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GOP: Survey Showing Increase In Uninsured Is Proof Of Health Law’s Failure

Some House Republicans circulated this new Gallup data yesterday, before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.  

The Hill: GOP Cites New Survey Showing Rising Number Of Uninsured Under Obama
House Republicans seized on new data Tuesday showing that the number of uninsured adults has risen steadily during the Obama administration. Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee circulated the Gallup data ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address to argue that his healthcare law has failed (Baker, 1/24).

CQ HealthBeat: Parties Trade Barbs Over Decline In Health Insurance Coverage
Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: The number of people without health insurance has grown during the Obama administration. But as they prepared to listen to the president give his State of the Union address Tuesday night, they disagreed sharply about what that means. Republicans pointed out Tuesday that a series of Gallup polls show that the number of people without insurance has increased from 14.8 percent in 2008 to 17.1 percent in 2011 (Adams, 1/24). 

Meanwhile, the Fiscal Times takes a look at what formerly unemployed workers are finding -- once they find jobs and return to work -- in terms of health benefits.

The Fiscal Times: After the Layoff: Congrats on Your New, Worse Job
As thousands of formerly unemployed workers dust off their ties and Oxfords and head back to the office, what are they finding? ... Neil Provo, 39, from Microsoft project manager to technical project manager at a small consulting company.:  ... His new 401(k) has no matching program and his health benefits were cut back significantly. "I like that it's a small company instead of the large corporation I was used to, and I feel like my opinion matters more here," says Provo. "What I miss the most are the health benefits" (Briody, 1/25).

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