How about the device tax? Repeal of the law's medical device tax should be on the table during negotiations, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday. The move would have bipartisan support in the Senate and allow establishment Republicans to deal a blow to the healthcare law without siding with Cruz in a shutdown scenario.
“This egregious $30 billion tax has increased health care costs for consumers and takes direct aim at American innovation by punishing the researchers and manufacturers of things like hearing aids, pacemakers, patient monitors, x-ray machines, and artificial hearts," McCain and Graham said in a statement.
100 days: The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department is counting down until Jan. 1, when the ObamaCare exchanges officially begin operating, and has a blog post on today's milestone here.
Campaign's afoot: President Obama will tout the Affordable Care Act in Maryland this week after appearing with former President Clinton in New York City Tuesday to talk about the law. The events mark the beginning of the administration's publicity blitz before open enrollment in the new insurance exchanges begins Oct. 1. Read more about the push and about Clinton's latest comments about healthcare to PBS at Healthwatch.
'Navigators' under pressure: House Republicans raised new questions Monday about ObamaCare's "navigators" — an investigation that has touched a nerve with the healthcare law's supporters. Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee questioned how navigators will go about the task of explaining new health insurance options.
The most recent letter to the Health and Human Services Department follows an earlier inquiry in which committee Republicans sent exhaustive data requests to many of the organizations that received grants to participate in the navigators program. Democrats assailed that investigation, saying it was designed to distract navigators just as the law's new marketplaces are about to open. Healthwatch has more.
AHIP will continue its Medicare conference and begin its summit on dual eligibles. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum will speak.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on healthcare-associated infections.
State by state
Bentley says Medicaid, exchange decisions part of fighting ObamaCare
N.H. Medicaid panel working on recommendation
N.C. Medicaid director resigns after eight months
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Conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director, makes the case against shutting down the government over ObamaCare.
Launching ObamaCare's new insurance exchanges won't directly affect most people, the Huffington Post notes.
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