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Republicans in House Vote to Repeal Obamacare (for the 40th Time)

Happy 40th! Fortieth vote to repeal the ACA by the GOP-led House, that is. Via Daily Kos: It’s as baldly a base-frothing-up vote as any Republicans have taken on repeal, the last vote taken before an August that is going … Continue reading

02. August 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Obama Working Behind the Scenes on Latest Pre-ACA Snafu

The Republican amendment to the ACA stopping government contributions to premiums of federal employees is being put to the test this week, as President Obama is reassuring Dem senators that he is working to “resolve the situation”.  At issue here is the … Continue reading

01. August 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Medicare Part D Premiums to Remain Relatively Static Next Year

Medicare funding may be “on the table”, and part of Obama’s grand bargain with House Republicans, but the federal outlay for its services looks to remain stable for 2014, according to CMS chief, Marilyn Tavenner. The process of competitive bidding … Continue reading

31. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Congress Votes to Repeal ACA (Again)

In less-than-earth-shattering news, the GOP-led house voted for the 37th time to repeal the ACA, otherwise known as (in bipartisan tones) Obamacare. The vote was a predictable win for the Republicans — 229-195 — and, surprise!, has zero chance of … Continue reading

17. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Headline Roundup: Jolie Does It Right

Here’s a sampling of what’s making the rounds in healthcare headlines today. (1) Angelina Jolie makes the right decision for many. [LINK] (2) Apparently, oncologists are in agreement. [LINK] (3) U.S. House gears up for yet another vote on ACA … Continue reading

16. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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House GOP Brings Obamacare up to a Vote (Again) This Week

Republicans are going after the red meat in the wake of not one, not two — but three concurrent potential “situations” that make damage control somewhat imperative for the Obama administation. Unsurprisingly, some GOP senators are using these events as … Continue reading

14. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Doctor Pundit Resurfaces; SCOTUS Ruling Imminent

Due to a panoply of technical issues, professional deadlines, and — well — life in general, the DP blog was under an extended hiatus. All of these nuisances seem to have been worked out, and the blog soldiers on — … Continue reading

18. June 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Mass. Proposes Plan to Cut Acute Healthcare Costs

Massachusetts state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would link healthcare spending to economic growth. Dubbed the Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Reduction Act of 2012, the bill, if passed, would tie hospital and provider payments for services to the Gross … Continue reading

07. May 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Major Medicare Fraud Bust Just the Latest Lesson in Problematic Healthcare Spending

Medicare (and Medicaid) fraud seems to be not only occurring with ubiquity, but also appears as a persistent scourge on government spending. It is also the elephant in the room in this entire discussion on healthcare reform. Its absense from the … Continue reading

03. May 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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House Ways and Means Memo Expresses Concerns over ACA’s Employer-Based Provisions

Yesterday, one of the legislature’s most powerful bodies — the House Ways and Means Committee — released a report highlighting the potential savings to corporate America if employers dumped coverage or significantly curtailed the cost of coverage to employees as … Continue reading

02. May 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Post SCOTUS Arguments, Waiting Game Begins

After two days of deliberations before the Supreme Court, the national discourse on the wrangling of the ACA’s most salient political ramifications shifts into heavy duty poltical mode. The obvious question is what effect a ruling — either for or … Continue reading

29. March 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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SCOTUS and the ACA: Day 3 of Deliberations Get Underway

Although the subject matter today — the final day of deliberations before the SCOTUS regarding the ACA’s constitutionality — is not as sexy as yesterday’s fiery individual mandate arguments, the overall tone will be just as intense. The expansion of … Continue reading

28. March 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Justices Pounce upon ACA Mandate Defenders on Day 2

Will SCOTUS kill the mandate provision? The mainstream blogsophere (and media) are buzzing about the hard-hitting line of questioning lobbied at the U.S. today as to the consitutional merits of a mandate to purchase insurance as a proper provision under … Continue reading

27. March 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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