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“Pledge to America” Would Mean More Uninsured, Higher Deficits, and Weaker Medicare

September 24, 2010

In addition to the sharp funding cuts we noted yesterday, another major component of the legislative blueprint some House Republicans issued yesterday is near-full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — i.e., health reform. In its place, the House Republicans propose the same policies they offered as an alternative to health reform last fall.

Census Also Released Health Insurance Numbers Today

September 16, 2010

Today’s Census Bureau report shows that the number and share of Americans without health insurance rose by 4.3 million and 1.3 percentage points, respectively — the largest single-year increases on record on data that begin in 1999.

Big Stakes for Health Reform in Tomorrow’s Senate Vote

September 13, 2010

The Senate will vote tomorrow on an amendment to small business legislation that would seriously weaken an essential element of the new health reform law — the requirement that individuals obtain health insurance or pay a penalty — and eliminate preventive care funding aimed at reducing the onset of chronic diseases and improving overall health.

End to COBRA Help Means More Pain for Jobless Families

June 8, 2010

As Marketwatch and the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog both report, some families with unemployed workers will face significantly higher health care costs if Congress fails to renew a Recovery Act provision that has made COBRA coverage more affordable.

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