Healthcare News October 20, 2012

  • Rep. Joe Walsh edges away from controversial remark about abortion

    The Illinois Republican said abortions might be necessary to save a woman’s life in “very rare circumstances.” 

  • Grassley hits back on Dem healthcare ads

    Democrats — not Republicans — are the ones who tried to give members of Congress a better healthcare system than the rest of the country, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Friday.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running ads in several districts arguing that Republicans, by repealing the Affordable Care Act, would take away health insurance for millions of people while giving themselves a new federal subsidy.

  • Hatch seeks records on federal exchange contractors

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has more questions about the federally run insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act.

    Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has raised several concerns about the federal exchange, which will operate in any state that doesn’t set up its own marketplace. His latest letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, delivered Friday, asks about contractors for the federal exchange.

    Some of the companies that received contracts to help build the federal exchange have been acquired since winning their contracts, Hatch said. He wants to know what HHS has done to ensure that the new owners don’t present a conflict of interest.

  • Health experts launch new group on Medicare reform

    An array of experts is launching the Partnership for the Future of Medicare, an advisory board that will supply new research on the program with the hope of shaping its reform.

    The new group will contribute new facts to old policy debates, its leaders said. 

    “This is not about bringing a proposal to the table that we can sell,”
    said Doug-Holtz Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director and
    well-known advocate for a premium support model.

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