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Poll: Opposition to health care law eases

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As lawmakers shaken by the shooting of a colleague return to the health care debate, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds raw feelings over President Barack Obama’s overhaul have subsided. Ahead of a vote on repeal in the GOP-led House this week, strong opposition to the law stands at 30 percent, close to the lowest level… Continue Reading Poll: Opposition to health care law eases

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House Republicans cleared a hurdle Friday in their first attempt to scrap President Barack Obama’s landmark health care overhaul, yet it was little more than a symbolic swipe at the law. The real action is in states, where Republicans are using federal courts and governors’ offices to lead the assault against Obama’s signature domestic achievement,… Continue Reading House takes first step toward health care repeal

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Individual mandate comes with greater good aspect

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A federal judge dealt a blow to health care reform earlier this month, declaring the legislation’s individual mandate unconstitutional. Many who oppose reform believe the decision sounded a death knell for the law. But they’re wrong, and here’s why: Judge Henry Hudson left all the insurance reform measures in the bill intact: insurance companies can… Continue Reading Individual mandate comes with greater good aspect

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Testimony will be heard today in federal court in yet another lawsuit that challenges the consitutationality of the health care reform law. This time, the National Federation of Independent Businesses – the only business organization to file a suit – will argue that the federal government doesn’t have the authority to mandate that individuals purchase… Continue Reading NFIB arguing against health reform in federal court

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White House disagrees with Va. judge’s ruling

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The White House says it disagrees with a Virginia judge’s ruling declaring a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law unconstitutional. But officials say it does not create uncertainty about the implementation of the law’s provisions. “Our belief is that when all the legal wrangling is done, this is something that will be… Continue Reading White House disagrees with Va. judge’s ruling

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Appeals court to hear health reform case

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Liberty University’s lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s new health care law is now in the hands of a federal appeals court in Richmond. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filed a notice Friday that it has received the case. A federal judge in Lynchburg dismissed Liberty’s lawsuit Tuesday, Nov. 30. The university claims the… Continue Reading Appeals court to hear health reform case

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Now that the GOP has taken control of the House and beefed up its ranks in the Senate, “Obamacare” will be done away with, right? Wrong. In fact, not even close, according to Wendell Potter’s predictions. The former head of communication for Cigna, Potter has just authored a tell-all titled “Deadly Spin,” an account of… Continue Reading Why ‘Obamacare’ isn’t likely to be overturned

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HHS to implement 2011 health reform regulations

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Starting next year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require insurance companies to spend 80 to 85 percent of premiums on direct care for patients. The department is moving ahead with implementing health care reform measures slated to begin in January, despite newly elected Republicans’ pledge to repeal the law. The medical… Continue Reading HHS to implement 2011 health reform regulations

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The Supreme Court has turned down the first preliminary challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The decision Monday to reject an appeal from a former Republican state lawmaker in California was no surprise because a federal appeals court has yet to consider the case. The high court almost never reviews cases before the… Continue Reading High court turns down early health care challenge

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Reform not to blame for insurance premium hikes

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Health premiums continue to rise, but the Divison of Insurance says reform measures have very little to do with those increases. Marcy Morrison, commissioner of insurance, said she decided to set the record straight to address rumors that premium increases were due to federal health care reform legislation. “It’s a hot issue for many people,… Continue Reading Reform not to blame for insurance premium hikes

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