Health overhaul may lead to free birth control | Washington Examiner

October 31, 2010

Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law.

That could start a shift toward more reliable — and expensive — forms of birth control that are gaining acceptance in other developed countries.

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Gov. Phil Bredesen: Employers will be tempted to drop health benefits when reforms take effect » Knoxville News Sentinel

October 31, 2010

This past spring, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (President Barack Obama’s health reform) created a system of extensive federal subsidies for the purchase of health insurance through new organizations called “exchanges.”

The details of these subsidies were painstakingly worked out by members of my own political party – the Democrats – to reflect their values: They decided who was to benefit from the subsidies and what was to be purchased with them. They paid a lot of attention to their own strategies, but what I believe they failed to consider properly were the possible strategies of others.

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Barbour: GOP will make healthcare law unrecognizable – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

October 31, 2010

A leading Republican predicted that even if a newly empowered GOP doesn’t completely repeal the healthcare law, the party will make it unrecognizable over the next few years.

“They will make such big changes to it over the next three years that you won’t recognize it,” Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.), the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Can Republicans rescind healthcare reform? –

October 31, 2010

Republican congressional candidates have declared war on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare, as they call it. They have called for its repeal, and promised to work toward that end if elected.

But the rhetoric is largely political theater. Even if Republicans were to gain control of both the House and Senate in the upcoming election, they would not have 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster. And President Obama would surely wield his veto pen to prevent destruction of his signature legislative achievement.

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American Thinker: Why Doesn’t Everyone Know Jan Schakowsky’s Husband Wrote ObamaCare in Jail?

October 31, 2010

I know who’s got my vote for the cutest couple since Bonnie and Clyde. It’s the larcenous lovebirds from Chicago: Jan Schakowsky, the most far-left member of Congress, and her bank robber husband, Robert Creamer, who wrote Obamacare in jail.

More at American Thinker: Why Doesn’t Everyone Know Jan Schakowsky’s Husband Wrote ObamaCare in Jail?.

Republicans, heading for big gains, ready agenda

October 31, 2010

On health care, there’s little doubt that a Republican majority would quickly set a vote to ax the overhaul law – a symbolic move that has no chance of succeeding given Obama’s veto pen. The GOP would then follow up with attempts to block key elements of the measure by denying the money to implement it.

But there are internal rifts over which portions to leave alone and which to target, with some conservatives predisposed to block as much of the law as possible and others worrying about obliterating politically popular elements.

More at News from The Associated Press.

U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patenting –

October 30, 2010

Reversing a longstanding policy, the federal government said on Friday that human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature. The new position could have a huge impact on medicine and on the biotechnology industry.

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Poll Shows Voter Divide on Health Care – Cristine Russell – Politics – The Atlantic

October 30, 2010

With Republicans poised to capture control of the House, the future of the historic health care reform legislation passed earlier this year grows increasingly uncertain. A new Harvard poll of registered voters documents just how highly partisan the debate over health care reform has become among those who expect to vote in the midterm congressional elections next week. Eight out of 10 of those who intend to vote Republican oppose the health care bill passed earlier this year, and seven out of 10 of them want it repealed or substantially dismantled. And yes, the flip side is also true–more than seven out of 10 voters likely to vote Democratic favor the reforms powered through by the Democrat-controlled Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23.

More at Poll Shows Voter Divide on Health Care – Cristine Russell – Politics – The Atlantic.

Reid, Kerry Announce HHS To Crack Down On Unjustified Medigap Increases

October 29, 2010

Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Senator John Kerry this week reassured seniors that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will work to identify and reverse unjustified health insurance premium hikes for supplemental Medicare insurance or Medigap.

Earlier this month Reid, Kerry and Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus penned a letter to the secretary requesting corrective action to protect seniors with supplemental coverage from unnecessary rate increases.

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University of Maryland School of Public Policy | Faculty Appointment in Health Policy (Assistant or Associate Professor)

October 29, 2010

The School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking a new tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to join an interdisciplinary group of health-policy scholars. Attractive interests would include, but would not be limited to, health care regulation (including regulatory politics), state-level implementation of federal initiatives, and normative implications of emerging health-system stresses. Research interests and methodological skills applicable beyond health policy would be advantageous. The successful applicant will be expected to teach in the School’s core graduate curriculum as well.

Candidates for these positions must qualify to join the School’s faculty as active teachers and scholars. They should possess a terminal degree, such as a Ph.D. or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline, including the Life, Physical, and Social Sciences, as well as Engineering and Law. Applications are welcome from candidates with a demonstrated interest, expertise, and, preferably, experience in public policy formulation and implementation. Those who have recently received a Ph.D. (or expect to earn the degree before the start of the 2011-2012 academic year) or who are already established scholars are encouraged to apply. Appointments are anticipated to begin in August 2011. Salary is competitive.

The Maryland School of Public Policy is a top-ranked graduate school of public policy and management with a faculty of scholars and distinguished practitioners. The School offers a Master of Public Policy, degree primarily for pre-career students, and a Masters of Public Management degree, primarily for mid-career students. There is a Ph.D. program for outstanding emerging scholars. The School also offers executive (degree and non-degree) programs for career executives in federal, state, and international agencies. The University of Maryland is located inside the Washington Beltway, within thirty minutes of federal agencies, key international associations, and many non-profit and private policy-research organizations.

Application materials should include a letter of interest describing the candidate’s qualifications, a curriculum vitae with contact information for at least three references, a recent publication or writing sample, and a summary of teaching experience. Position open until filled, but applications received by November 1, 2010 will receive best consideration.

To apply, visit to locate the position announcement and apply online. Application materials sent outside of the online system will not be accepted.

As an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer, the School particularly encourages and welcomes applications from women, minority candidates, and persons with disabilities.