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Jeffrey Young
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.

Entries by Jeffrey Young

Every Year, Obama Pardons A Turkey And Hates Every Minute Of It

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Being president of the United States means shouldering grave responsibilities and making impossible decisions, like when to go to war. The job also comes with some awesome perks -- you get to fly around the world in your own super-sweet jet.

President Barack Obama seems to be OK with those...

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Painkiller Abuse Hits Close To Home For A Majority Of Americans: Poll

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON --More than half of Americans know someone who has abused prescription painkillers or died from an overdose, or has taken these medications themselves to get high, as the opioid epidemic continues to spread, according to a new poll.

Just 6 percent of...

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Bad Obamacare News Is Real. That Doesn't Mean Obamacare Is Dying.

(6) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 2:41 PM


The Affordable Care Act has gotten some bad news lately. It's not a sign of...

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Big Insurer Eyes Exit From Obamacare Exchanges

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 9:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest health insurance company is scaling back on marketing its products on the Affordable...

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If You Like Your Obamacare Plan, You Maybe Shouldn't Keep It

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 10:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- Health insurance consumers who use to buy their plans can choose to stick with what they have and let the system automatically renew their coverage for next year. A new report suggests that just might be a bad idea.

That's because the...

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Republicans Realize Taking Obamacare Away From Their Voters Maybe Isn't A Great Idea

(26) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have enjoyed big electoral wins over the past year that put them on the verge of being able to do major damage to Obamacare. Only now, some of them seem a little anxious about taking the next, big step.


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Health Insurance Mega-Mergers Attract Powerful Enemy

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- The nation's leading physician organizations sent a letter on Wednesday to federal antitrust enforcers asking them to block mergers between giant health insurance companies.

The American Medical Association recommends the Department of Justice forbid two pending deals that would combine Anthem and Cigna into one company...

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Carly Fiorina Says Obamacare 'Isn't Helping Anyone,' But The Numbers Tell A Different Story

(16) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 10:24 PM

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina doesn't appear to be keeping up with the news. During the Republican presidential...

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GOP Win In Kentucky 'Heartbreaking' For Obamacare Advocates

(21) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 12:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky attracted the national spotlight over the past two years as the state slashed...

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GOP Victory In Kentucky Governor's Race May Threaten Health Insurance For Hundreds Of Thousands (UPDATE)

(12) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 1:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky voters' election of Republican Matt Bevin as their new governor on Tuesday may...

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Obamacare Enrollment Will Barely Increase Next Year, Feds Say

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- Fewer than 1 million new customers nationwide will have health insurance from the Obamacare exchanges next year, according to a federal report published Thursday.

The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 10 million people will be covered

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What Democrats Said About Obamacare During The Debate (Not Much)

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 12:28 AM

WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform law -- one of the most contentious political issues of the past six years -- received all but no attention during the Democratic debate Tuesday tonight. But considering that all five Democrats on the stage were supporters of the Affordable Care Act,...

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Congress Passed A Bill To Change Obamacare. What Happened Next Will Amaze You.

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 2:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday, which is pretty boring in and of itself. The legislation is kind of boring, too. But what made the moment significant is it's the first time in four years that Congress has sent the president...

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Americans Love 'Death Panels.' Sorry, Sarah Palin!

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 12:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Despite the best efforts of politicians like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), more than 8 in 10 Americans think it's just fine for Medicare and private health insurance companies to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, a new poll shows.

According to survey results...

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What We Learned About Trump's Proposed Obamacare Replacement On '60 Minutes'

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 12:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared on CBS News' "60 Minutes" Sunday night and offered some thoughts about Obamacare.  

Previously, Trump had said little about his Obamacare replacement plan other than that it would be "something terrific," and that hospitals and insurance companies would be...

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How Clinton Wants To Turn Obamacare Into Hillarycare 2.0

(9) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton wants to tackle one of the biggest items of unfinished business in health care...

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Drug-Price Gouging Hedge Fund Guy May Be Even Worse Than You Thought, SEC Documents Show

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 3:53 PM

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive who jacked up the price of a drug mainly used by cancer and HIV-AIDS...

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Health Chief Expects Tough Obamacare Enrollment Season This Year

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 10:11 AM

WASHINGTON -- The first two years of Obamacare enrollment brought health coverage to millions of people, overcoming political obstruction and a disastrous initial rollout of the sign-up system in the process. But the road could be even rougher ahead, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell...

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What You Need To Know About Hillary Clinton's Plan For Soaring Drug Prices

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 7:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will outline a set of policies Tuesday she says will help make prescription drugs more affordable as escalating prices cause rising anxiety among American consumers.

Clinton's plan, a summary of which her campaign provided to reporters Monday evening,...

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Women's Health System Unready For Planned Parenthood Cuts

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans fighting to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood often argue it wouldn't harm women's health, because other medical providers would pick up the slack.

To those inside the health care system, it's hard to see how that would work.

As many as...

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