Healthcare News July 4, 2012

  • Planned Parenthood: Romney proxy wrong on health law, cancer

    Planned Parenthood condemned Mitt Romney after a campaign surrogate said the healthcare law would have spoiled her treatment for breast cancer.

    On CNN, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina had mentioned her struggle with cancer and said the Affordable Care Act “would have been very deleterious” to her health.

    Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAC) called the comments “irresponsible and completely false.” 

  • House to hold hearing on implications of Supreme Court ruling

    The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing next week on the “tax ramifications” of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the healthcare law.

    The July 10 hearing will mark the first chance for members of Congress to formally hash out the surprise ruling, which allowed the law’s mandate to buy health insurance by treating it as a tax, even though Chief Justice John Roberts said it could not be upheld as a way to regulate commerce under the Commerce Clause.

  • House panel to examine Supreme Court health ruling

    The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Democratic healthcare overhaul’s individual mandate was constitutional as a tax.

    Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the chairman of the tax-writing panel, said in a statement Tuesday that his committee needed to investigate a ruling he called “a dangerous precedent with potentially enormous consequences.”

    “We have a responsibility to fully understand the Court’s interpretation of Congress’s taxing authority and what that means for potential actions taken by future Congresses, the future of our country and the relationship that the government has with the American people,” Camp said.

  • Cancer group: US must see soda health risk like tobacco risk

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) wants U.S. health officials to denounce the health risks of drinking soda the way they denounced the health risks of using tobacco in the 1960s.

    In a letter, the group’s nonprofit arm asked for a federal study that could serve as a landmark in the debate — something comparable to the 1964 surgeon general report that helped turn the tide on American tobacco use.

    “An unbiased and comprehensive report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages could have a major impact on the public’s consciousness,” wrote ACS Cancer Action Network President Christopher W. Hansen.

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