GOP boycotts health care advisory board House and Senate Republican leaders told President Barack Obama Thursday that they will refuse to nominate candidates to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under the new health care act. More
US medicine spending shows rare dip Total U.S. spending on prescription medicines declined last year, a first in more than half a century. The dip was 1 percent, to $325.8 billion — a 3.5 percent drop after accounting for population growth and economic expansion, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. More
Governments may push workers to health exchange In a move that would capitalize on provisions under President Barack Obama's health care law but could cost the federal government millions of dollars, Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way to pass a large chunk of their health care expenses along to Washington, D.C. More
Startups in First Class of R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator Named - Xconomy Ten startups were announced today, all working on ideas ... With the Affordable Care Act in effect, Plumlee says there also is greater emphasis on 12/4/2013 - 3:00 pm | View Link
U.S. Federal Reserve Beige Book: Boston District (Text) - BusinessWeek Only one of the ten firms contacted this cycle ... One contact says the Affordable Care Act is significantly increasing health care costs for his 12/4/2013 - 2:35 pm | View Link
BEIGE BOOK: FED SEES 'MODEST TO MODERATE' GROWTH IN US BUSINESS ... - Yahoo! Finance BEIGE BOOK: FED SEES 'MODEST TO MODERATE' GROWTH IN - Yahoo! Singapore 12/4/2013 - 2:34 pm | View Link
Unlikely To Enroll, Majority Of Millennials Believe Costs Will Rise ... - Yahoo! News Poll: Young Adults Rejecting Obamacare - Time 12/4/2013 - 1:33 pm | View Link
Electronic voting may speed process - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ... is using the Affordable Care Act to justify discontinuing some of its health care benefits ... SLC is also generating ten questions to be ... 12/4/2013 - 4:27 am | View Link
Unlikely To Enroll, Majority Of Millennials Believe Costs Will Rise And Quality Of Care Will Fall Under New Health ... near majority of America's 18- to 29- year-olds would support recalling Congress and the President CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new national poll of America's 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds a solid majority of Millennials disapprove of the comprehensive health reform package ... 12/4/2013 - 10:00 am | View Link
California Republicans Direct Constituents To Misleading Obamacare 'Resource Guide' Republicans in the California State Assembly are directing voters to a website purporting to be a "resource guide" for the state's new health care exchange. However, the GOP-backed guide to "helping you navigate federal health care changes" paints the Affordable Care Act in a largely negative light. 12/3/2013 - 4:30 pm | View Link
Illinois poll: ACA disapproval high Only 26 percent of those polled say the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been a success. 12/3/2013 - 4:14 pm | View Link
Surprise-Obamacare Now Projected To Cost Hundreds Of Billions Less Than Expected Amidst the dark skies of the Healthcare.gov launch, some daylight may finally be emerging with respect to one of the critical goals of the Affordable Care Act—bending the cost curve of America’s expensive healthcare system. 12/3/2013 - 9:59 am | View Link
Businesses share Obamacare frustrations, fears In the long list of letters United States Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, has received about the Affordable Care Act, she is hard-pressed to think of one that is positive. 12/3/2013 - 12:06 am | View Link
Ten fake Obamacare websites shuttered in California On November 14, the California Attorney General shut down 10 fake Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) websites. The sites mimicked the official “Covered California” affordable health insurance website; following a month-long investigation, California ... 11/14/2013 - 12:21 pm | View Link
What is the Affordable Care Act? 10 things you should know Over 60 percent of Americans have admitted they are not sure what is in the new Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, according to Theda Skocpol, professor at Harvard University and author of “Health Care Reform and American Politics.” 10/1/2013 - 7:13 am | View Link
Rep. Waxman Releases Top Ten List of Republican Efforts to Undermine and Obstruct the Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON, Aug. 1-- Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif. (33rd CD), issued the following news release: On the day before Republicans cast their 40th vote to repeal key protections against insurance company abuses in the Affordable Care Act, Ranking Member Henry A. 08/1/2013 - 9:47 pm | View Link
Rep. Waxman Releases Top Ten List of Republican Efforts to Undermine and Obstruct the Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON, DC-- On the day before Republicans cast their 40th vote to repeal key protections against insurance company abuses in the Affordable Care Act, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a memorandum prepared by Democratic Committee staff listing ... 08/1/2013 - 4:45 am | View Link
Health Care’s Top Ten for 2012 2012 was a watershed year for American health care. Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, was cemented in place legally and politically, and it entered the home stretch to full implementation. And President Obama publicly embraced the term ... 12/20/2012 - 4:35 am | View Link
More than 90 percent of health insurance plans offered to lawmakers and congressional staff cover abortion, an unforeseen consequence of a Republican amendment to President Barack Obama's health law.
Lawmakers and their staffs now appear to be the only federal employees with access to abortion coverage through their government-supported health insurance plans.
Abortion remains a legal medical procedure in most cases, but it's subject to increasing restrictions in conservative-leaning states.
"The problem we are coming up against is that customer service representatives don't know what's going on," said Anna Higgins, a health care policy expert with the religious conservative group Family Research Council.
A longstanding federal law known as the Hyde amendment prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
Federal tax credits to help people afford coverage must be kept apart from funds used to pay for elective abortions.
A 17-year-old Florida teen was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly shooting a 15-year-old classmate in the face.
WKMG-TV reported that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrested J-Morian Eddie Patrick Bell in connection with the shooting of Ja’Roderick Smith. Witnesses said the two got into a fight after classes at West Orange High School ended for the day, culminating in Smith being shot in the face and abdomen around 1:25 p.m.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Bell was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, as well as firearm possession charges.
Stan Dixon, the longest-serving member of the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, left the panel Wednesday as his term expired.
Stan Dixon, a member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, receives an Assembly resolution Wednesday commemorating his service from Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata.
Fox News' Gretchen Carlson distorted comments by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to accuse him of hypocrisy after allowing some of his staff to remain on their current health plans.
After reports that Reid would allow certain staffers to keep their existing coverage, Carlson aired comments Reid made in September 2013 about whether his staff would join the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and claimed he was "changing his tune." Carlson claimed Reid said his entire staff would be on the exchanges and accused him of "total hypocrisy."
However, Reid's statements from September do not contradict his decision to allow select staff members to remain on their existing coverage.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin blamed undocumented immigrants for the United States' poor ranking in a global education survey of high school students, claiming that "one of the reasons" for the mediocre showing on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is because "a lot of these children only speak Spanish and a certain percentage of them are illiterate in Spanish because they're poor when they come over the border."
PISA, which is administered every three years by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), found that among the 34 OECD countries, the United States performed below average in math at 26th and average in reading (17th) and science (21st).