FROM Kevin Sack
Federal Judges Challenge Constitutionality of the Healthcare Law There have been 31 separate legal challenges to President Obama's healthcare reform . In five lower-court decisions so far, three judges appointed by Democratic presidents have upheld the law while two Republican appointees have rejected it. Yesterday, it faced its third appellate court, which many regard as the one most likely to get the case to the US Supreme Court. As lawyers have traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio to Richmond, Virginia and now to Atlanta, Georgia , healthcare litigation "has taken on the feel of a traveling road show in wingtips." That's according to Kevin Sack, national correspondent for the New York Times .
The Hospice Biz Originally designed to assist the dying at the very end of their lives hospice coverage by Medicare started in 1983. For a patient to qualify, two doctors must certify that he or she has less than six months to live. But now the federal government is demanding millions of dollars in reimbursement from hospice providers, because the cost of the program almost tripled between 2000 and 2005, in part because patients are outliving the actuarial expectations. That's according to reporter Kevin Sack in today's New York Times .
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