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  • Closing Drug 'Doughnut Hole' Saves $687 Million in 2012 Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 2:39 PM ET
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    A provision of the Affordable Care Act squeezes premiums that drugmakers collect from the government has yielded savings of $687 million in the first six months of 2012.

  • Ventas CEO Comments on Outlook Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 6:33 PM ET

    Debra Cafaro, CEO of Ventas, chats with Cramer about what's next for her company.

  • The Fate of Health Care Reform   Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 8:15 AM ET
    The Fate of Health Care Reform

    "I think in particular, the 'individual mandate', had it been framed as a tax, it would have been on much more solid ground, just as the Medicare tax is," says Ronald Williams, former Aetna chairman and CEO, weighing in on the pending Supreme Court decision on health care reform.

  • Romney Medicare Plan Draws a Stark Contrast Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 11:29 AM ET
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    The differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney on Medicare are stark, but both candidates agree that the other's plan would end the program as it now exists.

  • Health-Care Costs in Retirement Rise to $240,000 Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 10:16 AM ET
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    Two new studies show Americans drastically underestimate how much they will spend out-of-pocket on health-care costs during retirement, estimated to total $240,000. 

  • Feds Crack Down in $452 Million Medicare Fraud Sweep Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 3:31 PM ET
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    More than 100 people are charged in what authorities say is the largest one-day takedown ever for Medicare fraud.

  • Government Announces Massive Crackdown on Medicare Fraud

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports $453 million, 7 cities and 108 people have been charged in an alleged Medicare fraud case.

  • In Hopeful Sign, Health Spending Is Flattening Out Sunday, 29 Apr 2012 | 10:39 AM ET
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    The growth of health spending has slowed substantially in the last few years, surprising experts and offering some fuel for optimism about the federal government’s long-term fiscal health. The New York Times reports.

  • Insurers Alter Cost Formula, and Patients Pay More Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 4:56 PM ET
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    Despite a landmark settlement that was expected to increase coverage for out-of-network care, the nation’s largest health insurers have been switching to a new payment method that in most cases significantly increases the cost to the patient, the New York Times reports.

  • Trustees: Medicare to Exhaust Funds in 2024   Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:51 PM ET
    Trustees: Medicare to Exhaust Funds in 2024

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the Social Security trustees project Medicare and Social Security cannot sustain costs and that lawmakers must act quickly to save both programs.

  • President Obama on Ryan's Budget   Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 1:12 PM ET
    President Obama on Ryan's Budget

    President Barack Obama remarks on the U.S. economy and says, "our discretionary spending is lower than it's been in decades."

  • Health Care Act Offers Roberts a Signature Case Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 9:43 AM ET
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    This month, the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice John Roberts, will hear extended arguments leading to a final ruling on President Obama's signature healthcare legislation, the New York Times reports.

  • Tentative Deal Reached to Preserve Cut in Payroll Tax Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 4:02 AM ET
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    Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction and provide added unemployment benefits reached a tentative agreement Tuesday evening, with Republicans and Democrats claiming a degree of political victory in a fight with significant election-year implications, the New York Times reports.

  • Let Tax Cuts Expire to Help Close Deficit: Altman Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
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    In the short time between the election and Dec. 31, the lame duck U.S. Congress has a “golden opportunity” to close two-thirds of the budget deficit by letting tax cuts expire and allowing mandatory budget cuts to kick in, Roger Altman, founder of Evercore Partners and a former deputy U.S. Treasury secretary, told CNBC.

  • What I Want to Hear From Obama: Honeywell CEO Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 11:36 AM ET
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    Honeywell CEO David Cote wants President Obama to talk about the national debt and how he'll shrink it during the State of the Union address later Tuesday, he told CNBC.

  • Scaramucci’s Top 5 Surprise Predictions for 2012 Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 6:08 PM ET

    With two trading days left in the year, “Fast Money” pro Anthony Scaramucci shared his 2012 predictions on Europe, gold, the U.S. dollar, Iran and Occupy Wall Street.

  • 'Double-Dip' Blow Could Strike Big Pharmas in 2012 Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 5:26 AM ET
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    Pharmaceutical giants’ profits could take a "double-dip" hit next year from patent expirations on blockbuster drugs and President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, according to a report from CreditSights, a credit market research firm.

  • Cost of healthcare

    Medicare officials say hundreds of thousands of doctors will get a steep cut in payments on Jan. 18 unless a gridlocked Congress issues a reprieve.

  • Newt Gingrich: Obama 'Food-Stamp President'   Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 7:30 PM ET
    Newt Gingrich: Obama 'Food-Stamp President'

    GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich discusses what he would cut from the Federal budget, tax cuts, President Obama, Ron Paul's negative ad against him, his 15-point lead in the latest Gallup poll, and why he would make a stronger candidate than Mitt Romney.

  • There's a number of big issues out there that will have a bearing on the economic well-being of Americans, and voters are beginning to wonder where the presidential candidates stand on some of them.