Healthcare News October 23, 2012

  • Romney: Pay for defense spending with ‘ObamaCare’ repeal

    President Obama’s healthcare law found a way into Monday night’s foreign policy debate.

    Republican candidate Mitt Romney raised the issue of the healthcare reform law when asked how he will pay for a sharp increase in military spending. He said he would repeal it and dramatically scale back other healthcare programs.

    “To the extent humanly possible, we get that out,” he said of the health law.

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said repealing the health reform law would not produce savings that could be used to pay for other spending because it contains savings that cut the deficit

  • Poll finds broad support for contraception access

    Vast majorities of Americans support access to contraception, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

    The survey found widespread support for the thrust of President Obama’s contraception mandate, which a recent Gallup poll indicated is a winning issue with female voters. American adults also overwhelmingly believe that lawmakers who oppose abortion should support contraception, according to Monday’s poll.

    Seventy percent of those surveyed said insurance companies should provide contraception without charging a copay or deductible — as they’ll have to under the White House’s new mandate.

  • Pearl Jam guitarist urges voters to keep Obama health law

    Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is urging voters only to back candidates who support President Obama’s healthcare law.

    McCready released a YouTube video and an online petition in favor of the Affordable Care Act on Monday. He cited his experience with Crohn’s disease, a pre-existing condition, in praising the divisive law. 

    “I’ve been denied coverage two times in my life, and it was after I’d been in a big, successful rock band,” McCready said.

  • GOP lawmakers slam HHS over identity-theft risk in Medicare

    Leaders on a top House committee are pushing the federal Health Department to change the way it identifies people on Medicare.

    To reduce the risk of identity theft, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must remove Social Security numbers from the Medicare card, the GOP lawmakers charged Monday.

    Reps. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) and Sam Johnson (R-Texas) of the House Ways and Means Committee have argued several times that health officials should overhaul the Medicare card. 

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