Ian Martorana

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Under Obamacare's "Closed Formularies" Patients With Serious Chronic Diseases like MS Don't Get Access to Vital Medicines

Americans who sign up for insurance under Obamacare are finding many of these plans offer very narrow options when it comes to their choice of doctors and drugs.<p>Some argue these narrow benefit designs aren’t unique to Obamacare. But this isn’t entirely true. The construction of the exchanges …

Vets Health Care Reform Expected to Be Last Act of Congress on the VA This Year

The Sen­ate’s pas­sage Wed­nes­day of le­gis­la­tion in­ten­ded to stop vet­er­ans from dy­ing wait­ing for health care is likely to be Con­gress’s …

Health Care

Lawyers Race GM to Find Black Boxes

As Car Maker Braces for Legal Battle, Tug of War Emerges Over Data Recorders<p>Loveth Kirika was driving her 2007 Chevrolet HHR toward Houston in April when it suddenly stalled on Interstate 45. Another car rear-ended her, knocking out the 39-year-old woman with a concussion.<p>In May, her husband, Lenu, …

General Motors

Iraq disintegrating as insurgents advance toward capital; Kurds seize Kirkuk

IRBIL, Iraq — Iraq was on the brink of falling apart Thursday as al-Qaeda renegades asserted their authority over Sunni areas in the north, Kurds seized control of the city of Kirkuk and the Shiite-led government appealed for volunteers to help defend its shrinking domain.<p>The discredited Iraqi army …

Scott, riding ad blitz, pulls even with Crist in polls

­­— Gov. Rick Scott appears to have pulled even in his re-election battle with likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist with the help of some $13.5 …

Government

Kill Keystone, Kill People

A pair of reports released this week by federal agencies bolster arguments by supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline that the administration’s …

Veterans tell their VA woes at Bilirakis’s town hall meeting

One by one, veterans or their relatives told about the problems they’ve experienced dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs.<p>Waiting too long …

Trans-Pacific Partnership at a critical juncture

Frazzled nerves are beginning to emerge in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as they draw closer to a conclusion. That’s not …

Associated Press News

Sanders, McCain Announce VA Health Care Deal (Updated) (Video)

<b>Updated 4:16 p.m. |</b> Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced a bipartisan VA health care deal Thursday afternoon.<p>Sanders, …

Associated Press News

Long wait times, red tape part of VA experience in Tampa Bay

NEW PORT RICHEY — Hobbled by age and suffering the effects of war, even from a generation ago, the veterans crowded into City Hall on Thursday to …

Everything you really need to know about net neutrality, in one passive-aggressive Netflix error message

Despite its frequent appearances in tech news and congressional debate over the past couple months, net neutrality remains something of an enigma to many ordinary consumers. Telecommunications acts, pay-to-play policies, “Open Internet” — cool, okay. But the bottom line, behind all that jargoned …

Editorial: Turn VA scandal into meaningful reform

It shouldn’t take a scandal to get Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs to attack the outrageous patient wait times that may have cost …

Associated Press News

Associated Press News

Salvage Company Crew Being Held in Honduras After Raid on Boat

Six men working for a Tarpon Springs-based shipwreck salvage company have been stuck in a Central American jail for a month after authorities raided …

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12 lawmakers to watch in January

House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington this week to complete several pieces of unfinished business and to begin picking new political fights on topics designed to generate support from their political base at the start of another election year.<p>The issues facing Congress in the coming weeks …

Rep. Gus Bilirakis

RT @RSAConsulting: Thank you @RepGusBilirakis for joing us today for a tour of @PepinAcademies #sayfie http://t.co/6l5nzApUi4

RT @VFWHQ: Florida VFW spoke to @RepGusBilirakis this week about GI Bill, health care, and other vets issues #VFWHill2014 http://t.co/Elya1FkRot

McKinsey: Only 14% Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Are Previously Uninsured Enrollees

The Obama administration has, for months now, been peddling nice-sounding numbers as to how many people are gaining health coverage due to Obamacare. But their numbers have been inflated on two fronts. First, not everyone who has “selected a marketplace plan” under Obamacare has actually paid the …