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Romney repeats his claim of hatred in Obama's campaign updated: Wed Aug 15 2012 16:53:00

President Barack Obama wrapped up a three-day bus tour of Iowa on Wednesday by accusing Mitt Romney of dishonest attacks on his record, while the certain Republican nominee continued to call Obama's re-election effort a hateful divide-and-conquer strategy.

Romney campaign tries to take Medicare away from Obamaupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 10:56:00

The fight to define Paul Ryan is getting more heated by the day. But days after defending against an offensive against his running mate, Mitt Romney's campaign appears to be mounting a counteroffensive.

Fact checking Ryan's Medicare planupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 10:56:00

CNN's Brian Todd looks at the attacks on Paul Ryan's Medicare proposals and whether they hold up.

Romney-Ryan vs. Obama Budget Plansupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 05:26:00

John Avlon gets to the bottom of the budget plans of presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Obama, Romney spar over Medicare in battleground statesupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 05:26:00

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney battled over Medicare and energy policy Tuesday as the November election campaign reached out to battleground states crucial to both sides' chances for victory.

Axelrod: Ryan not a Medicare believerupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 17:53:00

Pres. Obama Campaign Senior Advisor David Axelrod discusses his thoughts on Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare

He can afford it, she can't: Couple's health care dilemmaupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 10:38:00

Janet Copeland and her husband, Richard, both say they agree almost all the time, with one exception: The Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's health care legislation.

Some states not changing course amid rising tide of health care reformupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 17:40:00

Repeal and replace -- or at least resist -- is the Republican mantra in the wake of last week's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law.

Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare?updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 09:22:00

While conservatives are still seething over last week's Supreme Court ruling saving President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, top Capitol Hill Republicans are gleefully using the decision to fire up their base with promises of a repeal in 2013.

GOP plans for 'after Obamacare'updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 09:22:00

The GOP is working to define what they would replace Obamacare with.

Obamacare will help drive down health care costs updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 21:08:00

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate, it's time to focus on what has always been a key goal of health reform: Controlling health care costs.

How will the court's ruling affect you?updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 13:56:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how the Supreme Court's healthcare ruling will affect patients and doctors going forward.

For cancer patients, health act a lifelineupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 11:30:00

Thursday is judgment day for the Affordable Care Act, with the U.S. Supreme Court expected to release its long awaited ruling on the constitutionality of the law. Whichever way the Court rules, the decision will be instantly framed in the political context. Its potential impact on the presidential race, on the upcoming Congressional elections and on the trajectory of the political parties will be the subject of endless analysis and debate.

Timeline of the health care lawupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 10:42:00

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that President Obama signed in March 2010. Here's a look at key moments in the law's history:

Affordable Care Act: What's on the line?updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 10:42:00

The health care reform law is in jeopardy. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Will Cain and Christine Romans explain what's on the line.

Supreme Court nears health care rulingupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 16:56:00

As a Supreme Court ruling nears, CNN's Athena Jones looks at the stakes for those benefiting from the health care law.

All sides preparing for political fallout from health care decisionupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 16:56:00

Karen Harned has been going to the Supreme Court every day it has met since June 11 so there would be no chance she would miss the health care law ruling.

Health care reform: Issues roundup updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:15:00

While many changes to Americans' health care outlined in the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act don't take effect until 2014, a Supreme Court ruling expected this month could stop those changes from coming at all.

'Obamacare': The word that defined the health care debateupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 01:20:00

It's less of a tongue-twisting jumble than the phrase "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

Timeline of the health care lawupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 01:38:00

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act , the health-care reform law that President Obama had signed in March 2010. Here's a look at key moments in the law's history:

CNNMoney: UnitedHealthcare to keep some health care mandatesupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 16:35:00

The nation's largest health insurer promises to continue offering some key mandates of health care reform -- such as coverage of adult dependents up to age 26 -- regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the health care law.

CNNMoney: Auditors call for end to Medicare Advantage experimentupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 15:12:00

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office urged the Obama administration on Monday to end a new $8 billion experiment aimed at improving a key Medicare program.

Obama: GOP budget 'a trojan horse'updated: Wed Apr 04 2012 05:23:00

President Obama attacks the GOP campaign platform and the GOP's budget proposal at a luncheon in Washington.

No 'Plan B' to limit health care costs?updated: Tue Apr 03 2012 05:46:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Will Cain and Christine Romans discuss whether there is an alternate plan to control rising health care costs if the Supreme Court strikes down President Obama's health care law.

Obama was too timid on health careupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 05:46:00

The individual mandate might prove to be the death knell for President Barack Obama's health care reform.

After the mandate, government-run health care would growupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 21:42:00

Suppose the Supreme Court does rule that the health care mandate is unconstitutional? What happens then?

Health care reform and Medicaidupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 16:08:00

Elizabeth Cohen explains how health care reform would affect Medicaid.

CNNMoney: Supreme Court won't kill health care stocksupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 14:56:00

All eyes have been on the Supreme Court this week as the justices listened to three days of arguments regarding the constitutionality of President Obama's health care reform plan.

Opinion: Anti-smoking effort for substance abusers is 'anemic'updated: Tue Mar 27 2012 11:30:00

Since the first surgeon general's report on smoking in 1964, smoking among U.S. adults has decreased from 40% to 20.6%. However, smoking remains high in some groups.

Woman's life is a warning for smokersupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 11:30:00

Featured in a CDC ad campaign, ex-smoker Terrie Hall reveals details about struggling with tobacco-related disease.

Health law opponent: 'Congress made a bad situation worse'updated: Sun Mar 25 2012 16:57:00

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the constitutionality of the health care reform law, CNN spoke with two experts on opposing sides of the issue.

On 2nd anniversary, GOP says health care law bad prescriptionupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 15:42:00

The second anniversary of President Barack Obama's signing into law the landmark and controversial health care reform measure brought, as expected, fierce attacks from Republicans.

GOP: $5.3 trillion cuts in 2013 budgetupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 17:41:00

Rep. Paul Ryan and the GOP unveil their 2013 budget, citing $5.3 trillion in spending cuts.

2013 House GOP budget raises 2012 stakesupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 17:41:00

House GOP leaders unveiled a 2013 budget blueprint Tuesday that has little chance of becoming law but draws a clear contrast with Democrats on taxes, spending, and a host of hot-button political issues -- all of which could play a pivotal role in the 2012 campaign.

Stop sex discrimination in health plan costsupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 12:07:00

Women face shocking disparities when buying health insurance on the individual market: In the vast majority of states, nearly all the best-selling plans charge women more than men for the same coverage, a discriminatory practice known as "gender rating."

New anti-smoking ads a smart moveupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 14:52:00

The new anti-smoking campaign launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a smart move.

CDC unveils graphic ads to combat smokingupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 13:33:00

Federal health officials on Thursday are unveiling a $54 million national media campaign to get smokers to quit and prevent anyone else, especially children, from starting.

Youth smoking is focus of new Surgeon General report updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 06:08:00

Tobacco companies' advertising and promotional campaigns may influence young adults and adolescents to start smoking, says a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General.

Is secondhand smoke really that risky?updated: Tue Mar 06 2012 15:06:00

Really, how much secondhand smoke does a nonsmoker get anyway? If a person who smokes a pack a day for 30 years is only 1/3 more likely to die younger than a nonsmoker, then how likely is it that a nonsmoker is even more likely to die younger merely because other people smoke?

Federal judge blocks anti-smoking images required on tobacco productsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:35:00

A federal mandate requiring tobacco companies to place graphic images on their products warning of the dangers of smoking was tossed out Wednesday by a judge in Washington, with the judge saying the requirements were a violation of free speech.

Obama featured in anti-smoking adupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:35:00

President Obama talks about his struggle to quit smoking in an ad campaign by the American Cancer Society.

Santorum calls out Romney on health careupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 19:12:00

Rick Santorum takes a jab at Mitt Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts during a campaign event.

'Obamacare' should be a GOP rallying cryupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 19:12:00

The Obama administration's breach of religious freedom and freedom of conscience through the Health and Human Services agency's contraception mandate has reignited the national conversation about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."

States say it's time to rethink medical marijuanaupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 16:13:00

Medical marijuana advocates are hoping state governments can succeed where their efforts have failed by asking federal authorities to reclassify pot as a drug with medical use.

Dispensary giving away free pot at partyupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 16:13:00

A medical marijuana dispensary is offering cardholders free pot during their going-out-of-business party. KOVR reports.

Can smaller pack size help smokers quit?updated: Fri Nov 18 2011 20:58:00

A few years ago, researchers at Cornell made a remarkable discovery: When unsuspecting diners were given self-refilling bowls, they consumed almost twice as much soup as those with normal bowls. In other words, it was the quantity in the bowl that determined how much they ate, not their appetite.

Judge blocks law on cigarette pack warnings updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 07:28:00

A federal judge on Monday blocked implementation of a law that would have mandated tobacco companies include on cigarette packages graphic pictures and messages showing the dangers of smoking.

Medical pot group sues Obama administration over California crackdownupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 20:33:00

A medical marijuana advocacy group sued the Obama administration Thursday, saying its policy "to subvert local and state medical marijuana laws in California" is unconstitutional.

Expensive breast cancer testsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on women paying more for better breast cancer testing.

When breast cancer tests get it wrongupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Imagine going in for a cancer screening, and the technician turns to you and says, "We're finished, but if I push this button over here, the machine can detect even smaller cancers. But here's the hitch: You have to pay $700 if you want me to push this button."

Obama and Romney health plans: Both borrowed from Richard Nixonupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 09:12:00

Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal President Obama's universal health care law if he is elected president. Critics find his position rather strange, arguing that the plan he helped develop when he was governor of Massachusetts is quite similar in design to the Obama plan. Romney disputes his critics, saying there are important and fundamental differences between the plans. Who is correct?

Mitt Romney's health care visionupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 09:12:00

CNN's Jim Acosta looks at the most recent allegations about Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care plan.

Truth Squad: Did the Obama administration try to repeal part of own health care plan?updated: Wed Oct 19 2011 03:14:00

At Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann suggested that opposition to President Obama's health reform law prompted the administration to repeal part of it.

Should we pay people to stop smoking?updated: Wed Oct 05 2011 16:42:00

Last month, President Obama proposed cutting almost $72 billion from Medicaid, the program that provides health care to America's poor. Such deep reductions are necessary, he declared, to bring down our staggering national debt.

DOT moves to ban e-cigarettes on planesupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 12:49:00

Puffing on electronic cigarettes is already a no-no on flights, but the government wants there to be no doubt.

CNNMoney: Number of people without health insurance climbsupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 17:22:00

The number of people who lacked health insurance last year climbed to 49.9 million, up from 49 million in 2009, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: National debt: Why entitlement spending must be reined inupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 08:34:00

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are three of the government's most popular and relied upon programs.

Colleges tell smokers, 'You're not welcome here'updated: Thu Sep 01 2011 12:19:00

This summer, a group of University of Kentucky students and staff has been patrolling campus grounds -- scouting out any student, employee or visitor lighting a cigarette.

Choosing death can be like a 'birth,' advocates sayupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 14:24:00

James Powell could barely speak on the day he died; cancer had confined him to bed and heavy painkillers left him only semi-lucid. Yet the mood was almost celebratory as 25 people -- family, friends and volunteers -- gathered in a large living room to tell stories and say goodbye on the day Powell chose to end his suffering.

Can scary labels, scary taxes end smoking?updated: Sun Aug 14 2011 09:32:00

On a trip to New York this summer, I was in the newsstand/gift shop of a hotel, and a man in front of me in line was purchasing something. I heard the clerk say to him: "That will be $18.30."

Parts of 'Obamacare' unconstitutionalupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 15:22:00

An Atlanta federal appeals court has ruled key parts of 2010 health care reform law are unconstitutional.

CNNMoney: Health providers: Debt deal puts seniors at riskupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 19:20:00

Hospital and doctor groups warned Monday that the debt ceiling deal could damage seniors' access to health care if it triggers pay cuts to Medicare providers.

CNNMoney: U.S. will pay for half of all health care costs by 2020updated: Thu Jul 28 2011 17:52:00

The U.S. government will foot the bill for half of all health care costs in the United States by 2020, according to a government report released Thursday.

CNNMoney: Debt ceiling impasse imperils safety netupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 09:10:00

Social Security payments aren't the only federal lifeline that could grind to a halt if the debt ceiling impasse continues beyond Aug. 2.

FBI: 'Enraged' flier pelts crew with peanutsupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 10:55:00

An airline passenger is accused of assaulting and intimidating flight attendants after he allegedly became furious when he was asked to put away his electronic cigarette.

Chantix may increase heart attack risksupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 15:53:00

Chantix, a popular aid used to quit smoking, may increase your chances of a heart attack and depression.

Heart risks added to Chantix health concernsupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 15:53:00

A study published Monday in a Canadian journal concluded that smokers who take Chantix, one of the most popular smoking cessation drugs, could increase their risk of heart problems.

CNNMoney: Sick kids get legal help from Wal-Martupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 12:49:00

For the first time in its history, the nation's largest retailer Wal-Mart is providing free legal support for patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital, many of whom are from low income families on Medicaid.

High Court sides with generic drug makers in narrow rulingupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 18:04:00

Two women who say they suffered severe medical complications from a generic drug lost their Supreme Court appeal Thursday, essentially ending their separate lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Obama flexible on health care overhaulupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 09:52:00

Pres. Obama says he's flexible on health care reform, and putting more power in states' hands if there are better ideas.

The legacy of 'Dr. Death'updated: Fri Jun 03 2011 23:29:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on the life and legacy of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

'Dr. Death' Jack Kevorkian is dead at 83updated: Fri Jun 03 2011 23:29:00

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who put assisted suicide on the world's medical ethics stage, died early Friday, according to a spokesman with Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He was 83.

House Democrats want shared burden from deficit reduction dealupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 20:21:00

Any deficit reduction deal with Republicans must bolster job growth and spread the burden equally among the wealthy and other segments of society, congressional Democratic leaders said Thursday after talks with President Barack Obama.

Administration says Indiana law violates Medicaid rulesupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:50:00

The Obama administration is attempting to block Indiana from enforcing a new law that would keep low-income women from using federal Medicaid benefits to receive any kind of reproductive medical care from Planned Parenthood.

'Walmart of Weed' to open in Arizona, promote growing your ownupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 17:08:00

It's called the "Walmart of Weed."

'Walmart of Weed' opens in Arizonaupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 17:08:00

WeGrow opens its latest store in Phoenix, Arizona, selling marijuana-growing equipment but not the drug itself.

Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaulupdated: Thu May 26 2011 05:41:00

In what amounted to political theater rather than legislative action, the Senate on Wednesday rejected a House budget plan that included a controversial provision to overhaul Medicare and also unanimously voted down President Barack Obama's 2012 budget proposal.

Red seat turns blue in New Yorkupdated: Thu May 26 2011 05:41:00

Dems see Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul's upset win in New York as an early test of things to come in 2012.

New York City outdoor smoking ban beginsupdated: Tue May 24 2011 06:36:00

Smokers in New York City looking to light up in most public places will not be able to without paying a price after an outdoor citywide smoking ban takes effect Monday.

Can Romney overcome 'Romneycare' legacy?updated: Wed May 18 2011 07:23:00

Mitt Romney faces a backlash over his health care plan when he was governor of Massachusetts. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Can Romney find a cure for 'Romneycare'?updated: Thu May 12 2011 11:33:00

For Mitt Romney, it's not just a question -- it's more like a campaign illness he'd like to cure once and for all.

Patients, beware of wrong-side surgeriesupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 14:31:00

Early one morning in April, Tasha Gaul and Dale Matlock took their young son, Jesse, to a hospital in Portland, Oregon, for surgery to correct his lazy eye. It was supposed to be an easy procedure: Jesse, who was 3 at the time, wouldn't even have to spend the night at the hospital.

Republicans' Medicare blunderupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 07:58:00

In town hall meetings being held across the country during Congress' two-week recess, American citizens are filling the ears of Republican legislators with objections to the party's budget plan, particularly proposed changes to Medicare that would replace direct coverage with subsidies for private insurance.

Medicare and Medicaid overhaul fearsupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 13:37:00

Proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid have future senior citizens concerned. CNN's Sandra Endo reports.

How quickly does lung cancer develop for smokers?updated: Wed Apr 20 2011 08:36:00

I started smoking socially in high school and still do. How long would it take for someone like me develop lung cancer?

CNNMoney: Which debt plan do economists favor? Neitherupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 05:43:00

This month, leaders from both parties introduced two major plans to cut the nation's long-term debt. But economists don't like either one. In an exclusive CNNMoney survey, eight out of 18 economists polled said they believed neither President Obama's nor Republican Paul Ryan's plans for deficit reduction are in the best interest of the nation's economy.

'Hands off my Medicare'updated: Fri Apr 15 2011 23:51:00

House Republicans push through a budget blueprint that would overhaul Medicare and Medicaid. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

CNNMoney: Who pays for Obama's Medicare plan? Hint: Not seniorsupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 09:59:00

When it comes to deciding who pays to reduce runaway Medicare costs, President Obama and House Republicans have very different views.

End-of-life planning eases sufferingupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 09:52:00

The tiny conference room was cold. My heart was beating fast. I was scared to sign the papers and I tried to quell my unremitting hot stream of tears.

Obama seeks $4 trillion in cuts; GOP assails call for tax hikesupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 10:07:00

President Barack Obama unveiled his long-awaited deficit reduction plan Wednesday, calling for a mix of spending reductions and tax hikes that the White House claims would cut federal deficits by $4 trillion over the next 12 years without gutting popular programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

CNNMoney: Obama lays out plan for cutting Medicare, Medicaidupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 18:28:00

President Obama unveiled a plan Wednesday to cut Medicare and Medicaid costs, but without slashing benefits for seniors and the needy.

CNNMoney: The ugly math of Medicareupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 14:14:00

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's 2012 budget resolution turned the floodlights on Medicare, the health care program for seniors that is projected to take increasingly bigger bites out of the federal budget in the coming decades.

Ryan's plan a step -- but in wrong directionupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 10:53:00

This week, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled his "Path to Prosperity" budget proposal and made some bold claims about what it would do. He said it would bring spending and the deficit under control while stimulating the economy to recover from the recession with amazing speed.

Budget battle continues on Capitol Hillupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 10:53:00

Democrats and Republicans are locked in a stalemate over budget.

Paul Ryan: the Dr. Kevorkian of Medicareupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 13:34:00

Republicans have always hated Medicare, but most Americans have always loved it. Now, led by Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republicans are trying to kill it once and for all.

Fortune: Health care reform can't work without more doctorsupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 13:08:00

Late last month, the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, better known as "health care reform," quietly celebrated its first birthday. The bill has its supporters, including the millions of previously uninsured Americans who will have access to coverage because of it. But its critics have been more vocal, attacking the landmark legislation for "gutting" Medicare, drastically understating the measure's probable cost, and funding a new entitlement with early premiums from still another entitlement for long-term care that's destined to go broke.

CNNMoney: Where GOP budget would biteupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 19:28:00

Good news: The budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by House Republicans would dramatically reduce the country's long-term debt.

House budget chairman to propose Medicare, Medicaid changesupdated: Sun Apr 03 2011 11:54:00

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday he will unveil a Republican budget for 2012 this week that proposes dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid and other political lightning rods.

Justices debate lawsuits over generic drug safetyupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 22:09:00

Two women who say they suffered severe medical complications from a generic drug are asking the Supreme Court to allow their separate lawsuits against the pharmaceutical manufactures to proceed. The justices, in oral arguments Wednesday, gave no clear indication where they were leaning.

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