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The Pragmatist

Recently, I was discussing the Obama Administration with an old friend. He comes at the question from the progressive side of politics and he was frustrated with the President’s 2010 performance. I recited the usual litany of accomplishments (healthcare; financial reform; DADT;

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Monday, December 13, a federal court in Virginia ruled that key parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee, said PPACA’s requirement that most

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Friday, December 3, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its draft recommendations for fiscal year 2012. MedPAC recommends that hospitals receive a 1 percent net increase in inpatient and outpatient payment rates and a 1 percent increase in

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Wednesday (11/10), an official with the National Governors Association told insurance executives at a conference hosted by America’s Health Insurance Plans that the challenges states face in creating health insurance exchanges, coupled with the changed political landscape, may lead

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Posted in CMS, HHS, Medicaid, Medicare, National Academy for State Health Policy, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, NCQA, PPACA, President Obama, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

In the week following the midterm elections, House and Senate Republicans have made known their intent to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans in Congress should “repeatedly” seek

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