LA Times: Garcetti wins race for L.A. mayor; Greuel concedes

By Seema Mehta and Laura J. NelsonMay 22, 2013, 3:27 a.m.  Wendy Greuel called Eric Garcetti early Wednesday morning to concede the mayoral election, a Greuel campaign source told The Times, ending a two-year campaign to determine Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s successor and the new political leader of Los Angeles. Garcetti will be the first elected Jewish mayor of the city. … Continue reading

SacBee: California Legislature welcomes largest freshman class since 1966

By Jim Sanders jsanders@sacbee.com Published: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 – 10:12 am Democrat Jim Frazier’s swearing-in as an assemblyman today will climax a 12-year journey in politics that began with the death of his 20-year-old daughter in a head-on traffic accident. “It’s been a … Continue reading

SF Gate: States now must make call on Obamacare

Surrounded by Democratic leaders, President Obama reaches for a pen to sign the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press / SF Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/States-now-must-make-call-on-Obamacare-4031359.php#ixzz2CQPbdszh

Victoria Colliver Published 11:37 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2012 They have to work quickly. By Friday, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia must let the Obama administration know whether they plan to set up their own insurance exchanges, a key element of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, or let the federal government do … Continue reading

California Healthline: California Moves Forward With Exchange Following Election

On Wednesday, California officials disclosed plans to spend nearly $90 million next year on marketing and outreach efforts for the state health benefit exchange, the Los Angeles Times reports. Observers say that the move is in response to the re-election of President Obama. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — Obama’s GOP challenger in the election — had vowed … Continue reading

NY Times: Back to Work, Obama Is Greeted by Looming Crisis

The Obamas and Bidens celebrate reelection in Chicago last night. Image Credit: Reuters

By JACKIE CALMES and PETER BAKER Published: November 7, 2012 Newly re-elected, President Obama moved quickly on Wednesday to open negotiations with Congressional Republican leaders over the main unfinished business of his term — a major deficit-reduction deal to avert a looming fiscal crisis — as he began preparing for a second term that will include significant cabinet changes. Mr. … Continue reading

California Healthline: Obama’s Victory Paves Way for Continued ACA Implementation

President Obama’s victory in Tuesday’s election removes the possibility that the Affordable Care Act will be completely repealed, Reuters reports. However, observers note that challenges to implementing the law still remain. Throughout the campaign, Obama’s challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), repeatedly vowed to repeal the ACA (Morgan/Yukhananov, Reuters, 11/7). However, with Democrats maintaining their majority in … Continue reading

California Healthline: Report: ACA Repeal, Medicaid Block Grants Would Curb Spending

A Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act and transform Medicaid into a block grant system would reduce federal spending by $1.7 trillion between 2013 and 2022, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Kaiser Health News‘ “Capsules” reports. About the Plan The plan to repeal the ACA and alter Medicaid is included … Continue reading

NY Times: Democrats Use Health Law to Assail Republicans

By ROBERT PEAR Published: October 18, 2012 WASHINGTON — A little-noticed provision of the new health care law is causing big headaches for some members of Congress in this year’s elections. And it is likely to cause even bigger headaches for lawmakers next year. he provision, written into the law at the behest of a Republican senator, says … Continue reading

California Healthline: Local, National Reforms Both Needed, Policy Leaders Told

by George Lauer (Guest Contributor) BALTIMORE — Although their approaches may appear to be at odds with each other at the onset, a top federal bureaucrat and a national business leader assured health policy leaders Wednesday that government and commercial interests can work together effectively to reform the country’s health care system. “We’ll figure it … Continue reading

California Healthline – Obama, Romney Health Care Differences Detailed in Study

by Steve Hart (Guest Contributor) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would dismantle most of the federal Affordable Care Act and make sweeping changes to Medicare and Medicaid, according to a study released Wednesday by UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research. The side-by-side analysis of health care proposals in the 2012 presidential contest found stark policy … Continue reading

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