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Spin Control health care reform archive

MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2013

Health benefits website running smoother

OLYMPIA – More than 165,000 people have visited Washington’s website designed to help them find medical insurance, and about 9,400 individuals or families have enrolled in some type of plan. After some computer problems in the opening days that resulted in long delays for both...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

GOP gov candidates split over health care reaction 

OLYMPIA -- In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have a split in their party's candidates for governor. Attorney General Rob McKenna, by far the GOP frontrunner for governor, joined one of the key lawsuits that because...

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McKenna: We won on Commerce Clause argument

Attorney General Rob McKenna did his best to count victories this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the lawsuit he joined to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And he said other Republicans should drop talk of a wholesale repeal of the law because...

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Caseload forecast: State will spend a bit less

OLYMPIA -- The "other shoe" in the state's budget picture dropped lightly today. The caseload forecast, which along with last week's revenue forecast helps predict whether the state's long-term finances are in the red or black, had some good news in it. Some of the...

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Senate passes health exchange bill 

OLYMPIA – Despite Republican objections that it was moving too fast, and reported threats of political reprisals, the Senate approved changes to a system of shopping for medical insurance care that supporters liken to internet sites like Travelocity. By a 27-22 vote, senators set new...

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012

OLYMPIA Jaydra Cope, an EWU social work student, testifies about the need for health insurance at the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee hearing on Feb. 20, 2012. (Jim Camden)

People dying without health insurance, panel told 

Jaydra Cope at the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee hearing. OLYMPIA – Jaydra Cope of Spokane sat patiently through a legislative hearing Monday on federal health care reform as Republicans and Democrats sparred over sections of the law and insurance companies differed over...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012


Spec Sess Day 16: Health care laws signed

OLYMPIA – Washington will stay in the forefront of federal health care reform, and could save as much as $26 billion over the next decade, with a half dozen bills signed into law Wednesday. Even though the federal health care reforms are being challenged in...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Supreme Court ponders: Who is the state?

OLYMPIA -- The federal lawsuit in Florida over health care reform raises many interesting questions about state's rights and federal mandates. But it also sparked some interesting debates today in the Washington Supreme Court over who represents the state in a legal dispute, and even,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Health care reform keeping lawyers busy

OLYMPIA – As Attorney General Rob McKenna prepares to convince the state Supreme Court why he can fight federal health care reform, a state legislator joined a group trying to tell a federal court that he shouldn’t.McKenna is scheduled to be in the state's highest...

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010


Rossi, GOP denounce threat on Murray 

The state Republican Party and couldbe candidate Dino Rossi were quick Tuesday to denounce a Selah man's death threat against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.Rossi spokeswoman Mary Lane said he was "horrified by this awful news, prays for Sen. Murray's safety, and condemns any threats made...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Health Care Reform: One waiver, one challenge

OLYMPIA – Washington state may be first in line for one aspect of the new federal Health Care Reform law, submitting a request for some $180 million in federal money to help with pay for the state’s Basic Health Plan.U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell joined several...

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They can sue, but can they win?

McClatchy offered this early analysis of the multistate lawsuit over health care reform:By James RosenMcClatchy Newspapers(MCT)WASHINGTON — The top prosecutors in 13 states — 12 of them Republicans — filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the health care bill minutes after President Barack Obama signed the...

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

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