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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.04.2015 | HuffPost Home
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."

SCOTUS vs. The ACA

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.

Americans Will Know Who to Blame If the Roberts Court Wrecks Our Healthcare System

Paul Gordon | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Paul Gordon

If the Roberts Court chooses to sabotage millions of Americans' access to health care, the consequences will be catastrophic for many everyday people, and possibly fatal to some.

Obamacare at Age Five: Access to Care

John Geyman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Based on the above, together with trends going forward, it is clear that the ACA has failed to remedy the nation's access to care problem.

The Government's Loss at the Supreme Court Today May Signal a More Important Win Down the Road

Brianne J. Gorod | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Brianne J. Gorod

With the Supreme Court scheduled to hear oral argument in King v. Burwell next week, those looking for clues as to what the Court will decide later this year when it rules in King need look no further than a very different case.

What to Do If Your Tax Documents Went Missing

Mark Steber | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

In any case, if you do not have paperwork you expected, and you are still patiently waiting -- diligently waiting, checking the mailbox each day -- KNOW THIS, it probably isn't in the mail, so you should get the information from other methods.

Is John Boehner Really the Most "Do-Nothing" Speaker of the House in History?

Gerry Myers | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

We the people must demand more of our elected officials. We must vote for candidates that will work together and move our country forward rather than hold it back. Until then, expect more of the same from Boehner and his colleagues.

Attention Solicitor General: Two More Powerful Arguments Against King v Burwell

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Much has been made recently about, shall we say kindly, the "unusual" plaintiffs. But, even if plaintiffs were not so "unusual", and they would indeed be subject to penalties, their claims of economic damages fail on their face.

Brill's Bitter Pill: Accurate Diagnosis, Inadequate Treatment

John Geyman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

The ACA is unsustainable because of its inefficiency, increasing bureaucracy, and unaffordable costs to taxpayers as well as patients and families. As all this becomes more clear, we should all ask, what should follow the ACA?

Staples, Like Other Companies, Can Afford to Treat Their Workers Right

Ben Spielberg | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Ben Spielberg

Staples' decision will undoubtedly renew arguments that the ACA's employer mandate has led to harmful effects on work. These arguments, like parallel narratives about min. wage laws and paid sick leave ordinances, are largely inaccurate, and advocates of evidence-based, power-balancing policy are absolutely right to debunk them.

Quick Route to Reporting Health Care Insurance Information on Your Taxes

Mark Steber | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

If you don't get to take Exit 1, or have questions about whether you owe a shared responsibility payment with your tax return or if you are must repay some of your advance premium tax credit payment, it might be best to consult a tax pro. Wishing you safe travels.

Teddy Roosevelt's Jiu-Jitsu Skills and 5 Other Traits that Made US Presidents Better Leaders

Bob Rosen | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Bob Rosen

Ask business leaders what keeps them up at night, and often, they'll say they wonder what their legacy will be. U.S. presidents are no different. They all want to know how their actions will be remembered.

A Close Look at What ACA Navigators Do to Help People Get Covered

National Council of La Raza | Posted 02.05.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

To get a sense of what these people do every day, we caught up with Cliff Clark, Program Director for NCLR Affiliate MHP Salud, which offers navigator assistance to the Rio Grande Valley. MHP Salud is a community-based organization that specializes in community health worker programs.

Don't Let a Preexisting Condition Stop You From Signing Up for Health Care!

National Council of La Raza | Posted 02.03.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The end of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is less than two weeks away. Latinos have a lot to gain from enrollment, particularly those with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, and HIV.

Martin Luther King Jr. -- Health Care as a Moral Crisis

John Geyman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

As Martin Luther King knew full well, health care is a moral issue. Virtually all advanced countries around the world recognized long ago that health care is a human right, not a privilege based on ability to pay.

Carvin's Cornhusker Quandary in King

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

It would be surprising if any member of the Supreme Court would take the King v. Burwell petitioners' wholly unsubstantiated assertions about former Sen. Ben Nelson's critical role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act at face value, particularly in light of his direct and explicit contradiction of those assertions.

Immigration Status Adds Layer of Complexity to ACA Enrollment

National Council of La Raza | Posted 02.10.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is especially true for the Latino community, which stands to benefit the most from the new health care law, but only if more of us enroll.

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Gerry Myers | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

New Congress Faces Crucial Leadership Test for Kids

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

With congressional support and action on both sides of the aisle, states can continue to make progress towards ensuring America's health insurance system works for all our children- an outcome supported by Americans of all political stripes.