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Nov 14, 2013 Obama Moves to Avert Cancellation of Insurance

QUOTE: President Obama, trying to quell a growing furor over the rollout of his health care law, bowed to bipartisan pressure on Thursday and announced a policy reversal that would allow insurance companies to temporarily keep people on health plans that were to be canceled under the new law because they did not meet minimum standards.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2011 Rush to Defend Tax Rule on Inventory and Profits

QUOTE: the LIFO proposal — supported by the president’s deficit-reduction commission — would simplify the tax code and establish a standard method of calculating the cost of items that a company sells....at first glance the LIFO proposal looked like “an easy source of revenue.” But, he said, “it taxes illusory income, phantom profits that result from inflation.”

New York Times
Jul 11, 2011 Obama Administration Rolls Out Standards for Health Insurance Marketplaces

QUOTE: The regulations issued Monday, which provide a fair amount of latitude to states, were welcomed by consumer groups, patient advocates and some business lobbyists. But they may not satisfy liberals who argue that the exchanges should tightly regulate insurance and contract with selected health plans that offer the best deals. And they may not satisfy conservatives...

New York Times
Jun 26, 2011 U.S. Plans Stealth Survey on Access to Doctors

QUOTE: Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it....In response to the drumbeat of criticism, a federal health official said doctors need not worry because the data would be kept confidential.

New York Times
Apr 29, 2011 Soft Drink Industry Fights Proposed Food Stamp Ban

QUOTE: They also fear that restrictions on soft drinks would set a precedent for the government to distinguish between good and bad foods and to ban the use of food stamps for other products… The plan is unfair to food stamp recipients because it treats them differently from other customers.

New York Times
Feb 01, 2011 States Diverge on How to Deal With Health Care Ruling

QUOTE: in a few states that are party to the litigation, Republican governors and attorneys general declared the expansive health care law effectively null as a result of the judge’s ruling. They suggested they would suspend planning and implementation until appeals courts could rule...

New York Times
Jan 06, 2011 Republicans Are Given a Price Tag for Health Law Repeal, but Reject It

QUOTE: The new House speaker, John A. Boehner, flatly rejected the report, saying it was based largely on chicanery by Democrats....effectively putting him on a war footing with the independent analysts whose calculations generally guide discussions about the projected cost or savings of any legislation.

New York Times
Dec 25, 2010 Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

QUOTE: When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

New York Times
Jul 26, 2010 New Health Official Faces Hostility in Senate

QUOTE: And he [Dr. Donald M. Berwick] is finding his ability to do his job clouded by the circumstances of his appointment, with many Republicans in open revolt over President Obama’s decision to place him in the post without a Senate confirmation vote.

New York Times
Jun 21, 2010 Gay Workers Will Get Time to Care for Partner’s Sick Child

QUOTE: President Obama will soon expand the rights of gay workers by allowing them to take family and medical leave to care for sick or newborn children of same-sex partners...

New York Times
May 09, 2010 Fight Erupts Over Rules Issued for ‘Mental Health Parity’ Insurance Law

QUOTE: Insurance companies and employer groups are lobbying the White House to delay and rework the rules on “mental health parity.” Insurers and many employers supported the 2008 law, but they say the rules go far beyond the intent of Congress and would cripple their cost-control techniques while raising out-of-pocket costs for some patients.

New York Times
Nov 14, 2009 In House Record, Many Spoke With One Voice: Lobbyists’

QUOTE: Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2009 Alternate Plan as Health Option Muddies Debate

QUOTE: The White House has indicated that it could accept a nonprofit health care cooperative as an alternative to a new government insurance plan, originally favored by President Obama. But the co-op idea is so ill defined that no one knows exactly what it would look like or how effectively it would compete with commercial insurers.

New York Times
Jul 19, 2009 Health Bill Might Direct Tax Money to Abortion

QUOTE: An Obama administration official refused Sunday to rule out the possibility that federal tax money might be used to pay for abortions under proposed health care legislation....Opponents of abortion want Congress to prohibit inclusion of abortion in that benefits package, while advocates of abortion rights say the package should be left to medical professionals to determine.

New York Times
Jun 08, 2009 Health Care Spending Disparities Stir a Fight

QUOTE: As part of the larger effort to overhaul health care, lawmakers are trying to address the problem that intrigues Mr. Obama so much — the huge geographic variations in Medicare spending per beneficiary.

New York Times
May 31, 2009 Hospitals Mobilizing to Fight Proposed Charity Care Rules

QUOTE: Hospitals plan to begin a lobbying campaign this week to prevent Congress from including charity care requirements in legislation to overhaul the health care system. “A formulaic, one-size-fits-all charity care standard will hamstring hospitals’ efforts to respond to the unique needs of their communities,”the bulletin [American Hospital Association] said.

New York Times
May 26, 2009 Antitrust Laws a Hurdle to Health Care Overhaul

QUOTE: Antitrust lawyers say doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and drug makers will be running huge legal risks if they get together and agree on a strategy to hold down prices and reduce the growth of health spending....In blocking the proposal, the department said the Supreme Court had made clear that agreements setting maximum prices were just as illegal as agreements that set minimum ones.

New York Times
Nov 18, 2008 Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers

QUOTE: A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws.

New York Times
Oct 29, 2008 Women Buying Health Policies Pay a Penalty

QUOTE: "Striking new evidence has emerged of a widespread gap in the cost of health insurance, as women pay much more than men of the same age for individual insurance policies providing identical coverage, according to new data from insurance companies and online brokers."

New York Times
Jul 15, 2008 Abortion Proposal Sets Condition on Aid

QUOTE: The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control. Under the draft of a proposed rule, hospitals, clinics, researchers and medical schools would have to sign “written certifications” as a prerequisite to getting money under any program run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Such certification would also be required of state and local governments, forbidden to discriminate, in areas like grant-making, against hospitals and other institutions that have policies against providing abortion.

New York Times

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