April 12, 2011 A majority of Americans give the country's health system barely passing grades. Most people choose a hospital based on someone's personal experience than looking at quality ratings. Yet when it comes to surgeons, people are evenly split on whether experience or data is the best guide.
March 31, 2011 The Obama administration today released proposed rules that could help hospitals and groups of doctors cooperate more closely in caring for patients. If the approach works, it could save money and improve care.
March 24, 2011 Seniors getting health care in their homes will soon have to see a doctor to certify the need for care, or Medicare will not pay for it. Some opponents of the new rule say it places an undue burden on patients and doctors.
Can a law blow out a candle?
March 22, 2011 As the federal law overhauling health care turns one year old, opponents and supporters are finding some creative ways to mark the occasion. Doughnut hole bake sale, anyone?
March 18, 2011 Objections to the mandate fell to 35 percent when pollsters told respondents who initially were against the requirement that most people who get coverage through their employers would not be affected.
March 15, 2011 A bill introduced by House Democrats would require members of Congress to declare whether they are taking health benefits subsidized by taxpayers. The bill has next to no chance of passing because Republicans control the House. But its introduction puts some heat on the GOP.
March 11, 2011 If Republicans are successful in repealing last year's health law, they want to replace it with legislation that would give states far more discretion about how to cover people, according to a top Senate Republican.
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March 9, 2011 Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says she was shocked to learn that last year's health law included $105 billion in "hidden" funding that no one knew about. Democrats say the money is surprising only if one failed to read either the bill or the official cost estimates.
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March 3, 2011 The potential harm of an injunction against implementation of the federal health law is real enough that a federal judge in Florida put a stay on his own ruling that it's unconstitutional.
March 2, 2011 A raft of studies have come out recently purporting to say how much the health overhaul will cost states. And they reach dramatically different conclusions on the subject.
Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi (from right), Gary Herbert of Utah and Deval Patrick of Massachusetts prepare to testify on Capitol Hill.
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March 1, 2011 Potential Republican presidential contender Gov. Haley Barbour made it clear at a House hearing that he wants control over how to spend Mississippi's Medicaid money. He challenged the administration to switch funding to block grants.
February 28, 2011 President Obama offered governors a smaller concession to health spending flexibility than they expected by endorsing a bipartisan proposal to allow states to opt out of most of last year's health law's requirements.
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February 25, 2011 On this week's show, we talk about results of a national poll that show confusion about the federal health law, plus health care woes from Tennessee and Pennsylvania. And we bring you two stories of exercise improving the health of seniors — from their muscles to their minds.
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House Speaker John Boehner, flanked by other Republicans, talks shortly before the House voted to repeal the health care law in January.
February 24, 2011 A poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that about 1 in 5 Americans believes the federal law overhauling health care has been repealed. Barely more than half of those polled answered it was till the law.
February 23, 2011 Congress took great pains to ensure that the penalty imposed on people who don't get health insurance was not called a tax in the health law. This could make it tough for the Justice Department to argue that it is a tax.
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