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Ron Johnson’s Obamacare Lawsuit Is Becoming Messy — For Him And The Far Right

As Republicans slowly retreat from their war on the Affordable Care Act, ultra-conservative Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit is threatening to turn into one more headache they would prefer to forget. In January, Johnson filed a lawsuit against an Obamacare measure allowing the federal government to contribute to the premiums of lawmakers and their […]

May 14, 2014

GOP Quietly Backing Off Obamacare Fight

Republicans hardly ever admit defeat, but that doesn’t mean they are always victorious. In their fight against the Affordable Care Act, they are losing and silently retreating. The right has waged war on President Barack Obama’s health care legislation since well before the reform even took effect. And following the troubled launch in October, […]

May 12, 2014

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

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
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

Healthcare Sign-Ups Keep Rising, But Likely Won’t Meet Goals

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — With less than a month remaining in the first enrollment period, more than 4.2 million Americans have signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by President Barack Obama’s health law, administration officials announced Tuesday. The new enrollment report confirms that the administration and its allies […]

March 11, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

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
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

So Many Changes To The Health Law, But Are They All Legal?

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After President Barack Obama bowed to critics in November and allowed people with canceled health insurance policies to keep their coverage for another year, the White House quickly hit the spin cycle. In a telephone briefing with reporters that same day, senior administration officials said their “enforcement […]

February 24, 2014
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WATCH: Now Mitch McConnell Wants To ‘Fix’ Obamacare?

Republicans across the country may be banking on a “repeal Obamacare”-only message carrying them to victory in November, but at least one powerful conservative group is shifting its message closer to the mainstream. In an ad released Tuesday, the Chamber of Commerce insists that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — whom the Chamber has […]

February 20, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

More Than 3.3 Million Signed Up To Obamacare Health Plans

Washington (AFP) – More than 3.3 million Americans had signed up for new insurance plans by the end of last month under President Barack Obama’s troubled signature health care law, officials said Wednesday. The administration also reported a slight increase in the proportion of younger people signing up for health care coverage — an important […]

February 12, 2014

Report: 5.8 Million People Lose Access To Medicaid Due To GOP Obstruction

According to an Urban Institute study, if all 50 states expanded Medicaid, “an estimated 10.3 million poor uninsured adults would have new options for insurance coverage.” Unfortunately, because the Affordable Care Act gives states the right to decide whether or not to expand Medicaid — the law provides complete funding of Medicaid for the next three […]

February 12, 2014

Republicans Consider Stripping Health Insurance From Tens Of Thousands Of Arkansans

In Arkansas, approximately 83,000 low-income residents are in danger of losing their health insurance as early as July 1. In 2013, Arkansas’ Republican-controlled legislature devised an alternative plan to expand Medicaid while still protecting the state’s poorest residents and hospitals. Through the plan, commonly referred to as the “private option,” Arkansas distributes federal funds — provided under the Affordable […]

February 11, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

Obamacare Signs Up 2.2 Million, A Quarter Young Adults

Washington (AFP) – About 24 percent of people who signed up online for President Barack Obama’s trouble-plagued signature health care plans in 2013 were young adults, the group key to keeping the system balanced, officials said Monday. That’s a number the administration hopes to increase, the Health and Human Services officials added. Overall, almost 2.2 […]

January 14, 2014

Healthcare Reform Suffers First Major Casualty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s signature health overhaul law, under relentless assault by Republicans, has suffered its first major casualty — a long-term care insurance plan. The program, expected to launch in 2012, had been dogged from the beginning by doubts over its financial solvency. Proponents, including many groups that fought to pass the […]

October 15, 2011

Perry Ad Slams Romney Over Healthcare

Rick Perry’s campaign has released an ad (it’s unclear if it’s airing on television or just the Internet) going after Mitt Romney over his signature policy achievement as Massachusetts governor: a healthcare reform regime that bears a solid resemblance to “Obamacare”: This continues to be Romney’s greatest vulnerability in the Republican primary, if also an […]

October 11, 2011

Right-Wing Health Reform Opponents Discredited By New Medicare Report

Despite desperate predictions that the approximately $500 billion (over 10 years) cut in subsidies to Medicare Advantage private insurers to help pay for healthcare reform would destroy the program and cause painful premium hikes for seniors, a new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows the opposite has proven to be true: […]

September 16, 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