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January 23, 2013

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Inauguration Day
Let the Horse Trading Begin!
Former Senator Ben Nelson to Head NAIC
Down With OMB
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Inauguration Day
Monday morning, President Barack Obama was sworn into office on the front steps of the United States Capitol in front of approximately 750,000 people. In an 18-minute inaugural address the President laid out what appears to be a very progressive and forward-moving agenda for his second term. The President’s inaugural address, which was much more detailed and issue-specific than past addresses, promised to carry out this last term with “passion and dedication.”... Read More
Let the Horse Trading Begin!
Many of the most expensive components of PPACA are still to come and, as we all know, the size of the federal deficit is not getting any smaller. While the measure imposes new taxes and penalties to fund all of its components, the law is still expected to spend $1.7 billion over the next decade, which is potentially much more than it will be taking in. This means that we can expect this Congress to look at what parts of PPACA could be cut or adjusted, particularly as other spending cut negotiations occur... Read More
Former Senator Ben Nelson to Head NAIC
Two years ago, Democratic Senator Ben Nelson from Nebraska announced his planned retirement from the Senate claiming “There’s much more that needs to be done to keep America strong. And while I relish the opportunity to undertake the work that lies ahead, I also think it’s time for me to step away from elected office, spend more time with my family and look for new ways to serve our state and nation. Therefore, I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection.”... Read More
Down With OMB
Another healthcare regulation is expected any day now. This one is expected to define what minimum essential coverage will be, or in other words, what the basic level of coverage Americans will need to have to meet the law’s individual mandate requirement. Because nothing with this law is simple, the minimum essential coverage level is NOT the same standard as either the essential health benefits (those are the mandated benefits all individual and small group plans will have to offer in 2014 and beyond) or minimum value coverage (which is the yet to-be-defined standard of benefits large employers will have to offer to avoid penalties under the law’s employer responsibility requirements)... Read More
What We're Reading

The Washington Post has a profile of the new President of Enroll America, Anne Filipic. She just left a White House post in the Office of Public Engagement to lead a multi-million-dollar effort to encourage millions of Americans to sign up for insurance by 2014... Read More

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