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In States That Didn't Expand Medicaid, It's As If Obamacare Doesn't Even Exist For The Poor

(341) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:58 PM

Twenty-five states didn't take up the Obamacare Medicaid expansion at the beginning of this year, and the results speak for themselves: A new survey shows more than one-third of their lowest-income residents remain uninsured, a rate virtually unchanged from last year, even as millions gained coverage elsewhere.

Nationwide, the share...

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The Accidental Reason Companies Like Hobby Lobby Control Our Health Care

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 4:34 PM

The Supreme Court's ruling Monday that Hobby Lobby can refuse to cover contraception for workers is yet another reminder that our bosses have a lot of control over the health care we receive -- and that's not likely to change any time soon.

Jobs are the most common...

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Terry McAuliffe Sets Up Showdown With Virginia GOP Over Medicaid Expansion

(128) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:51 PM

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) used his line-item veto power Friday to nix portions of the state budget, extending his battle with legislative Republicans who oppose his attempt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

McAuliffe struck language from the state legislature's budget that Republicans had inserted in the...

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New Poll Reveals Obamacare's Big Winners

(289) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:00 AM

If you want Americans to like Obamacare, giving them some money seems to help. A new poll reveals that previously uninsured people and those who received subsidies to buy health care under the Affordable Care Act are much happier with the new law than those who were forced to switch...

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Diagnosis: Headaches For Obamacare Enrollees At The Doctor's Office

(85) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Obamacare's enrollment glitches might have been fixed long ago, but they're still causing headaches at doctors' offices and clinics around the country.

Patients and health care providers, in a series of interviews with The Huffington Post, complained that they are having trouble confirming that patients are insured, working...

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Millions Get Obamacare Plans For $100 Or Less

(226) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Almost seven out of 10 people who bought health insurance on the federal Obamacare exchanges are paying $100 or less a month for coverage, according to a Department of Health and Human Services analysis issued Wednesday.

Tax credits available to people earning between the federal poverty level --...

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Uncle Sam Wants Coders To Leave Silicon Valley For D.C.

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

President Obama delivers remarks about the error-plagued launch of Healthcare.gov in the Rose Garden. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Washington -- There may be no foosball tables or luxury buses ferrying employees to work, but a new startup in the nation’s capital...

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Obama's New Health Secretary Could Change How Washington Works

(19) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to inherit one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. As President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, she could soon be responsible for overseeing a massive and complex bureaucracy still reeling from Obamacare's botched implementation, with...

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How Obamacare Tries To Make Us Healthier, One Community At A Time

(58) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:30 PM

President Barack Obama's health care reform law will spend more than $1 trillion over the next decade to extend health coverage to millions of people -- and about $20 billion actually trying to make us healthier.

The money supporting these initiatives is tucked inside the Affordable Care Act...

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ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

(1080) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM

More people may be visiting hospital emergency departments this year as health benefits from Obamacare went live, according to a survey of physicians published Wednesday.

The American College of Emergency Physicians polled more than 1,800 emergency room doctors last month, and 46 percent reported increases in patients coming...

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Obamacare Could Save A Bunch Of Lives: Harvard Study

(722) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Fewer people died in Massachusetts after the state enacted its landmark legislation to cover the uninsured, according to a new Harvard University study that could have implications for the effects of Obamacare.

A Harvard team compared the mortality rates in Massachusetts before and after then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R)...

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10 Types Of Washington, D.C., Sellouts

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the White House Correspondents' Dinner upon us, it's time, apparently, for local publications to publish listicles squarely for the purpose of entertaining those in the business.

The wave started with Roll Call detailing nine kinds of Capitol Hill flacks. That, in turn,...

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More Than 8 Million Have Signed Up For Obamacare, In Latest Tally

(900) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Over 8 million individuals signed up for health insurance via the Obamacare exchanges through April 19, according to an official report from the Department of Health and Human Services that confirms an announcement made by President Barack Obama last month.

During the six-plus months of the first open...

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Your Guide To The Latest Freakout Over Health Care Spending

(161) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Health care spending appears to be on the rise after several years of historically low growth, provoking a minor freakout about whether the bad old days are back and whether Obamacare is ruining everything.

The latest data point being used to declare the Affordable Care Act...

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The Biggest Reason People Didn't Sign Up For Obamacare

(2444) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 12:01 PM

The top reason uninsured people didn't enroll in coverage under Obamacare this year is they still don't feel like they can afford health insurance, according to a new survey.

The findings in a report published by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Tuesday highlight the affordability...

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Obamacare Sign-Ups Hit 8 Million In Remarkable Turnaround

(7943) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:54 PM

In a remarkable rebound from the botched rollout of Obamacare, 8 million people have signed up for private health insurance via the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act since October, President Barack Obama announced during a press briefing at the White House Thursday.

March and April saw an uptick...

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More Proof That American Health Care Prices Are Sky-High

(2780) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 8:00 AM

As anyone who's ever paid a health insurance premium or a hospital bill knows, medical care is expensive. What Americans may not know is that residents of other countries don't pay nearly as much for the same things.

The latest data from the International Federation of Health Plans, an industry...

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CBO: Obamacare Will Cost Less Than Projected, Cover 12 Million Uninsured People This Year

(8096) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office has released updated estimates on the Affordable Care Act's impact on both the budget and the health insurance industry. The findings show that the president's signature health care law is actually growing cheaper to implement, costing the government $5 billion less in 2014 than...

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5 Things The Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Won't Tell You

(617) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:19 AM

So is Obamacare a success? Has President Barack Obama's signature health reform law revolutionized our broken health care system?

More than 7 million people used the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges to buy private coverage through Monday, the end of the first sign-up period. Certainly the Obama administration is...

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Obamacare Deadline Safety Valve Comes In Handy As Website Buckles

(128) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 10:12 PM

The latest tweak to the Obamacare deadline came in handy Monday when HealthCare.gov buckled during the rush by millions to sign up for health insurance by the original midnight cutoff.

Americans seeking to obtain health coverage at the last minute, and avoid tax penalties for remaining uninsured,...

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