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What We’re Reading: On Obamacare, Romneycare, Medicare & More

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Every day the editors and reporters of LifeHealthPro share stories from around the web that they’re reading. You can keep up with what we’re reading on our Editor Picks page or by subscribing to our daily newsletter, where our newest daily picks are featured.

Below is a list of our favorite stories from the past week. We hope you enjoy them. If you have any stories you’d like to share, please list them in the comments section below, and we’ll share your picks with other readers through LifeHealthPro’s Twitter page.


‘Romneycare,’ Meet ‘Obamacare’ (Politico)

Despite numerous similarities, even ‘Romneycare’ can’t escape ‘Obamacare,’ writes Kate Nocera, citing a wealth of differences — many tiny — between the two plans. Read more


Medicare vs. Obamacare (Columbia Journalism Review)

As our health spending crisis escalates and our population ages, Medicare is taking the spotlight, and could well become the most important health story of the 2012 election. Read more


Congress’s Number Cruncher Comes Under Fire (Wall Street Journal)

The Congressional Budget Office comes under fire from Republicans on the issues of financial regulation, health care, small-business lending and efforts to aid the housing market. Read more


Women Insurance Agents (New York Times)

A 1901 New York Times article reveals a little-known fact about the insurance industry: women have been successful salespeople for more than a century. Read more


Parents Snared in $100 Billion College Debt Trap Risk Retirement (Bloomberg)

Tuition and fees for private, nonprofit, four-year colleges have increased to an average of $28,500 for the 2011-2012 academic year, up from an inflation-adjusted $16,276 two decades ago. Read more


5 Apps For Organizing Your Expenses at Tax Time (Business Insider)

A slew of smartphone apps are aimed at simplifying the tax preparation process and helping users go paperless by scanning and organizing receipts. Read more


Gompertz’ Law of Mortality: How Long Must Your Money Last? (AdvisorOne)

The trouble with a retirement plan based on your own life expectancy estimates, writes Moshe A. Milevsky, is that life is random. Far better to take a more calculated approach. Read more


Hospitals Mine Patient Records in Search of Customers (USA Today)

Is it legal for hospitals to market to specific consumer groups? The debate is fierce. Read more


Making Sense of 401(k) Disclosures (SmartMoney)

What can employees expect under the new 401(k) disclosures? More information about investment options, disclosures about administrative costs, and an accurate account of all other fees and expenses. Read more