Healthcare News October 27, 2012

  • GOP Rep. Blackburn says Obama’s ‘first time’ ad is ‘repulsive’

    The ad stars Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s “Girls,” who
    says her “first time” voting was for Obama.

  • Sen. Brown makes pitch to female voters in new ad

    Sen. Scott Brown (R) is out with a new ad appealing to women in Massachusetts, a key bloc that he and Democrat Elizabeth Warren have sparred over throughout the campaign for the state’s Senate seat.

  • Advocates lament shrinking funds for medical research

    Declining federal investment in medical research weakens U.S. global competitiveness, a coalition of advocacy groups charged Thursday.

    In a new report, Research!America found that federal spending on medical research and development declined by 14 percent, or more than $6 billion, between fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Automatic spending cuts set to hit in January would further decrease the National Institutes of Health’s budget by $2.53 billion.

    Advocates for U.S. research investment have criticized the automatic cuts, known as the “sequester,” for months. This week, Research!America chairman John E. Porter said the cuts would stifle the American economy down the line. 

  • Mourdock poll shows him tied in wake of his controversial rape comment

    Indiana Senate candidates Richard Mourdock and Joe Donnelly are deadlocked at 44 percent apiece, according to an internal poll.

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