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    Obama Donor Gets Plum Appointment on Federal Health IT Advisory Panel

    A major donor to the Democratic Party has received favorable treatment from the Obama administration, including a choice appointment to a federal advisory committee, and lavish praise from the president himself. Yet health information technology vendor Epic Systems Corp. opposes a key administration position on health IT. Its founder, Judith … More

    10 Two-Letter Words That Inspired Gov. Paul LePage to Reform Maine

    He left home at 11 after a rough childhood, spending time on the streets, yet managed to finish both high school and college. He later went on to work as a Pepsi-Cola truck driver, at a meat-packing plant and as a short-order cook. This is the story of Gov. Paul … More

    Will Taxpayers Foot the Bill to Market an Obamacare Budget Gimmick?

    During the health care debate of 2009 and 2010, the Obama administration used a number of accounting tricks to try to get the Congressional Budget Office to score the legislation as deficit neutral. One such trick took the form of a new entitlement: the Community Living Assistance Services and Support … More

    Making Obamacare Bureaucrats Play by the Rules

    In one of the most illuminating moments of the Obamacare debate, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  Pelosi meant that we would learn the truth about the bill after the controversy had died down. However, her … More

    Obama Tells La Raza: 'The Democrats and Your President Are With You'

    President Obama opened his speech to the National Council of La Raza yesterday by publicly acknowledging the Hispanic group’s close ties to the White House, a relationship that has aligned the two on nearly every policy issue during his presidency. “Right off the bat, I should thank you because I … More

    Mandating Coverage of Contraceptives Is Bad Social Policy

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has issued its long-awaited report making recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on mandatory insurance coverage of preventive services for women’s health care. The mandatory coverage of certain preventive services … More

    Gang of Six Fails Big on Medicare

    The recent proposal from the Gang of Six has received attention as a possible deal for raising the debt ceiling. On health care, the G6 proposal was initially weak, and as the story goes, the Gang allegedly beefed up its changes to health care spending to attract more support. But … More

    Bipartisan Rejection of Obamacare's IPAB Rationing Board Grows

      This week, the House Budget Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee held hearings to examine the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board of unelected bureaucrats tasked under Obamacare to reduce the growth in Medicare spending. During the Budget Committee hearing, Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, described … More

    Mandating Coverage of Contraceptives Is Bad Health Policy

    This week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its recommendation of women’s preventive services that should be covered with no co-pay or deductible under Obamacare—a list that included birth control and emergency contraception. While this raises important questions regarding social policy, it’s also relevant to the ongoing debate about Obamacare … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 20, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Ten Oil Rigs Have Exited Gulf Since Obama Moratorium Went Into Effect – Kevin Mooney Save Your Tears for Borders – Mike Brownfield Labor Unions Stop the Music – F. Vincent … More