States Rush in to Shore Up Obamacare

Led by Alaska, states are setting up reinsurance programs to help pay the health care costs of their most medically needy citizens in hopes that insurance companies won’t abandon the Obamacare marketplace entirely. The latest to join the trend are Idaho, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Alaska was the first to establish a reinsurance fund, whichit  did in […]

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HHS Announces Limited ‘Fixes’ to Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a set of limited “fixes” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) going forward. “While these steps will help stabilize the individual and small group markets, they are not a long-term cure for the problems that the Affordable Care Act has created in our health […]

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HHS Secretary Pledges to Uphold Obamacare

Testifying before Congress today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pledged to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) so long as it is “the law of the land,” including the individual and employer mandates. “So long as the law is on the books, we at the department are obliged to uphold the […]

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‘More Resolved Than Ever’ to Repeal Obamacare, House Leaders Say

Only four days after the humiliation of not being able to unite their party to vote for a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), House Republican leaders said “we’re closer today to repealing Obamacare than we ever were before,” and in the words of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, “more resolved than ever […]

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Amid Repeal and Replace Talk, Obamacare Enrollments Crater

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed this week that enrollment in Obamacare health plans dropped half a million from the year before, and came in 1.7 million below expectations, with 12.2 million enrollees by the Jan. 31 end of open enrollment. Expectations were for 13.8 million. Four of every five who signed […]

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House Republicans Release Obamacare Replacement Plan

On Monday (March 6), Republican leadership in the House of Representatives unveiled their plan to replace Obamacare with a program that relies heavily on tax credits and expanded options with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Under the plan, no one can be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, and adult children can stay on […]

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Trump Orders Obamacare Advertising to Stop

In the few days remaining before Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) enrollment ends on Jan. 31, President Trump has ordered the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pull all advertising for the health care program. HHS spokespersons refused to confirm the White House order, but those speaking anonymously said the directive included […]

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Death by a Thousand Cuts — or One Executive Action — to Obamacare

Shortly after signing an executive order barring any new regulations by federal agencies, President Donald J. Trump signed another order that mandates his agencies to “to waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the [Affordable Care] Act [ACA]” that they deem to burden individuals, insurers, health-care providers, or […]

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Obamacare Popularity Picks Up as the End Nears

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows for the first time that those who think the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) is a “good idea” outweigh those who think it’s a “bad idea,” 45 to 41 percent. It was the first positive poll result for the health care program since it was announced […]

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Poll Shows Widespread Support for Obamacare Overhaul, Possible Replacement

While President-elect Donald Trump announced key appointments to posts responsible for the nation’s health care policies, a Gallup poll continued a yearslong indication of public discontent with Obamacare. Some 53 percent of those polled in November dislike the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while only 42 percent approve, figures relatively unchanged since the ACA passed in […]

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