Healthcare News September 21, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House votes to block Obama welfare waivers

    The House voted 250-164 Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial welfare policy, which has inflamed partisan tensions and become a flashpoint in the presidential race. The move came after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said lawmakers could weigh on in the waivers policy because they count as federal rules.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used the vote to criticize Obama for the poor economy.

    “When it comes to strengthening the middle class and enabling upward mobility, President Obama’s policies have failed,” Romney said in a statement praising the House’s action. “As president, I will keep the work requirements in welfare and get our economy growing again, creating good jobs, higher take-home pay, and more opportunity for all Americans.”

    Democrats have dismissed Republican criticism of the waivers as politically motivated, and linked it to Romney’s comment that 47 percent of voters feel entitled to government help.

  • House votes to block Obama’s change to welfare requirement

    Obama’s change
    to the welfare law will remain in effect until the Senate approves the
    resolution, which is not likely.

  • Poll: Most doubt US will lead on science, tech in 2020

    A majority of likely voters doubt the United States will lead the world in science and technology in eight years, according to a poll released Thursday.

    Fifty-nine percent gave the name of another country, such as India or China, or said they were “not sure” when asked who would lead the world in science and technology in 2020, according to JZ Analytics.

    The survey was sponsored by United for Medical Research and Research!America, and sought to highlight public support for federal research funding.

  • Federal workers’ healthcare premiums to rise 3.4 percent

    Members of Congress and other federal workers will see only a modest increase in their healthcare premiums next year.

    The average premium for federal employees will rise 3.4 percent next year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced Thursday. The increase translates to an extra $2.75 per paycheck for individuals, or $6.39 for families.

    Federal workers’ premiums went up 3.8 percent this year — slightly less than the 4 percent increase seen in the private sector.

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