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.”

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


Can Republicans rescind healthcare reform? – latimes.com

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.

More at Can Republicans rescind healthcare reform? – latimes.com.


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 – NYTimes.com

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.

More at U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patenting – NYTimes.com.