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Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States. President Obama is a Democrat and was originally elected to the Presidency in 2008. He was elected for a second-term in November of 2012.
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Congress Sends Mixed Messages to Health Care Providers

Recent federal health care legislation sent mixed signals to health care providers. Pursuant to HR 4302, signed by President Obama on April 2, planned Medicare reimbursement cuts of 24 percent and the implementation of a...more

Rule Overhaul to Save Health Industry Up To $640 Million, Medicare Says

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a long-awaited final rule in response to President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” which set as...more

The New Normal: Big Data Comes of Age

On May 1, 2014, the White House released two reports addressing the public policy implications of the proliferation of big data. The first report is by the Executive Office of the President, entitled “Big Data: Seizing...more

U.S. Federal Government Update: Didn’t catch the State of the Union speech last night? Not a problem. We watched for you. Here’s...

The Elevator Speech Overview - On Tuesday evening, President Obama went from “Yes, We Can” to “Yes, I can” and from bold to bite size policy initiatives in his sixth State of the Union (SOTU) address. Focusing...more

President Obama's Fifth State of the Union Address – A Little Something for Everyone

As required by Article II, Section 3, of the United States Constitution, President Obama appeared last night before members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Judiciary, certain members of his...more

Analysis: The State of the Union in 2014

INTRODUCTION - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 113th Congress. In setting forth his priorities for the remainder of the year, he...more

Capital Thinking: International

Executive andLegislative Branch Activity - Syria - Last week, the United Nations released its inspectors’ report on the August 21 attack in Syria. The report did not place responsibility on any one side but...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - June 12, 2013

Discussions around reforming Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) continued this week as the Committee on Energy & Commerce held a hearing to solicit input on a draft bill for replacing the current SGR formula...more

Capital Thinking Update - June 3, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, June 3, at 2:00 pm and begin a period of morning business. Thereafter, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 954, the Farm Bill, provided that alfalfa...more

Healthcare Law -- May 21, 2013

Clearing up the Rumors around Health Reform Delays: What Really Happened, What Won’t and Steps Employers and Insurers Can Take Now - Rumors are flying in health policy circles that the Obama Administration might delay...more

Significant Proposed Changes for Federal Health Care Programs in President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Plan

On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2014 (the Budget). The President reiterated his long-standing goal of reducing the deficit by $4.3 trillion over 10 years and his...more

CMS Proposes Rules to Promote Efficiency, Transparency and Burden Reduction

CMS recently proposed rules [PDF] in response to President Obama’s directive to government agencies, Executive Order 13563, to reduce outmoded or unnecessarily burdensome rules. CMS estimates that the changes in the rules...more

President Obama Issues Sequestration Order, CMS Has Yet to Publish Implementation Instructions

On March 1, 2013, President Obama issued a sequestration order directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to administer across-the-board cuts to federal spending. Concurrently, OMB issued a report to Congress...more

Labor And Employment E-Note - February 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Lawmakers Reintroduce Social Networking Online Protection Act - Lawsuit Claims Scanning E-mails Away from Work Should be Overtime - Business, Labor Unions Work Together for Immigration Overhaul -...more

The Imminent Wave of Federal Regulations

President Obama’s second term promises to be among the most intense periods of regulatory activity since the late 1970s. The major focal points for new rules will be three of the country’s largest industries: health care,...more

Obamacare – Will the New Taxes Impact Me?

Political debate for the past two years has focused on the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more recently called “Obamacare,” and the taxes enacted by Congress to help pay for it. With the national...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 3, 2012

General Legislative - On Monday, December 3, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House. Legislation under consideration will include H.R. 5817...more

Birmingham Medical News: 2012 Health Care Year In Preview

The health care events of 2012 can be properly divided into "Before" and "After": Before the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's re-election and After. Before these two events, the viability...more

Election Behind Us: Looking Ahead to the Fiscal Cliff and 2013

The balance of power in Washington remains intact: control of The White House and Congress remains as it was prior to the election. Notwithstanding that balance of power, we are NOT in a status quo political environment....more

Medicare and Medicaid Reforms Coming in a Second Obama Administration

While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaigned on the promise to repeal the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to reform Medicare and Medicaid, their defeat does not mean the health industry should expect no...more

Healthcare Reform Moves Forward; States Face Key Decisions

With the results of the election in, the path to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now appears clear. President Obama's re-election guarantees that implementation of national healthcare reform will proceed, and...more

Obama? Romney? The Potential Impact of the Election on the Health Care Industry

While the election season often yields more heat than light, some clear themes emerged from last night's Brownstein Health Care Panel Discussion. Our panel and the audience of more than 80 health care professionals had...more

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