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Can Congress Get a Budget Deal Done?

Posted on 11/15/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCongress doesn’t get much done on the budget without a deadline hanging over it, and this time it’s staring at a deadline — or at least a first deadline — of Dec. 13. That’s the date by which lawmakers on a bipartisan conference committee — led by Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), her House counterpart — are supposed to come up with a budget deal. Without a deal, the government runs out …

Obama Eases Rules on Canceled Health Plans

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama will ease rules that were causing some people to lose their health insurance under the health care law, he announced Nov. 14. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the new system. But some people who buy their own insurance — as opposed to getting it through an employer — found their plans canceled by insurers in recent weeks because they didn’t meet the minimum standards the law …

Don’t Trust the Government? Join the Club

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPublic trust in the government is near an all-time low — not exactly a shock for a survey taken during a shutdown of the federal government. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter. Only 19 percent of American adults trust the federal government to do what’s right just about always or most of the time, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. More than four-fifths of respondents said they are …

In These States, Hospitals and Patients Could Be in for a Rough Ride

Posted on 09/16/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsHospitals and health-care systems in the 21 states that aren’t expanding Medicaid, the health program for low-income Americans, may be in for an especially rough financial ride. With hospitals in those states facing the prospect of providing even more uncompensated care, Bloomberg.com says, the municipal bonds they put up for sale may very well have diminished appeal. As Bloomberg’s Brian Chappatta explains: “Health-care related bonds are already posting the biggest losses among revenue debt in the $3.7 trillion municipal market, …

For Many, New Health Law Will Offer a Bridge to Medicare

Posted on 09/12/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen the virtual doors to the new Health Insurance Marketplace open next month, Americans in the 50-through-64 “pre-Medicare” age bracket may be the ones rushing in first. A story in the New York Times points out that, with the opening of the marketplace on Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act may provide many older Americans with “a bridge to Medicare.” The story goes on to say: “While older people could pay up to three times as much as younger people buying …

Poker Photo Flushes McCain’s Pastime Into the Open

Posted on 09/5/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThere was Secretary of State John Kerry, briefing members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on using military force in Syria. And there, as the hearing wore on, was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) passing time by playing poker on his iPhone as Kerry talked. From behind McCain, an eagle-eyed photographer for the Washington Post snapped a photo of what she saw, which was soon dispatched  to the rest of the world via the Internet, triggering a virtual tidal wave of reaction. McCain …