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by Ellyn Fortino
6:29pm
Mon Oct 28, 2013

Peeling Back The Layers Of Doubt In The ACA's Glitch-Filled Start

The roll out of the Affordable Care Act met another snag Sunday after Terremark, the company that hosts the federal government's data hub and HealthCare.gov site, experienced a network failure. Progress Illinois takes a look at the recent debacle and the controversy that has surrounded the health reform law's glitch-filled start.

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:10pm
Tue Oct 22, 2013

Consumer Advocates Want An End To Prescription Drug ‘Pay-For-Delay’ Deals

People in Illinois with various medical conditions have had to fork over 10 times more on average than what’s necessary for at least 20 brand name drugs, according to a report from Illinois PIRG and Community Catalyst.

Costs for these 20 drugs, including Lipitor and Cipro, were kept high, because brand name pharmaceutical companies paid generic makers to keep cheaper versions off the market for a time. These agreements are known as “pay for delay.”

“It’s outrageous that drug companies are paying off the competition to keep prices high,” said Illinois PIRG State Director Brian Imus in a statement. “Because of this, people in Illinois pay inflated drug prices, or go without necessary medication. This needs to stop.”

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by Aricka Flowers
3:31pm
Wed Oct 16, 2013

Congress Appears Poised To Reach Deal On Debt Ceiling, Government Shutdown (UPDATED)

Senate leaders have reached a deal on a plan to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government, and both the House and Senate appear to be poised to pass the package. 

The plan would fund the government through January 15 and raise the debt ceiling through February 7. 

"Our country came to the brink of disaster, but in the end political adversaries set aside ... their differences," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said, adding that the plan will "provide our economy the stability it desperately needs."

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by Aricka Flowers
4:35pm
Fri Oct 11, 2013

Number Of The Day: $20.8 Million

Organizing for Action (OFA) has reportedly raised $20.8 million in its first three quarters of existence.

The organization was born out of the president's re-election campaign with the intent of "organizing to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, fix our broken immigration system, fight climate change, prevent gun violence, get the facts out about Obamacare, protect women’s rights, ensure marriage equality and push forward on even more issues," according to the OFA web site.

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by Aricka Flowers
5:11pm
Thu Oct 10, 2013

House GOP Offers Deal That Temporarily Raises Debt Ceiling, But Keeps Govt Closed (UPDATED)

House Republicans have unveiled a plan to temporarily hike the debt ceiling for six weeks, while the government would remain closed until a deal is reached with the White House on a long-term budget package.

“It is our hope that the president will look at this as an opportunity and a good-faith effort on our part to move halfway, halfway to what he’s demanded in order to have these conversations begin,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8) said of the proposal.

Under the plan, the new debt ceiling deadline would be November 22 and Boehner says there is no guarantee that the country would not be back at another impasse on the debt ceiling after the short-term extension is up.

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