Healthcare News March 16, 2013

  • Rand Paul floats fetal rights bill

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation Thursday to effectively outlaw U.S. abortions by counting fetuses as citizens.

    Paul’s bill, the Life at Conception Act, would lend the protections of the 14th Amendment to unborn humans, entitling them to due process and equal protection rights.

    Paul’s office said the measure “does not amend or interpret the Constitution” but merely relies on its current language. The 14th Amendment was ratified during Reconstruction to protect the citizenship of newly freed slaves. 

  • FDA weighs tobacco company proposals

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considerating of a series of year-old regulatory recommendations issued by a coalition of tobacco companies. 

  • Hoyer warns GOP to abandon efforts to repeal healthcare law

    “We had an election about that. We won. The president won,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said.

  • 95 House members protest Medicare Advantage cuts

    A bipartisan group of 95 lawmakers pressed the Medicare agency Friday to abandon steep cuts to private Medicare Advantage plans.

    The insurance industry has pulled out all the stops as it tries to fend off the proposed cuts, and Friday’s letter from members of Congress is the biggest show of support yet from Capitol Hill.

    The lawmakers urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider a proposed 2.2 percent cut in Medicare Advantage payments — a cut that would come on top of payment reductions in President Obama’s healthcare law.

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