Healthcare News February 13, 2013

  • Rubio plugs GOP Medicare plan

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized President Obama’s healthcare law and plugged Republicans’ controversial Medicare plan during his response to the State of the Union on Tuesday.

    Rubio said current seniors should be held harmless from any Medicare overhaul, but said the program is on an unsustainable fiscal path.

    “I would never support any changes to Medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother,” Rubio said. “But anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it.”

  • No new overtures on healthcare

    Obama’s proposals to reduce entitlement spending hewed to ideas he has
    already proposed in the past.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: All eyes on State of the Union

    The White House hasn’t given too many clues about what President Obama is likely to say in the State of the Union about healthcare, aside from a strong defense of entitlement programs. That much was clear Monday, when White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama is no longer open to raising the Medicare eligibility age — an idea he has previously endorsed.

    But Obama has also made clear that healthcare is the biggest driver of federal spending and, by extension, the country’s long-term debt. Carney did say Monday that Obama wants to curb entitlement spending, offering only the “chained CPI” in Social Security as a specific proposal.

    Obama’s biggest effort to control healthcare spending is the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board, contained in the Affordable Care Act. But Medicare’s costs are growing slowly on their own, calling into question whether the IPAB will even kick in. So, what’s next?

  • Cancer research at ‘crisis point,’ advocates say

    Budget sequestration would severely curtail federal efforts to understand and fight cancer, advocates warned in a congressional briefing Tuesday.

    The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the latest group to decry looming budget cuts that will take place on March 1 unless Congress acts.

    The across-the-board spending reductions are meant to punish lawmakers for failing to reach a large deficit reduction deal. 

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