October 26, 2012 Some critics are puzzled by Mitt Romney's opposition to the Affordable Care Act because the law is a close cousin of the measure he signed while governor of Massachusetts. But others counter that the private sector is best left to make the changes imposed by President Obama's signature achievement.
October 25, 2012 With January's fiscal cliff on the horizon, Medicare and Medicaid face some serious budget woes. Two studies and a lawsuit could shape their fate.
October 17, 2012 In Tuesday's debate, Mitt Romney accused President Obama of misrepresenting his position on the issue. "Every woman in America should have access to contraceptives," the GOP nominee said. His position is not that surprising given recent polls that show Obama's lead among women shrinking.
October 16, 2012 Medicare is emerging as the most important health care voting issue — more important than even the Affordable Care Act. And with 10,000 baby boomers qualifying for the program every day, whoever wins the election will have to find some way to rein in spending.
October 6, 2012 Mitt Romney said during Wednesday's debate that pre-existing conditions would be covered under his health care plan. But the Republican presidential candidate's plan wouldn't guarantee that people who don't have coverage now will be able to buy it.
September 20, 2012 Oklahoma's attorney general claims that an IRS rule to implement the federal health overhaul law's subsidies for some insurance exchanges exceeds the agency's authority. The Congressional Budget Office says more people than previously estimated may have to pay a penalty for not having health coverage.
September 19, 2012 The farm bill is likely to be left on the table when Congress leaves for recess, but don't panic. The nutrition and commodity programs will likely be extended after Election Day at current funding levels for a while, if the last session is any guide.
September 14, 2012 Under orders from Congress, the administration detailed exactly how it would administer painful cuts to both defense and domestic programs that were ordered under last year's budget deal. But the Office of Management and Budget reiterates that the threat of cuts is meant to spur congressional action.