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Unpacking some key provisions of GOP’s health care bill

The House Republicans finally unveiled an ACA repeal bill on March 6. But they face critics on the right in both the House and Senate who have been clamoring for a bill that’s even more slimmed down.

And, in the Senate, they face a handful of Republicans (not all of whom are moderates, incidentally) from states that have expanded Medicaid – and who want those coverage gains preserved along with the federal funding that pays for the bulk of it. Continue reading

Comparing the party platforms on health care: Republicans

Photo: Matt A.J. via Flickr

Photo: Matt A.J. via Flickr

Political party platforms get a spurt of attention in the summer of the respective party conventions – and then more or less disappear for four years.  But it is worth taking a look at the documents because they do sum up the mindset. Today we’ll start out with the Republican Party’s official take on a variety of health care issues.

The two party’s platforms’ actual language – choice of words, phrases and emphasis – is enlightening. Continue reading

Health spending in stimulus plan called ‘wasteful’

Congressional Republican leaders have outlined what they think are “wasteful provisions in the Senate version of the nearly $900 billion stimulus bill that is being debated.”

Several health-related proposals are among those “wasteful” expenditures:

  • $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.
  • $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”
  • $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
  • $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.
  • $412 million for CDC buildings and property.
  • $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Md.
  • $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.