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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.

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.

How Does Healthcare.gov Really Work [Infographic] [Screenshots]

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 12.30.2013 | Technology
Eduardo Garcia

After spending some time trying to shop for insurance for my parents, and facing the same issues everyone has been having, I decided to put on my developer hat and try to figure out how this web application works.

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

Healthcare.com Would Have Worked Better

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

The federal government was not up for the task of building and overseeing a complicated e-commerce business with a significant data management back-end -- any more than it has ever been up for building the military's fighter jets, running commercial airports, or administering the actual Medicare program.

Health Insurance 101: A Starter Course on the Affordable Care Act

Veer Gidwaney | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Veer Gidwaney

PPACA, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, will go into effect officially on January 1, 2014. Here's an overview of what the bill requires.

Friday Talking Points -- PBS, Citizen Koch, and Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Love him or hate him, call him "patriot" or "traitor" -- it is now absolutely impossible to argue that Edward Snowden's leaks weren't effective, meaningful, and will actually cause the federal government to have a national conversation with its citizens about what it feels it is legally able to do.

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.

Florida's Lawmakers Test the Null Hypothesis on Medicaid Expansion

Gary Stein | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

If the legislature decides to do nothing this session, we will lose $5 Billion in federal funding this year that could have gone to the state, create jobs and help hospitals pay for the care of the uninsured.

Florida's Medicaid Expansion Decision: A Clash of Politics, People and Perceptions

Gary Stein | Posted 06.03.2013 | Miami
Gary Stein

Some offers are easy to reject using just common sense. I had assumed that the decision regarding taking billions of federal funds for Medicaid Expansion was in that same category, but for many legislators, the choice is not so straight-forward.

The View From Here: Quotes on Florida's Medicaid Expansion Debate From Tampa Bay

Gary Stein | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

Tempers are hot and passions are running wild across Florida as the governor and legislature go back and forth, up and down on the topic of whether or...

The Medicaid Expansion Dilemma in Florida: Senate's 'Florida Plan' Hits the Sunshine, Texas Hits Bottom

Gary Stein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

Out of the 50 states, Florida ranks 48th in the number of people that have health insurance. That means only two states have fewer people insured, with Texas being the worst. More than one in every five Floridians have no way but self-pay or no pay when they need medical attention.

Oryancare. Obamacare for Seniors. Really.

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

Consumers need protections only when they are turned into consumers. And that is what Congressman Paul Ryan's budget seeks to do for -- or do to, depending on your feelings about medical capitalism -- future Medicare beneficiaries.

HIV Messenger Baby

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

Health reform may be a political football for politicians, but for those whose start in life will be rough enough, it is not a game, and the next baby may not be so lucky.

An Obamacare Picture Worth 10,000 Words

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

A seasoned colleague recently told me that some PowerPoint presentations have no power and make no point. But sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Obamacare Obstructionism 2.0: Rooting for Implementation Failure

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

As the health reform law moves off the drawing board into the real world, its opponents are doing their best to make it not work -- by shifting their energies from fulminations about the boogeymen they imagine in the law to hampering, complicating or outright obstructing its implementation.

Republicans Creating National Health Insurance Exchange?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as "Obamacare") put Republican governors between an ideological rock and a very hard place for conservatives.

Obama Win Puts Heat On Governors Over Obamacare

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now t...

How Well Do You Know the Affordable Care Act?

Emily Flake | Posted 11.05.2012 | Comedy
Emily Flake

As the changes called for in this law are rolled out, it is important to know how this reform will affect you and your family. Test your familiarity with this historic piece of legislation by taking this short quiz.

Friday Talking Points -- Scary Medicine

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Mitt Romney opened up several new lines of attack on his taxes this week -- such as labeling him "Mister Thirteen Percent" for his admitted tax rate. Even juicier is attacking what Mitt Romney would pay under Paul Ryan's budget plan.

GOP Plays Offense In Health Care Fight

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For Republicans, it's an irresistible trifecta: A bill that gives them an election-season chance to say they're fighting to protect...

Time for the Final (Etch-A) Sketch

Abby Huntsman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Abby Huntsman

For instance, yesterday I found that when you type "Romney" as a search term on Google, one of the first auto-complete suggestions is "Romney attacking President." Could a consistently negative tone be part of his messaging problem?

Health Care Law Faces Long Road

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It took only a year to set up Medicare. But if President Barack Obama's health care law survives Supreme Court scrutiny, it will be...

Mike Sacks

100,000 Progressives Petition Justice Clarence Thomas To Recuse Himself From Health Care Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from the health care cases to be heard in March took a theatrical turn at the Su...

GOP Candidate Assured Haley On Key Issue Ahead Of Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney assured South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) that he would grant a waiver to her state to opt out of the ...