Capsules: As Lawmakers Roam Their Home Territory, Health Law Arguments Simmer; Poll: Majority Favors Charging Smokers Higher Insurance Rates, But Not Overweight People; Talking The Health Law's Impact On Hospitals Serving Medicare Patients

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on how congressional lawmakers might discuss the health law during the August recess: "The battle over the Affordable Care Act shows absolutely no signs of abating, so it's no surprise that the packets distributed by both parties on Capitol Hill for members heading home for the August recess paint the 2010 health care law in starkly different ways" (Carey, 8/13).

In addition, Kelsey Miller reports on a Gallup poll exploring opinions about higher insurance rates for smokers: "Fifty-eight percent of Americans surveyed favor charging smokers higher insurance rates, but only 41 percent would charge overweight people more, according to a Gallup poll released Monday" (Miller, 8/13).

Also on Capsules, a video of Jordan Rau on C-SPAN's Washington Journal Monday. He talks about the latest round of readmissions penalties in Medicare (8/12). Checkout what else is on the blog.

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