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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Obamacare’s Nine Lives

If Obamacare survives the latest Supreme Court challenge, it will really be the cat with nine lives.

May 26, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, And The Fight To Fix Our Broken Healthcare System’

Just how broken is our healthcare system anyway? And can we do anything about it?

February 1, 2015

Obama’s Approval Rating Improves As Healthcare Drag Eases

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings have improved, if only slightly, from a low point during the winter, a trend that potentially could help embattled Democrats in key Senate races this fall. The size of the change varies from poll to poll, but they tell the same […]

April 21, 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

Mass Surge In U.S. To Sign Up For Obamacare

Washington (AFP) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to buy President Barack Obama’s new health insurance plans, prompting a victory lap from a White House that paid a steep political price for its greatest achievement. The scramble to sign up under Obama’s health care law at the end of a six-month enrollment window caused […]

April 1, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Obamacare Website Slows Due To High Volume As Enrollment Deadline Nears

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The federal government’s online health insurance marketplace stumbled Monday as tens of thousands of Americans streamed to the website seeking to beat a midnight deadline for enrolling in coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Technicians were able to get the site back online after it […]

March 31, 2014

Americans Flood Site As Obamacare Deadline Nears

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — With a March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health law approaching, more than a million people a day are visiting, administration officials said Wednesday. The site — the main portal for insurance marketplaces in 36 states — got 1.2 […]

March 26, 2014

White House Offers Extension On Completing Obamacare Enrollment

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to allow consumers to complete enrollment for health insurance under Obamacare after next week’s deadline as long as they declare that they started the process before the end of the month. Officials said they were making the move now in anticipation of a […]

March 26, 2014

Younger Americans Warm Somewhat To Obamacare, Poll Shows

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As the deadline approaches for enrolling in Obamacare health coverage this year, younger Americans have warmed somewhat to the president’s health care law, but Latinos remain closely split over it. Those findings from a large-scale Pew Research Center survey provide a glimpse at two groups that are major […]

March 21, 2014

The Politics Of Hopelessness

WASHINGTON — Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring. You can feel elements of all three descending around President Obama as he fends off attack after attack from his conservative foes who vary the subject depending on the day, the circumstance and the opportunity. Obama and his party are […]

March 17, 2014

And Another Anti-Obamacare Talking Point Is Destroyed

A new survey from Gallup shows that the percentage of uninsured Americans dropped to 16.1 percent as Obamacare first took effect, down 1.2 percent from the month before. Among the unemployed, the drop was most significant — 6.7 percent. This modest indication that the law may be working as intended follows a government report that […]

January 23, 2014

Obama’s State Of The Union Opportunity — Be The ‘Navigator-In-Chief’

No can say with certainty how many working Americans have gained Medicaid coverage thanks to Obamacare in the last few months. President Obama’s supporters recently trumpeted an estimate of around five million. Charles Gaba — whose now-famous spreadsheet at has been cited by White House officials — says the number may be as high as 6.4 […]

January 20, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

Obamacare Website Fixer Has Thing For Tax Havens

If you had to hire an outside company to run the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s enrollment website, which would you rather have: a goody-two-shoes outfit that doesn’t know what it’s doing or a competent, well-known consulting firm that makes liberal use of offshore tax havens? The best choice is neither, of course. Ideally, […]

January 15, 2014

5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Obamacare

In early November, in the midst of the worst of the disastrous rollout of, Terry McAuliffe beat Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who defined himself as one of the nation’s foremost opponents of the president’s health care reform, to become the state’s next governor. “We tested Cuccinelli’s brag that he was the first attorney […]

January 14, 2014

Help Offered For People Who Miss Obamacare Deadline

Washington (AFP) – The U.S. government Tuesday offered help for people who were unable to sign up for health insurance through the federal website by the deadline as part of the president’s controversial health care reform legislation. The deadline for enrolling in policies that start on January 1 had already been repeatedly delayed and was […]

December 26, 2013