Feb 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.
Feb 12, 2013 — In some cases, "observation" may be no more than a billing designation that allows hospitals to move patients out of crowded emergency departments. Hospitals also may use them to avoid potential insurance reimbursement problems.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Oct 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.
Mar 20, 2012 — Data suggest that the racial attitudes of ordinary Americans have shaped both how they feel about Obama's health care overhaul and how intense those feelings are.
Dec 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.
Oct 6, 2011 — This year's budget deal between the White House and Republicans cut $600 million meant for community health centers, or half of what was expected to be appropriated in 2011.
Aug 26, 2011 — Texas Gov. and presidential candidate Rick Perry is passionate on one point about health care. Fixing the nation's health care system must include a major reform of the medical malpractice system.
Aug 10, 2011 — A Thomson Reuters analysis of what the privately insured spend on health care shows that it's wrong to presume that a region with high Medicare spending also has a cost problem from private insurance.