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News bites: Obama reiterates call for Medicare cuts

President Obama called for modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid during his jobs speech Thursday. 

Floridas plan to outsource healthcare in its prison system — the third-largest in the nation — has stalled, Bloomberg reports.

Don Berwick is the first Medicare administrator to turn 65 while running the program, Kaiser Health News reports.

More than a dozen Canadians say they were denied entry into the United States after their records of mental illness were shared with the Department of Homeland Security, reports Canadas CBC News.

The Wall Street Journal excoriates a special deal for a drugmaker and its law firm tucked away in the patent-reform bill. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) amendment to strip the language failed 47-51 on Thursday evening. 

Hospital doctors are striking in Greece to protest an austerity measure, Turkeys Hurriyet reports.

Increased concentration of health insurance plans can benefit consumers through lower hospital prices, according to a new study in Health Affairs.

The number of underinsured adults climbed 80 percent between 2003 and 2010, the Commonwealth Fund finds.