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Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.
The US Congressional Budget Office raised its forecast for the US fiscal deficit this year on Wednesday, but said it would still be much lower than last year's. The CBO also reiterated its medium-term view that the US deficit will begin accelerating at the end of this decade, gaining size in real terms and as a percentage of gross domestic product. The CBO said lower-than-expected tax payments by businesses forced it to cut its forecast for total government receipts.