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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
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One Last Time: Be Thankful For President Obama

Amazingly, the fact that his successor spent years abusing him with calumnies, lies, and disrespect, in an ugly racist style, has not discouraged Obama from showing him and his family every courtesy — and seeking to prepare him for the presidency.

November 24, 2016
Obamacare faces tough challenge in Republican controlled congress

Obamacare Faces An Uncertain Future

Scrapping the law altogether without a clear plan for providing replacement coverage for so many people would be politically risky, experts said.

November 10, 2016
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Even With Its Faults, Obamacare Has Helped Millions

To be fair, Obamacare is far from perfect. Still, its implementation has provided access to medical care for many, and that’s a big deal. Before Obamacare, about 16 percent of Americans had no health insurance of any kind. Now, that’s down to less than 9 percent — a record low.

November 4, 2016
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Trump Promises To Call Congress Into A Special Session On Obamacare

The Constitution gives the president the authority “on extraordinary occasions, to convene both houses (of Congress) or either of them.” Since the amendment was adopted in 1933, presidents have only exercised their power to convene Congress four times.

November 2, 2016
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No, Bill Clinton Did Not Call Obamacare ‘Crazy’

No, Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare “crazy.” Could Obamacare have been better designed? Sure. As they say in politics, a camel is a horse made in committee. But this camel functions a lot better than the wheezing health-coverage beast we had in the pre-Obamacare era. Now that was crazy.

October 27, 2016
Protesters in Minnesota call for smaller government and the repeal of the health care law enacted in March, 2010. (Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Right-Wing Media Use Old Lies To Trash A Public Option For Obamacare

Right-wing media are pre-emptively attacking a “public option” health care proposal supported by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama by linking it to supposedly “socialist” single-payer systems that have been routinely demonized through the history of health care reform.

October 26, 2016
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Crazy: How Right-Wing Pundits And Politicians Distorted Bill Clinton On Obamacare

What did Clinton really say? And what did his words mean? He was addressing actual problems with the system under the Affordable Care Act and proposing solutions, not suggesting that the original bill’s reforms should be discarded.

October 5, 2016
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More U.S. Counties To See Obamacare Marketplace Monopoly: Analysis

Nearly a third of U.S. counties will likely be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

August 29, 2016
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Paul Ryan And The GOP Can’t Quit Trump

Paul Ryan spent the weekend at Mitt Romney’s donor summit listening to Ebay CEO and former Republican candidate for governor California Meg Whitman warn that, according to the Washington Post, “Trump is the latest in a long line of historic demagogues, explicitly comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.”

June 13, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Nihilist Ted, Back To The Back Bench

Failed campaign behind him, Ted Cruz will now recast himself as a party leader whose legislative agenda was endorsed by donors who backed him and citizens who cast their votes for him in primaries and caucuses. After reading 55 bills and 115 resolutions filed by Cruz, here’s the takeaway. Cruz is a destroyer.

June 11, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri during a state dinner in the Centro Cultural Kirchner as part of President Obama's two-day visit to Argentina, in Buenos Aires March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Barack Obama Doesn’t Get The Credit He Deserves

The stock market nearing new highs? Bubble! Jobless claims at a 43-year low? The numbers must be fake! More than 20 million Americans gained health insurance? Obamacare can’t possibly be helping anyone because I know a guy who knows someone’s doctor who said…

May 2, 2016
Secret Service agents surround Donald Trump during a disturbance as he speaks at Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio March 12, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Trump Health Plan Would Increase Deficit and Leave Millions Uninsured, report says

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.

March 14, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama attends a meeting with the National Security Council at the State Department Washington

If Obama Wasn’t ‘Black’ Before, He Certainly Is Now

To be black is not to share a common geography, class or family status, but rather, the common experience of being insulted, bullied and oppressed by people who think they are white.

February 29, 2016
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5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
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Michael McDonald: Here’s What You Need To Do When Filing Your 2015 Tax Return

Each year, the IRS makes a host of procedural changes that complicate the filing of tax returns.

January 27, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Sanders and Clinton talk during a

Sharp Clinton-Sanders Debate Foreshadows Primary Battles

Due to Sunday’s Democratic debate, health care policy is now being talked about.

January 19, 2016
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
A supporter of the Affordable Care Act celebrates after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote in Washington

Obama Vetoes Legislative Bid To Dismantle Signature Healthcare Law

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) says that under a Republican president, health care reform would be repealed next year.

January 8, 2016
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5 Best Things That Happened In 2015

Amidst the domestic sturm und dang of overly hyped fears and hysterical pandering to our worst instincts, continued progress around the world made us safer, healthier and potentially even smarter. So as a public service and a tribute to the truth, let’s dwell on the positive developments of the past year for a moment.

January 4, 2016
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The North Carolina Experiment: How One State Is Trying To Reshape Medicaid

North Carolina is in the process of overhauling its Medicaid program.

October 27, 2015
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Mitt Romney Now Celebrates His Greatest Accomplishment — Obamacare

Now that he’s out of politics, even Mitt Romney is finally able to embrace the truth.

October 23, 2015
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Jeb Bush’s Unfortunate “LIE” Sign

A bunch of people have noticed a problem with Jeb Bush’s setup for his big speech on health care.

October 13, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump reacts near the end of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

5 Depressing Things To Expect If A GOP President And Congress Win in 2016

If Republicans win in 2016, expect the worst. And if we let this happen after seeing what they did the last time we had a GOP president and Congress — 2001-2006 — know that we deserve it.

October 12, 2015
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Clinton Calls For Repeal Of ‘Cadillac Tax’ On High-End Healthcare Plans

Hillary Clinton: “I encourage Congress to repeal the so-called Cadillac Tax, which applies to some employer-based health plans, and to fully pay for the cost of repeal.”

September 29, 2015