Healthcare News May 14, 2013

  • GOP probes Sebelius fundraising push

    The Health secretary has asked industry executives to donate to Enroll America, a non-profit group formed to promote ObamaCare.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Republicans tie ObamaCare to IRS scandal

    Critics of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are seizing on the agency’s forthcoming role in implementing ObamaCare to argue that the law will not be enforced fairly. Several leading Republicans, including former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), said Monday that the IRS should not be trusted to administer the law given the way it targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny starting in 2010.

    “ObamaCare relies very heavily on the IRS,” Gingrich said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?” 

    Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), a member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight, and RedState blogger Erick Erickson made similar points on Monday.

    The IRS is charged undertaking with several major tasks under the Affordable Care Act, including distributing the law’s tax subsidies to buy insurance and enforcing its individual mandate. Most of the agency’s activity under healthcare reform is tightly controlled by law, and experts argue that its decisions will mostly be black and white.

    Still, GOP strategists predicted that the ongoing scandal could cause a few more centrist Democrats to side with Republicans this week when the House votes to repeal ObamaCare. The vote will provide conservative freshman lawmakers with their first opportunity to officially oppose the healthcare law.

  • Medical device companies more frequently investigated under Obama

    Federal regulators issued the highest amount warning letters to medical device companies in 2012 than over the last seven years, according to a new study.

  • GOP Rep. Stockman: ‘Democrats worship abortion’

    Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) lashed out at Democrats over the issue of abortion on Monday just minutes after a jury returned a guilty verdict in the high-profile case of an abortion doctor accused of multiple homicides.

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