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Hope Rules! On the Supreme Court's Ruling on Obamacare

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Chief Justice Roberts demonstrated that one person's out-of-the-box, thoughtful approach to a complex problem can change an outcome and save lives. The decision offers hope at three levels.

Health Care Law: All Hail The Failure Of Conventional Wisdom

Howard Fineman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Is this a great country or what? Not because the Court upheld the overall scheme of the president's health care law. That is an ordinary question, no matter how much money was at stake. It is a great country because the workings of our carefully wrought system of government are not predicated on punditry, predictions or polls. Defying the expectations, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's liberal wing in saving the law by grounding the individual mandate not in the power of Congress to regulate commerce, but in its taxing power. As I suggested yesterday, the court essentially said that Congress could not require people to buy something in the private economy, but they could fine them if they didn't. The court found that power to fine, in the taxing power of Article I. Now the president will have to figure out a way to make the fines in the law -- which are weak and toothless -- real.

GOP Rep. On Health Care Law: 'Repeal Anything That Is Left Standing' After SCOTUS Decision

AP | By DAVID ESPO | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans intend to seek quick repeal of any parts of the health care law that survive a widely anticipated Supreme Cour...

The View From the Rooftops

Mitch Feierstein | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business
Mitch Feierstein

Shareholders need to take a hit. That way, the ground will be cleared for better managed companies and stockholders will be reminded about the responsibilities of ownership. And central bankers should take responsibility too.

What's at Stake -- No, Who's at Stake in the Great Supreme Court Case?

Jennifer Ng’andu | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Jennifer Ng’andu

For or against it, hundreds of people will line up on the steps to try and secure one of the limited seats in the Court reserved for the public. And for good reason: The Supreme Court's decision will have major bearing on the health care experiences of Americans for generations to come.

2.5 Million People Insured Thanks To Obama Health Care Law

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says the number of young adults going without medical coverage has shrunk by 2.5 million since the new hea...

Things That Are More Popular Than Congress...

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

A greater percentage of Americans approve of polygamy than the United States Congress, according a set of polls. Last month, a New York Times poll ...

Howard Fineman: 'Loss Of Steam' In GOP Health Care Repeal Efforts

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

As health care reform passed in 2010, some Republicans were able to hitch a ride on the repeal railroad -- all the way to Washington and a majority in...

Obama Returns To End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over "death panels," Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul...

Opposition To Health Care Law Hits On A Familiar Refrain

The New York Times | David Leonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

"We are against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program," said one prominent critic of the new health care law....

Administration Braces For Setbacks To Health Law

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Obama administration presses ahead with the health care law, officials are bracing for the possibility that a federal judge in Virginia will so...

GOP Has No Clear Path For Health Care Repeal

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans say they'll repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law, but tinker and tweak is as far as they're like...

Administration Grants Waivers To Allow Health Insurance Below New Standards

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffeni...

Health Overhaul Centerpiece Endures Growing Pains

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medica...

Fact Check: GOP Ads Attacking Health Care Reform Resort To 'Exaggeration And Omissions'

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When it comes to sorting out President Barack Obama's health care initiative, take three political ads and call a doctor in the mor...

Palin Criticizes Obama On Abortion

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama the most pro-abortion president ever Thursday and mocked Florida's governor for c...

How They Passed Health Care: Tri-Com Unity, Climate Change Handicaps And The Offer Max Baucus Should Have Refused

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who had tried to get tough with the manufacturers of biological drugs. He wa...

Insurers Push Plans That Limit Choices Of Doctors

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country's biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduc...

Ryan Grim

House Progressives Push Reid To Put Public Option Back On Table | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's pol...

The New Cigna: Not Your Father's Health Plan

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

The health plans are beginning to figure out how they will survive and thrive under the new rules, and the way forward is, according to one managed care exec, to change how providers are paid.

Health Insurance For Young Adults May Have To Wait Until They're A Little Older

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is pushing to speed up insurance coverage for young adults in their twenties – a key early benefit of ...

Health Care Reform Will Cost More, Cover More: Health And Human Services Department

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: Mo...

Existing High Risk Pools Could Lock Some More Expensive Health Care Coverage

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's an eagerly awaited early benefit of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul: affordable coverage for Americans with medi...

Health Care Repeal Losing Steam

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Toss it or fix it? Anxious backers of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are starting to see a flicker of hope. Whi...

Seniors Wary Of Health Care Reform Impact On Medicare

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Seniors aren't celebrating President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. While Democrats hail the sweeping legislation as the gre...