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Thanks To Obamacare, U.S. Uninsured Rate Hit Record Low In 2016

The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In the first nine months of 2016, just 8.8 percent of Americans lacked health coverage, survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

February 15, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Nebraska and Louisiana at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

Under Obama, Government’s Safety Net Has Expanded

Despite Republican majorities in Congress through much of his tenure and increasingly insistent calls from GOP presidential candidates to rein in “free stuff,” President Barack Obama has engineered the largest expansion of the federal government’s safety net in half a century, a record he cemented further as he closed out his seventh year.

January 19, 2016
Obamacare Protest

How The Debate Over Health Care Is Changing — Just In Time For The 2016 Election

The national health care debate is poised to enter a new phase, more focused on consumers’ pocketbooks than on relitigating the 5-year-old Affordable Care Act.

October 11, 2015
These blood glucose test strips are to use with the GlucoTel - Blood Glucose Monitoring and Diabetes Management System only. The test strips are used to measure blood glucose (sugar) in capillary whole blood. (bodytel via Flickr)

Diabetes Study Shows Benefits Of Expanded Medicaid Under Obamacare

See the latest evidence that Obamacare works.

March 23, 2015

Supreme Court Arguments To Begin In Major Challenge To Health Care Law

Arguments in the controversial new Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare begin this morning.

March 4, 2015

If Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare, States Have Few Options

Even some red state governments are starting to panic over King v. Burwell.

March 2, 2015

Health Law Drives Down U.S. Rate Of Uninsured Patients, Survey Finds

New evidence confirms that Obamacare is working.

February 24, 2015
Obamacare, Republicans

Fewer Americans Delay Needed Medical Care In 2014, Survey Says

See the latest evidence that Obamacare is working.

January 15, 2015

Obamacare’s Guaranteed Health Coverage Changes Many Lives In First Year

For millions of Americans like Lisa Gray, Obamacare is working.

January 7, 2015
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Enrollment For Obamacare Jumps With Two Million New Sign-Ups

There’s more great news for the Affordable Care Act.

December 23, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Obamacare Adviser Apologizes To Lawmakers For Controversial Comments: ‘I Behaved Badly’

House Republicans finally got their opportunity to attack Jonathan Gruber on Tuesday.

December 9, 2014

In Arizona, Swings In Medicaid Access Show Program’s Impact

Medicaid expansion made a big difference in Arizona — but the state’s Republicans may roll it back anyway.

December 2, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Obamacare Enrollment Surpasses 500,000 In First Week

There’s more good news for the Affordable Care Act.

November 26, 2014

A Strategic Shift On Ebola Care

Learn more about the next steps in preventing an outbreak.

October 17, 2014

Ebola Patient Nina Pham To Be Relocated; Congress Grills Health Officials

Get the latest on the fight against the deadly disease.

October 16, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

Obamacare Enrollment At 7.3 Million In August, Down From April

More people need to sign up for the law to remain sustainable.

September 18, 2014

Obamacare Subsidies Push Cost Of Health Law Above Projections

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up roughly 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates. Nearly 9 in 10 […]

June 18, 2014

Young Adults Healthier After Passage Of Obamacare, Study Finds

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Expanding the number of young adults with health insurance appears to have improved their health and saved them money, according to a new study that is among the first to measure the effect of the health care law that President Barack Obama signed four years ago. […]

June 17, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

Federal Funds Earmarked To Offset Affordable Care Act Insurer Losses

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature health care law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money. The move was buried in hundreds of pages […]

May 21, 2014

Obama Health Nominee Wins Bipartisan Support

Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s pick to assume oversight of his signature health law received added bipartisan support Wednesday as more Republicans joined Democrats backing her nomination for secretary of health and human services. The growing support all but guarantees that Sylvia Mathews Burwell will be confirmed easily by the […]

May 15, 2014

Obama’s Pick To Head Health And Human Services Draws GOP Support

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s pick to take over the administration of his signature health law drew support Thursday from several Republicans in her first appearance before a congressional committee, signaling her likely confirmation to head the Department of Health and Human Services. “Regardless of my objections to Obamacare, […]

May 8, 2014

Obama’s Pick To Head Health And Human Services Draws GOP Support

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s pick to take over the administration of his signature health law drew support Thursday from several Republicans in her first appearance before a congressional committee, signaling her likely confirmation to head the Department of Health and Human Services. “Regardless of my objections to Obamacare, […]

May 8, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Varies Widely From State To State

By Noam Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sign-ups for insurance through President Barack Obama’s health-care law varied widely across the nation in the first year for the system’s state marketplaces, according to a new government report that shows consumers flocked to coverage in some states while enrollment fell well short of targets elsewhere. These differences […]

May 1, 2014

Number Of Americans Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the health care law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured. Just 14.7 percent of […]

April 7, 2014

Obamacare Has Led To Health Coverage For Millions More People

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law, despite a rocky rollout and determined opposition from critics, already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show. As the law’s initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 […]

March 31, 2014