The AMA spent nearly $22 million in 2010.
January 27, 2011 Amid last year's debate over the federal health overhaul, the American Medical Association was the biggest spender for lobbying operations among health care groups. Overall, though, the top 10 health care players spent 9 percent less than they did the year before.
January 25, 2011 The latest poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds opposition to the federal health overhaul law jumped 9 percentage points, from 41 percent in December to 50 percent in January. The proportion of people favoring the law held steady at 41 percent.
January 20, 2011 Attorneys general in Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming hopped aboard a lawsuit in a federal district court in Florida. Opponents of overhaul say the newcomers reflect broad concerns about the constitutionality of the law.
January 6, 2011 We look closely at claims made by Republicans and Democrats about the health law -- from Rep. Michele Bachmann's statement on its cost to Rep. Nancy Pelosi's contention of its benefits.
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January 5, 2011 A high-level federal office that serves as a health insurance watchdog is being folded into the rest of the Medicare program. One insider sees it as a defensive move to protect funding that could be threatened by the newly Republican House.
January 5, 2011 Though the Obama administration recently deleted a reference in regulations to end-of-life planning during annual physicals for Medicare patients, it's still legal for physicians to talk with patients about care when faced with a terminal illness.
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January 4, 2011 Even a slick dance video hasn't gotten a couple of million people to sign up for Medicare subsidy. At stake is help worth about $4,000 a year that could defray the costs of prescription drug coverage for people in strapped circumstances.
Another look at insurance data in Texas raises questions about how prone doctors there are to order unnecessary tests and treatments.
December 7, 2010 An analysis just published in the policy journal Health Affairs questions a widely held belief that doctors in McAllen, Texas, overtreat all patients.
December 3, 2010 In a surprise, a survey from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission finds doctors aren't following through on threats to stop seeing Medicare patients because of possible pay cuts.
December 1, 2010 A proposal to merge Medicare's annual deductibles for hospital care and doctor visits would shift more costs to seniors. More people would be on the hook for the combined deductible. And another proposal would limit help from Medigap coverage.
Dr. Donald Berwick testifies Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee about the implementation of health overhaul.
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November 17, 2010 In his first hearing before Congress since being appointed to head Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick parried Republican questioning. He also predicted that Medicare would better off as a result of health overhaul.
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House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is surrounded by reporters after leaving a Washington news conference on November 3, 2010.
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November 4, 2010 If you had a minute with Rep. John Boehner, soon to be House Speaker, what would you tell him about health care? Egg him on in trying to repeal the law, urge him to reverse course, or suggest he focus on something else?
October 29, 2010 Ads that claim the new federal health law imperils the future of Medicare are getting traction with senior citizens. But fact-checking groups say the attacks stretch the truth.
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September 29, 2010 Everyone seems to agree that health overhaul will do a pretty good job of getting insurance coverage for more people. And there's also agreement that it won't do much about the high cost of care.
September 21, 2010 Despite predictions the federal health law would ruin Medicare Advantage plans, the latest data show rates are down a little for 2011 and benefits are steady. Still, the insurance industry warns trouble lies ahead when government cuts take hold.
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