| Oct 24, 2013
In ending the rancorous impasse that led to the shutdown of much of the federal government, Democrats and Republicans agreed they need to sit down together and address the budget to avoid a repeat of the debacle next year. And they probably will reach...
| Oct 25, 2013
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| Oct 23, 2013
| 9:00 AM
The government taking responsibility for medical insurance? The fact is that this has been around for more than half a century in the form of Medicare. And for low-income people who are not eligible for Medicare, there is Medicaid.
This is not a new...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:09 AM
First came the drama over the government shutdown. Then the showdown over the debt ceiling. Now another round of negotiations on the budget deficit.
Pardon me for asking, but when exactly will Washington begin to deal with the crisis of jobs, wages...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 7:39 AM
Maryland is in the midst of submitting a proposal to the federal government for a fundamental change in the way hospitals are compensated, with the goals of increasing the quality of medical care, improving public health and reducing costs. The goals are...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 2:03 PM
Two narratives about the recent partial government shutdown are popular.
The Obama administration and its supporters in the media blame all on the tea party, which they see as the illegitimate offspring of gerrymandering and the Supreme Court's campaign...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:32 PM
While only 37% of Americans viewed the Affordable Care Act favorably in a March 2013 Kaiser poll, most liked what the healthcare bill is scheduled to do. Over 55%, and up to 88%, of Americans regard the following facets of......
| Oct 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
With all the publicity about enrolling people in Obamacare, it's easy to forget that enrollment is also underway for an entirely separate governmental health program: Medicare.
Every year, the nation's 50 million Medicare beneficiaries have a chance...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis.
This time, though, the parties come to the...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 12:26 PM
When I first learned that things were amiss at Hospice of the Comforter, I felt betrayed.
Hospice is an organization that I have personally supported and professionally promoted.
I know many of you have done the same. Once, after I wrote about all the...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- As Democrats and Republicans prepare for negotiations over the next round of the scheduled budget cuts known as the sequester, incentives for both have swung toward a small deal, rather than the sort of “grand bargain”...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 10:51 AM
UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurer, reported a tiny uptick in third-quarter profit, disappointing investors who have bid up the company's shares in recent months.
The Minnetonka, Minn., company said government funding cuts to...