Healthcare News April 19, 2012

  • Toomey to force vote on Ryan budget

    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), an influential voice on budget issues in the Senate, adopted Ryan’s Medicare plan in the budget proposal he unveiled Wednesday.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Budget wars flare up

    Two House committees have met their obligations under the Republican budget by adopting spending cuts Democrats really, really don’t like.

    The Ways and Means panel started things off by adopting along party lines three provisions that cut the deficit by $53 billion over 10 years. Democrats had a field day with the main proposal — requiring people who get too much in insurance subsidies under President Obama’s healthcare reform law to pay back overpayments in full — after a tax staffer said it would cause 350,000 fewer people a year to gain insurance under the healthcare law.

    Healthwatch’s Julian Pecquet has more here.

    The Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, was well on its way Wednesday evening to adopting medical malpractice legislation capping non-economic damages at $250,000 in order to save $41 billion.

    Not that any of that really matters.

    The Obama administration declared Wednesday that the president would veto any Republican appropriations bills unless they abandon the spending levels in the Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.)’s budget. The Hill has more on that here.

  • Senate voteless ‘markup’ may be another blow to Bowles-Simpson

    The Bowles-Simpson plan had once been seen as the best hope for addressing the nation’s fiscal woes.

  • GOP witness: IRS understaffed for health law tax enforcement

    Republicans typically argue that the healthcare law will create too many bureaucrats, not too few.

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