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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

Millennials, presumably with health insurance, at play.Shutterstock/Wavebreakmedia Under the Affordable Care Act, young adults are allowed to stay on …


A New Threat to Obamacare

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel speaks on Nov. 10, 2009, in Washington.Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images Is Obamacare in trouble? This week, …

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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 …

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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 …



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 …

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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, …

This is why Jeb Bush deserves to be losing: His Obamacare replacement is genuinely terrifying

The fading GOP hopeful promises to "repeal and replace" Obamacare with something horrifc

There are a couple of different ways to look at Jeb! Bush’s decision to release his healthcare reform plan on the day of the first Democratic debate. One is that Bush has no confidence in the plan and, with the …

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How to Keep People in Health Plans

There was a sharp drop earlier this year in the number of people enrolled in health insurance plans purchased through federal and state marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act. That poses a big challenge for insurers, health care providers and enrollment counselors when a new open …

ObamaCare Medicaid expansion dies in Utah

An effort in Utah to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare has died after Republicans in the state House of Representatives rejected a compromise …


Health Policy: The Intellectual Collapse of the Right Continues...

Live from Crow's Coffee: A correspondent emails:

You apparently didn't arrive at the Kansas City Medicaid expansion event last night in time to …


The Drug With a 5,000 Percent Markup

The story of Daraprim’s huge price hike is part of a trend of exorbitant pharmaceutical pricing.

The drug company Turing Pharmaceuticals is under fire after a New York Times article published Sunday detailing how it raised the price of a toxoplasmosis drug by more than 5,000 percent after acquiring …


Why Does Nobody Theorize About the "Causes" of Health Uninsurance?

The Census released health insurance estimates showing that the number of uninsured people came down significantly between 2013 and 2014.

Most of the …


Census data shows Obamacare and welfare kept millions out of poverty

If there was any good news in the census data dump on Wednesday, it was that the US’s welfare safety net programs and Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation are doing exactly what they are supposed to.

The supplemental poverty measure data released by the US Census bureau showed that …


What Are a Hospital’s Costs? Utah System Is Trying to Learn

SALT LAKE CITY — Only in the world of medicine would Dr. Vivian Lee’s question have seemed radical. She wanted to know: What do the goods and services provided by the hospital system where she is chief executive actually cost?

Most businesses know the cost of everything that goes into producing what …

Child mortality rates have fallen by more than half since 1990. Here's why.

There's finally some good news in global health: Over the past 25 years, the number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday has …

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The Medicaid Expansion Experience In Michigan

As of July 2015, 30 states and the District of Columbia have expanded or planned to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Michigan is …


How Many Employers Could be Affected by the Cadillac Plan Tax?

The inclusion of FSAs here is important. FSAs generally are structured to allow employees the opportunity to divert some of their pay to pretax …

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House Republicans Really Think They Can Amend Obamacare This Fall

A health care legislative package is tentatively expected to move in the coming months.

While congressional leaders continue to debate whether to pursue near-full repeal of the Affordable Care Act through budget reconciliation, and GOP presidential candidates lay out Obamacare-replacement proposals, …

Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?

Jane Lazarre was pacing the hospital waiting room. Her son Khary, 18, had just had knee surgery, but the nurses weren't letting her in to see him.

"They told us he would be out of anesthesia in a few minutes," she remembers. "The minutes became an hour, the hour became two hours."

She and her husband …

Scott Walker’s Obamacare replacement plan, explained in 500 words

Presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) released the most detailed Obamacare replacement plan among the Republican contenders.

The Walker plan …

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