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The 80 Percent Solution to

Jim Moore | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

Not only is a poorly-packed parachute with an 80 percent likelihood of working for people who try to use it, the government that constructed the health care canopy knew it would fail to meet its promise for 20 percent of the certain-to-be disappointed insurance-shopping public.

Sebelius Show Trial Highlighted Lawmakers in the Pockets of Insurance Companies

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The truth these politicians want to obscure is that Obamacare is protecting their constituents from buying coverage that provides little to no shield against financial ruin. And that protection is something the insurance industry wants to get rid of.

Newt Gingrich Calls Kathleen Sebelius A Worse Liar Than Nixon

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) took to Twitter Wednesday morning to attack Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ testim...

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

Howard Dean: GOP Also To Blame For Botched Health Care Rollout

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) offered a new perspective on the bumpy Obamacare rollout on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, assigning Republicans ...

Issa Presses Google, Microsoft On Obamacare Glitches

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of a key congressional oversight committee has asked Google, ...

The Real Reasons Why Obamacare Exchanges Aren't Working Yet

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

What happened -- or didn't happen -- to make it the federal exchange so unworkable, at least for now? Here are four possible reasons for the current mess

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

As we roll out the technology to implement the Affordable Care Act -- with millions of Americans signing up for the first time -- attempts to find and exploit weaknesses in the system are bound to increase.

Jeffrey Young

Key Part Of Obamacare Website Going Dark This Weekend | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business

The federal government will take down a critical part of, the Obamacare web portal, for a portion of the coming weekend as programmers ...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Is A Go For Tomorrow, Top Obama Official Declares | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nothing will stop the Tuesday rollout out of the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, Health and Human Servic...

Who Lands in the Safety Net?

Irv Katz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

It's not just a lack of empathy or understanding of the facts. It's about leadership and the failure of our leaders to temper ideology with pragmatism and acting for the greater good.

Florida Insurers Are Now Free to Screw Consumers and Must, By Law, Blame Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Folks in Florida are facing having to pay far more for health insurance over the next two years than necessary. And health insurance executives will be laughing all the way to the bank.

The Numbers Are In: Sequestration Cuts 57,000 Kids From Head Start

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

For months, we have seen local stories of families and communities struggling to cope as Head Start programs have been forced to turn away children. And now we have added up all those cuts from across the country to better understand the national impact.

ObamaCare oversight among health watchdog cuts

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Fred Schulte July 25, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan...

Helping Victims of Childhood Trauma Heal and Recover

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Kathleen Sebelius

Far too many children -- especially those known to the child welfare system -- have experienced trauma. Despite the amazing work of the professionals who care for these vulnerable children, we know there's more we can do. Today, I'm pleased to announce a critical step forward.

Jeffrey Young

Feds Give Money To Neighborhood Clinics For Obamacare Enrollment | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

Community health centers, local clinics that provide primary care services mainly to poor and uninsured patients, will receive $150 million to bolster...

Improving Health for LGBT Americans

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kathleen Sebelius

On this historic day, it's important to recall that, for too long, the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals were pushed to the side. LGBT Americans faced limited access to health care and insurance.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Marches Forward With New Website | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

Obamacare took a small but visible step forward on Monday with the launch of a consumer information website, a precursor to the health insurance excha...

Men, Don't Wait for a Wake-Up Call When It Comes to Your Health

Bill Corr | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Bill Corr

As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health. National Men's Health Week, from June 10 through Father...

Obama Should Admit Defeat on Morning-After Pill

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's tough when even some Republicans are making more sense on an issue than the president. This is a losing battle for Obama, because the harder he fights it the more he's fighting against his own stated views on science and politics.

A Long Overdue Wave Of Health Innovation -- And The Smart Policies Behind It

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 08.03.2013 | Technology
Kathleen Sebelius

Smart policy can be instrumental in removing obstacles to innovation. And we're now seeing the same pattern play out across the health care system.

Friday Talking Points -- Most Disappointing Plan B

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A professional pundit was fired because he wrote an opinion piece that was factually inaccurate. Is that even a thing? "Journalists" can get fired for saying things which are false (things that five minutes of fact-checking would have proven laughably wrong), and for other stupid comments?

Plan B's Plan B

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Obama administration is trying to have it both ways on the "morning after" pill, and by doing so is taking a firm anti-scientific stand for irrationality. But Obama promised us all, in his first campaign, to do away with having politics dictate federal scientific policy.

Affordable Care Act at 3: Looking Forward and Expanding Access

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

Americans are getting more value for their health care dollars due to the health care law. Affordable Care Act initiatives are promoting coordinated care; paying for quality, not quantity; and dramatically reducing fraud and waste, contributing to the slowest growth in national health spending in 50 years.

Chelsea Kiene

Homeless Teens Dealt New Blow | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.19.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A longtime provider of runaway and homeless youth services for D.C. teens is calling out the District for falling short of its commitmen...