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  • CEO Blog: Changing How We Pay for Healthcare Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | 11:40 AM ET

    Is legislated healthcare reform here to stay? As we watch the presidential race heat up – and look to a Supreme Court ruling this summer — no one knows for sure. Regardless, we as a nation need to realize that traditional thinking around healthcare is forever changed.

  • For-Profit Hospices: Next in Medicare Mash? Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 5:40 PM ET

    In recent days home health care companies—notably Amedisys, Gentiva and LHC Group, have been whacked after a Senate staff report slammed them for allegedly gaming the Medicare system. That prompted me to wonder what other areas of healthcare could be susceptible to the government’s Medicare mash.

  • Health Care Fraud You Pay For     Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 7:51 PM ET

    Want to know why Medicare and Medicaid are going broke? One big reason is fraud, and it's been infecting government health care programs for years. CNBC's Scott Cohn has the story of a home health care scam for the record books.

  • In the first overhaul of the system in 25 years, younger, healthier people will be given priority preference for kidneys over older, sicker people. This is a major change over the previous system which favored patients on a waiting list – first come, first served – irrespective of age or health condition.

  • Will Digital Health Records Ever Happen? Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 10:35 AM ET

    Though the U.S. had made much progress taking medical record keeping into the digital age, there's still some doubt that the government will reach its target by the prescribed deadline.

  • Medicare and Medicaid: CNBC Explains Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 3:47 PM ET

    Medicare and Medicaid are often confused with each other as both are government sponsored health programs. But there are major differences. CNBC explains.

  • Brusca: Time For A National Sales Tax? Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 4:12 PM ET

    All states, regardless of partisanship, hate the idea because states (and some cities) already use the sales tax. They do not want the Feds elbowing their way in on these revenues, but perhaps now is the time to think about a national sales tax.

  • Gamblers Return to Las Vegas, But for How Long? Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 5:02 PM ET
    Friends playing in casino

    One could argue that lately you had better odds winning in Las Vegas than Wall Street. Sin City is coming back, but its economy remains fragile.

  • Congress Needs to 'Cowboy Up' to Fix the Economy Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 11:13 AM ET
    John Wayne

    Investors woke up Monday to a world in which America is seen as a greater credit risk than anytime in recent history, and they didn't like what they saw. The conversation around why we were downgraded can get as wonky as we want, but let’s not get caught up in the weeds. We are where we are because the problem is simple: Our country spends far more than it takes in—trillions more.

  • Dear America: Austerity Is Going to Hurt Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 12:32 PM ET

    The debt-ceiling deal doesn't go far enough to control the U.S. government's spending problem, according to many.

  • Reaping Millions in Nonprofit Care for Disabled Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 11:31 AM ET

    Two brothers earned millions of dollars from Medicaid funding as executives of a non-profit organization that provides care to the developmentally disabled, the New York Times reports.

  • Health Tab to Hit $4.6 Trillion in 2020: Government Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 5:33 AM ET

    The nation's health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report out Thursday.

  • Debt, Default & Government Spending     Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    The CNBC news team with a look at today's rhetoric on the debt; what would happen if the government defaulted, and the staggering cost of Medicare and other federal programs.

  • Cramer: HealthSouth Is a Buy, Buy, Buy Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 | 6:41 PM ET

    This stock has been knocked down for the wrong reason, Cramer said.

  • US Military Could Suffer If No Debt Deal: Bush Aide Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 10:42 AM ET

    There's be no money for U.S. defense as of Aug. 3 if there is no deal on the debt under a worst-case scenario, former Treasury Secretary Jay Powell told CNBC Monday.

  • Debt Ceiling: Will the US Follow Minnesota's Lead? Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 11:26 AM ET
    Uncle Sam taking money out of your wallet

    The markets seem to believe that the federal government will raise the debt ceiling before August 2. And the markets may be right.

  • Cutting the Deficit, Adding Jobs Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | 8:23 AM ET

    Consumer spending has weakened. Hiring has slowed. Stocks have slid. As tends to be the case in the long aftermath of a financial crisis, the economy once again needs help.  And the debt talks have become the best opportunity for Washington to provide that help, the New York Times reports.

  • Medicare Plan for Payments Irks Hospitals Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 11:05 AM ET

    For the first time in its history, Medicare will soon track spending on millions of individual beneficiaries, reward hospitals that hold down costs and penalize those whose patients prove most expensive. The New York Times reports.

  • GOP Bid to Privatize Medicare Defeated in Senate Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 6:08 PM ET

    U.S. Senators cast enough votes to defeat a Republican proposal to privatize Medicare, a widely expected result but one that Democrats hoped would force GOP Senators to vote in favor of a plan that is increasingly unpopular with voters.

  • Cut The Military, Not Medicare: Rep. Barney Frank Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 5:16 PM ET

    If the U.S. Congress hadn't approved the military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan during the Bush presidency there wouldn't be the need to raise the debt ceiling now, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told CNBC Wednesday.