House hopefuls share views on issues

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House hopefuls share views on issues
How long have you lived in the district?: I have lived in the district since I was born in 1982. I did move out of Michigan from 2005-10 to earn my graduate degree from George Washington University and work for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Capitol Hill.
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Athlete, football fans, vacationing family among Malaysia Airlines crash victims
An avid rugby player, he was a student at the International Business School Hogeschool van Amsterdam, and was headed to Indonesia to vacation with his family. "Big boy … Another passenger, Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a champion rower from Amsterdam who …
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Back from the brink: The turnaround of Sparton Corp.
But unlike many stories of manufacturing decline in the Rust Belt, Mr. Wood has led the company through a turnaround of epic proportions: Sparton's stock has surged by nearly 2,000 percent, from $ 1.35 on April 30, 2009, to $ 27.28 on July 11. … he …
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Report: Obamacare drops Kansas uninsured rate 2.5 percentage points

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Report: Obamacare drops Kansas uninsured rate 2.5 percentage points
An "employer mandate" requiring companies with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance was originally scheduled to begin this year but has been put on hold, and opposition to it has created doubts about it ever being realized. The 2010 bill …
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Saint Alphonsus leader to take new role with hospital group

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Saint Alphonsus leader to take new role with hospital group
In her new position, Jeffcoat will have executive oversight of hospitals and health systems in California, Idaho, Oregon and throughout the Midwest. Jeffcoat will commute to Michigan and plans to continue to live in Boise and remain active in the local …
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Advocacy group: People getting health subsidies OK
LANSING, Mich. — An advocacy group for the poor says that the 237,000 Michigan residents who are getting subsidies for health insurance under the federal health law shouldn't feel any immediate effect from one court's ruling against the program. A …
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Congressional Votes for Idaho the Week of 07/11 – 07/17/2014
The most important Senate vote was to reauthorize through 2021 the government's Terrorism Insurance Program. The House also passed the Smart Savings Act (H.R. 4193), sponsored by Rep. Darrell E. Issa , R- Calif. , to change the default investment fund …
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Orlando Sentinel Mike Bianchi column

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Orlando Sentinel Mike Bianchi column
Go ahead and accuse him of smoking too much of that "Maui Wowie" when he coached in Hawaii . Not me. … "I think that … if we don't think that way as a group of have-nots, we're going to get left behind." Don't get … In two weeks, the NCAA will …
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Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza
At least one Palestinian was killed in the clash. Hamas said 12 of its fighters participated in the attack and that the group took some of the soldiers' weapons back to their hideouts. In two other confrontations, Palestinian gunmen jumped out of …
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John Oliver, puppets take on the prison system
Oliver touched on everything from maggot-infested food being served to inmates to the way cost-cutting compromises health care; in one clip, a former prisoner from Arizona shared that after having a C-section in jail, doctors poured sugar into her …
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Federal courts take opposing views on ACA subsidies

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Federal courts take opposing views on ACA subsidies
A federal court ruling would deal a crippling blow to the Affordable Care Act if it is upheld. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel in … Georgia, for instance, has a state law the forbids the state from operating a health care exchange. Obamacare is still …
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OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: Courts split on O-Care subsidies
Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) on Tuesday supporting his bill to overturn the mandate they call too much of an administrative burden. Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses with 200 or more employees are required to enroll workers into a healthcare plan …
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Georgia Voices: Left rejoicing over Obamacare's inflated numbers
The foundation arrived at its headline figure by adding together the following groups: the 8 million consumers who selected an ACA marketplace plan; the 6 million who enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program; the 5 million who …
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Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High on Federal

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Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High on Federal
For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using Healthcare …
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Obamacare Fight Carries Republican 2016 Swing State Risks
In Florida alone, 984,000 residents enrolled through Obamacare to get health-insurance coverage, with 91 percent receiving tax credits to lower their premiums. Those subsidies are the subject of several lawsuits brought by opponents of the Affordable …
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WASSERMAN SCHULTZ STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO ACA SUBSIDY
"Almost one million Floridians now have quality, affordable health care thanks to the federal exchange, and until the Florida legislature creates a state exchange it would be an incredible miscarriage of justice to deny Floridians the subsidies that …
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Detroit Workers Vote for Benefit-Cutting Bankruptcy Plan

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Detroit Workers Vote for Benefit-Cutting Bankruptcy Plan
Health Benefits. Both groups would also see their retiree health benefits cut. The changes would result in a 74 percent reduction in the city's total post-employment benefit costs. Weeks after Rhodes issued a key ruling that allowed the city to keep …
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Santa Fe Coldwater Creek lease up for sale
($ 71.76); Christian Mall in Delaware ($ 65.40); Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City ($ 63.75); Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, Ill. ($ 58.62); West County Center in Missouri ($ 77.87); The Vistas in Lone Tree, Colo. ($ 56.41); and Northpark Center in Dallas …
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Check doctors' vitals before they check yours
WASHINGTON – Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that. Being licensed and likable doesn't necessarily …
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Company That 'Saved' HealthCare.gov Faces Questions of Cronyism

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Company That 'Saved' HealthCare.gov Faces Questions of Cronyism
Jarred by the defect-riddled rollout of the Obamacare website, Obama administration officials signed up a technology company to rid HealthCare.gov of its bugs. Now, though, congressional Republicans are scrutinizing that outfit for a potential conflict …
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Obamacare Q&A: What the court decisions today mean for law's future
On Tuesday morning, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court dealt a potentially serious setback to the viability of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow tax credits to be provided in …
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CVS Caremark Forms Clinical Alliances to Boost Health Care – Analyst Blog
Pharmacy retail giant CVS Caremark Corporation ( CVS ) has recently formed new clinical collaborations with four major health care providers to facilitate patients' access to high-quality yet affordable health care services. These include ProHealth …
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North Dakota's Oil And Gas Boom Has Brought Prosperity, But Critics Wonder

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North Dakota's Oil And Gas Boom Has Brought Prosperity, But Critics Wonder
Advocates like Morrison have mostly asked for smaller-bore measures — increasing the distance between homes and wells or tightening the rules on flaring — but even these proposals have sometimes drawn strident reactions from politicians …
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Maine town fights plan to use pipeline to export oil sands crude
No company in South Portland currently exports crude oil, but some say the ordinance signals a willingness to restrict all businesses unfairly. "A very vocal minority initiated a groundswell of concern in the community, and the City Council adopted …
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Providers, insurers grapple with narrow-network backlash

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Providers, insurers grapple with narrow-network backlash
Paul Ginsburg, a healthcare finance expert at the University of Southern California, pointed out that narrow-network plans are not a new phenomenon and that they are a potentially important means of reducing overall healthcare costs. “There clearly is …
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Roundup: National Life Group implements insurance technologies' ForeSight®
Fringe Benefit Group, a design, implementation and administration of benefits for hourly and part-time workers, announced it has acquired The American Worker Plans (TAWP), an Illinois-based managing general agent specializing in limited medical …
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Report lists California 40th for children's wellness
"Big picture, ranking 40th nationally on children's well-being is just not acceptable," said Jessica Mindnich, a researcher for Sacramento-based child advocacy group Children Now. "We have … Tricia Gehrlein, regional director for the Clinton Health …
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