Affordable Care Act cost and revenue projections

Expect debate over the Affordable Care Act to resume Tuesday after budget analysts publish new cost and revenue projections for the healthcare law. (via The Hill)

Around 2 p.m., the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release one report assessing the law’s overall cost and revenue in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, which allowed states to opt out of expanding Medicaid. Another report will re-estimate the cost for repealing the law, a major cause for House Republicans.

The CBO previously estimated that repealing the law would add $210 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade. Republicans argue that such calculations are flawed and that “ObamaCare” will dramatically compound the deficit.

‘Indefinitely postponed': Democrats on Monday accused House Republicans of trying to prevent the public from learning more about spending cuts in a controversial labor, health, and education bill by refusing to bring it to a full committee markup.

The House Appropriations Committee last week unveiled a 2013 spending bill with $6.8 billion in cuts to labor, health and education. It narrowly cleared the subcommittee after conservative Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) was allowed to offer a failed amendment that would have more than doubled the cuts.

House Appropriations Committee ranking member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) said: “Just one week after proposing this irresponsible legislation it appears that the full Committee Markup has been indefinitely postponed. Members will not have the opportunity to offer amendments to repair any of the egregious cuts or remove the litany of riders in the bill.” The Hill’s On the Money blog has more.

‘We will not back off': Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced $80 million in new funding for global efforts against AIDS, insisting that the United States remains devoted to fighting the disease. “The United States is committed and will remain committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation,” she said.

Clinton made the announcement Monday at the International AIDS Conference, the world’s largest gathering on the disease. President Obama will not attend the event, making Clinton the highest ranking U.S. official at hand to discuss American policy on AIDS.

The new U.S. donation will support treatments for pregnant women with HIV, voluntary circumcisions for men, and several research and civil-society projects, Clinton said.

She acknowledged critics, many at the event, who believe the United States has lost focus on the AIDS fight. “I’ve heard a few voices from people raising questions about America’s commitment,” she said, adding, “We will not back off. We will not back down.” Healthwatch has the story.

‘Global superspreaders': Airports in New York and Los Angeles would be play the biggest role among U.S. hubs in spreading a pandemic virus, according to a new study. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used network theory to find which U.S. airports would spread a contagion such as SARS or H1N1 flu most quickly in the initial days of an outbreak.

The study ranked New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Los Angeles International Airport first and second on the list, respectively, saying the two would be “global superspreaders” of a deadly virus. Honolulu International Airport, which owes its high position on the list to location and links to major international hubs, was third.

Researchers said that in the first 15 days of a pandemic outbreak, the amount of traffic at a U.S. airport would not necessarily correlate to the airport’s influence in spreading the disease. Read more at Healthwatch.
Tuesday’s agenda
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to review state and federal efforts to fight the production of methamphetamine.

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will look at physician organization efforts to improve patient care.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Environmental Health will look at federal efforts to control exposure to toxic chemicals.

Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) will host a briefing on the use of antibiotics in livestock production.

State by state
Medicaid expansion spurs debate in Florida.

Texas and Planned Parenthood keep fighting.

Arizona’s handling of ‘dual eligible’ healthcare recipients gets high marks.

Mich. governor urges House to OK health exchange.

Lobbying registrations
FrogueClark / Georgia Health Care Association

ADS Ventures / Jewish Family & Children’s Services

TG&C Group / E Receivables

Laura Eugster Doyle / Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jeffrey J. Kimbell and Associates / Strathspey Crown

Ernst & Young / Network Health Plan, Network Health Insurance Corporation

Venn Strategies / Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Patton Boggs / Lance Armstrong Foundation

Alston & Bird / University of Florida

Colette Desmarais / Forest Laboratories

TG&C Group / Health Care Navigators

Dogwood Strategies / Maximus

NVG / National Latina Reproductive Health Institute

Mr. David Gencarelli / Stayhealthy

White House Consulting / Copper Development Association

DLA Piper / Aetna

Galileo Consulting Group / American Urogynecologic Society

Capitol Strategy Consultants / Coalition of Safe Minds

White House Consulting / HealthcarePay$

Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications / Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Capitol Counsel / GEO Care

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