Healthcare News September 26, 2012

  • Hatch presses HHS for details on federal exchange

    The Obama administration hasn’t given states enough information to decide whether they’ll implement the central feature of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) charged in a highly critical request for more guidance.

    Hatch, the top Republican on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, said states can’t make well-informed decisions about whether to establish their own insurance exchanges or let the federal government step in with a fallback.

    “The President promised ‘an unmatched level of transparency, participation, and accountability across the entire Administration,’ yet the details of his single policy achievement have been hidden from the public and the very people who will are [sic] required to implement the President’s idea of health reform,” Hatch said in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

  • GOP, citing new report, says health law has not controlled costs

    Republicans used new data on healthcare costs Tuesday to argue that President Obama’s healthcare law hasn’t lived up to expectations.

    “The verdict is in, and it is clear that President Obama has failed to deliver,” Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee said, citing Obama’s past pledges to slow the growth of healthcare costs.

    The renewed criticism was sparked by a report that found a spike in the cost of healthcare last year. The Health Care Cost Institute said per capita healthcare spending rose 4.6 percent in 2011, compared with 3.8 percent growth in 2010.

  • Retired military chiefs: Obesity levels mean US is ‘too fat to fight’

    Spiking rates of childhood obesity are a threat to national security and demand government intervention, according to retired military leaders.

  • Retired military chiefs call Americans ‘still too fat to fight’

    Spiking rates of childhood obesity are a threat to national security and demand government intervention, according to retired military leaders.

    In a report out Tuesday, the advocacy group Mission: Readiness described obesity as an epidemic that poses a direct challenge to military effectiveness.

    The group called on Congress to continue supporting stricter nutrition standards for school lunches — the kind that have become controversial among small-government conservatives. 

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