Healthcare News October 13, 2012

  • Bloomberg’s soda ban challenged in court

    Business groups filed a lawsuit Friday to block New York City’s ban on large sodas.

    The city’s health board approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks last month. The policy outlaws sodas larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters and similar venues.

    A coalition that includes the American Beverage Association and the National Restaurant Association filed suit Friday to stop the ban from taking effect, according to media reports.

  • Obama campaign targets women in latest TV ad

    The Obama campaign’s latest swing-state ad takes aim at Mitt Romney’s pledge to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    “When it comes to protecting your access to birth control and the basic women’s health care services Planned Parenthood provides, one thing we must remember, is this,” the ad says before cutting to video of Romney saying, “I’ll cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.”

  • Poll: Voters oppose higher Medicare costs for seniors

    Asking seniors to pay more for their Medicare benefits is unpopular with both Republicans and Democrats, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for People and the Press.

    The Pew poll found widespread disapproval for asking all seniors to pay more for their Medicare as part of a deficit-reduction plan. But voters from both parties were open to specifically targeting wealthy seniors.

    Medicare is one of the most heated partisan disagreements between the two campaigns, but Republicans and Democrats were largely in agreement on the Medicare proposals Pew polled.

  • Sen. Ron Wyden rejects Ryan’s debate claim he supports GOP Medicare plan

    The Democrat said despite his past partnership with the VP hopeful, he does not support the GOP plan.

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