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Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan.

U.S. budget watchdog eyes steps to control military health costs

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The most effective way to control the rising expense of the military healthcare system is to boost cost-sharing among retirees, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday, endorsing an unpopular step Congress has repeatedly rejected. The non-partisan CBO said the Defense Department spent some $52 billion in 2012 for its TRICARE healthcare program, which covers about 1.8 million troops and their 2.6 million family members, plus 5.2 million military retirees and their families.

Majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed or scaled back: poll

Majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed or scaled back: poll WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- A majority of Americans now prefer the healthcare overhaul to be scaled back or even entirely repealed following two months of glitches, according to a Gallup poll released on Friday.

Spain healthcare suffering 'devastating' cuts

Hospital budget cuts and new charges for medicine are blocking healthcare access to hundreds of thousands of people in Spain, including the seriously ill, a top health charity warned Tuesday. Despite the government's recent claims that the economic crisis is easing, Medicos del Mundo said last year's spending cuts were hitting the most vulnerable people and raising health risks.

Retiree healthcare gap to burden U.S. states, cities: economists

By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - U.S. state and local governments have about $1 trillion of unfunded retiree healthcare liabilities, a shortfall that is expected to pressure budgets in the near future even more than pension costs, two Federal Reserve Board of Governors senior economists said on Thursday.

Retirement healthcare costs decline: Fidelity

By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Healthcare costs put a big squeeze on retiree pocketbooks, but the grip may be relaxing a bit. A 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need $220,000 to pay for healthcare for the rest of their lives, an amount that is eight percent less than a year ago, according to a Fidelity Investments report issued Wednesday. Fidelity has been forecasting the cost of healthcare in retirement since 2002, and has forecast lower lifetime costs only once before - an eight percent drop in 2011.

Spanish healthcare workers protest over cost-control efforts

Hundreds of Spanish doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers, many wearing white lab coats, marched in Madrid on Sunday against budget cuts and plans to partly privatise medical services. They chanted and blew whistles as they made their way through the streets of the Spanish capital, blocking traffic, behind a large banner that read: "Healthcare is not to be sold, it is to be defended".
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