday by the GOP Conference. The proposal from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) means that Senate Republicans will designate their staff as "official," moving them automatically onto the marketplaces.

Obama official forced to sit next to Gruber

thehill.com — Controversial ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber and a top federal health official were required to sit next to each other at a House hearing Tuesday despite pleas from the administration that the two remain separate.

Democrat gives Gruber tongue-lashing for 'stupidity' remarks

thehill.com — The senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee dressed down ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber on Tuesday over his comment that the "stupidity of the American voter" eased the passage of the healthcare law. With a fiery tone and Gruber seated only feet away, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)

Chairman Issa needles Gruber: 'Are you stupid?'

thehill.com — House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) blunt style of questioning was on full display Tuesday as he tangled with ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber. "Mr. Gruber, are you stupid?" Issa asked, quoting the famous line from Forrest Gump, "Does MIT employ stupid people?" "I don't think so," replied Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor.
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Dec 15, 2014

RT @sarahnferris: Approx 1 minute after surgeon general vote, gun control groups declare 'huge victory' thehill.com/policy/healthc…

Dec 09, 2014

Tavenner is over. this. Rarely shows it this clearly.

Dec 09, 2014

RT @jennyrogersDC: lots of good details in here about why D.C. gallerists and artists show in Miami washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk…

Dec 09, 2014

Gruber hearing: “You’re a professor at MIT and you’re worried about not looking smart enough?” “Yes.”

Dec 03, 2014

RT @larry_levitt: There are fewer people uninsured. Health spending growth is slow. Healthcare.gov is working. We can all go home now?

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