OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: House panel moves forward on lawsuit

The House Rules Committee on Thursday approved a resolution that would authorize Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive power.

The panel voted along party lines to move forward with the legal challenge against Obama over his delay of the healthcare law's employer mandate, which Republicans say was outside his authority as president.

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The House is expected to approve the lawsuit before lawmakers leave town next week for a five-week summer recess.

The final vote is likely to be contentious, as Democrats have portrayed the lawsuit as a "political stunt" intended to channel GOP opposition to ObamaCare ahead of the midterm elections. Read more: http://bit.ly/1nwNMes.

 

Dems attack GOP for ‘frivolou’” lawsuit: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new grassroots campaign criticizing House Republicans for their plan to sue President Obama over the healthcare law.

The DCCC announced Thursday it will launch calls in 18 districts blasting Republicans for spending "millions of taxpayer dollars on a frivolous lawsuit."

The effort builds on past criticisms of the GOP's investigations into the 2012 Benghazi attack and the IRS's targeting of conservative groups.

"Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, tell [your Republican congressman] to focus on fixing our economy, not wasting our money," the call script reads.  Read more: http://bit.ly/1tHbJkH.

 

GOP criticizes cuts to Medicare Advantage: Republicans are highlighting cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.

The cuts are required under the new healthcare law, which says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must reduce its reimbursements to private health plans. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this will involve more than $300 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage through 2023.

Republicans implied the administration is “masking” the cuts right now to prevent them from angering voters in an election year by increasing bonuses to a growing number of plan providers.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on health, at a Thursday hearing said people will really feel the pain of the cuts next year. Read more: http://bit.ly/1x8an2r.

 

CDC opens lab after scare: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is relaxing restrictions on moving dangerous substances at a high-security lab, weeks after a series of safety scares.

The CDC said Thursday that it had lifted a moratorium on transferring dangerous biological materials to a lab that conducts tests for tuberculosis. The facility will be allowed to begin transporting dead samples of tuberculosis to lower-level labs so scientists can test whether patients have drug-resistant strains of the disease.

The agency had halted transferring any dangerous materials from all high-risk facilities after recent mishaps at labs involving live anthrax and the avian flu virus.

The move is the first sign the CDC is starting to relax its safety measures put in place after the recent anthrax scare. The agency said it is giving priority to relax the moratorium on transporting deadly pathogens for labs that are directly involved in diagnosing patients. Read more: http://bit.ly/1lAS8xk.

 

State by state:

NC Senate votes for Medicaid overhaul: http://bit.ly/1pgZAyH

Care of Kentucky citizens at center of debate: http://bit.ly/1pfA6ob

Quarter of Hawaii's population now on Medicaid: http://bit.ly/1jY38JX

Healthy Indiana Plan hits capacity, new enrollment halted: http://bit.ly/1rPN4dn

Oregon says its faring better on healthcare infections: http://bit.ly/1uk4cw6

 

Lobbying registration:

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C./ Colorado Telehealth Network

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C./ Franciscan Alliance

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C./ Parkview Health System

Houston Methodist/ Houston Methodist

 

Reading list:

Obamacare fight carries risks for Republicans in 2016 swing states: http://bloom.bg/1ph21RT

Providers want more clarity in final EHR flexibility rule: http://bit.ly/WM5RM3

Atox Bio raises $23 million to fund flesh-eating bacteria treatment: http://reut.rs/1lAYgWl

 

What you might have missed at The Hill:

Study finds 10.3M gained insurance through health law: http://bit.ly/1lB0i8S

Insurers returned $9B to consumers under O-Care: http://bit.ly/1qCsU9y