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Obamacare Isn't Failing. Now What?

Imagine that someone had told you a year ago what Obamacare would look like in April 2014.<p>Let's say he predicted that the number of people with …

Things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act and prescription drugs — but probably don’t

By Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>National reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p><b>I’m trying to decide among a few plans on the exchange. How do I know which ones cover prescription drugs?</b><p>All of them should. In the past, some individual policies offered drug coverage as an option for an additional cost, but …

No, You Can't Keep Your Drugs Either Under Obamacare

The President famously promised that you could keep your health plan and doctor. For many people, both of those pledges are turning out to be false. And now, you might not be able to keep your medicine, either.<p>There are two reasons why. The first has to do with the higher out of pocket costs …

Obamacare delay extended for some firms

<b>A key provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law affecting medium-sized business has been delayed again, the latest trouble for the act.</b><p>Firms with 50-99 employees will not face a tax penalty until 2016 if they fail to provide health insurance to their workers, it was announced.<p>The …

The Latest Obamacare Numbers: Three Charts and Two Unanswered Questions

Another 1.1 million Americans selected health plans through healthcare.gov and state-based marketplaces in January, according to new numbers released …

More Republicans Push For Fixing, Not Repealing, Obamacare

A rift is growing between Tea Party activists and other Republicans over health care.<p>Some influential conservatives are now saying the Affordable Care Act is too entrenched to repeal.<p>Take the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an influential business lobbying group. When the ACA passed in 2010, the chamber …

Exclusive: AIDS patients in Obamacare limbo as insurers reject checks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about …

America's Health Care Crisis Is Far From Over, In 1 Chart

Even Americans who have health insurance struggle to pay their medical bills, according to a startling new analysis of Census data. And it's not clear if Obamacare will make the problem totally disappear.<p>One in five U.S. families with health insurance have medical bills that they cannot afford to …

Obamacare bad-news report is not so bad

Rarely has a bad-news story offered so little real bad news. We refer to the Congressional Budget Office report that the Affordable Care Act may …

How Obamacare will hurt doctors

A study just published in the prestigious journal Science reveals that new Medicaid patients in Oregon were 40% more likely to use the emergency room …

Meeting with president set as prize in Obamacare sign-up push

An advocacy group tied to President Obama is enticing volunteers to drum up last-minute enrollment in Obamacare by offering a free trip for two …

Millions Are Now Realizing They're Too Poor For Obamacare

Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling and staunch Republican resistance, Marc Alphonse, an unemployed 40-year-old Marine veteran who is essentially homeless, cannot get health insurance under Obamacare.<p>Three years ago, Alphonse learned he has a kidney disorder that will deteriorate into kidney failure, …

Jails Enroll Inmates in Obamacare to Pass Hospital Costs to U.S.

Being arrested in Chicago for, say, drug possession or assault gets you sent to the Cook County Jail to be fingerprinted, photographed and X-rayed. …

What the CBO report on Obamacare actually says

The pundits started spinning the Congressional Budget Office's report on federal spending, the economy and Obamacare almost as soon as it was …

Obamacare may prompt people to work less

Many workers may opt to work less to retain their eligibility for Medicaid or federal subsidies under Obamacare, a new report has found.<p>The Affordable Care Act could reduce the labor force by the equivalent of 2.5 million workers in 2024, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office's …

Doctors Brace for Health Law’s Surge of Ailing Patients

Holy Cross Hospital’s health center in Aspen Hill, Maryland, is bracing for more business.<p>The center treats the uninsured, and has been busy since it …

Coverage Expansion Fail: Less Than One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Enrollees Were Previously Uninsured

At the end of the day, for all of the rhetoric and promises about what Obamacare would achieve, the health law’s most ardent supporters have stuck to their guns because of one thing: coverage expansion. But new data suggests that Obamacare may fail even to achieve this goal. Instead of expanding …

How Aetna’s CEO thinks about Obamacare

By Sarah Kliff<p><i>Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon</i> …