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Experts Forecast Change – Eventually – for an Ailing Medicare Program

CQ HealthBeat

By Jane Norman

Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. and top health aide to former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, said he’s been an “avowed radical incrementalist” in changing the “1965 battleship” that is Medicare.

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Fallout from Florida health care reform ruling

Stateline.org

By Christine Vestal

“I think you have a number of states who say, I may not like this law, but I sure as heck would rather design the exchange myself than leave it to the federal government,” Politico reported Dean Rosen, a health lobbyist of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc. saying.

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The Next Big Debate on Health Care Likely to Be Driven by Deficit Issue

CQ HealthBeat

By John Reichard

“At a recent policy forum on health care, Chris Jennings, the top health policy adviser in the Clinton White House, and Dean Rosen, who was a top health policy aide to Bill Frist when Frist was Senate Majority Leader, said they already are hearing that message every day from lawmakers.”

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Repeal effort defines GOP House debut

MSNBC.com

By Tom Curry

“The repeal vote is easy compared to what you do to ‘replace,'” Rosen said.  He said, “There’s going to be some effort to put up Republican ideas” whether it’s the Ryan plan or a plan Boehner offered last year which stressed curbs on medical malpractice lawsuits and other reforms to make insurance less expensive.”

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Washington Watch: Healthcare Law to Get Early GOP Hit

MedPage Today

By Emily P. Walker

“Repeal would likely clear the House, particularly with the help of the new Tea Party members.  And some House Democrats would likely cross the aisle and vote down the bill, Dean Rosen, the former lead health adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, told MedPage Today.

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Bingel: Democrats Must Listen to the Voters They Lost

Roll Call

By Kelly Bingel

“Many writers have offered their views on why Democrats lost so many seats in Congress.  As a Southerner who still defines herself as a Democrat despite being pro-life and fiscally conservative, I’m most concerned about why my party lost 23 seats in the South and 19 in the Midwest.  It seems my party has forgotten how to talk to people like me.” …

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Republicans Dust Off a Little-Used Tool to Go After Overhaul Rules

CQ.com

By Rebecca Adams

“Even if an attempt to use the CRA is not successful, it does, as Sen Enzi’s attempt showed, provided another vehicle to highlight genuine concerns about a regulation,” said Dean Rosen, partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc., who served as the top health adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.”…

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Lobbying firms to watch in the next Congress

The Daily Caller

By Alexis Levinson

As would seem obvious, lobbyists are more popular when their party is in power.  “As a bipartisan firm we’ve stayed quite busy tese past two years,” said Bruce Mehlman, co-founder of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., “but there’s no doubt our Republicans’ phones are ringing a lot more in November than they were in October.”…

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Key Democrats backs repeal of 1099 paperwork burden

Phoenix Business Journal

By Kent Hoover

“Republicans could, however, try to attack health care reform by denying the Obama administration funds to implement it. For example, the House could attach from using funds to enforce the individual mandate, said Dean Rosen…”

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Device tax seen as invisible in healthcare repeal efforts————————————-

Medical Device Daily

By Mark McCarthy

Seconding that viewpoint, albeit with some reservations, was Dean Rosen, a partner with the lobbying firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti (MVC; Washington), who commented that the device tax issue “points out two interesting broader questions.” One of these, he said is the question of how any changes to PPACA are presented. “How are they positioned?” in the public’s view, he asked.  He noted that Congress will not succeed in selling any changes to the public unless “a number of those industry fees…can be portrayed as things that are going to increase the cost of underlying products and hence boost healthcare insurance premiums or cost-sharing.”

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GOP is spoiling for a healthcare fight

Los Angeles Times

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau

“The next couple of years, in some ways, become about the 2012 elections, “Republican healthcare lobbyist Dean Rosen said last week at an Alliance for Health Reform briefing in Washington.

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