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Millions Could Lose Coverage in Latest Challenge to Affordable Care Act

Bob Semro | Posted 04.02.2015 | Denver
Bob Semro

The latest challenge, King v. Burwell, does not raise important constitutional issues -- the ACA was already ruled constitutional. However, the potential impact could do real damage. Millions of Americans could lose insurance coverage

Jesse Rifkin

Obamacare Exchanges Falling Far Short Of Smoking Cessation Requirements

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Only one state in the country makes sure that Affordable Care Act consumers have access to smoking cessation programs as the law require...

Why My Kentucky Kinfolks Can Sleep Easier Than My Tennessee Kinfolks

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While Tennessee lawmakers continue to do all they can to undermine Obamacare, low- and moderate-income Kentuckians can go to bed at night and not have the same worry that their neighbors a few miles to the south have about the cost of health care. Does that make sense to you?

It's Clear Now the Public Option Really Was Needed to Keep Insurers Honest

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When members of Congress caved to demands from the insurance industry and ditched their plan to establish a "public option" health plan, the lawmakers also ditched one of their favorite talking points, that a government-run plan was necessary to "keep insurers honest."

Quick Route to Reporting Health Care Insurance Information on Your Taxes

Mark Steber | Posted 04.16.2015 | 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.

Here's How Health Insurers Dream of Replacing Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The GOP plan would take us back to the days when insurers could sell junk policies, charge older folks more than they can today and calculate premiums based on a person's health status.

Scott Walker Exposes the Fiction Behind King v. Burwell

Doug Kendall | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Despite all the rhetoric against Obamacare, conservative governors and state officials aren't exactly lining up to join the latest Supreme Court challenge designed to gut the Affordable Care Act. To see why, just listen to Walker, whose comments in 2013 controvert the central claim in King.

Sam Stein

Top Republican Wants GOP To Make Fix To Obamacare Before Supreme Court Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott encouraged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work on a technical fix to the Affordable Care...

Why 68 Million of Us Will Soon Be Uninsured if Supreme Court Agrees With D.C. Think Tank

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

At least four million Americans will rejoin the ranks of the uninsured -- and consequently lose access to affordable health care -- if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of Obamacare in a case that hinges on the interpretation of a single sentence in the law.

These Democrats Want to Let Insurers Sell Crappy Coverage Again

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As we head into the final stretch before next week's midterm elections, Americans continue to have wide-ranging views of Obamacare, but even many who have an unfavorable view of it say they would rather see Congress improve it than get rid of it.

Obamacare Is Making a Difference, But Here's What We Must Tackle Next

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

We still spend more per capita on health care than any other country. In that sense, the law doesn't do enough to address the "real cost drivers" of medical inflation.

The Day I Told Oprah About Overcoming the Shame of Being HIV-Positive

Malcolm 'MJ' Harris | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Malcolm 'MJ' Harris

Loved ones kept encouraging me to be more open about my status as a path to healing my shame, but the thought literally petrified me. Would people judge me? Would my status distract them from the accomplishments I had made?

Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Can Health Care Success Be Health Care Disaster?

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way."

The Manufactured Crisis of Halbig

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

If the D.C. Circuit decision in Halbig v. Burwell became the law of the land, it would threaten to place health insurance once again out of reach for the approximately 4.7 million families and individuals living in the 36 states where the federal government set up the Exchange.

Why the Courts Won't Kill Obamacare

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

ACA dead-enders will stay at it, fighting Medicaid expansion and filing creative, hopeless lawsuits. They'll stop Medicaid expansion in some states, denying coverage to millions of the most needy. But the ACA will survive. In health care policy, the arc of history has taken a decisive turn toward human decency.

Jeffrey Young

Calm Down, Everyone. Two GOP Judges Didn't Annihilate Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business

On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued totally opposing rulings on a pair of lawsuits challenging Obamacare, one of which would tear apart the ...

This Is How Much More Your Health Insurance Could Cost If Two Republican Judges Get Their Way

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business

President Barack Obama suffered a setback Tuesday in a legal battle that threatens to unravel his health care reform law. A federal appeals court pane...

Laura Bassett

Obama's New Health Secretary May Change How Washington Works

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to inherit one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. As President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of...

GOP Divorced From Reality on Obamacare

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Just last week, Republicans got caught in a lie about Obamacare very publicly -- at their own hearing on Obamacare. As failed GOP presidential wannabe Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

New York State's Leadership in Providing Health Insurance

Carol Kellermann | Posted 06.17.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

New York has distinguished itself through the creation of NY State of Health. The marketplace has excelled, despite a very tight timeframe, while other state marketplaces and the federally facilitated one faltered.

Jeffrey Young

The Obamacare Deadline Is Just Days Away. Here's What You Need To Know

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.20.2014 | Business

The Obamacare deadline for this year is almost upon us. If you don't have health insurance yet and you want coverage, it's time to get moving. Here's ...

Jeffrey Young

Walking The Uninsured Through Obamacare Sign-Ups Is Tiring And Tedious. It Also Works

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business

SALISBURY, Md. -- If you're wondering why the Obama administration is still so far from its goal of enrolling 6 million Americans into Obamacare, look...

4 Incentives Obamacare Provides Small Businesses

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.06.2014 | Small Business
Avi Sinensky

While it is true that the dominant provisions of the ACA (particularly, the Employer Mandate) apply only to "large" employers with more than 50 employees, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

Children Benefit as California Leads the Way Enrolling Families in Health Coverage

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

March 31 marks the end of open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many Californians aren't waiting until the deadline to sign up for health coverage.