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The ACA at Age 5: What Lessons Can We Draw?

John Geyman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Having assessed in the last three posts the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the last five years, we have seen that the ACA will not bring universal access, contain health care costs for patients and taxpayers, or improve the quality of care.

Ted Cruz is Trying and Failing to Weasel Out of His Obamacare Duplicity

Bob Cesca | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now apparently undecided how he'll buy insurance, backing away from his Obamacare announcement earlier in the week.

Scary Stupid Senators' Stunts

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Democrats need to find their voice. In 2016 there are 198 Democratic seats in the Senate and House that will be up for election.

Liberty Tax CEO: Obamacare Is Bad For America But 'Phenomenal' For My Business

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.26.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

During a conversation with HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski about his new book iCompete, Liberty Tax Service CEO John Hewitt shared what he sees as a ...

Obamacare Has Already Transformed How We Diagnose Diabetes

Erin Schumaker | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living

President Obama may be able to add another feather to his cap, according to a study of newly diagnosed diabetes patients published in Diabetes Care th...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Obamacare Expands Coverage For Latinos | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

Obamacare has increased health coverage for Latinos, yet one in four remain uninformed about ACA marketplaces. Ted Cruz falls ideologically in line wi...

The Ted Cruz Way

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced his candidacy for President of the United States. While critics, including some in his own party, dismiss him, Cruz is a smart, shrewd and brash politician. He is also arrogant, self-confident and power-hungry.

Obamacare's Impact on Latino Access to Health Insurance

Latino Decisions | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Latino Decisions

The Latino National Health and Immigration Survey provides some of the most comprehensive data on Latinos' attitudes toward and interactions with the Affordable Care Act at this important period in the law's history. We provide some of the key findings from this important survey specific to the ACA.

16.4 Million Reasons to Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Obamacare

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Five years ago, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. What is crystal clear today is that the ACA, which I proudly call Obamacare, is working.

Obamacare and Retirement Reform

James W. Russell | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
James W. Russell

If you thought that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, completely solved the health insurance problem for the United States, then you will probably be happy with some of the types of reforms that are being crafted to address the retirement crisis.

Transforming the System of Care for Older Adults: The Affordable Care Act, Five Years Later

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 03.19.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

While portions of the ACA continue to be debated, using the tools within the ACA to drive innovation in the public and private sector at the community, state and federal levels should be a priority for all who care about better care at lower costs.

The Affordable Care Act at Age Five: Quality of Care

John Geyman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

The ACA was built on a flawed financing system, which will be unsustainable for patients, families and taxpayers.

What I Hate...

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

I hate that we are leaving such a mess to our children and grandchildren. Solution: Congress should stop acting like children and do their jobs.

The Supreme Court and the Democrats' Preemptive Surrender on Obamacare

Dean Baker | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Dean Baker

As the Supreme Court listened to arguments over subsidies in the state exchanges Democrats were making their plans for preemptive surrender. Many were warning that an adverse ruling would be the death of Obamacare.

Costs and Affordability of Care

John Geyman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

In this second post assessing the track record of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) five years after its enactment, we now look at its impact on containment of health care costs and affordability of care, two of its principal goals.

You Can't Make the Congress Do Anything

Washington Spectator | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Washington Spectator

Clearly written and brimming with telling historical details and sharp insights, The Fierce Urgency of Now is essential reading not only for those who want to understand the Great Society but for everyone concerned with how it might be preserved or expanded.

Friday Talking Points -- Obamacare Fails to Kill Jobs, Once Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is this week's Most Impressive Democrat of the Week award-winner, for doing a much better job arguing the case for President Obama's interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court than he did the last time around.

Health Insurance Premiums Will Likely Go Up Next Year -- Just Because Justices Agreed to Hear King v. Burwell

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Because insurers don't know which way the Supreme Court will rule come June, they reportedly are thinking of pricing their policies for 2016 based on the worst-case scenario of a plaintiffs' victory. Those rates will be higher than they would have been if the Supreme Court had never agreed to take King v. Burwell.

Obamacare's Nine Lives

Richard Kirsch | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

When I found myself with a fresh wave of anxiety before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday on the latest assault on the law, I decided to list all the times that the survival of what became the Affordable Care Act was up in the air. It turned out that they number eight. So if Obamacare survives this last, desperate challenge, it really will have nine lives.

Five Takeaways From the King v. Burwell Arguments

Jamin Raskin | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

5. This argument makes clear how important it is to have the right Justices on the Supreme Court. It's not just for the big-forest constitutional questions but for the in-the-trees statutory questions where a lot of our law is made, and where all of us have a very important stake.

Ruling Against Health Reform Subsidies Would Be Wrong -- and Harmful

Judith Solomon | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Judith Solomon

If the Supreme Court invalidates premium credits in the federal exchange, the number of uninsured Americans would jump by roughly 8 million. Millions more would face dramatic premium increases; RAND estimates that premiums would jump by 47 percent.

Jonathan Cohn

10 Key Obamacare Supreme Court Moments--And A Moment That Wasn't | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

For more than an hour on Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell -- a lawsuit that, if successful, could force millions o...

Kill the Bastard: The Money Backing the Obamacare Supreme Court Case

Washington Spectator | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

The challenge to the Affordable Care Act heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4 is supported and bankrolled by a right-wing think tank most widely known for its campaign against environmental regulation, or "eco-socialism."


Washington Spectator | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

The ACA creates insurance-market exchanges through which anyone can purchase private health-insurance policies. In an attempt to subvert the law, most states governed by Republicans refused to establish exchanges.

Obamacare on the Docket Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress have been saying for five years now that their top priority is to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. The problem, however, is that they are now scrambling to come up with something (anything!) that would help convince John Roberts to vote against the ACA.