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Jeffrey Young is a health care reporter at The Huffington Post based in Washington. He has covered health care, business, and politics for 15 years at organizations including Bloomberg News and The Hill. Jeffrey is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs and earned his bachelor's degree in English from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

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Drug That Lost High-Stakes Political Fight For Funding Now Being Used Against Ebola

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 4:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- An experimental drug now being used by the U.S. government to treat Ebola patients lost a high-stakes battle for federal funding several years ago. The politically connected drug company that won the dispute, meanwhile, filed for bankruptcy in September.

Had a global Ebola outbreak...

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These 5 Scary Obamacare Predictions Were Dead Wrong

(316) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 7:32 AM

Predicting the ways in which Obamacare would fail and ruin America has been something of a cottage industry for conservative politicians and talking heads since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

Sometimes the Obamacare haters resolutely held their ground even as the facts disproved their theories. This is...

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Conservatives Proven Utterly Wrong On Key Aspect Of Obamacare

(564) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Remember when Obamacare was a terrible deal for young adults, and how "young invincibles" didn't even want health insurance? Conservative groups -- acting, no doubt, out of deep concern for the well-being of the nation's 20-somethings -- even staged events where young people burned their "Obamacare...

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A Deadly Virus Is Sweeping America. No, Not That One

(128) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:16 AM

A deadly virus is poised to sweep across America and could claim thousands of lives this year. It's especially dangerous for the most vulnerable members of society, and preventing an epidemic will require a coordinated, nationwide effort between the government and the private sector.

No, it's not Ebola, the gruesome...

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Obamacare Officials Swear Website Will Work This Time Around

(23) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:10 AM

HealthCare.gov will be easier to use when Obamacare enrollment starts back up next month -- and not just because the website actually works now, senior health care officials told reporters Wednesday.

The biggest change: the application for insurance is now much more simple. Last year, the application was 76 pages...

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Why We Won't Have An Ebola Cure Or Vaccine For Years

(102) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:23 PM

The world has known about Ebola for almost 40 years, yet there's no cure or vaccine on the market.

That could change amid worldwide attention to the ongoing outbreak of the virus in West Africa, which has claimed more than 3,000 lives already, and the first diagnosis...

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Big Pharma's Money Ties To Doctors Revealed. Kind Of

(47) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 5:40 PM

The Obama administration unveiled a website Tuesday that will shed some much-needed light on Big Pharma's relationship with doctors. Just not quite today.

Called Open Payments, it's a tool authorized by the Affordable Care Act that offers details on payments that drug companies and medical device makers give...

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It's Not Your Imagination, Your Health Insurance Has Gotten Worse

(195) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 7:15 AM

A quiet revolution happened to your job-based health benefits and you may not have noticed. It's happened gradually, but insurance looks a lot different than it did just 15 years ago: Americans are paying more and getting less.

That trend is only getting worse.

Gone are the days of...

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Birth Control Is Free Under Obamacare, But Not Everyone Got The Memo

(99) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 4:34 PM

One of Obamacare's biggest selling points for women is the guarantee of no-cost birth control, a new benefit that includes all forms of contraception from the pill to tubal ligation.

But two years after the rules eliminating copayments for contraceptives took effect, some women are still forking over cash to...

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Hospitals In States That Won't Expand Medicaid Left With More Unpaid Bills

(63) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 4:01 PM

States that refuse to accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion aren't just leaving behind poor residents, they're also hurting hospitals' bottom lines.

Because the Affordable Care Act cut the number of people with no health insurance this year, hospitals across the country will see $5.7 billion less in unpaid bills, according to...

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Obamacare Critics Just Lost Another Talking Point

(899) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Obamacare's so-called government takeover of health care was supposed to destroy the private insurance market. Somebody forgot to tell the health insurance companies.

More health insurers are signing on to participate in Obamacare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said during a speech Tuesday at the Brookings Institution...

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More Proof That Anti-Obamacare States Desperately Need Obamacare

(400) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:42 AM

In a lot of big urban areas where a large share of residents lack health insurance, help isn't on the way.

Seven of the 11 large metro areas where the uninsured rate was higher than the 14.5 percent national average last year are located in states that refused to expand...

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Almost All Obamacare Enrollees Are Paying For Coverage

(897) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:23 PM

The Obama administration on Thursday finally revealed how many people paid for Obamacare on the national and state health insurance exchanges: 7.3 million.

Since President Barack Obama announced in April that sign-ups on the Obamacare exchange marketplaces had surpassed 8 million, skeptics have demanded to know what portion...

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Uninsured Rate Drops To Lowest Level Since The '90s

(1930) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Another day, another survey showing that Obamacare is beginning to cure America's uninsured problem.

The latest numbers come from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which polled more than 27,000 people during the first three months of the year. Forty-one million U.S. residents, or 13.1 percent,...

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360,000 Obamacare Enrollees At Risk Of Losing Subsidies

(102) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:45 PM

More than 360,000 individuals enrolled in health insurance via the Obamacare exchanges must provide federal authorities with updated information about their incomes by Sept. 30, or risk losing the subsidies that cut the cost of their coverage, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Monday.

Federal authorities will begin...

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Employee Health Insurance Costs Barely Increased This Year

(378) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:01 AM

For a change, the cost of the health insurance you get at work didn't go up much this year.

The cost of job-based health benefits stayed nearly flat in 2014, according to survey results released Wednesday. This year's figures continue a trend of slow growth in premiums for health insurance...

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Why Is CVS Walking Away From $2 BILLION A Year?

(270) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 9:04 PM

The company formerly known as CVS Caremark made a big splash Wednesday by yanking whatever tobacco products it had left on the shelves a month earlier than planned, becoming the first big pharmacy chain to do so. The company, now known as CVS Health, has estimated it will...

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Health Care Spending To Tick Up In 2014, But Just A Little

(4) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 4:02 PM

After five years of historically low inflation, national health care spending will grow a bit faster this year, according to a federal audit released Wednesday. The expected increase is due to the economy's continued recovery, millions gaining health benefits from Obamacare and more baby boomers signing up for Medicare.

Households,...

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Here's Where Obamacare Has Made The Most Progress

(127) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 10:10 AM

More than 8 million people enrolled in private health insurance under Obamacare for 2014, topping expectations despite a rocky start. But that's less than one-third of the number of people who could have signed up -- a sign of the huge untapped market for Obamacare coverage and the challenges still...

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Here's What's Going On With Obamacare Premium Increases

(607) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 10:59 AM

Health insurance premiums are going to skyrocket under Obamacare next year, maybe even double! No, wait -- they're only increasing a little, and less than before Obamacare! No, wait -- they're … decreasing in some places?

The crucial question about the second year of enrollment on the Affordable Care Act's...

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