SCOTUS Sets March Hearing For Contraception Mandate
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Supreme Court has set a date for oral arguments over Obamacare's contraception mandate: March 25. The arguments -- just a day shy of the two-year anniversary of arguments over the law's individual mandate, likely set up a ruling in late June. Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa says he believes HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided incorrect testimony about her knowledge of technical issues with HealthCare.gov. He's asking her to revise her answers before he opens a perjury investigation.
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SCOTUS SCHEDULES CONTRACEPTION MANDATE HEARING. The Supreme Court will hear challenges to the Obamacare birth control requirement March 25. (Ben Goad, The Hill)
ISSA ACCUSES SEBELIUS OF 'FALSE AND MISLEADING' TESTIMONY. The House Oversight Chairman sent a letter to the HHS Secretary Wednesday regarding her testimony to Congress on HealthCare.gov. (Brett Norman, Politico)
CRUZ VOWS TO STEP UP ATTACK ON HEALTH LAW. Republicans must use "every leverage point available" to uproot the law, he said in a 45-minute discussion in which he mentioned Obamacare more than 40 times, calling it "a disaster" and "the No. 1 job killer in the country." (Neil King Jr., Wall Street Journal)
INSURERS PUSH OBAMACARE PAYMENT DEADLINE TO LATE JANUARY. A handful of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans have pushed back their deadlines to the end of the month, while other insurance companies indicate they're still debating whether to give consumers more time. (Caroline Humer, Reuters)
GREAT NEWS FOR OBAMACARE: AMERICANS ARE BORED WITH IT. It's not so much in the news anymore, and it could be because it's working, or because we don't know yet that it's not. (Sarah Kliff, Washington Post)
STUCK IN THE MEDICAID GAP IN IDAHO. One woman moved to Oregon to get coverage. (Audrey Dutton, Idaho Statesman)
WHY IS CONGRESS SPENDING $160 BILLION TO GET NOWHERE? The annual "doc-fix" is a mess Congress created -- and one it has yet to clean up. (Sam Baker, National Journal)
CAN DEMOCRATS UNSEAT HEALTH CARE REFORM AS AMERICA'S BIGGEST CONCERN? The public may be "bored" over Obamacare but it still wants the government to focus on health care reform in 2014. (Marina Koren, National Journal)
HOUSE BACK TO OBAMACARE VOTES IN WEEK ONE. Two bills aiming to force the administration to be more forthcoming about HealthCare.gov are scheduled to be seen Friday. (Paige Winfield Cunningham and Seung Min Kim, Politico)
FORMER HHS HEAD OFFERS HIS TAKE ON HEALTH LAW'S PROBLEMS. Michael O. Leavitt, who worked with George W. Bush during the Medicare prescription drug benefit implementation, talks Obamacare. (Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News)
GONORRHEA, SYPHILIS REGAIN TRACTION IN U.S., CDC REPORTS. People aren't getting tested enough. (Elizabeth Lopatto, Bloomberg)
AMID ABORTION DEBATE, THE PURSUIT OF SCIENCE. Tracy Weitz, chair of Breast Cancer Action's board of directors, says that because abortion is a hot button issue, it's hard to get federal dollars to research it. (Nina Martin, ProPublica)
ANTI-TOBACCO GROUPS CALL ON FEDS TO INTENSIFY SMOKING LAWS. In light of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General report, national medical associations are lobbying to bring the smoking rate below 10 percent. (Clara Ritger, National Journal)
WHERE THE SMOKERS ARE NOW. A map of the world showing the concentration of smokers. (Scott Hensley, National Public Radio)
HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING. "The Extenders Policies: What Are They and How Should They Continue Under a Permanent SGR (Sustainable Growth Rate) Repeal Landscape?" will take place in 2123 Rayburn at 10 a.m.
HOUSE JUDICIARY CONSTITUTIONAL AND CIVIL JUSTICE SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING. "The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," H.R.7 to be considered in 2141 Rayburn at 10 a.m.