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How Much Credit Does Bernie Sanders Deserve For Obamacare?

As Hillary Clinton’s attacks on Bernie Sander’s health care proposals continue, one of his defenses is that he "helped write” the Affordable Care …

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Florida leads country in new HIV cases after years of health department cuts

TALLAHASSEE - Florida leads the nation in new HIV infections, but it's not being treated as a crisis by Gov. Rick Scott or the state's top health …


What’s Happening to Obamacare’s PPOs?

Last month, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report titled “Burnt Offerings? PPOs Decline in Marketplace Plans.” The title said it all. …

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Analysis of 2015 Premium Changes in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces

Updated Jan. 2015 – Map and tables reflect most recent premium data available.

The map and 50-state table are updates to our September analysis, which …


A Note on Carter Price's: What Have We Learned About the ACA Over the Past Year?

I find myself, over and over again, how well ACA implementation is doing in the Blue States that have implemented it enthusiastically--I would have …


Here's how much Obamacare has cut the uninsured rate in every state

What you below is a map of Obamacare. It shows how much the uninsured rate has dropped in each state since the health reform law's insurance …


Do You Speak Health Insurance? It's Not Easy

Solicit opinions about health insurance and you're almost guaranteed to find consensus: It's mystifying and irritating.

"It just seems like a lot of the buzzwords are intended to just complicate the whole thing and make it more expensive," says David Turgeon, 46, who's sitting in a Minneapolis mall …


Are Democrats crippling Obamacare?

The president's party helped deliver a key blow to his signature program.

Updated 12/28/15 03:57 PM EST

Obamacare has survived a pair of Supreme Court battles and half a decade of Republican repeal efforts.

But as the Obama administration enters its final year, the Affordable Care Act is facing …

How Much Do Marketplace and Other Nongroup Enrollees Spend on Health Care Relative to Their Incomes?

Despite the Affordable Care Act improving health insurance coverage and affordability for many, an increasing number of voices have drawn attention …

Obamacare plans put big dent in customers' wallets

Many Obamacare customers pay more than 10 percent of their incomes toward premiums and out-of-pocket costs, an analysis finds.


Good news for Obamacare: more young people are signing up

About 8.3 million people have signed up for health coverage through's 2016 open enrollment period, the Obama administration announced …


Paper 1: The Price Ain’t Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured

The Biggest Blow To Obamacare Yet Could Come From Democrats

Congress is poised to delay the controversial "Cadillac tax" by two years.

Congress is on the brink of taking a big bite out of the Affordable Care Act, after more than five years of mostly futile efforts by Republicans to weaken or repeal the law.

Both houses now seem intent on approving a two-year …

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Bitter pill: How Florida rations care for frail kids

Six-year-old Aref Shabaneh is almost entirely blind, able to read only in Braille, walks with a cane, and is so sensitive to light his parents turn …

'Promise Kept': The Senate Finally Votes to Repeal Obamacare

After five years of trying, Republicans will force the president to veto a bill scrapping his namesake law.

Republicans on Thursday night achieved something of a milestone in their five-year battle against the Affordable Care Act: They finally passed a bill repealing the law through the United …


Instability in Marketplaces Draws Concern on Both Sides of Health Law

WASHINGTON — The latest turmoil in health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act has emboldened advocates on both sides of the political spectrum, providing ammunition to conservatives who want to shrink the federal role and liberals who want to expand it.

UnitedHealth Group …

The Best Health Care Fix You've Never Heard Of

There was a moment in the second Democratic presidential debate that perfectly illustrated the difficulty of dislodging the media’s comfortable …

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Study: Obamacare Has Made Young Adults Lazier and Happier

Under the Affordable Care Act, young adults are allowed to stay on their parents' health insurance up to age 26. Since people generally like the idea …


A New Threat to Obamacare

Is Obamacare in trouble? This week, UnitedHealth Group, America’s largest health insurer, announced that it had sustained heavy losses in selling …


More evidence of the GOP's Obamacare problem: Alabama governor mulling Medicaid expansion

Hell just got several degrees colder.

MONTGOMERY | The conservative Republican governor of Alabama, a Deep South state where "Obamacare" is often …

Kentucky counties with highest Medicaid rates backed Matt Bevin, who plans to cut Medicaid

BOONEVILLE — The 66 percent of Owsley County that gets health coverage through Medicaid now must reconcile itself with the 70 percent that voted for …

6 Things To Know If You're Shopping For Obamacare This Year

Premiums are going up, but that's not the whole story.

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins on Sunday. And there’s no simple way to describe the health insurance options that people will find once they log on to or one of the online marketplaces that 13 states run on …


GOP seizes on collapse of Obamacare co-ops

In Kentucky governor's race, the president's health plan takes center stage.

The sudden collapse of nonprofit health plans supported by tens of millions of dollars in Obamacare loans is igniting a new political wildfire over the health law — and it’s playing out in a tight gubernatorial race in …

What Obamacare Opponents Get Wrong -- And Right -- About Insurance Premiums

Some are spiking, but the overall trend seems moderate.

Donald Trump is attacking the Affordable Care Act again. He says health insurance premiums are rising by 35, 45 or even 55 percent in some places.

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services tell a very different story. They say …


Premiums on Federal Obamacare Exchanges to Jump 7.5 Percent in 2016

The increases, however, are uneven from one state to the next.

Health care premiums will increase by an average of 7.5 percent in the 37 states using …

It’s (almost) time to start attacking Republicans’ extreme views on Medicare

The worst irony of our political system is that the party that wants to gut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid — the three programs that have …


The Ben's Chili Bowl recruiting strategy for Obamacare

Signing up younger, healthier people is a make-or-break issue as the health law’s third open enrollment season gets underway Nov. 1.

The fate of Obamacare’s next enrollment push may be decided in places like Ben’s Chili Bowl.

The renowned D.C. eatery will serve up health insurance along with its …

Health Law’s Revamped Site,, to Debut on Sunday

WASHINGTON — Starting on Sunday, health care consumers shopping on the Affordable Care Act’s federal website,, can see the cost and benefits of insurance plans for 2016, the Obama administration said Friday. But they will have to wait a little longer for new features that will allow …


Careful Calculus Guides Obama Administration in Health Insurance Projections

WASHINGTON — In April 2014, President Obama declared victory in the government’s aggressive push to enroll people in private health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, announcing that eight million people had signed up for coverage.

“This thing is working,” he said.

By the end of the year, …