Obama’s Health Care Woes May Have Staying Power

The balance came from his continuing work as a consultant and other compensation. He was paid an additional $5.3 million in 2010 and then $1.6 million in 2011 as a “consultant/retiree.” In all, Nestor was paid a bit more than $15 million after retiring and he was the No. 2 executive. How much of that was from his retirement plan and not his consulting contract isn’t explained in the forms that health systems must file with the IRS. Even with the new regulations, nonprofit health systems often disclose less information on what they pay their top executives than for-profit public companies. An executive also can get a payout from his or her retirement plan before retiring.

Clintons Receive Public Health Awards From Harvard

Crisis management expert Eric Dezenhall said that if the White House wants to prevent the current troubles from being a long-term problem, it will have to do some basic damage control. “There has to be a component of hand-holding, clarity and bedside manner with the early stages of Obamacare,” he said. The White House appeared to start taking a page from that playbook this past week. On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began holding daily briefings to address technical problems with the website, though the many of the issues still remain shrouded from the public. Republicans are turning to a familiar tactic, congressional hearings. It’s the same tactic they took as they’re looked to connect Obama to wrongdoing in the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the bankruptcy of the solar energy company Solyndra, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ failed gun-smuggling sting operation known as “Fast and Furious,” and a number of other problems that have arisen since the president took office. Dezenhall said that while investigations may help Republicans do some damage to the health care law, “there’s a difference between roughing up your enemy and defeating them.” “They can certainly put some points on the board but I don’t see a great Republican coup anytime soon,” he said. ___ AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.

Divorce is not an option,” Clinton said. “We are all bound together.” Clinton made his remarks after being honored with one of three Centennial Medals during the Harvard School of Public Health’s 100th year celebration. Clinton recalled the death of Elif Yavuz, a senior vaccines researcher for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, who was killed in the attack on the Westgate Mall. He said that despite the murder of Yavuz, who was eight-months pregnant, her work and that of others like her is winning the trendlines in improving world health. He also said that the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which claimed credit for the attacks, relies for their funding in part on the illegal sale of ivory taken from poached elephants. The killing of African elephants is a key issue for the Clinton Global Initiative. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton earlier this year announced a new push aimed at helping end ivory trafficking. The couple’s daughter, Chelsea, received the Next Generation Award, which recognizes an individual under 40 whose commitment to health inspires young people to make “health for all” a global priority. Chelsea Clinton, who is vice chair of the Clinton Foundation and is focusing on the group’s health initiatives, said young people can bring a unique energy to the biggest problems facing society. “To make change, you have to have some fundamental dissatisfaction, and I think young people are disproportionately qualified to do that,” she said. “I think we haven’t succumbed yet in general to cynicism or inertia or patience.” Clinton said one of her current projects is bringing attention to the care of young people in the juvenile justice system in the U.S.

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Orangetheory Fitness Chain Expanding Into The Boston Market

By Sarah Zheng, Special to the Journal Orangetheory Fitness has signed a developmental contract to bring several of its studios to the Boston area. Florida-based Orangetheory is planning to have a dozen franchise-owned locations, according to Andrew Bishins, who is developing the local market for the company. No leases have been signed for the Boston market yet. Currently, Orangetheory has 44 studios open and 160 studios in development around the country.