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

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

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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California Healthline: Poll Finds More Support for GOP Medicare Plan Among Younger Voters

Public polls in recent months have shown that most U.S. residents generally do not favor a GOP proposal to overhaul Medicare, but a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that younger voters are more receptive to the plan than older voters, Kaiser Health News reports (Rau, Kaiser Health News, 9/27). The telephone survey of 1,534 adults was conducted between Sept. … Continue reading

CaliforniaHealthline: GOP’s Official Platform Includes Changes to Medicare, Medicaid

On Tuesday, the Republican Party released its official platform, which includes Medicare and Medicaid proposals similar to those in House Budget Committee Chair and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget plan, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports. Platform Details Specifically, the platform states that the GOP would change Medicare into a partially privatized system, giving seniors the option … Continue reading

Politico: Mitt Romney tries to explain Medicare stance

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking at the NAACP convention.

Mitt Romney attempted on Thursday to boil down his Medicare plan to a simple explanation: “No change” and “Solvent.” Those were the words he scrawled on a whiteboard at a last-minute news conference in Greer, S.C. this afternoon as he attempted to address questions about whether his plan is identical to that of Paul Ryan’s. … Continue reading

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