Healthcare News November 15, 2012

  • Reps slam FDA at testy hearing on meningitis outbreak

    House lawmakers criticized U.S. drug regulators Wednesday for failing to prevent an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 32 people. 

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Approaching fiscal cliff

    Obama has backed some Medicare and Medicaid changes in previous talks, but his allies will likely oppose such proposals now.

  • Romney: ‘Gifts’ in Obama’s healthcare law helped him win

    Mitt Romney suggested Wednesday that President Obama won a second term largely because of policies in his healthcare law.

    In comments to a group of donors, Romney said he lost in part because of the “gifts” Obama had given to certain demographic groups — and a lot of the specific gifts he mentioned came in the form of healthcare benefits.

    “You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity, I mean, this is huge. Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus,” Romney said, according to the New York Times.

  • Grassley compares rushing vote on cybersecurity bill to ‘ObamaCare’

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Wednesday that rushing a vote on the Cybersecurity Act is “eerily reminiscent of the conversation we had about ObamaCare.”

    The Senate is holding a second vote to advance the Cybersecurity Act, which would encourage companies that operate critical infrastructure — such as water plants, electric companies and transportation networks — to take steps to boost the security of their computer systems and networks. It also aims to make it easier for industry to share information about cyber threats spotted on their networks with the government.

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