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Health chief: No plan if Obamacare overruled 4.3.2015 CNN: Top Stories
If the United States Supreme Court decides to overturn a key provision of Obamacare allowing federal tax subsidies for health insurance, the administration doesn't have any backup plans to allow people to obtain coverage.
Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits 4.3.2015 NPR: Morning Edition
Over the past decade, states have slashed workers' compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.
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Supreme Court weighs new conservative attack on Obamacare 4.3.2015 Health
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday a second major legal attack on President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conservative challengers taking aim at a pivotal part of the statute that authorizes tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. If the court rules against the Obama administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose the subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people buy private health insurance, according to the consulting firm Avalere Health. The Democratic-backed Affordable Care Act, narrowly passed by Congress in 2010 over unified Republican opposition, aimed to help millions of Americans who lacked any health insurance afford coverage. The case does not affect people who obtain health insurance through their ...
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Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision 4.3.2015 Health
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. Worried about newly-insured patients such as those who have just begun treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, they are dusting off playbooks they retired when Obamacare slashed the number of uninsured ...
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King v. Burwell: What Republicans Are Really Hoping For 4.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Some Republicans are gleefully anticipating that the Supreme Court might deal a big blow to the Affordable Care Act when it rules in the King v. Burwell case, which is being argued before the Court Wednesday. The plaintiffs in this case, and the many Republicans in Congress who are cheering them on, want to eliminate the current tax credits that enable millions of Americans of modest means to buy health insurance. Let's think about what those rooting for a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court conservatives are actually hoping for. They're hoping to cost about seven million Americans an average of $3,164 per year. They're hoping to cause health insurance premiums for those Americans to rise by an average of 322 percent -- in other words, for cost to more than triple. In short, the outcome they're hoping for means dire financial consequences for millions of middle-class families -- an outcome that, for many, could cause them to lose their health insurance entirely because it simply wouldn't be feasible for ...
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Huge Stakes As Supreme Court Takes Third Crack At Obamacare 4.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Obamacare faces its strangest challenge yet when the Supreme Court takes up the law for the third time Wednesday, but the oddity of the lawsuit shouldn’t obscure the cataclysm that a loss for President Barack Obama would provoke. The Supreme Court case is the latest legal effort by political opponents of the Affordable Care Act to ruin Obama’s signature domestic achievement. If successful, the suit would tarnish Obama’s legacy, foment infighting among Republicans, aggravate bitter partisanship between the GOP Congress and the White House, and threaten chaos in the health insurance market. But the worst consequences would fall on the estimated 9.6 million people who would lose their health insurance . The lawsuit, King v. Burwell , isn’t like the previous two Obamacare cases that came before the Supreme Court. Three years ago, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in upholding the constitutionality of the ...
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Cardinal George admitted to hospital for tests, and his blog relaunches 4.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Cardinal Francis George has been admitted to Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago for a battery of tests since doctors stopped treating his cancer more than a month ...
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U.S. faces 90,000 doctor shortage by 2025, medical school association warns 4.3.2015 Washington Post
The United States faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025, including a critical need for specialists to treat an aging population that will increasingly live with chronic disease, the association that represents medical schools and teaching hospitals reported Tuesday.Read full article >>
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Ebola drug’s early results promising, researchers report 4.3.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
An experimental antiviral drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human test against Ebola in West Africa, but only if patients get it when their symptoms first appear.
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How do you treat pain when most of the world's population can't get opioids? 4.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
In the United States, where doctors write more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers a year, the frequency of abuse and overdose represents a public health crisis. More than 15,000 Americans died from an overdose of prescription opioids in 2013.
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Sides gear up for another Supreme Court battle over health care 4.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
The second battle focuses on federal subsidies.
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Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again 4.3.2015 NPR News
In King v. Burwell, Obamacare's opponents are challenging the ACA again, this time contending that a section of the law doesn't authorize subsidies to make mandated insurance affordable in 34 states.
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Twin Cities hospitals, workers reach three-year deal 4.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Union negotiators for 3,500 Twin Cities area hospital workers say they're reached a tentative contract agreement covering eight medical centers.
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Even Some Doctors Fear These 10 Questions 4.3.2015 NPR News
Just 10 questions about bad childhood experiences can turn up undiagnosed illness in adults, research suggests. So why don't more doctors ask? Some say they aren't equipped to deal with the answers.
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Let Us Lead: Remarks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 4.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Paul, I'm so proud to be here today. As I've said many times before, speaking to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is one of the highlights of the year. Today holds even more meaning because it's the last time I'll address this group with you at its helm. With your background, including a stint in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, I believe the impact you've had on Greater Boston has been incalculable. You have understood the people, the businesses, and the public leaders of our area, and your contributions have likewise been invaluable. On key issues, such as universal access to health care and health care cost, your voice has been vital. In that respect, I'm also proud to mention something we worked closely together on. Savings from the municipal health care reform law are now estimated at almost $250 million annually, far exceeding early projections. Paul, I've been fortunate to have had your advice and counsel over the past years. You are a good friend and I'll truly miss working with ...
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"Medicare Part E": A Framework for Universal Health Care 4.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
It's time for universal health care in the US. More than 100 economic professors from across our country have signed on to a letter , calling for Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and that state's legislature to enact universal health care in the Green Mountain State. Vermont has had plans to implement a universal health care system in that state for some time now, but Gov. Shumlin put those plans on hold late last year, after concerns came up over how the system would be paid for. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. In the letter to Shumlin, the professors argue that health care should be provided as a public good, and that financing it actually helps to save money in the long run. The professors write in part that, "Evidence from around the world demonstrates that publicly financed health care systems result in improved health outcomes, lower costs and greater equity. Public financing is not a matter of raising new money, but of distributing existing payments more equitably and ...
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Psst, We'll Pay You A Bribe If You Read This Story 4.3.2015 NPR News
An estimated 1.6 billion people — many of them in the developing world — pay bribes for public services, according to a new book. The alternative may be no health care and no education.
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West Virginia Governor Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban For The Second Time 3.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, including in cases of rape and incest. He vetoed the same bill in 2014. The governor said in a statement that the legislation was unconstitutional. In 1973, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that women have a right to seek abortion up until the fetus would be viable outside the womb, around 22 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. “I believe there is no greater gift of love than the gift of life," Tomblin said in a statement. "As governor, I must take into consideration a number of factors when reviewing legislation, including its constitutionality. At the start of the regular session, I urged members of the Legislature to consider a compromise that would help us establish legislation that would pass constitutional muster. Having received a substantially similar bill to the one vetoed last year on constitutional grounds, I must veto House Bill 2568.” West Virginia's Republican-controlled House ...
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Health Law’s Complexity Invites Attack, Even As It Fails to Cure Ailment: Doctors Group 3.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Chicago's retired Cardinal George admitted to hospital after stopping cancer treatment 3.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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