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

  • 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.

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

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    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.

  • Cost of healthcare

    Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    Health care is an emotional subject for many Americans — and often one of extremes.  Yet, as we obssess about the system's structure and cost, we neglect our own health. Obesity and high blood pressure are more common, while exercise and diet are overlooked.  Our special report, "Healthy Business", explores these issues.

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    After seeing old age or illness deplete their parents life savings, more baby boomer are signing up for long-term care coverage.

  • Martin Feldstein

    Higher oil, lower household wealth and continued trouble in the housing market will keep first-quarter growth "south of 2%," economist Martin Feldstein said Friday.

  • Barack Obama

    President Obama will call this week for Republicans to join him in writing a broad plan to raise revenues and reduce the growth of popular entitlement programs, the New York Times reports.