News RoundupsAt a second South Carolina debate last night, all of the Republican presidential candidates (a crowd pared down to four—Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum—at this point) said that ‘Obamacare’ can and should be repealed or reversed.
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The Takeaway: Who Benefits From New Medical Effectiveness Research Fee?; Cancer Screenings Not Always Free
News RoundupsBeginning in 2012, a new $1-per-person fee on health insurance plans will be used to pay for medical effectiveness research. A health reform loophole means you could still end up paying for some preventative care services. And retirement and aging policy experts say what questions they would pose in a presidential debate.
News RoundupsLast Friday, the Obama administration announced that it would leave defining the “essential health benefits” that must be provided by insurance plans under the new health care law up to the states, instead of specifying some national standard of benefits. And the mothers-to-be of the 1950s could be at the root of today’s obesity epidemic, according to fitness and nutrition expert Melinda Sothern.
News RoundupsRetirement age for public sector workers—government employees, teachers, firefighters, trash collectors—is becoming a topic of fierce friction nationwide. And the lines between hospitals, insurance companies and doctors are blurring, as the health care law awaits Supreme Court consideration and the 2014 start date of the individual insurance mandate.
The Takeaway: DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Weigh Health Care Law; Federal Pensions Face Major Shortfall
News RoundupsU.S. Department of Justice asks Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the individual health insurance mandate, a key part of Barack Obama’s health care reform law … Retirement plans for veterans, members of Congress and other federal employees cost the U.S. government almost as much as the Social Security system.
News RoundupsWait, is that … Princess Diana would have turned 50 today. To commemorate her birthday, the latest cover of Newsweek features a smartly-dressed Diana walking with her equally sharp daughter-in-law Kate Middleton.