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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) closes the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Republicans Are Determined to Destroy Health Safety Nets, Whether or Not Their Latest Effort Passes

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.   Political resistance mounted to the House Republican leadership’s Obamacare repeal legislation Tuesday, with 12 Republican senators criticizing elements of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan as too draconian—especially the proposal’s cuts affecting Medicaid, which covers the poor, children and senior long-term care. Meanwhile, progressive economists and others digging into the […]

March 15, 2017

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

Many Newly Insured Still Face Health Coverage Upheaval

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As procrastinators rushed to buy health insurance Monday by the Affordable Care Act’s official enrollment deadline, new research estimates that about half of those with subsidized coverage obtained from federal or state marketplaces will lose it within a year because of changes in their incomes or other […]

March 31, 2014

Obamacare Has Led To Health Coverage For Millions More People

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law, despite a rocky rollout and determined opposition from critics, already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show. As the law’s initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 […]

March 31, 2014
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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
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Some Consumers Can Keep Old Health Plans Into 2017, Administration Says

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Wednesday that some Americans with health insurance policies that don’t meet consumer standards set by the Affordable Care Act will be allowed to keep their plans into 2017, three years later than originally envisioned. Allowing some consumers to keep old insurance plans […]

March 5, 2014

Supreme Court Has Its Hands Full

The Supreme Court has a lot on its plate this term, and could well inject itself into the 2012 presidential race by ruling definitively on the healthcare law next spring or summer: The Supreme Court convenes Monday for what could be the most significant term of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s six-year tenure, with […]

October 3, 2011

“Job-Killing” Healthcare Law Didn’t Kill Job Growth

Matt Yglesias at ThinkProgress flags a St. Louis Fed chart (and adds a marker of his own) showing that the jobs picture actually improved markedly in the months after passage of the Affordable Care Act in March of last year, despite Republican promises that it would bring growth to a halt. This isn’t to say […]

July 21, 2011

Conservative Legal Star Upholds Healthcare Law

A George W. Bush-appointee and up-and-coming conservative jurist joined a Democrat to uphold the constitutionality of the healthcare law and its individual mandate to purchase health insurance today, giving the Obama administration its first bipartisan legal victory on the issue. “We find that the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of legislative power by […]

June 29, 2011