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    Mandate-Less Reform Bill May Be Worse Than Bill With Weak Penalty, Insurers Say?

    The Hartford (CT) Courant (1/23, Sturdevant) noted that insurers "have often said that without a strong mandate" in the health reform bill, "people signing up for coverage would tend to be sicker, which will drive up premium" costs. However, talk of a bill "that has no mandate whatsoever...has some industry leaders all the more concerned.

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    Pelosi Says House Lacks Votes To Adopt Senate Healthcare Bill

    ABC World News (1/21, story 5, 0:20, Sawyer) reported, "A reality check on healthcare reform: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced [Thursday] she does not have the votes to ram through the Senate version of the bill, so she called for a pause on the whole issue, saying we're not in a rush."

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    Obama Appears To Call For Smaller, Bipartisan Healthcare Reform Bill

    The AP (1/21, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports, "No decisions have been made, lawmakers said, but they laid out a new approach that could still include these provisions: limiting the ability of insurance companies to deny coverage to people with medical problems, allowing young adults to stay on their parents' policies, helping small businesses and low-income people pay premiums and changing Medicare to encourage payment for quality care instead of sheer volume of services."

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    Health Reform Backers Brace For Possible Brown Win In Massachusetts

    The AP (1/18, Babington) described the White House and its "Democratic allies" as "panicky," as they "scrambled Sunday for a plan to salvage their hard-fought healthcare package in case a Republican wins Tuesday's Senate race." 

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    White House Brokers Deal With Unions On Taxing High-Cost Health Plans

    In what multiple reports today call a "breakthrough" in the healthcare reform negotiations, union and labor leaders have reached a deal with Congress and the White House on including a tax on high-cost insurance plans to pay for the healthcare overhaul.

    Source: NAHU Newswire 

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    CMS Study Finds Senate Health Reform Bill Would Increase Spending, Coverage.

    CMS chief actuary Richard Foster released an analysis of the Senate healthcare reform bill on Friday. The Hill (1/10, Bolton, subscription required) and the New York Times (1/9, Herszenhorn) The New York Times leads noting that the study "found that the Senate version of major healthcare legislation would increase total national health spending from 2010 to 2019 by $222.3 billion, or 0.6 percent, more than projected under current law."

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    House Democrats May Agree To Include Tax On Health Benefits

    Bloomberg News (1/8, Rowley, Donmoyer) reports that, according to Democratic aides, "House lawmakers may agree to pay for the nation's healthcare overhaul by adopting versions of Senate proposals to raise Medicare payroll taxes and tax health benefits for the first time."

    Source: NAHU Newswire 

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    White House Vows Involvement In Final Health Reform Push

    Roll Call (1/6, Pierce, Koffler, subscription required) reports, "President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to boost the White House's involvement in healthcare reform negotiations as the House and Senate seek to craft a final bill that can pass Congress this winter."

    Reuters (1/6, Zengerie) characterizes the White House's involvement as an effort to help push the Senate and House past any lingering disagreements in the legislation.

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    House, Senate Bills Differ On Plans For CHIP

    The New York Times (1/3, Herszenhorn) "Prescriptions" blog reported on the future of CHIP should national healthcare reform pass, noting that "the Senate bill would preserve the program...and would extend federal financing through 2015, two years past its expiration date under current law.

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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