Lawyer Opposing Health Law Is Familiar Face to the Justices
By KEVIN SACK
WASHINGTON — It would be hard for any lawyer to fathom a more riveting caseload than the one Paul D. Clement carried during his seven years in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department.
As solicitor general for three years and deputy solicitor for four, Mr. Clement appeared before the Supreme Court 49 times, defended the administration’s detention of terrorism suspects, fought off challenges to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law and validated the prosecution of medical marijuana growers in a landmark commerce case.
But if possible, the docket that Mr. Clement has compiled in the private sector as one of Washington’s leading appellate litigators may situate him even closer to the center of national discourse.
Spending More Doesn’t Make Us HealthierBy EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL
Ezekiel J. Emanuel on health policy and other topics.
If you have heard it once, you have heard it hundreds of times. “The United States spends too much on health care.” This is not a partisan point. You can hear this from Republicans as well as Democrats. “We know that our families, our economy and our nation itself will not succeed in the 21st century if we continue to be held down by the weight of rapidly rising health care costs,” President Obama said in 2009. Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, agrees: “There is no serious dispute — on either side of the aisle.”
Rise in Medicare Premium Is Lower Than Predicted
By ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON — Monthly Medicare premiums for most beneficiaries will rise next year by $3.50, to $99.90, a much smaller increase than had been expected, the Obama administration said Thursday.
Administration officials rejoiced at the modest increase, which could pay political dividends to President Obama as he tries to win the votes of older Americans in his bid for re-election.
7 More Insurers End Objections on Rate Filings
In a competitive stampede toward transparency in health insurance premiums, seven more large carriers have dropped their objections to the public disclosure of their filings with New York State in support of rate increases.
The seven followed UnitedHealth/Oxford, which this week was the first to formally end a fight to keep the filings secret. Together, the eight insurers have 90 percent of the market of small group and individual insurance plans in the state.
Democrats drive drop in support for healthcare law in new pollBy Noam N. Levey
4:01 AM PDT, October 28, 2011