It's not a mountain." Since leaving the government, Emanuel said he's been trying to change the way hospitals and doctors get paid. "We don't incentivize the health-care system to keep people healthy." "We got to get them off the pay-for-service fee system," he said. "We have to move to a situation where doctors and hospitals get money for keeping people healthy and out of the hospital." Read More Shhhh! Feds still keep some Obamacare data secret Emanuelwho's no stranger to politics as the brother of former White House chief of staff and now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuelsaid there's support for his payment-reform idea on Capitol Hill. "If you talk to congressmen and senators ... away from the media, they're 70 percent or 80 percent in agreement that this payment reform is the most important thing and we need to get it done," he said. "We have to start it in the next five years." Emanuel said he thinks there's a shot at an agreement to overhaul health-care financial incentives after the midterm election in November.
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Medicaid expansion hot-button issue in 38th District race in Va. - TriCities.com: News
The stakes are high and the race is being closely watched across the state and beyond. The candidates are Ben Chafin, R-Hansonville, currently a junior member of the House of Delegates; Mike Hymes, a Democrat from Tazewell who is on the countys Board of Supervisors; and Rick Mullins, an independent candidate who is waging his first campaign. Where they stand Chafin Chafin said that Republicans, including him, generally oppose Medicaid expansion. The effort to expand Obamacare through the Medicaid program ... is fraught, he said. Its fraught with fraud, its fraught with loss. Its losing money. He said expanding the program without exploring other options is poor government. When the House of Delegates meets in special session next month, Chafin said theyll talk about Medicaid expansion, as promised earlier this year when the budget was approved without expanding the program. I think that there are some different models out there that have been used by the other states.
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