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** FILE ** In this file photo taken June 14, 2014, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor rides the the Pink Tomato Festival parade as he campaigns in Warren, Ark. Pryor is being challenged by Republican Congressman Tom Cotton in a campaign that began about one year ago. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Sen. Mark Pryor releases a rare pro-Obamacare ad

- The Washington Times 54 minutes ago

Sen. Mark Pryor’s re-election campaign released an ad Wednesday that touts a part of Obamacare — a rarity among Democrats hoping to stave off attacks derived from the law’s negative headlines and poor polling numbers.

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New-fangled Stress-Phone monitors body, could ‘fundamentally’ alter healthcare

- The Washington Times

The inventor has received $3 million from the National Science Foundation to perfect smart phones that are smart enough and connected enough to actually monitor the human body. That would be Cornell University engineering professor David Erickson, who will head a multidisciplinary team of investigators who intend to develop devices with specific diagnostics.

** FILE ** Michael Wilson, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Jose Gomez and his wife, Laura, at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Obamacare suffers bad news on cost, tax fronts

- The Washington Times

The Obamacare program got a double dose of bad news Tuesday as a federal watchdog reported its tax on medical devices is bringing in less money than expected, while a Federal Reserve study warned that many private companies expect to see their health costs soar because of the president’s signature health law.

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- Associated Press

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Feds look at La dentists for kids on Medicaid

- Associated Press

About 5 percent of the Louisiana dentists treating children under Medicaid may be padding their numbers, overcharging, providing unnecessary treatments or even harming children, according to a federal study released Wednesday.

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