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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Patiently Crunching Obamacare's Numbers

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We are in the midst of a political battle over the Obamacare numbers right now, so it seemed like a good time to examine what they all mean, in an attempt to interject some clarity into a very confusing debate.

Friday Talking Points -- 'And Counting'

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats, from this point on, should adopt a very simple technique to disarm Republican squabbles about Obamacare numbers. To every figure quoted for people gaining health insurance, Democrats should end with "... and counting."

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.

Late Night Comedians Look Back at Obamacare

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 05.31.2014 | Comedy
Robert J. Szczerba

With the March 31 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or, to the rest of us, Obamacare) upo...

ACA Impact on the Midterms: Hart & McInturff Weigh-In

Mike Smith | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Mike Smith

Peter Hart, chairman of Peter D. Hart Research and Bill McInturff, CEO of Public Opinion Strategies, held court at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington on w...

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Does Obamacare Infringe on Our Liberty? Or Does It Give Us Even More Freedom?

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In the same way, without Obamacare, without the government making us buy health insurance, we would be condemning millions of Americans to lives without health care. We would be restricting their freedom. And what right do we have to do that?

American Cancer Society: Providing Homes for the Holiday... and Beyond

Lisa Masters | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Lisa Masters

According to the American Cancer Society 1 out of 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That's a lot of people. As a child, I kn...

GOP Senator Advocates Calling Obamacare By Its Full 'Orwellian' Name

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he believes that calling President Barack Obama's signature health care law "Obamacare" is too kind, and he wants to go...

The Obamacare Website, Version 1.1

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Obama administration just rolled out what could be called "version 1.1" of HealthCare.gov. After two months of nothing short of disaster, the White House is now confident that the website is ready for prime time. Mostly.

Obamacare Is Not a Reason to Give Up on Government Programs

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The biggest myth of the Obamacare debate goes like this: The failures of Obamacare prove that the government can't be trusted to run our health care system.

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

Koch Brothers ACA Event Light on Facts, Heavy on Rhetoric, Full of Self-interest

Gary Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

So I asked the experts: "Please explain to me how Medicaid expansion wouldn't have helped me or the state Medicaid budget?" The silence was palpable, their apology for my situation was seemingly sincere, but they had no solutions.

Startup Health Insurance: Choose Your Own Adventure

Veer Gidwaney | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Veer Gidwaney

For you startup founders and benefits administrators, here's the good news: you have options. In this brave new world of defined contributions, private exchanges and the individual mandate, there are plenty of ways for you and your employees to get good coverage at an affordable price.

What Can You Believe About 'Obamacare'?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A small part of the American public still believes some astonishing lies about this law, and new lies are surfacing every day. Let me evaluate some of these myths.

Technology in Health Care: Thriving in a Patient-Centric Era

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Bobby Grajewski

The present is a great time for health care innovation. Instead of looking at the shutdown in Washington, D.C., or the battle over the Patient Protect...

The Affordable Care Act: Our Leaders Must Put Our Health First and Stop the Madness

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.07.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

There has been much public confusion about the ACA, caused in part by the ongoing acrimonious political debate over it. But this is no way to run a government.

Explaining Open Enrollment: How to Get Covered!

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

We are at the dawn of a new day as our nation moves one step closer to becoming the more perfect union our forefathers envisioned. Beginning this month, nearly 48 million uninsured Americans will embark upon a path toward high-quality health care.

Selling Obamacare

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The president may not have done a good job selling Obamacare but he's done enough to push it across the starting line. And once Americans understand Obamacare they are going to like it. That's bad news for Republicans.

A Palliative to Obamacare Discord

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Joseph Cooper

These stories (I'm sure there are others) make vivid the embarrassments and fears of patients; their efforts to deal with deterioration, endure pain, and cope with unhinging and detachment. The reader, the viewer, and the re-reader can take cues from caregivers who ease the way to acceptance.

Obamacare: It's Better Than You Think

Dean Baker | Posted 11.23.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

There are serious complaints about the inadequacy of Obamacare that will have to be addressed in the years ahead. But none of these problems changes the fact that the ACA is an enormous step forward.

The Fifth Myth: "Rate Shock" Isn't Shocking at All!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The only taxpayers who will definitely face a higher rate are the richest 2 percent, who earn more than $200,000. In other words, the cost of Obamacare is far less than its critics would have you believe.

The Republican Riddle: What the States Know That the Feds Don't

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

What are Republican politicians doing right at the state level that they aren't doing at the federal level? I'll give you a hint: They aren't who they say they are.

Four Myths -- and the Truth! -- About the Individual Mandate

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The individual mandate was a Republican invention from a time when it was not yet heresy for a Republican politician to advocate providing affordable health insurance to every American without a government takeover of the industry.