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ACA, Open Enrollment and the 'What if...?' Question

Rep. Judy Chu | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Rep. Judy Chu

Affordable health insurance should not be a luxury. It is a necessity. Since I was elected to Congress in 2009, I have done everything I can to make sure that residents of the San Gabriel Valley can easily obtain affordable insurance that provides quality care.

Views On Obamacare Shift Negative

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

Views on Obamacare have taken a negative shift, according to a November Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday. Forty-five percent of America...

Can We Ever Achieve Affordable Health Care in the U.S.?

John Geyman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

We have to recognize that the more unaffordable health care becomes, the less access to essential care Americans have and the worse their outcomes will be. In order to fix this huge and growing problem, we need to think much more broadly about needed approaches.

What Obama's economists get wrong about the Cadillac Tax (and why it's pissing us off)

D. Taylor | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
D. Taylor

Our union represents more than a quarter million hotel, food service and gaming industry workers who make at most $50,000 per year in wages and benefits. The majority of UNITE HERE's members are women and immigrants. Most drive modest family cars--not Cadillacs--if they have a car at all.

U.S. Public Health Funding On The Decline

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - U.S. public health funding – which covers things like disease prevention, cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines &nd...

Big PhRMA: Blatant Greed and Disregard for the Public Interest

John Geyman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

This is not an isolated example, just the latest of a longer-term problem -- pharmaceutical companies buying up rare drugs, then making huge price increases.

Contraception and the Use and Abuse of Religious Liberty

Noah Baron | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Noah Baron

Allowing religious organizations to claim, under the guise of tolerance, nearly anything to be a burden upon the exercise of their beliefs would be a substantial step toward the creation of the private hells the late political philosopher Brian Barry warned against.

Five Things Immigrant and Mixed-Status Families Should Know about Enrolling in the ACA

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.12.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

As open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gets underway, we know there are people eligible for coverage who remain uninsured and are looking for information and resources to understand their options and get covered.

How To Pick A Health Plan So You Can Stop Asking Your Parents

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living

Enrolling in health care is complicated, and according to research, most of us are making the wrong selections -- and taking a significant finan...

Voting Rights Groups Say Obamacare Should Be Helping Americans Register To Vote

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voting rights groups are calling on President Barack Obama’s administration to provide better voter registration opportunities to...

Let Us Foster Understanding and Healing

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
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Rep. James E. Clyburn

We can also see how difficult the daily machinations of life are when you happen to be a minority, particularly African-American. Sitting in your school classroom, standing in front of your hotel, walking home from a convenience store, driving your own automobile or even attending Bible study at your local church can become actions fraught with fear and danger.

Decreasing Number of Uninsured: Metric For Success of the Affordable Care Act?

John Geyman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

While it is tempting to look at just one metric--the decline in numbers of the uninsured, this is a trap if used to deceive ourselves as to the success of the ACA. As the above examples indicate, we still have a long way to go before we can say that we have reformed U. S. health care in the public interest.

Rug Pulled Out From Under South Carolina and Other State Health Insurance Co-ops -- President Must Act

Frank Knapp | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Frank Knapp

Not only will this be an inconvenience to the co-op policy holders, premiums will naturally rise for every Marketplace individual and small business customer due to less competition.

This Election Cycle Is Anything But "Politics As Usual"

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

There are two political revolutions going on in this country at the same time and they are being reflected in the presidential election polls.

Progress for Children's Health

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey show the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and helping get people health coverage. This is a welcome stark contrast to new census data showing children remain our poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are.

Health Insurance Is Great - Navigators Needed to Help People Use It

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
LeeAnn Hall

Many of us have had questions about our coverage. How do I select a doctor or other practitioner from my health plan's list of providers? What kind of care comes free of additional costs, and when may I be charged out-of-pocket payments - and how much will those payments be?

Single Payer 'Universal' Health Plans, Versus What?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Perhaps it's time to bust the myth that universal, or government-run, or 'socialized' medicine is somehow less desirable than the present U.S. system of private health insurance.

GOP To Launch New Assault On Obamacare, Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Planned Parenthood and Obamacare are probably the two things the GOP hates most. House Republicans are targeting both this week with an...

In Just One Year, 3.7 Million Young Adults Gain Health Insurance Coverage

Tom Allison | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Tom Allison

The Affordable Care Act is disproportionately benefiting Millennials. Out of 8 million American adults who gained health coverage in 2014, 3.7 million were young adults aged 18 to 34, almost half of the newly covered. That's significant considering they only make up 30 percent of the population.

10 Open Enrollment Mistakes to Avoid

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

As open enrollment approaches at your workplace, here are some mistakes you might want to avoid.

CBO: Individual Mandate Repeal Would Undo Historic Health Coverage Gains

Edwin Park | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

As part of budget reconciliation legislation that may move in coming weeks, House Republican leaders are likely to include a repeal of health reform's requirement, known as the individual mandate, that most individuals have insurance or pay a penalty.

President Obama: Amputees Need Your Help to Get Appropriate Health Care

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mr. President, on behalf of those in the nation who need this type of prosthetic care to live full and productive lives and support themselves and their families, I ask you to look at these issues which are creating barriers to care, delaying, and in some cases, denying prosthetic care to Americans with limb loss.

Expanding Medicare System For All Would Eliminate Health Care Rationing

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The people who shed crocodile tears about health care rationing five years ago don't talk about the rationing that we have now (and had then), but they were right to be outraged. We should all be outraged that, in the richest country on the planet, people are denied needed care on the basis of wealth and income.

(Un)happy 50th for Medicare and Medicaid?

Martha Burk | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

Fifty years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would disproportionately improve the lives of older and low-income Americans, especially women. Fast forward to 2015, and both are very much under siege.

Happy 50th Medicare!

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is deleterious and mischievous to my patients."