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May 11, 2013

Obama’s health secretary seeks donations from companies for healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is asking companies for financial donations to help implement President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, months before it is due to take effect.

In telephone calls that began around March 23, officials say, Obama’s top healthcare adviser has been seeking assistance from companies in the healthcare field and other industries as well as from healthcare providers, patient advocacy groups, churches and other charitable organizations.

May 9, 2013

White House, Republicans spar anew over “Obamacare”

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – The White House announced a
new $150 million initiative on Thursday to get uninsured
Americans covered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare
reform law, as Republicans raised the volume on their calls for
“Obamacare” to be repealed.

The enrollment program will funnel money to about 1,200
community health centers to hire and train thousands of workers
who will help people obtain coverage through new subsidized
online marketplaces and an expanded Medicaid program for the
poor.

May 9, 2013

Republicans refuse to name members to U.S. healthcare panel

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – In a largely symbolic move,
Republican leaders in Congress told President Barack Obama on
Thursday that they will not participate in picking members of a
controversial healthcare panel intended to restrain cost growth
in the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and
disabled.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate
Republican leader Mitch McConnell informed the president in a
May 9 letter that they will not recommend appointments to the
15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, and want
the panel repealed instead.

May 8, 2013

U.S. makes data available on wide disparity in hospital charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration revealed what over 3,000 hospitals charge for common medical procedures in an early effort to challenge healthcare costs by showing consumers how prices for the same service can vary by tens of thousands of dollars.

The most extensive release of hospital charge rates to date showed dramatic variations in prices between different hospitals, even when they are located in the same city or town.

May 7, 2013

US budget cuts hit healthcare from flu watch to hospitals

NEW YORK, May 7 (Reuters) – America’s budget cuts may be
beginning to take a toll on the U.S. public health system, from
efforts to track global flu outbreaks to policing a surge in
food and drug imports.

Participants at the Reuters Health Summit in New York this
week spoke to the immediate impact of $85 billion in automatic
government-wide budget cuts that began on March 1. This
so-called sequestration was set in motion when Congress failed
to reach a deal to reduce the nation’s budget deficit.

May 5, 2013

Obamacare is on the horizon, but will enough people sign up?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Healthcare reform should be the signature Democratic achievement of President Barack Obama’s presidency.

But with “Obamacare” five months from show time, Democrats are worried about whether enough Americans will sign up to make the sweeping healthcare overhaul a success – and what failure might mean for Congress heading into the 2016 presidential race.

Apr 23, 2013

Senate panel backs Obama nominee for Medicare/Medicaid chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s nominee to oversee Medicare and Medicaid won the backing of a Senate panel on Tuesday, clearing the way for a vote by the full Senate that could make Marilyn Tavenner the programs’ first official administrator since 2006.

The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to endorse Tavenner as head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Apr 17, 2013

U.S. Democratic senator says government healthcare outreach failing

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – A Democratic senator who
helped craft President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law
gave the administration “a failing grade” on Wednesday for its
efforts to educate the public and small employers about sweeping
changes due to take effect in eight months.

“I just see a huge train wreck,” Senator Max Baucus of
Montana told U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, an
oversight panel that he chairs.

Apr 17, 2013

Democratic senator says government has failed on healthcare outreach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic senator who helped craft President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law gave the administration “a failing grade” on Wednesday for its efforts to educate the public and small employers about sweeping changes due to take effect in eight months.

“I just see a huge train wreck,” Senator Max Baucus of Montana told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, an oversight panel that he chairs.

Apr 7, 2013

U.S. lawmakers say China has failed to rein in North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has failed to use its influence to stop North Korea’s warlike rhetoric against the United States and U.S.-backed South Korea, despite an escalating crisis that could trigger armed conflict by accident, U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday.

Republican Senator John McCain, a member of the Armed Services Committee, criticized China’s “failure to rein in what could be a catastrophic situation,” saying Beijing could step up pressure on Pyongyang by using its influence over North Korea’s economy.

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