Healthcare News December 1, 2012

  • GOP lawmakers say fracking study could hurt job growth

    The CDC is considering examining a
    potential link between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and drinking
    water contamination.

  • Support for government guarantee of healthcare hits record low

    For the first time in more than a decade, a majority of Americans say it’s not the government’s responsibility to ensure access to healthcare.

    A new Gallup survey shows an all-time low in public support for a government guarantee of healthcare coverage — just as President Obama’s healthcare law is bringing that guarantee dramatically closer to reality.

    Only 44 percent said it’s the government’s responsibility to ensure that all Americans have access to healthcare coverage, while 54 percent said healthcare access is not the government’s responsibility.

    It’s the first a majority of the public has opposed a government guarantee.

    Gallup has been asking the question for 12 years, and support for a government guarantee of healthcare has fallen steadily under President Obama.

  • HHS sets new fees for insurers in federal exchange

    The Obama administration issued rules Friday that charge insurance companies new fees to pay for parts of President Obama’s healthcare law.

    The Health and Human Services Department said insurance companies will pay a monthly fee to sell plans through a federally run insurance exchange. 

    HHS will set up an exchange in any state that doesn’t establish its own — and that could be a lot of states, as Republican governors are taking a hard line against implementing any part of “ObamaCare,” even if their resistance invites greater federal involvement in their healthcare markets.

  • RSC chairman wants ‘ObamaCare tax hikes’ on the debt deal table

    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) says stopping the healthcare law’s revenue hikes must be part of deal on the debt. 

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