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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

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

(216) 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

(3025) 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

(424) 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

(356) 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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Here's How Many People In Each State May Not Be Able To Afford Insurance If The Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare

(1339) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 7:33 AM

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision in a major new lawsuit against Obamacare this June, and the health coverage for millions hangs in the balance.

This challenge to the Affordable Care Act, called King v. Burwell, came from longtime Obamacare opponents who claim...

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This Is What The Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Is All About

(1279) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 7:31 AM

President Barack Obama’s big health care reform law is back at the Supreme Court. Justices are expected to issue a decision in June on a new challenge to the law. Depending on which way they rule, either nothing will change or people across the country will start losing their health...

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Revealed: Medicare's Most Popular And Costliest Drugs

(43) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 6:23 PM

Medicare spends more than $100 billion on drugs a year, with medications for high blood pressure and high cholesterol among the most commonly prescribed, according to a trove of data released by the federal government Thursday.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published 23 million pieces of...

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Conservatives Argue The Obamacare Lawsuit Won't Be So Bad After All. That's Nonsense.

(349) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Get ready for a new line from the crowd that brought a lawsuit before the Supreme Court threatening to devastate Obamacare and snatch health insurance away from millions of people: The lawsuit won’t actually devastate Obamacare and snatch health insurance away from millions of people.

It may seem...

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Montana Poised To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

(608) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 1:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Montana is on track to join 28 states and the District of Columbia by expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people.

Democrats in both chambers of the majority-GOP Montana state legislature have joined with enough Republicans to advance the legislation. The state Senate sent...

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Insurance Coverage Of Birth Control Is Uneven, Despite Obamacare Mandate

(103) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Health insurance coverage of contraceptives like hormonal implants, patches and vaginal rings remains inconsistent for American women, even though the Affordable Care Act requires no-cost access to birth control, according to a report published Thursday.

Women who seek contraceptives other than the pill may find that their insurers charge copayments,...

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Good Riddance To One Of Congress' Dumbest Rituals: The 'Doc Fix'

(135) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 9:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- It’s been called “dumb,” “bad policy” and “common-sense-defying." And that’s by the people in charge of it. It’s also called the “doc fix,” and it’s finally letting out its death rattle.

At long last, Congress on Tuesday killed off a policy with...

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Uninsured Rate Gets Lower And Lower, Thanks To Obamacare

(342) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:05 AM

WASHINGTON-- The Affordable Care Act was designed to slash the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance, and it's working.

The uninsured rate fell to 11.9 percent during the first quarter of this year, 1 percentage point below the rate at the close of 2014, according to the findings of...

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A Case Study On Why The Obamacare Lawsuit Is Based On Mythical History

(332) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 9:18 AM

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, Alabama’s new Republican governor, along with the state's first majority-GOP legislature since Reconstruction, faced a tough, high-stakes decision: Make the best of a federal health care reform law they hated, or stiff-arm President Barack Obama.

Even in this conservative Southern state, it wasn’t...

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