Healthcare News April 20, 2012

  • Democrats expressing buyers’ remorse on Obama’s health law

    An increasing number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama’s healthcare law.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: More retiring Dems pile on Obama for healthcare focus

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) isn’t the only retiring House Democrat who thinks the White House made a big mistake by pursuing healthcare reform. In interviews with The Hill on Thursday, several more Democrats piled on, saying Obama hurt Democrats’ electoral chances.

    “I think we would all have been better off — President Obama politically, Democrats in Congress politically, and the nation would have been better off — if we had dealt first with the financial system and the other related economic issues and then come back to healthcare,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), who is retiring at the end of this Congress.

  • Unions, watchdogs decry delays on workplace safety rules

    Unions, public health scholars and Washington watchdogs pushed Thursday for a simpler and more transparent regulatory process for creating workplace health and safety rules.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is bogged down under more procedural requirements and higher evidence standards than other agencies, witnesses argued at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. 

    “In the years since its creation, OSHA’s charge to protect workers from harm has been undermined by Kafkaesque demands for additional reviews of existing rules mandated by new statutes and executive orders,” said Randy Rabinowitz, OMB Watch’s director of regulatory policy.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shot back that the real problem is OSHA’s inability to prioritize and follow through on regulations. 

  • Study: Healthcare law will help close pervasive gaps in insurance coverage

    The law will make it easier for people to buy insurance on their own when not on an employer plan.

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