The continued fight over the potential replacement has inadvertently highlighted the tangible gains achieved by the ACA and made the public acutely aware of the negative impacts of repeal. New polling finds the ACA is increasingly popular, especially as news outlets highlight stories of individuals who would be impacted by repeal.
The decision sides with Texas, seven other states and three Christian-affiliated healthcare groups challenging a rule that, according to the judge, defines sex bias to include “discrimination on the basis of gender identity and termination of pregnancy.”
For years, progressives have wrung their hands over President Obama’s reluctance to more aggressively use executive authority to overcome congressional gridlock. Nonetheless, Obama’s steps will likely soon be imperiled by the incoming Trump administration and radical right-wing Republicans in Congress.
Any Republican replacement plan faces its stiffest challenges from at least three aspects of Obamacare that have proved popular: Medicaid expansion, the ban on denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allowing people under 26 to remain on their parents’ policies
What if Republicans abruptly repealed Obamacare, chaos ensued and Democrats sat on their hands and watched? Democrats would be doing the right thing, both for the American people and for themselves.
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 additional 29.8 million uninsured — 22.5 million from the elimination of the Medicaid expansion alone — would push the national total of the uninsured to 58.7 million in 2019, according to the analysis by researchers at the Urban Institute.
To repeal Obamacare, congressional Republicans are expected to resort to a special procedure known as budget reconciliation to get around Democrats in the Senate, where rules protect the rights of the minority party.
Price in 2010 questioned the need for health insurers to offer birth control at no cost, saying he didn’t believe there were women who couldn’t afford coverage.
Seventy-three percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters said they supported a federally funded healthcare system. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, the number was 41 percent.
Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.
Five years on, the split feelings on Obamacare “has come to define not only the politics of the law but also its implementation.”
By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — If the 23 states that have rejected expanding Medicaid under the 2010 health-care law continue to do so for the next eight years, they’ll pay $152 billion to extend the program in other states — while receiving nothing in return. This exodus of federal tax dollars from […]
By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s lawyers have won a second chance to stop a lawsuit that has the potential to unravel the national health care law and its system of insurance subsidies. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said Thursday it will reconsider […]
Tom Allen has a unique understanding of congressional dysfunction and the challenges of bipartisan governing. As a U.S. representative from Maine’s 1st district, for over a decade Allen was on the front lines of debates over the federal budget, the invasion of Iraq, and health care reform, among other key issues. In his new book, Dangerous Convictions, Allen details how both Democrats […]
By Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel DAVIE, Fla. — Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday — not to pick up some craft supplies for one of her kids’ school projects, but to alert people to the store’s existence […]
By Tracy Seipel, San Jose Mercury News The nation’s new health care law is surging in popularity in the Golden State, according to the Field Poll, which finds more Californians today — of all political stripes — support the Affordable Care Act than at any time since it was signed into law four years ago. […]
The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 56 percent — or 27.7 million individuals – by 2016, according to an updated report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report supports the findings of a March Gallup poll that showed the percentage of uninsured consistently decreasing. In mid-2013, 18 percent lacked health […]
In mid-March, House Republicans took their 52nd vote in 38 months to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While a majority of the House voted in favor of the bill, however, public support for these continued efforts to repeal the health care law is progressively shrinking. According to a Kaiser Foundation poll released on Wednesday, only […]
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally. Everyone who believes that reducing economic insecurity requires a strong government role in guaranteeing health insurance to all Americans should […]
President Obama made his most humorous pitch for the Affordable Care Act yet on Tuesday, appearing with actor Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns, the satirical internet comedy series from Funny or Die. In between jokes — “How does it feel to be the last black president?” the actor asked, before Obama suggested that a […]