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Health Care Reform

Polls: Americans Like SCOTUS’ Obamacare Ruling — But Opponents Are Stubborn

At the same time, the Kaiser poll also found that those who disapprove of the decision largely remain set in their views even if it is explained that the decision will help people.

July 1, 2015
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Obamacare’s Projected Costs Continue To Tumble, CBO Report Says

Five years after the Affordable Care Act became law, its projected costs continue to plummet.

March 9, 2015

Justice Who Once Tried To Kill Obamacare Now Potential Savior

Anthony Kennedy may hold the Affordable Care Act’s fate in his hands.

March 5, 2015

Challenge To Affordable Care Act Hinges On 4 Words In Isolation, Not The Full Law

Is John Roberts too good a lawyer to kill Obamacare?

March 2, 2015

The Return Of The Death Of Obamacare

The legal threat to Obamacare — and the entire health care system — is the biggest story that nobody wants to talk about.

February 27, 2015
Obamacare, Republicans

Ruling Against Health Care Subsidies Could Raise Premiums For Millions, Firm Says

An anti-Obamacare ruling could be even worse than you think.

February 26, 2015

Obamacare Supporters May Make States’ Rights Case Before Supreme Court

Inside the White House’s ironic legal defense of the Affordable Care Act.

February 26, 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
Chuck Schumer and the Democrats need to rebrand their economic message

Schumer: Health Care Reform Was ‘Wrong Problem’ For Democrats To Focus On

Find out what Senator Schumer thinks Democrats should have done instead of passing Obamacare.

November 25, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

Imagine A World Without ‘Obamacare’

What’s in a name? More than you might think.

November 20, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

To Know Obamacare Is To Love It?

Explaining the latest polls on the Affordable Care Act.

October 10, 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

U.S. Healthcare Ranks Last Among 11 Developed Nations, Report Says

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Despite having the costliest care, the United States ranks last among 11 industrialized countries on health care quality and access, according to a new report. The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund published Monday ranked the United Kingdom first overall, even though its per-capita health spending is […]

June 16, 2014

6 GOP Candidates Who Have No Idea What They Want To Do About Health Care

  Although many conservatives are becoming desperate to distance themselves – and their party – from the “repeal or replace” war they have waged on the Affordable Care Act, several Republican candidates running in 2014 have proven unwilling or unable to cut the cord. With Election Day just months away, many GOP candidates now find themselves on the defensive, as […]

June 9, 2014
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GOP Candidates Are Seeing Obamacare In A Different Light

In an interview with a reporter last month, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) “accidentally” made complimentary remarks about the Affordable Care Act, routinely known as Obamacare. (His campaign aides claim he misunderstood the question.) Some analysts say those remarks were among the missteps that have left the senator in danger of defeat as he faces a […]

June 7, 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

What Are Americans Worried About? Not Obamacare

The conventional wisdom that the Affordable Care Act will dominate politics throughout the remainder of President Obama’s time in office may be flawed, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The survey finds that a 20 percent plurality think that unemployment and jobs are the most important problem facing the country, up 6 percent from […]

May 19, 2014

Medicaid Projections Get More Affordable, And Obamacare Politics Get Trickier For GOP

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion is an even better deal for the states than previously thought, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office — and that could seriously complicate Republican hopes of winning a Senate majority in November. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Edwin Park explained in a […]

April 23, 2014

Sebelius, On Her Way Out, Praises Health-Care Law

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday that health insurance exchanges that are now up and running across the country have given uninsured Americans a true choice of insurance plans with price comparisons. “People have competitive choices and real information for the first […]

April 13, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Medicaid Programs Drowning In Backlog

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica. Last week, federal health officials celebrated two milestones related to the Affordable Care Act. The first, which got considerable attention, was that more than 7 million people selected private health plans in state and federal health insurance exchanges. The second, which got less attention, was that some 3 million additional enrollees […]

April 9, 2014

Irrational Hatred Of Obamacare Is Hard To Fathom

My friend Isatou has just received an invoice from Kaiser Permanente, testament to her new coverage through the Affordable Care Act — usually called “Obamacare.” She’s thrilled to finally have health insurance so she can get regular checkups, including dental care. A reasonably healthy middle-aged woman, she knows she needs routine mammograms and screenings for […]

April 5, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Leaders Of State Exchanges Say They Won’t Need Bailouts

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times Pressed by House Republicans, directors of troubled state insurance exchanges said Thursday that they could fix continuing Affordable Care Act glitches with grant money they have already received and would not ask for future federal bailouts. Members of the House Oversight & Government Reform committee sought to turn their […]

April 4, 2014

When Obamacare Was ‘Doomed’

WASHINGTON — Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones? […]

April 3, 2014

The ACA In Threes: The Good, The Bad And The Ways To Make It Better

With the first open enrollment period ending Monday, consider some successes, outrages, and bug fixes for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Good: Three Big Successes of ACA: The Affordable Care Act is saving people’s lives: Already. Like Kathy Bentzoni, a Pennsylvania schoolbus driver, who dropped her old insurance because it was expensive and rejecting claims […]

April 1, 2014