Healthcare News October 3, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Obama, Romney set to clash in first debate

    Wednesday is the first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, and healthcare is sure to be a hot topic. A spate of recent polls show Obama with a lead on the issue of healthcare, and specifically on the Medicare. But Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, have frequently revived their attacks on “ObamaCare” to breathe new energy into the GOP base.

    The Obama campaign has already released an ad criticizing the Romney-Ryan plan for its Medicaid reform proposal, following up on the policy specifics offered by former President Clinton during the Democratic National Convention.

    To prepare for tomorrow’s debate, Kaiser Health News has worked up a handy Bingo card of likely healthcare phrases. Find it here.

    ‘Outperform’: A new study from the Commonwealth Fund concluded that the Affordable Care Act would “outperform” Mitt Romney’s proposed healthcare policies on metrics of coverage, costs and consumer protection. Even compared to a baseline scenario in which the healthcare law was never implemented, Romney’s plans would increase the number of uninsured Americans by about 12 million, according to Commonwealth. Obama’s policies also scored higher on improving consumer choice and improving Medicare. Romney’s campaign said the researchers were mistaken in the way they described and projected outcomes for the policies that the GOP presidential candidate backs. Commonwealth is a nonprofit research foundation that supports healthcare reform. Read more about the study at Healthwatch.

  • Democrats feel campaign focus on Medicare is paying election dividends

    Party leaders believe they’re gaining traction by linking Mitt Romney to Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget plan for seniors’ healthcare.

  • Paul Ryan runs healthcare ad for Wis. congressional race

    Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is launching a TV spot on healthcare issues for his U.S. House bid.

    Rep. Ryan is running for an eighth House term in Wisconsin and the vice presidency at the same time, as permitted by Wisconsin law.

    On Tuesday, his congressional campaign released a new ad, “Patient Centered Solutions,” in which Ryan lays out principles for reforming U.S. healthcare. 

  • Anti-abortion group launches super-PAC against Obama

    The Susan B. Anthony List has launched a new super-PAC to oppose President Obama and give the abortion debate a higher profile in the presidential election.

    The new Women Speak Out PAC aims to “amplify the voices of women opposed to President Obama and his extreme abortion record,” the SBA List announced Tuesday.

    “The most pro-abortion president our nation has ever seen resides in the White House and is seeking a second term,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in a statement.

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