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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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Americans Don't Like Pharma And Think They're Getting Ripped Off

(16) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 3:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don't care much for pharmaceutical companies and think the industry is too money-hungry, according to a new survey.

More than seven in 10 Americans think prescription drug prices are unreasonable,

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Scott Walker And The Trouble With Obamacare 'Replacement' Plans

(17) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Very near the beginning of Scott Walker's new proposal to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, he bemoans that Obamacare forced so many people to give up the insurance they once had.

Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and one of many GOP presidential hopefuls, then goes...

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Obamacare Safety Net Catching People Who Lose Health Insurance

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Obamacare health insurance exchanges appear to be doing a good job when it comes to one of their most important yet underappreciated functions: offering a fallback option to people who lose their health coverage during the year. 

Already this year,

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Uninsured Rate Down Way More In States That Embraced Obamacare

(10) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 7:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped sharply since enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began in 2013, according to survey results published by Gallup on Monday. And the law's effects are even more dramatic in states that cooperated with the federal government instead of...

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No, The Obamacare 'Lie Of The Year' Didn't Just Become True

(9) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act tried to warn us that it was a government takeover of the health care system.

And while this may come as a surprise to all the privately employed doctors, hospital employees and insurance companies executives across the land, the takeover has...

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Health Care Spending Is Rising Faster, But Don't Panic

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 2:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- Total U.S. health care spending grew by more than 5 percent for the first time since 2007 last year, but a return to massive growth isn't on the horizon, according to federal estimates issued Tuesday.

National health expenditures -- a tally of all the money spent on health...

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Jeb Bush Says We Should Phase Out Medicare

(102) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:02 PM


WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that we ought to phase out Medicare, the federal program that provides health insurance to Americans once they're 65.  


"We need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits, that...

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Alaska Governor Expands Medicaid By Skirting GOP Lawmakers

(72) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- Alaska would become the latest state to sign on to a major expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act through a plan announced by Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday.

Walker, a Republican-turned-independent elected in 2014 on a platform that included Medicaid expansion, had been courting...

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Medicare Outlines End-Of-Life Planning Proposal That Will Make Sarah Palin's Head Explode

(857) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Physicians would be paid to discuss end-of-life options with Medicare patients who want their wishes spelled out in advance under a regulation proposed by the federal government Wednesday.

Medical societies and seniors' groups like the AARP have long supported so-called advance care planning as a way...

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If Obamacare Is Here To Stay, It's Going To Need Some Fixing. Here Are 5 Ways How.

(217) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Obamacare is here to stay. That’s the message from President Barack Obama and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act after their victory at the Supreme Court last week. But dodging a lethal legal bullet is not the same thing as ensuring long-term success. And if health care...

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No Time To Exhale: The Legal System Is Far From Finished With Obamacare

(784) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's health care law survived yet another near-death experience Thursday. But that doesn't mean the Affordable Care Act has achieved immortality.

Obama doesn't see it that way, of course. "The Affordable Care Act is here to stay," he said in the Rose Garden at the White...

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Here's The Story You'd Be Reading Today If The Supreme Court Had Gutted Obamacare

(38) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:39 PM

The Affordable Care Act won a major victory in the Supreme Court on Thursday when the justices, on a 6-3 basis, declined to stick a knife into one of the law's major organs. This was a major news story with huge implications for President Barack Obama’s legacy and for millions...

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Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit, Preserving Insurance For Millions

(3026) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:18 AM

WASHINGTON -- The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple Obamacare through the courts has just failed.

On Thursday, for the second time in three years, the Supreme Court rejected a major lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act -- thereby preserving the largest expansion in health coverage since...

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Obama May Have To Lean On Democratic Governors To Resell His Health Care Law

(91) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare subsidies in two-thirds of the country, President Barack Obama won't be the only leader offering to assist states that want to undo the damage.

Officials in states that created their own health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act -- thereby...

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Obamacare's First Year Brought Health Insurance To Millions, Official Survey Says

(527) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Millions of people gained health insurance last year as Affordable Care Act benefits took effect, according to the first official accounting by the federal government.

In 2014, 36 million U.S. residents, or 11.5 percent of the population, were uninsured on the day they were surveyed, a decline of...

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Republicans' Post-Supreme-Court Plan For Obamacare: Just Repeal It

(425) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 7:53 PM

WASHINGTON-- Congressional Republican leaders have promised for months they would be ready if the Supreme Court wipes out Obamacare subsidies for millions of consumers. At separate closed-door meetings in the House and Senate Wednesday, those leaders laid out a framework for their response, and totally repealing the law is the...

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Americans Aren't Paying Attention To That Huge Obamacare Supreme Court Case

(354) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 3:02 AM

The Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling in a major Affordable Care Act case that could force millions off their health insurance this June. But if you're like most Americans, you're pretty much clueless about it.

That's right: More than seven in 10 people have heard "nothing at...

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Obama Makes Moral Plea For Health Care Law As Supreme Court Ruling Looms

(376) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 2:24 PM

WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama restated the moral case for his health care reform law during a speech Tuesday, asserting, "Health care is not a privilege. It is a right."

Obama's remarks come just weeks or even days ahead of a Supreme Court ruling that could do major damage to the...

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Obamacare Enrollees Anxiously Await Supreme Court Decision That Threatens Their Coverage

(882) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON-- Karen Hines is worried about getting two pieces of very bad news this June. The first would be her cancer returning. The second would be her health insurance becoming abruptly unaffordable.

“I’ve got my six-month, regular cancer checkup in June, and so I’m saying I hope they don’t come...

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The Supreme Court Case That Could Gut Obamacare, Explained In 2 Minutes

(286) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 10:21 AM

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a hotly anticipated decision soon in a lawsuit that could do major damage to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

What's it all about, and who would be affected? Huffington Post health care reporter Jeffrey Young explains in this video.

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