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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

Paul Ryan's Big Plan To Replace Obamacare Is An Old Idea That Doesn't Work

(5) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- If you were hoping Republicans had fresh new solutions for health care reform up their sleeves, you might find the recent hints from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a bit disappointing.

After six years of the GOP failing

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House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 12:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of House Democrats is organizing an effort that could slow down an Obama administration plan to reduce drug prices, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post.

The Department of Health and Human Services is working toward

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Major Health Insurer Bailing On Most Obamacare Exchanges

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 5:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the U.S., will pull out of most states' Obamacare exchanges next year, the company announced Tuesday.

UnitedHealth cited about $1 billion in losses over the past two years for the firm's decision to significantly...

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Politicians Lie Because It Works: Death Panels Edition

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- The good news is that more Americans do not think Obamacare created death panels to pull the plug on granny than those who do. The bad news is a lot of people still think it's true, and many others still aren't sure.


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Six Years Of Phony GOP Promises About Replacing Obamacare In 87 Seconds

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 4:32 PM

Republicans have shown they know how to repeal the Affordable Care Act by voting on it dozens of times. But when it comes to figuring out what they'd replace it with, not so much.

Since the very day in 2010 when President Barack Obama signed the health care reform package...

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Obamacare Enrollees Are Sick And They're Getting A Lot Of Health Care

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 2:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- The landmark health care reform law known as Obamacare appears to be succeeding in its twin goals of extending health coverage to the uninsured and enabling people to access life-saving treatments.

But this humanitarian success also underscores the newness and fragility of the remade...

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The Supreme Court's Conservatives Don't Seem To Know What Obamacare Actually Does

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 7:40 PM

WASHINGTON --  The Supreme Court has taken four big whacks at the Affordable Care Act in as many years. But the conservative justices still don't seem to understand how it works.

During oral arguments this week in Zubik v. Burwell

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Clinton And Sanders Are Both Right About The History Of Health Reform

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 3:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remember the history of health care reform in the 1990s and the 2000s very differently. In a sense, they're both right.

The way Clinton sees it, Democrats like her fought for years to achieve health care...

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It's Scarily Easy To Get A Surprise Medical Bill, Even When You're Insured

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- The American health care system is confounding under the best of circumstances. But frustration can reach a boiling point when a patient thinks she's followed all the rules and still gets hit with a huge surprise bill.

That's what happened to Lisa Bettendorf in 2012....

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Marco Rubio Is Nobody's VP If He Fails In Florida, Donald Trump Says

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 7:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump predicted Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio's political career is on the line if he doesn't win his home state's primary contest next Tuesday.

The businessman also made it pretty clear he's not interested in leading a ticket to the polls...

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This Anti-Obamacare Governor Is Proving How Hard Repeal Really Is

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 2:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky has turned into the place where Obamacare repeal rhetoric meets Obamacare repeal reality. Reality is winning.

Gov. Matt Bevin (R) made his name in Bluegrass State politics as a tea party outsider, and throwing out the Affordable Care Act was...

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20 Million Gained Health Insurance From Obamacare, President Says

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 3:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Twenty million previously uninsured people have gained health coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, President Barack Obama said during a speech in Milwaukee Thursday.

Obama's announcement was...

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Here's How Donald Trump Says He'd Replace Obamacare

(3) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 9:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who has vowed to scrap the Affordable Care Act and replace it with "something terrific," finally provided a rough idea of what he thinks terrific looks like.

The bullet points published...

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If Presidential Candidates Throughout History Tweeted Like Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 12:41 PM

Historians may look back someday at the 2016 presidential election as the campaign of the Twitter egg and marvel how President-for-Life Donald Trump permanently changed the tone of politics to that more commonly found in middle-school playgrounds.

Social media didn't exist during the 19th century. But The Huffington Post...

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Big News: The GOP Has A Plan To Make A Plan To Replace Obamacare

(5) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- It took President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress 14 months to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010. In about five times as many months, congressional Republicans have produced the following: a set of warmed-over talking points that fits on less...

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How Obama Would Fix Obamacare If Congress Would Let Him

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act is nearly six years old, and over that time it's made real headway accomplishing some of its key goals.

The uninsured rate is the lowest ever recorded, health insurance coverage is now...

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Obamacare Helped Millions Of Uninsured. It May Not Help Many More.

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 3:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- If there's just one thing that's crystal clear about Obamacare, it's that the landmark health care law has taken a huge bite out of America's uninsured rate.

The Affordable Care Act is undoubtedly succeeding at one of its chief goals. But...

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More Than 12 Million Enroll In Obamacare

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Close to 13 million people enrolled into private health insurance plans via the Affordable Care Act's exchange marketplaces, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Thursday.

The sign-up period closed Sunday, and by the end, 12.7 million...

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Pharma Bro Emails Reveal Just How Greedy Drug Companies Can Be

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:51 PM

"$1bn here we come."

That was the triumphant message sent by then-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, the infamous "Pharma Bro" who jacked up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent last year, when it became clear...

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The Frustrating Truth About Obamacare

(10) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 6:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Obamacare is getting boring.

With little time before Sunday's deadline for people to enroll in private health insurance via and the 13 state-run health insurance exchanges this year, there's just not much new...

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