February 19, 2013 Federal programs, including many that provide health care, could soon be hit with deep cuts to their budgets. Agencies won't close, but services ranging from food inspections to vaccinations could be cut back. And the health care industry warns that half a million jobs could be lost within a year.
December 4, 2012 Economists say that excluding the value of employer-sponsored health insurance from federal taxes makes no sense. But many worry that changing the tax code could mean higher taxes or that employers would push down the value of the health insurance they provide.
December 4, 2012 Most people don't realize that they don't pay taxes on the value of health benefits from their job. If employer-provided health insurance was taxed in the same way as wages, the federal government could gain $250 billion a year. But it would mean higher taxes for many people.
October 26, 2012 The president has been relatively mum during the campaign about what he would do if given a second term. He outlined more specific ideas this week — but he hasn't explained how he would get those ideas through Congress.
December 23, 2011 The government is throwing money away building pancake houses in tony neighborhoods, promoting cherries in Indonesia, and advertising farmers' markets in Oklahoma, a conservative senator says.
June 20, 2011 McKinsey and Company released its methodology for a controversial survey that found as many as 30 percent of employers might drop health insurance after the new health law takes effect in 2014. But critics are anything but assuaged.
June 10, 2011 St. John's Regional Medical Center was badly damaged by the powerful twister that ripped through Joplin, Mo., last month. But its patient records weren't. The hospital completed converting to digital records just three weeks before the storm.
April 27, 2011 Public opinion on Medicare seems to depend on how much people are told about the various proposals on the table, according to a study by the polling team at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
February 1, 2011 After a federal court declared the new health law unconstitutional, it's still unclear how far the ruling reaches. Still, the Obama administration says that it will continue to implement the law regardless of the pending legal questions.