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Health Law Opponents Using Campaign-Style Maneuvers

NBC News looks at the political tactics of conservatives hoping to derail the health overhaul. Meanwhile, one senator's attempt fails to cut funding and stop implementation. 

NBC News: Campaign-Style Tactics Used In Obamacare Implementation Fight
Campaign-style ads, legislative votes to get politicians on the record, and bitter rhetoric are nothing new when it comes to electioneering. But these partisan plays are being utilized in the battle over Obamacare; a fight centered on the implementation of an already-passed law, not a congressional seat up for grabs . ... In reaction to the delay and the change in income verification, Republicans are arguing that the Obamacare rollout is turning out to be the "train wreck" that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., warned of last April (Curry, 7/14).

Kansas Health Institute: Moran Fails To Block Key Parts Of Health Reform Law
Democrats on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee rejected several attempts Thursday by Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran to block implementation of key parts of the federal health reform law. Moran, a Republican, attempted to rescind funding needed by the Department of Health and Human Services to establish new online insurance marketplaces in every state and implement the controversial coverage mandates in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare (McLean, 7/12).

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