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Diabetes and the Bloody Wedding Dress

Peg Abernathy | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Peg Abernathy

I personally know at least three women with diabetes who walked down the isle with small, light pink areas on their carefully chosen wedding dresses, where blood from a lanced finger had been hastily cleaned by loving moms, sisters, and friends.

Jeffrey Young

How Your Health Insurance Company Can Still Screw You, Despite Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business

No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But ...

A Diabetes Hoarder Story

Peg Abernathy | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Peg Abernathy

When I was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes more than 25 years ago, I had no health insurance. And due to my young adult perspective and extreme naiveté about managing my diabetes condition, I believed that very little about my personal life would change with my diagnosis. I guess ignorance is bliss, but ignorance can also cause the eventual reality to be that much more painful.

The Face of Health Care Reform

Peg Abernathy | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Peg Abernathy

While on a recent business trip to Washington D.C., I had the privilege of a brief conversation with Arianna Huffington. I can only imagine how many p...

Look Mom! I'm Insured! 10 Observations on Obamacare

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Because of my income, I also wanted to compare Obamacare to the open market. Having read a lot of teeth-gnashing by people who felt cheated on both sides of the equation, I thought it was the responsible thing to do.

In Defense of the ACA

Lisa Longo | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I believe in the ACA because it is a good piece of legislation -- one we worked very hard to pass, and one which has now been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The main reason I will continue to work to make this law successful is because I am the mother of a child with a pre-existing condition.

Cities Have a Stake in Health Law's Success

Annise Parker | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Annise Parker

Local communities -- not Washington, not our state capitals -- are where the impact of the big decisions about health care will be most keenly felt.

Maybe CBO Stands for "Cue Bogus Outrage!"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Will Obamacare kill millions of jobs? ...

Ringing Out the Old: Discriminatory Health Insurance Now Outlawed in America

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

As the D.C. media feigns apoplexy over enrollment rates in the Affordable Care Act, the rest of the country will awaken to a world in which people with pre-existing illnesses will be covered and people will not live in constant fear of being an illness away from bankruptcy.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Extension Granted To Sickest Enrollees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

As many as 135,000 individuals enrolled in federally funded programs for people with pre-existing conditions will be given a few more weeks to find re...

'Out Of Touch' Republican May Be More In Touch Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

A day after Georgia's Republican insurance commissioner Ralph Hudgens was criticized for "out-of-touch" remarks on pre-existing medical conditions, sp...

Another Georgia Republican Forgot The Camera Was Rolling, Accidentally Spoke His Mind

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Georgia's Republican insurance commissioner is stepping back from his claim that pre-existing medical conditions are similar to a car crash that is th...

Obamacare Bans Fake Insurance, Public Outraged!

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

"I was paying $14 a month for a very nice looking wallet cards that made it look like I had insurance," said Doris Duperette of Springfield, Alabama. "It had my name on it, all kinds of tiny printed words and numbers. And it fit right in my purse! What more did I need?"

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.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare's Sickest Beneficiaries Have To Switch Health Plans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100,000 of the sickest people in the health insurance market will have to switch to new coverage next year as the federal gove...

Healthcare and Financial Disaster: We All Know Someone, Even the President

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Vivian Norris

Many many Americans have known and still do know people who have become fragile economically because they fell ill. People should not have to spend their last days worrying about health care costs. We are a civilized nation and now we are beginning to act like one.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare's Biggest Winners Could Miss Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business

Bonnie O'Brian faced a rude awakening just after her 55th birthday last May: Her insurance premium soared 38 percent to $611 per month. O'Brian was...

Grieving Mother Confronts GOP Rep About Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Several North Carolinians attended a town hall held by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) in Swannanoa to confront McHenry about Obamacare on Wednesday, in...

Improving Health for LGBT Americans

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Sec. 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.

Ask the Mutant: It's Fine for Angelina -- She's Rich

Eva Moon | Posted 08.17.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

While Angelina Jolie may have more advantages than most of us, the biggest advantage she had was not money, but access to people who provided her with good information about her options.

Broccoli Is Your Best Bet In Rudy Baylor's ObamaCare Marketplace

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

Right now, in every state across America, teams of people are building websites that will change the health care landscape in this country. These "Health Insurance Exchanges" will offer Americans government-run health insurance plans.

Class of 2013: Graduate With Peace of Mind

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

This is a time when you're making big decisions about the future. You might be embarking on a new career, transitioning to a different city. I'm sure the last thing you're thinking about is health insurance. But unfortunately, the unexpected can happen.

GOP Again Tries to Take Away Health Care From Millions of Seniors, Women and Families

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The ACA is raising the quality of care, halting skyrocketing health costs, providing preventive care without co-pays, and eliminating the worst insurance company abuses. Instead of improving health care, the Republican repeal plan would take it away.

Big Health Insurance Companies Promise Price Increases

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.23.2013 | Business

Big health insurance companies are predicting huge premium increases next year for small employers and people who buy coverage on their own, citing ri...

Affordable Care Act at 3: Looking Forward and Expanding Access

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Sec. 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.