Latest Morning Briefing Stories

Canceled Appointments And Lengthy Wait Times Still Occurring At VA Medical Centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ internal watchdog issues two reports, finding continued issues with the agency’s mental health care services and wait times at a clinic. And news of more problems is reported from Georgia and Colorado facilities. Meanwhile, an advocacy group runs ads critical of the VA’s use of dogs in experiments.

Middle-Class Families Left Feeling ‘Helpless’ In Face Of $30,000-A-Year Premiums

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The increase in premiums stemming from the marketplace uncertainty have people considering reducing their income so they can qualify for government help. “If one word captures all this, it’s ‘helpless,”’ Ian Dixon said. “There’s rage and anger and all that stuff in there, too. Any reasonable person would agree that this should not be happening.”

Policy Perspectives: The Individual Mandate Fight Goes On – This Time, In A Tax Bill

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Opinion writers question the policy rationale, math and impact involved as Congress considers a GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as part of a Republican tax overhaul proposal. They also examine other health policy issues, including how rising health care costs cut into everyday American’s take-home pay and a program that involves unions and home health workers.

Marketplace Would Be Fundamentally Rocked With Repeal Of Individual Mandate

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Media outlets offer a look at what would happen to the Affordable Care Act exchanges if lawmakers include repeal of the individual mandate in their tax package. Meanwhile, Democrats seize on the turmoil as a way to get their base interested in the Republicans’ tax overhaul.