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Why Waiting to Sign Up for an Obamacare Plan Could Cost You a Bundle

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you don't give yourself enough time to sort through the options available to you, you might wind up paying your insurance company a lot more than necessary -- which is exactly what a lot of my former colleagues in the business are hoping for.

Kaiser Mental Health Clinicians Call for Board Member's Resignation

Sal Rosselli | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Sal Rosselli

For four years, she has failed to even acknowledge much less resolve a crisis in Kaiser's psychiatric services that is nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration earlier this year.

New Data Settles the Debate: Obamacare Is Making Health Insurance More Affordable, Not Less

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In the second year of our new annual tradition, the exchanges are open for enrollment, which begs the question: What have we learned since last time? Were the naysayers proven right, or did Obamacare really make health insurance more affordable, as was intended?

A Quarter Of Uninsured Say They Can't Afford To Buy Coverage

Kaiser Health News | Mary Agnes Carey | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. Just days before the health law’s marketplaces reopened, nearly a quarter of uninsured...

These Democrats Want to Let Insurers Sell Crappy Coverage Again

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.27.2014 | 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.

Those Obamacare Attack Ads Backfired, Actually Helped Boost Enrollment

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While those attack ads likely cost some Democratic members of Congress their jobs in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the health care legislation this year.

Jeffrey Young

New Obamacare Poll Reveals Views Of Winners And Losers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business

If you want Americans to like Obamacare, giving them some money seems to help. A new poll reveals that previously uninsured people and those who recei...

Jeffrey Young

The Biggest Reason People Didn't Sign Up For Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.29.2014 | Business

The top reason uninsured people didn't enroll in coverage under Obamacare this year is they still don't feel like they can afford health insurance, ac...

Let There Be Peace on Earth and No More Talk About Obamacare... for Awhile

Linda Bergthold | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Why can't everyone shut up about Obamacare? Because now the real problems will start to surface. People who thought their monthly premiums were too high may drop out and stop paying, thus losing their insurance. The lucky ones will end up on Fox complaining about it. The rest will just "go bare," which is where they started in the first place. Those who chose a Bronze plan but have some serious medical expenses will face some pretty hefty costs before any insurance kicks in. The fact that there is a cap on annual and lifetime out-of-pocket costs will be small comfort when facing $5,000 or $6,000 in deductible costs. Then there will be people who go to their doctor only to find out he or she is not in their plan. Or they just didn't read the fine print and figure out they have to pay a deductible for their prescription drugs. The potential for keeping this thing alive until the November elections is nearly endless.

Why a Trip to the Dentist Costs So Much Now -- And What We Can Do About It

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Americans understand how expensive dental care has become, which partially explains why only 36 percent of all adults in the United States are expected to visit a dentist this year -- and why, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in four nonelderly Americans have untreated tooth decay.

The Fate of Obamcare Is Not in the Hands of Millenials

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The entire problem, like many of the problems very serious people identify, is entirely mythical.

Obamacare: What's in It for You? Plenty, So Take Time to Find Out

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Numbers show just how big the disconnect is between the reality of what's occurred in health care since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the perception that people have of the law resulting from the relentless campaign of misinformation from the president's opponents.

Obamacare Death Spiral Looks Unlikely, Study Finds

Reuters | Jason Lange | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - A threat to America's health insurance overhaul has been that young people would not buy coverage in new marketplaces...

Support for Obamacare Will Go Up Soon; Here's Why

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The latest polls on Obamacare are bleak. But those poll numbers will change as more people are finally able to shop for coverage on the new health insurance websites -- and find coverage that is surprisingly affordable.

Hungry For Leadership On SNAP

Margie Omero | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Margie Omero

Many on the right see SNAP rates as the problem, rather than hunger. Yet public opinion on SNAP is not nearly so radical.

Jeffrey Young

How Much Will Obamacare Cost Where You Live? New Report Offers Preview

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.26.2013 | Business

The premiums for coverage available on the health insurance exchanges created by President Barack Obama's health care reform law will vary widely from...

Jeffrey Young

Employee Health Benefit Costs Rose Slowly In 2013, Survey Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business

The cost of job-based health insurance rose slowly in 2013 from the year before and the percentage of companies offering health benefits to workers re...

Decline in Cost of Health Care in America

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

A slower growth of health care cost would mean less burden on the individual family, freeing that family to invest in and live a higher quality of life. And for communities it would free billions of dollars for education, businesses, job creation, and future innovation.

Countdown: 175 Days Until the End of Job Lock in America

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The Obama administration's decision to postpone the requirement that large employers offer health insurance to their workers has been characterized by pundits on the left as a capitulation to big business and on the right as the latest evidence that Obamacare isn't working. Actually, it's neither.

Yes Virginia, Obamacare Still Exists

Linda Bergthold | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Why do people think Obamacare no longer exists? It is already being implemented and it will continue to be implemented in January 2014.

Sharing Our Knowledge. Taking More Action.

Vignetta Charles, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Vignetta Charles, Ph.D.

Women of color continue to be disproportionately affected. In 2010, Black women accounted for about two thirds (64 percent) of new infections among women in the U.S., while we are only 13 percent of the population.

Alicia Keys: Women With AIDS 'Could Be My Sister'

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- Alicia Keys says she wants to spark a global conversation about HIV/AIDS. The Grammy Award-winning singer says that when she traveled t...

Gun Violence vs. Job Loss: Study Reveals Which One Americans Worry About More

Posted 02.27.2013 | Black Voices

In a six-day survey of more than 1,200 adults across the U.S., the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Americans worry more about being a victim of gu...

Is Health Care Part of the "Fairy Dust" Talk About the Fiscal Cliff?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I'm getting really tired of the hysteria over this so-called, somewhat media created, "fiscal cliff." But I do think we are in for some changes in health care as a result of the discussions going on in Washington so here's what you should expect.

Support For Obamacare Repeal Hits All-Time Low

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

A week after President Barack Obama's reelection, opposition to one of his signature first term accomplishments has reached a low ebb, according to a ...