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Why MACRA Is a Big Step Forward for Fee-for-Value Health Care

Dr. Stephen Ondra | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Stephen Ondra

As celebrated as MACRA was at the time for ending the widely unpopular method of setting fees, the law's true impact will be felt in the long term. It introduced a new payment structure aimed at rewarding physicians for high quality, good patient outcomes and efficiency, rather than volume of services.

3 Lessons for New Alliance to Fight Health Care Costs

Leah Binder | Posted 03.01.2016 | Business
Leah Binder

Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that 20 large U.S. companies joined together to fight high health care costs, launching the aptly named Hea...

Health Care Satisfaction: Three Barriers

Prem N. Ramkumar | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Prem N. Ramkumar

On June 25, 2015 the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's hotly debated Affordable Care Act in a 6-3 decision. For those following the debate intently, it is understood that the verdict now authorizes federal tax credits for eligible Americans living in states with their own exchanges and also those in the 34 states with federal marketplaces.

Now More Americans Agree With the Supreme Court on Obamacare

John A. Tures | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

For the first time since they've polled people on the Affordable Care Act, more Americans like Obamacare than dislike it. And an overwhelming majority of citizens like the tax subsidies. Most feel the law works but could be improved with changes. The change they want is different from what opponents are talking about, however.

Obama Slams Staples, Big Companies On Health Care: 'Shame On Them'

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama singled out office supply giant Staples Inc as undercutting his healthcare reform law and s...

A New Baby Brings New Health Insurance Opportunities

Jessica Barba Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Jessica Barba Brown

No family -- especially one that is welcoming a new member -- should have to worry about being able to see a doctor and get the health care they need.

Boehner Sues Obama in Order to Implement Health Law Faster

John A. Tures | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

When I learned that House Speaker John Boehner is suing President Barack Obama, I thought about a number of good reasons for something to limit executive actions. For example, would it be to limit NSA spying on its citizens?

Sam Stein

Obama Keeps Foot On The Gas For Health Care Enrollment | Sam Stein | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama took to the podium on April 17 to announce that eight million people had signed up for private health coverage...

Why Conservatives Are Willing to Let People Like Charlene Dill Die

Terrance Heath | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Terrance Heath

It's a stretch to say that Charlene Dill died because Florida Republicans rejected the Medicaid expansion. Dill died because of an untreated heart condition. Even if Florida had expanded its Medicaid program, she might still have died. But access to health care, treatment and medications would have given her a fighting chance.

A Tale of Two Siblings, the ACA, and the Supreme Court

Drew Altman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Drew Altman, Ph.D.

There is a part of the Affordable Care Act that is not at all working as originally envisioned, because the Supreme Court dramatically altered the structure of the law when it ruled that the expansion of Medicaid should be voluntary for states.

4 Requirements Obamacare Places on Small Businesses

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Avi Sinensky

While it is true that the dominant provisions of the Affordable Care Act apply only to so-called "medium" and "large" employers, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

If You Want to Play Doctor, Don't Hire an Insurance Company as Your Receptionist

Barbara Garson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Barbara Garson

If it was hard for underwater homeowners to distinguish between bankers and bureaucrats while they were losing their homes, it will be even harder for frustrated sick people to untangle the public and private strands so tightly braided into the Affordable Care Act.

Can Obamacare Fix Obama's Care?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

In early 2010, Barack Obama saw the White House physician. This, the presidential check-up, may be an ideal symbol -- and a starting point -- for what ails American medicine.

Think Again: Is Obamacare the End of Liberalism? Not So Much

Eric Alterman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Media
Eric Alterman

The unpopularity of the Republican right-wing agenda is demonstrated in poll after poll. Congress itself has never been more unpopular in history. And yet, according to Krauthammer, the problems with the website "will discredit Obama's new liberalism for years to come."

Obama: 'We're Not Going Back' On Health Care Reform

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

BY JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to regroup from his health care law's disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on...

Sam Stein

Obama Has A Second Shot At Getting Health Care Right, And Here's How He's Going To Do It | Sam Stein | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Contrary to the cliché, there are second acts in politics. They just don’t usually come two months after the first. On Nov. 30, t...

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.

The Presidential Health Care Curse: Why Do They Bother?

David Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

There is simply no way for presidential health care reformers to avoid grievous political harm, as the experience of President Barack Obama is now demonstrating in spades.

Sam Stein

Obama Suggests That His Critics Meet A Real Socialist | Sam Stein | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the embattled federal health care reform website was still on track to work for a "majority"...

Uninsured Americans Ignoring Major Part Of Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business

One of the key parts of President Obama’s health care reform law is largely being ignored, according to a new poll. Just 22 percent of uninsured...

Sam Stein

Obama Considers Administrative Fix For Health Law Sticker Shock | Sam Stein | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration is considering a fix to the president’s health care law that would expand the universe of individuals who r...

Overcoming Willful Blindness to the Successes of the Affordable Care Act

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Only a few days ago they shut down the government in an attempt to prevent anyone from signing up. And yet, today, they are outraged that not enough people are signing up?

Kate Sheppard

Bobby Jindal Talks 2016 | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal deflected a question about whether he plans to run for ...

My Skin in the Game: How Ted Cruz and the Right Want to Help Cancer Kill Me, and Maybe You

Jonathan Schwarz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Schwarz

I probably wouldn't have gone if I had insurance but it had a big deductible, or even any real co-pay. The only reason I went to have my life saved is because it cost me zero dollars.

Obamacare Website Glitches Reveal Larger Government Problem

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.11.2013 | Business

The website glitches plaguing the high-profile roll out of President Obama’s health care reform law aren’t just an Obamacare problem, they’re a ...