Healthcare Reform

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. | Video

China backs away from price controls on basic drugs

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - China has backtracked on its policy of capping retail prices on medicines and will allow pharmaceutical companies to set prices for some drugs, after criticism that controls had caused a drug drought that derailed treatment for millions of patients.

Health, China 17 Apr 2014

Obama's departing health chief mulls U.S. Senate run: report

WASHINGTON - Departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who took withering criticism over the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

16 Apr 2014

Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan.

Politics, U.S. 15 Apr 2014

Bankrupt Detroit reaches first deal with retirees group

- Detroit reached its first deal with a retired workers group on Tuesday over pension and healthcare benefits and was close to a deal with at least one of its pension funds, giving a major boost to the city's plan to exit bankruptcy in October.

U.S., Politics 15 Apr 2014

BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT firm

TORONTO - BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it bought a minority stake in privately held healthcare IT firm NantHealth, a move that offers a glimpse into the type of niche markets the smartphone maker is targeting as it attempts to engineer a turnaround.

China's John Zhao seeks more targets in state sector reform

BEIJING - Hony Capital, the private-equity firm backed by Legend Holdings, is likely to deploy more capital in China's state-owned manufacturing and healthcare sectors as Beijing seeks to further restructure its government-owned companies.

14 Apr 2014

Lawyers start mining the Medicare data for clues to fraud

- Within hours of the U.S. government's unprecedented release last week of a trove of Medicare billing data, a small fraternity of lawyers who specialize in representing whistleblowers in healthcare fraud cases began to mobilize.

U.S., Health, Politics 14 Apr 2014

With new leader for Obamacare, White House shifts to election mode

WASHINGTON - Kathleen Sebelius' departure as President Barack Obama's health secretary signals a new chapter in the White House's efforts to defend Obama's signature healthcare law and help Senate Democrats who face tough battles for re-election in conservative states this fall.

U.S., World, Politics 11 Apr 2014

Obama puts fresh face on Obamacare with new health secretary

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Friday he will promote budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be his next health secretary, who will preside over the next difficult phase of his healthcare law in the months before November congressional elections.

Politics, Health 11 Apr 2014


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