NY impact of Obamacare ruling by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York is probably less affected than most states by today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision. The court effectively has said that almost all of Affordable Care Act (ACA) passes constitutional muster. This means the entire country can now experience the effects of the sort of regulatory policies (such as guaranteed issue, community rating and mandated coverages) that have done much to make health insurance so costly here...

More Than Wages for The Working Poor by Russell Sykes | | Albany Times Union

Proponents of an increase in New York's minimum wage argue that no full-time worker — especially a head of household raising children — should have to live on $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year.

Patients Hurt in Insurance Fight by E.J. McMahon | | Newsday

The pitfalls of a government-run health insurance system were best summed up by political satiristP.J. O'Rourke: "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free."

Gov’s Health End-run by Russell Sykes | | New York Post

With a pen stroke last week, Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order establishing a New York Health Benefit Exchange to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare.

The Perils of Cuomo’s Medicaid Reform by E.J. McMahon | | New York Post

The Cuomo administration’s Medicaid-reform strategy is riskier than most New Yorkers realize in good part because it doesn’t reform the Empire State’s longstanding practice of seeking to grab every federal Medicaid dollar it can get.

Medicaid AWOL From Budget Debate by E.J. McMahon | | Newsday

Over the next few days, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the legislature negotiate the final details of a state budget for fiscal 2012-13, New Yorkers will be hearing very little about Medicaid -- a subject that used to dominate the headlines out of Albany this time of year.

Hunger Hypocrisy in New York by E.J. McMahon | | Washington Examiner

President Obama recently announced his intention to restrict what can be sold in private vending machines at public schools as a way to address the obesity crisis among children and youth.

The Real NY Minimum Wage by E.J. McMahon | | New York Post

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants to raise the state's minimum wage by 17 percent, to $8.50 an hour, and link it to inflation, guaranteeing more yearly increases.
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