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Humana profit rises on growth in retail, employer units

By Caroline Humer (Reuters) - Health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that its second-quarter profit rose 18 percent, helped by low medical costs and growth in both its direct-to-customer division and employer-based insurance unit. Chief Executive Officer Bruce Broussard said while government cutbacks to private Medicare plans for the elderly planned for 2014 were 'onerous', he still anticipates growth in sales of these plans directly to individuals.

Here are 20 things Congressional Republicans could actually accomplish

(Nicholas Wapshott is a Reuters columnist but his opinions are his own.) By Nicholas Wapshott (Reuters) - The Senate filibuster deal was a good start. It showed both sides can work together if they are threatened with the prospect of a chamber frozen in impotence. But compromise remains a dirty word among many conservatives and libertarians in Congress who would rather accomplish nothing than find a way to achieve something.

Community Health warnings could scuttle Health Management talks

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - A warning from hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc of declining patient admissions and news that the U.S. government is stepping up a probe of how it handles Medicare patients will complicate efforts to buy rival Health Management Associates Inc, analysts said on Friday. They said a resulting 9 percent price drop in Community Health's shares together with lower earnings have significantly raised the cost of financing a deal.

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TEXT-Senator Rubio's prepared remarks in response to Obama's speech

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Here is the complete text of Florida Senator Marco Rubio's remarks as prepared for delivery on Tuesday. Rubio gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech:

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Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Creditors probe meningitis-linked pharmacy owners' pay

White House encouraged at House plans for clean debt cap rise

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The White House on Friday welcomed plans by U.S. House of Representatives Republicans to raise the government's debt ceiling, as long as the increase is not conditioned upon spending cuts.

Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Competition affects who gets a liver transplant: study 2013-01-07T015437Z_1_BRE906019_RTROPTC_0_US-LIVER-COMPETITION.X ML () - Onyx to test cancer drug for wider use 2013-01-07T185326Z_1_BRE9060O2_RTROPTC_0_US-ONYX-RESULTS-CANCER DRUG.XML () - U.S. high court won't review federal embryonic stem cell funds 2013-01-07T193341Z_2_BRE9060IR_RTROPTC_0_US-USA-COURT-STEMCELL. XML () -

Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Competition affects who gets a liver transplant: study 2013-01-07T015437Z_1_BRE906019_RTROPTC_0_US-LIVER-COMPETITION.X ML () - Analysis: Obama may turn Medicare reform into wider health debate
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