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Congressional Republicans are crowing that the budget blueprint the House and Senate agreed to Thursday night proves they are governing effectively and pursuing fiscal responsibility by cutting spending by more than $5 trillion over a decade and repealing the Affordable Care Act.
State health insurance exchanges were required to be financially self-sustaining by now, but many have struggled to come up with viable funding sources and continue to rely heavily—and inappropriately—on federal grant dollars, according to HHS' inspector general's office.
There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the ice.
For the first time in nearly three years, more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than disapprove of it, according to the latest tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The difference between the opposing views was small and statistically insignificant. But the trend lines seem to indicate growing acceptance of the landmark healthcare law.