Healthcare News July 14, 2012

  • Romney, GOP blast Obama for ‘gutting’ welfare reform law

    Republicans accused the president of stripping work requirements from the landmark welfare law that was signed by President Clinton.

  • Maine governor apologizes for Gestapo comments

    Paul LePage, Maine’s Republican governor, is formally apologizing in his weekly address for comparing the IRS to the Gestapo, according to The Associated Press.

    LePage, a Tea Party favorite who has a history of controversial statements, first made the comparison in his previously weekly address, which included a sharp criticism of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Democratic healthcare law.

    According to the AP, LePage’s apology comes after he met with Jewish groups. Unions had also criticized the governor for comparing the IRS to the Gestapo, a secret police force in Nazi Germany.

    “The acts of the Holocaust were nothing short of horrific,” LePage says. “Millions of innocent people were murdered, and I apologize for my insensitivity to the word and the offense some took to my comparison of the IRS and the Gestapo.”

  • Obama mocks GOP health law repeal votes

    The president accused Republicans of holding tax cuts “hostage” and of not being “serious” about deficit reduction.

  • FTC: Healthcare ruling is prompting scams

    Federal trade regulators warned Friday that scam artists are using the healthcare law to ask for consumers’ personal information over the phone.

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that the illegal activity began after the Supreme Court ruled on June 28 to uphold the vast majority of the law.

    Scam artists “say they’re from the government” and use the Affordable Care Act as a hook to verify information, according to an FTC alert.

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