“This program is not ready for prime time,” says Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., chief sponsor of a bill passed by the U.S. House last week to delay the exchanges until additional anti-fraud measures are put in place. (Like dozens of previous House-passed measures on Obamacare, it isn’t expected to pass the Senate.) VIDEO: How health care law affects your wallet When Obama signed the law more than three years ago, supporters predicted Americans would embrace it as some of the most popular provisions went into effect, including measures that have helped seniors pay prescription costs, protected children who have serious medical conditions and enabled young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26. But that turnaround in public opinion hasn’t happened, at least not yet. Now the biggest test for the Affordable Care Act looms in two weeks, when the marketplaces for the uninsured are scheduled to open for enrollment on Oct. 1. A pamphlet for “Get Covered America” is seen at the Hialeah Literacy Fair on Sept. 14 in Hialeah, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images) In the USA TODAY/Pew poll: Opposition hits new highs: 53% disapprove of the health care law, the highest level since it was signed; 42% approve. By an even wider margin, intensity favors the opposition; 41% of those surveyed strongly disapprove while just 26% strongly approve. Fifty-three percent disapprove of Obama’s handling of health care policy, an historic high. And Democrats have lost their traditional advantage on the issue. For the first time in polling that stretches back more than two decades, Americans narrowly prefer Republicans in dealing with health care policy, 40%-39%.
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The victory yesterday leaves the defending champions, backed by Oracle Corp. (ORCL) Chief Executive Larry Ellison , behind 8-2 and needing to win seven more races to take the 162-year-old regatta. The Kiwis need just one. Two more races are scheduled today. Oracle helmsman Jimmy Spithill said his teams designers and engineers have erased a speed advantage New Zealand enjoyed at the beginning of the regatta and the crew believes it could come back. Yes, we can win seven more races, Spithill told reporters. Were in quite a different situation now where were clearly confident in our boat and we believe we can do it and weve almost got nothing to lose. Oracle outmaneuvered New Zealand on the starting line yesterday, led at the first turn and extended that advantage to 11 seconds by the end of the second leg. Headed back upwind toward the Golden Gate Bridge, Oracle repeatedly forced the Kiwis in directions that caused disadvantages with the wind and current, extending the lead as the two 72-foot (22-meter) catamarans headed back toward the finish line. Spithill said the victory was the result of a good start and mistake-free sailing by tacticians Ben Ainslie and Tom Slingsby. We were able to get a nice jump off the line and from there Benny and Tom sailed a very nice race, Spithill said. If you get behind in a race, its very difficult to find a passing lane unless someone makes a mistake and between Benny and Tom, they didnt allow any passing lanes. Not Over Dean Barker, New Zealand s skipper, said his team wasnt taking its seven-race edge for granted. We dont believe this is over until we win one more race, he said.
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In other words, tough luck. Schaub (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who meets Matt Mitrione (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at UFC 165 on Saturday (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET), has a confidence that guarantees he’ll get an online drubbing from time to time. But the 30- year-old fighter and former Arena Football League player says that’s what he signed up for. “To put yourself out there, you’ve got to deal with the negative criticism,” Schaub tells USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com. “I get way more positive than I do negative.” His upcoming fight isn’t exactly kosher with the man whom he’ll stand opposite at UFC 165, which takes place at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Mitrione, his former teammate on “The Ultimate Fighter 10” reality show, apparently is itching to punch him in the face after he reportedly asked the UFC to pair them. In a lively sparring match several months ago on Twitter, Mitrione, a former NFL lineman, said Schaub looked like a cross between Adam Sandler and Corky from “Life Goes On.” Schaub retorted that Mitrione’s wife liked his appearance just fine. They might not be friends anymore, but as Schaub puts it, “I don’t care if you put my brother in UFC gloves. For a title shot, I’m going to fight him to get there.” In the heavyweight division, that journey might not be long. While both fighters recently got back into the win column, a few impressive victories could put either within reach of champ Cain Velasquez . Schaub, whose win against Johnson ended a two-fight skid, was on his way to a title shot after beating one-time challenger Gabriel Gonzaga and former Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Schaub is unwavering about his motivation for fighting Mitrione, even if it rued a few feathers. “The only reason I do it is to be the best to be a world champion,” he says. “Whoever loses this fight is going to go one way.
Gilbert, provost and executive vice president at Mississippi State University, is one of three finalists to replace longtime USA President Gordon Moulton, who retired July 1. Gilbert met with members of the universitys health systems division first, at 7 a.m., then had a series of meetings with the college deans, members of the financial affairs department, the Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees. At 4 p.m., he took part in a public forum at USAs Mitchell Center. Before a crowd of about 200, he gave a PowerPoint presentation outlining his goals and ideas for the university, then took questions from the audience. Gilberts goals included improving the universitys retention rate of 68 percent and its graduation rate of 37 percent; creating more of an international focus for the universitys research programs; and attracting more businesses to the universitys Technology & Research Park. Doug Marshall, president of USAs Faculty Senate and a member of the presidential search committee, started the question-and-answer session by asking Gilbert if it was important, given the size of USAs health care division, to encourage the health care and university divisions to become more collaborative. The more we can get them working together, the better, Gilbert responded. I would do all that I could try to do bring the two divisions together as often as possible. Marshall also asked how Gilbert envisioned a typical faculty members workday in the future. Across the country, things are changing for faculty members, Gilbert said. Theyre more focused on research as we go forward. There is going to be more demand on faculty to be involved in knowledge creation and research. An audience member asked for Gilberts opinion on the universitys reliance on faculty adjunct professors. I think there is a place for a variety of different faculty types, Gilbert said, but relying too heavily on adjuncts is not a good idea. Other questions focused on ideas for expanding campus activities, enhancing the universitys role in the community and improving campus communication. Gilbert was also asked about his favorite charities (Habitat for Humanity, a foundation to assist public schools, the Starkville arts council); which professional journals he reads (The Chronicle of Higher Education); and his favorite book (1776 by David McCullough). It was great to field all the questions, Gilbert said after the session. He emphasized his goal to expand the universitys partnerships with Mobiles businesses and industry.
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Raju Chaganti Press Release: Cancer Genetics 1 hour 21 minutes ago 12.52 -0.1300 RUTHERFORD, N.J., Sept. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cancer Genetics, Inc. ( CGIX ) (“CGIX” or the “Company”), an emerging leader in DNA-based cancer diagnostics that personalizes the clinical management of difficult-to-diagnose cancers, was featured in an article in USA TODAY titled “Targeted therapy and companion diagnostics go hand and hand.” The article is available online at: http://us.mediaplanet.com/future-of-cancer-care/hand-in-hand-how-targeted-therapy-and-companion-diagnostics-are-changing-outcomes-for-cancer-patients Additionally, the September 20 print edition of USA TODAY features a panel discussion with Dr. Raju Chaganti, founder and chairman of CGIX. In the panel discussion, Dr. Chaganti and other leading oncology experts share insights about advancements that are impacting the future of cancer care. The panel discussion includes information on the newest diagnostic and treatment options available to patients, how changes in technology have impacted cancer care, forecasts for new technology advancements, and other topics driving innovation in the industry. “The Future of Cancer Care” insert will be available in print editions of USA TODAY on September 20 in the following markets: New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Cincinnati and Chicago. USA TODAY online sites have 26.3 million unique visitors per month. An online version of the insert is available at: CGIX is a sponsor of “The Future of Cancer Care” insert. About Cancer Genetics: Cancer Genetics, Inc. is an emerging leader in DNA-based cancer diagnostics that personalizes the clinical management of difficult-to-diagnose cancers. These cancers include hematological, urogenital and HPV-associated cancers. The Company’s comprehensive range of oncology-focused tests and laboratory services provide critical genomic information to healthcare professionals, cancer centers, and biopharma companies.