health care law

Obama Win Boosts Health Law, But States Still Control Its Destiny

Posted on 11/7/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Phil Galewitz, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News President Barack Obama’s reelection ensures the survival of his landmark health care law, but predominantly Republican state officials will get a big say in how it is carried out. State lawmakers will control whether millions of uninsured people get coverage through Medicaid beginning in 2014, as the law envisions. They’ll also decide whether to set up online markets where individuals can shop for coverage and seek federal subsidies to lower their costs. …

How the Health Law Might Be Changed by the Next President

Posted on 11/1/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Mary Agnes Carey, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News On the presidential campaign trail, Republican Mitt Romney has repeatedly called for repeal of the 2010 health law and President Barack Obama has vowed to implement it. Yet both men could face obstacles: Romney may be stymied by the lack of a majority in Congress to do his will and Obama could be forced by fiscal concerns or public opinion to revamp parts of the law. Here is a look at …

Romney Narrows Gap With Obama On Medicare Issue

Posted on 10/31/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Phil Galewitz, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News As the race for the White House has tightened, President Barack Obama has seen his advantage on several key health issues narrow significantly among likely voters, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Oct. 31. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Most troublesome for Obama is that, among likely voters, GOP candidate Mitt Romney has pulled nearly even with him on which candidate would do a better job …

Doctors Take on the Big One: Building a Better Health Care System

Posted on 10/25/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Shefali S. Kulkarni, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News It’s no secret that reforming the country’s health care system is an important issue in this year’s presidential election. According to a recent survey from the New England Journal of Medicine, one of every five voters sees the 2010 health law as a top priority, but many are also still perplexed by it. That confusion has led about 15,000 physicians and medical students from around the country, working through the grass-roots …

GOP Plan Would Cut Medicaid By $1.7 Trillion, Study Says

Posted on 10/23/2012 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News The House Republican plan to repeal President Barack Obama’s health law and turn Medicaid into a block grant program would save the federal government $1.7 trillion from 2013 to 2022, a 38-percent spending reduction, according to a report today by the Urban Institute for the Kaiser Family Foundation. It would also result in 31 million to 38 million fewer people getting Medicaid coverage in 2022, according to the report. The entitlement program, which is …

In the Second Presidential Debate, Scant Mention of Medicare, Social Security

Posted on 10/16/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger in the 2012 presidential election, met tonight for the second of three debates, but three issues of critical importance to older Americans — Medicare, Social Security and the new health care law — earned only scant mentions. The 90-minute debate, in a “town hall” format that featured questions from audience members, was on the campus of  Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley. Here are excerpts on those …