Daily Rounds: Health Law Promises; College Stress; Merger-In-Chief; Mass. Cholera Case

The Associated Press: Medicare official doubts health care law savings "Two of the central promises of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are unlikely to be fulfilled, Medicare's independent economic expert told Congress on Wednesday.The landmark legislation probably won't hold costs down, and it won't let everybody keep their current health insurance if they like it, Chief Actuary Richard Foster told the House Budget Committee. His office is responsible for independent long-range cost estimates." (

College Freshmen Stress Levels High, Survey Finds - "The emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since an annual survey of incoming students started collecting data 25 years ago." (

Merger plan to test Tufts CEO’s diplomatic skills - The Boston Globe "The man chosen to run the health insurance giant that would arise out of this week’s proposed merger of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is not often rattled. With his patrician roots and strong diplomatic skills, Roosevelt, 65, has frequently been tapped by political and business leaders to deliver an unwelcome message or fix a thorny problem."(

Massachusetts man is diagnosed with cholera - The Boston Globe "A 30-year-old Massachusetts man who traveled to the Dominican Republic for a wedding has been diagnosed with cholera after returning to Boston, state disease trackers confirmed last night. The man is recovering, and doctors said there is no evidence he spread the intestinal infection to anyone in the state." (

U.S. sues Boston Scientific over heart devices | Reuters "The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday that it sued Boston Scientific Corp and Guidant, which it acquired in 2006, for selling defective heart devices implanted in Medicare patients." (Reuters)

This program aired on January 28, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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