Federal Support for Anti-Tobacco Advocacy Raises Legal Questions

Grant money supports efforts to enact anti-smoking laws in possible violation of federal law
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at anti-smoking event / AP

Funding provided by federal grants appear to have supported efforts to lobby state and local governments for greater restrictions on tobacco sales and usage in violation of restrictions on the use of federal funds for political or policy advocacy.

Costs in the Clouds

Cloud computing costs for Healthcare.gov more than quintuple original estimates
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The federal government will spend more than five times the originally contracted amount for computing cloud software, according to government contracts released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

HHS Seeking Access to ‘Full Twitter Historical Data’

Government wants ‘social media analytic tool’ for ‘ongoing monitoring’
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a “social media analytic tool” that will give the government access to “full Twitter historical data,” according to a solicitation released on Tuesday.

Dem Donor Added to HHS ‘Most Wanted Fugitives’ List

Calif. doctor who’s given thousands to DNC and Obama fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid
New Obamacare tax will raise premiums for families and hurt small businesses

The Department of Health and Human Services added a high-dollar Democratic donor to its list of most-wanted fugitives on Friday in connection with a widespread scheme of alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

These Six Court Cases Could Cripple Obamacare

Analysis: Affordable Care Act Faces 100 Pending Lawsuits
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Around one hundred lawsuits challenging the president’s signature policy achievement are currently making their way through the courts.

Some of these lawsuits challenge very specific parts of the law, while others are challenging the law in its entirety. Here is a list of the six major legal challenges to the law.

Suspect Software

Belarus confirms software work for U.S. medical and insurance companies
The shadow of Kathleen Sebelius / AP

Software developed in the former Soviet state of Belarus is part of networks used by U.S. medical and insurance companies that are now part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform program, according to a senior official of a government technology park in Minsk.