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  • Dec 01, 2009

    Reid Bidding Up Votes for Obamacare - Washington Examiner

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is doing this week what he always does when he needs votes to pass a bill that President Obama favors but that the public opposes. Reid goes behind closed doors to cut deals and buys senators' votes.
  • Nov 25, 2009

    Climate of Fraud – National Review Online

    What do hacked e-mails tell us about global-warming research?

    When news broke about Climategate, NCPA Senior Fellow Sterling Burnett told the National Review that scientists have tried to suppress criticism of the "hockey stick" graph, and when that proved impossible and researchers exposed the graph's deep flaws, the scientists settled for ignoring or downplaying the problem.


  • Nov 18, 2009

    Wellness Programs Unlikely to Cut Costs- Health Care News

    Illustrating the importance of wellness promotion in the debate over health care reform, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved a version of the health care reform bill that includes a provision allowing insurers expanded flexibility to increase premiums for individuals not meeting wellness standards.

    Although wellness programs garner bipartisan support, there are strong disagreements over how they should work, whether they should be crafted through legislation or by employers, and whether they really can have much of a positive effect on health care spending.

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  • Nov 18, 2009

    Missouri Tort Reform Reverses Doctor Exodus- Health Care News

    In a development suggesting medical malpractice reform may help alleviate doctor shortages, a package of reforms in Missouri signed in 2005 by then-governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) to curb junk medical lawsuits has created an environment more appealing to physicians.

    "We had widespread problems with practices recruiting before the reforms," said Tom Holloway, director of government relations for the Missouri State Medical Association. "Physicians didn’t want to come he/re and practice. Physicians wanted to leave the state."

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  • Nov 18, 2009

    Medicaid Expansion Would Strain State Budgets- Health Care News

    State governments are bracing for the effects of the most-prominent congressional health care proposals, all of which would expand Medicaid and increase the burden on state funding.

    Sen. Max Baucus's (D-MT) plan would expand Medicaid eligibility to cover all U.S. citizens with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level starting in 2014. Federal taxpayers would be required to cover more of the cost than they currently do for newly eligible people-but less than 100 percent. States would have to make up the difference.



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