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Cochran co-sponsors bill to kill healthcare reform provision

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) voted to repeal a section of the year-old healthcare reform law that would have required businesses, local governments, churches and charities to file Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 1099 forms for transactions totaling more than $600 a year. The Senate voted 87-12 April 5 to fully repeal the IRS 1099 reporting requirement that was ...

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House lawmakers approve insurance exchange plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has approved a plan that would allow employers to buy group health insurance policies anywhere in the country, not just from Mississippi insurers. The House, by an 83-33 margin yesterday, passed a bill to enact a health insurance exchange in Mississippi. Backers say the health insurance exchange is a critical part of the federal Patient ...

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Barbour lists problems with healthcare reform

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour and 19 other Republican governors have submitted a list of potential healthcare law improvements for the administration to consider, if the law passed last year by the Democratic Congress isn’t repealed or struck down by the courts. “In addition to its constitutional infringements, we believe the system proposed by the (administration) is seriously flawed, favors ...

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Healthcare reform lawsuit dimissed, but judge gives second chance

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit in Mississippi that challenges part of the Obama administration’s healthcare law, but he is giving the plaintiffs 30 days to make changes to their complaint. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled Thursday that a group of people who filed the suit haven’t shown that they will be required to comply with ...

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States' attorneys call healthcare reform 'dangerous'

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Attorneys for 20 states, including Mississippi, fighting the new federal healthcare law told a judge yesterday it will expand the government’s powers in dangerous and unintended ways. The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the healthcare law without a full trial. They argue it violates people’s rights by forcing ...

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Chaney calls healthcare reform communism

OLIVE BRANCH — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says some parts of the federal healthcare overhaul won’t work because they came from “pure socialist-communist ideas.” The Republican’s comments came Nov. 10 during a speech to the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce. The Commercial Appeal reports that Chaney said he and his staff are sorting through the federal law that started ...

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Chaney talks healthcare reform with Obama

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney was in Washington yesterday to meet with the Obama Administration to discuss the healthcare law. A news release from his office says Chaney will be among several insurance commissioners from other states attending the meeting. Earlier this week, Chaney told the Joint Legislative Budget Committee he was going to Washington, and he said ...

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Obama to push benefits of health care reform

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.” Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical voters and trumpet ...

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Taylor signs petition to repeal healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) is a cosponsor of HR 4972, the bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the healthcare reform bill. He signed the discharge petition to bring HR 4972 to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote to repeal the bill that became law March 23. A discharge petition ...

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Medicaid officials: Reform to be costly

JACKSON — Mississippi Medicaid officials say the federal healthcare overhaul could push as many as 400,000 additional people onto the rolls of the state program. Medicaid director Bob Robinson said in a news release yesterday that the state is struggling to pay for its current program. About one-fifth of Mississippi residents are already covered by Medicaid, a government health insurance ...

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