House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and — just as important — replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is pretty complex. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that what the GOP is proposing in its place has a few knotty details.
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.
Not a single major organization representing patients, physicians, hospitals or others who work in the nation’s health care system backs the GOP’s Obamacare strategy. New polls also show far more Americans would like to expand or keep the health care law, rather than repeal it.
The flood of people signing up for Obamacare since enrollment began Nov. 1 surpassed 1 million on Saturday, outpacing enrollment from last year.
Trump’s plan would drive up the federal deficit by nearly $500 billion over the next decade and cause 21 million Americans to lose health coverage.
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.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]