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Saturday, December 16, 2017
ACA
Democrats

Don’t Fall For The GOP’s Sham Plan To ‘Repair’ The Affordable Care Act

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.

February 7, 2017
Trumpcare

U.S. Judge Blocks Transgender, Abortion-Related Obamacare Protections

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.”

January 1, 2017
Obama, Executive Orders, Trump

Will Trump Undo Obama’s Executive Actions In His First 100 Days?

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.

December 26, 2016
Obamacare, GOP

Repealing Obamacare Could Be Easy, But Replacing It Will Be A Mess

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

December 22, 2016
Obamacare, Republicans

Let Republicans Fix What They Break

What if Republicans abruptly repealed Obamacare, chaos ensued and Democrats sat on their hands and watched?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.

December 13, 2016
Obamacare, GOP, Trump

GOP Charges Forward With Obamacare Repeal, But Few Are Eager To Follow

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.

December 13, 2016
Obamacare

Study: Repealing Obamacare Would Leave 30 Million Without Coverage

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.

December 7, 2016
Obamacare

McConnell: Repealing Obamacare First On Senate Agenda In 2017

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.

December 6, 2016
Tom Price, a rabid Obamacare critic, tapped to lead the HHS

HHS Nominee Could Repeal Free Birth Control Without Act Of Congress

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.

December 1, 2016
A representative for Abbott enters a doctor's clinic in Pune, in this file picture taken August 27, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Majority Of Americans Support Federally Funded Healthcare System

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.

May 16, 2016

Republican Governors Buck Party Tenets To Seek Expanded Medicaid

Republican governors are pressing forward to expand Medicaid even after being stymied by lawmakers in their own party.

July 30, 2015
obergefell

The Acceleration Of History

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.

June 29, 2015
Obamacare Protest

Blame Congress If Obamacare Subsidies Die

It took a sloppy Democratic Congress and an intractable Republican one, working six years apart, to bring Obamacare to its knees.

June 18, 2015
ACA, Obamacare, Health Care, Supreme Court, Anniversary, Economy, Top News

Taking The Pulse Of Obama’s Health Care Law At Age Five

Five years on, the split feelings on Obamacare “has come to define not only the politics of the law but also its implementation.”

March 23, 2015

GOP Congressional Candidate: Medicaid Expansion Is ‘Working’

David Young acknowledged the benefits of Medicaid expansion in a debate last week.

September 18, 2014

States That Decline To Expand Medicaid Give Up Billions In Aid

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 […]

September 5, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

D.C. Appeals Court To Review Decision Jeopardizing Health Care Subsidies

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 […]

September 4, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Dangerous Convictions: What’s Really Wrong With The U.S. Congress’

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 […]

August 23, 2014

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

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 […]

August 21, 2014

More Californians Support Affordable Care Act, Poll Finds

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. […]

August 19, 2014
Obamacare

Report: Over 27 Million Previously Uninsured Americans Now Eligible For Coverage Under Obamacare

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 […]

May 29, 2014

Poll: GOP Movement To Repeal Obamacare Is Dead

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 […]

March 26, 2014

Health Care’s Real Stakes

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 […]

March 24, 2014

WATCH: President Obama Visits Zach Galifianakis On ‘Between Two Ferns’

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 […]

March 11, 2014

Is The Affordable Care Act Working?

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January 9, 2014