Biden Rallies The Faithful On Obamacare
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Vice President Joe Biden will rally the administration's core base of health care allies this morning with a speech Families USA's annual conference. (President Obama addressed the same conference in 2011.) The gathering draws health care advocates from across the country, so expect Biden to focus heavily on the enrollment campaign and the administration's partnerships with local organizations -- especially in states where governors aren't helping.
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HOUSE TO VOTE ON ABORTION LEGISLATION NEXT WEEK. Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced the House will vote on the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act next week, which would ban federal subsidies from going towards insurance plans that include abortion coverage. (Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill)
AT LEAST 2.3 MILLION FOUND ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID/CHIP IN DECEMBER. Over 6.3 million have been deemed eligible since Obamacare open enrollment began in October, but it is unclear how many are newly eligible under the health law, versus renewing coverage or previously eligible but not enrolled. (Jason Millman, Politico)
AETNA CEO SAYS MOST OF THE OBAMACARE ENROLLEES WERE PREVIOUSLY INSURED. The insurance executive also said the plans provided under the health law make up just 3 percent of the company's revenue. (Matthew Belvedere, CNBC)
EXPLAINING 'RISK CORRIDORS,' THE NEXT OBAMACARE ISSUE. Some insurers could end up with an especially unhealthy--and expensive--group of people and the law offers compensation to companies who wind up with greater costs than expected. Some Republicans are denouncing that as a bailout and introducing legislation to do away with it. (Louise Radnofsky and Jennifer Corbett Dooren, Wall Street Journal)
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE 'DEATH PANEL'? Obamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board, derided by critics as a rationing board, still doesn't exist. The administration says health care costs are slow enough, so recommendations to keep costs down won't be needed until at least 2017. (Kate Nocera, BuzzFeed)
TARGET IS DROPPING INSURANCE FOR SOME BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE. THAT COULD BE GOOD NEWS FOR WORKERS. The Fortune 500 company joins Home Depot and Trader Joe's in the growing list of companies sending their workers to try for subsidized coverage on the exchanges. (Sarah Kliff, Washington Post)
DEBATE: IS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BEYOND REPAIR? Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute and Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle debate New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait and Douglas Kamerow of the RTI Institute. (John Donvan, National Public Radio)
MITCH MCCONNELL AND THE MORAL ARGUMENT OVER OBAMACARE. The Senate Minority Leader's up for re-election in a state where Obamacare implementation is going well. The problem? McConnell wants to repeal the law but also just released a campaign ad about his efforts to help sick Kentuckians get health care. (Greg Sargent, Washington Post)
THIRTEEN CHARTS THAT EXPLAIN HOW ROE V. WADE CHANGED ABORTION RIGHTS. But a lot has changed since. There are fewer abortion providers than there were in 1973. (Sarah Kliff, Washington Post)
BIDEN TO SPEAK AT FAMILIES USA CONFERENCE. Head to the Hyatt Regency Washington at 9 a.m. for Vice President Joe Biden's opening remarks at the 19th annual Health Action Conference. The conference continues through Saturday.
MACPAC PUBLIC MEETING TO EVALUATE EFFECTIVENESS OF MEDICAID AND CHIP. The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission will meet from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to discuss state administration and experiences with Medicaid and the effectiveness of Medicaid and CHIP.
AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION UNVEILS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. A 10:30 a.m. phone call to discuss Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals and which Hill proposals the AHA can get behind.