NY Times: Across-the-Board Cuts Take Effect, but Their Impact Is Not Immediately Felt

By MICHAEL D. SHEARPublished: March 2, 2013 WASHINGTON — University officials, city managers, day care providers and others spent Saturday assessing how they would absorb their part of the across-the-board cuts in federal spending that began taking effect over the weekend. But even as the institutions that depend on federal money nervously took stock, most Americans … Continue reading

Governing.com: 6 State and Local Questions About Sequestration

BY: Liz Farmer | February 28, 2013  The March 1 sequestration deadline has arrived and while the administration has said it will wait until late Friday to approve the law, Washington is settling in for lean times. Congress is leaving town and President Barack Obama said on Friday that he plans to sign the $1.2 trillion in … Continue reading

USA Today: Obama, congressional leaders: No deal on sequester

David Jackson, USA TODAY3:55p.m. EST March 1, 2013 President Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach a deal Friday ahead of the deadline for the sequester, $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that both sides say will be bad for the economy. WASHINGTON — Preparing to leap into the fiscal unknown, President Obama and congressional Republicans … Continue reading

The Hill: Sequester cuts are here to stay

By Alexander Bolton – 02/28/13 05:00 AM ET The sequester is here to stay — at least for a while. Lawmakers and aides say they do not expect Congress to turn off budget sequestration before April and that negotiations to freeze the automatic spending cuts could drag into May or beyond. Over the last few weeks, … Continue reading

NPQ: Governance, Anyone? The Stupidity of Sequestration

WRITTEN BY RICK COHEN  CREATED ON TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2013 13:20 February 19, 2013; Source: Washington Post The nation is peering into the abyss of the sequester, which is scheduled to take effect on March 1st and which would come with potentially devastating consequences to the domestic human needs programs that many nonprofits deliver in partnership with or on … Continue reading

The Hill: Rival sequester bills teed up in Senate

By Alexander Bolton – 02/26/13 05:00 AM ET Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate are teeing up rival bills aimed at shielding their members from blame when an $85 billion cut to federal spending takes effect on Friday. The Senate will vote this week on two proposals to stop the cuts, known in Washington as … Continue reading

Washington Post: White House releases state-by-state breakdown of sequester’s effects

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

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Paul Kane, Published: February 24 The White House on Sunday detailed how the deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District, as President Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on a way to stop theacross-the-board cuts.But while Republicans and Democrats were set … Continue reading

California Healthline: Sequester Cuts Would Affect Health Care, Other Programs in California

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

On Sunday, the White House detailed how California and other states would be affected if a deal is not reached by Friday to avoid automatic cuts under sequestration, the Contra Costa Times reports (Noguchi, Contra Costa Times, 2/24). The automatic cuts involve nearly $1 trillion in across-the-board reductions over a decade, including a 2% reduction to Medicare reimbursement rates (California … Continue reading

California Healthline: Historic Week in Health Care Reform

by David Gorn California has been working on health care reform for years, but this week’s legislative special session had that distinctive sound of a starting gun for the last, big dash toward the Affordable Care Act finish line. On Tuesday, when Assembly Committee on Health chair Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) convened the opening hearing for … Continue reading

California Healthline: Bowles, Simpson Unveil Deficit-Reduction Plan To Avoid Sequester Cuts

Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) — former co-chairs of President Obama’s deficit-reduction commission — on Tuesday unveiled a $2.4 trillion deficit-reduction proposal, which includes $600 billion in federal entitlement savings over a decade, in hopes of staving off the automatic cuts under sequestration that take effect in March, Modern Healthcare reports (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 2/19). The … Continue reading

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