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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top healthcare adviser acknowledged on Tuesday that costs could rise in the individual health insurance market, particularly for men and younger people, because of the landmark 2010 healthcare restructuring due to take effect next year.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said definitive data on costs will not be available until later this year when private health plans become authorized to sell federally subsidized coverage on new state-based online marketplaces, known as exchanges.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eight months before President Barack Obama’s health care law goes prime time, a confederation of industry and business groups is ramping up its lobbying apparatus for an 11th-hour assault on the web of new taxes and regulations.
Medical device makers, health insurers, retailers and restaurants are waging what lobbyists call a coordinated effort to gain Senate Democratic support for overturning $130 billion in taxes that will be used to fund the new law, and repealing a mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for full-time workers or pay a fine.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday said its experiments at controlling healthcare costs could need up to a year to produce results, frustrating congressional lawmakers eager to know if new innovations in care delivery can actually work.
Dr. Richard Gilfillan, who is overseeing the initiative at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told the Senate Finance Committee that his agency is now testing three-dozen care delivery models involving 50,000 healthcare providers and more than 1 million beneficiaries.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Republican state senators from Arkansas may soon accomplish what seasoned Washington politicians couldn’t: make the main provisions of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul palatable to hard-core conservatives.
Jonathan Dismang and David Sanders, with two colleagues from the state House, believe they have come up with an alternative to the Medicaid expansion, as laid out in the law. Their idea is to use privatization to avoid the proliferation of government bureaucracy that conservatives vehemently oppose.