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October 31, 2012

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GOP Continues to Challenge Provisions of Health Care Reform Law
Soaring Subsidies
Election 2012
This Week in Washington
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GOP Continues to Challenge Provisions of Health Care Reform Law
Early last week, the Department of Health and Human Services faced their third subpoena threat in two weeks regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R- LA) called HHS’s marketing and promotion efforts of the health reform law into question. The department has signed at least two public relations contracts to promote the law including a $20 million deal to raise awareness of new coverage for preventive services and a separate $3 million contract to focus on the federally run insurance exchange, which will begin operating in 2014... Read More
Soaring Subsidies
One of the most expensive provisions of PPACA is providing government subsidies to help Americans purchase health insurance. By nature, this provision is undoubtedly costly, but a paper published by the conservative American Action Forum states that costs has and will continue to rise. Since the Supreme Court ruling in June, the projected cost of providing insurance subsidies has already risen by 25%. “Some of the increase is a result of the Supreme Court's ruling: the court said states have the ability to opt out of the health care law's Medicaid expansion... Read More
Election 2012
With the election 6 days away, the buzz is louder than ever. Recent polls have shown a continuously tight race between President Obama and Governor Romney. While President Obama kicked off election season ahead in the polls, Governor Romney has spent the last few weeks closing in on the President and pulling out a .8 lead. With neither candidate holding a statistically significant lead, the 2012 Presidential Election will surely be a race to the end... Read More
This Week in Washington

This week in Washington, DC we are grateful to have our power on again and so thankful for NAHU members from around the country who sent prayers and words of support to our staff and our families who have been affected by the wrath of Hurricane Sandy!...  Read More

What We’re Reading

Now that the power is back on, we’re making sure that we are smart enough to vote, checking out how things are going in the swing states and feeling slightly gratified that other people over buy when it comes to Halloween candy too...  Read More

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