GOP’s ‘no’ on Medicaid becomes “Let’s make a deal’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic “no.”


Paul Ryan, US Representative of Wisconsin and House Budget Committee Chairman, holds a copy of the House Budget Committee 2014 Budget Resolution. (AP Photo)

House passes GOP budget plan promising deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by Democrats.


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Ryan: New GOP budget resembles last year’s plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says that the balanced-budget blueprint he’s releasing next week will look a lot like the plan Republicans passed last year.



Analyst says California should expand Medicaid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The benefits of expanding health care for California’s poor under the Affordable Care Act far outweigh the costs to the state, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.



Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year. The repercussions go well beyond their budgets.


California Health Insurance Exchange

Calif. health care exchange at a glance

(AP) — How many people are uninsured in California, and how many of those are projected to get insurance under the exchange?


California Health Insurance Exchange

Governor calls special session on health reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is calling a special legislative session to implement parts of the federal health care overhaul in California.


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Unusual respite from surging health care costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back.


Fiscal cliff

Republicans again demand that Obama point to specific cuts he’d accept

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans are again demanding that President Barack Obama name specific cuts in government spending that he would support as part of any compromise aimed at avoiding the “fiscal cliff.”


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Feds rule on health care law’s Medicaid expansion

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says Republican-led states must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal health care law.





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