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5 Obamacare Scams And How To Avoid Them

Despite the government shutdown, the doors to the<p>Obamacare health insurance exchanges have swung open (kinda, sorta), which also means scam artists are strutting through them, looking for ways to defraud Americans eager to buy health coverage.<p>As Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez …

$11 a month? Obamacare super-cheap for some, feds find

Health news<p>Bare-bones health insurance could cost just $11 a month for a family of four in Indianapolis on the federal government's new exchanges, which start serving customers next week.<p>A similar family in New Orleans might pay as little as $23 a month, although they’d have to shell out $282 for a …

Five reasons Americans already love ObamaCare — plus one reason why they’re gonna love it even more, soon

There’s a reason Republicans have been rushing to try and defund the Affordable Care Act before October 1, when major sections of the law take effect.<p>Republicans know what polls show — that most Americans don’t know what’s in ObamaCare, but when told what the law actually includes, a strong …

Obamacare Is About to Go Live. Here's Why It Was Worth the Wait.

Obamacare’s new insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open for business on October 1, just a few days from now. For all the attention that date has …

Republicans Have Already Gutted Health Coverage in Their Home States

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The push to shutter the government instead of implementing Obamacare is a macrocosm of a fight …

ACA's foot soldiers help families

HOUSTON — Forget the technical glitches. Navigators and other enrollment assisters are trying to prepare for the hundreds of different scenarios families are going to bring to Obamacare.<p>A single mother with expiring unemployment benefits? A mom who is undocumented and a father who has papers? A …

Despite GOP Resistance, Obamacare Competition 'Robust' Among Health Plans

Despite critics who said consumer choice of health insurance plans would be lacking on the newly launched marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, competition is “robust,” particularly in markets where Republican-leaning states decided against operating their own exchanges, industry analysts and …

Meet Butch Matthews, A Republican Who Came To Love Obamacare After Realizing It Will Save Him $13,000

Butch Matthews is a 61-year-old former small business owner from Little Rock, Arkansas who used to wake up every morning at 4 A.M. to deliver canned …

GOP’s growing obsession: Why they’re fixated on the medical device tax

<b>Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Republicans’ hostage-taking now revolves around a tax on medical devices. Here’s why they’re so preoccupied with it<p>Josh Eidelson<p>October 4, 2013 12:46pm (UTC)<p>If Republicans manage to win one change to Obamacare, it …

The Truth About Obamacare and How It Solves the Suffering of the Insured

Last week, I wrote a lengthy piece to refute the Republican lies about Obamacare. This week, I am going to write about some of the truths.<p>Let me start by acknowledging: Obamacare is not perfect. Neither is Medicare. Neither is Social Security. Or capitalism. Or your household. Any large …

Are Republicans So Frantic to Stop Obamacare Because They Fear It Will Work?

What is it about Obamacare that compels seemingly intelligent people to explode in bubbling spasms of stupid? Are they misinformed? Unable to see past the rage-fueled partisan sweat dripping into their eyes? Or just plain dishonest?<p>No matter. At this point, it has become obvious that history will …

Why U.S. Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts

The U.S. leads the world in health care spending, but we don't live very long, and going to the doctor is so expensive that we don't do it very often. So where is the money going?<p>Not toward obesity-related diseases or unnecessary tests and treatments, as the writer John Green pointed out in a …

America's police are looking more and more like the military

America’s streets are looking more and more like a war zone. Last week, in a small county in upstate New York with a population of roughly 120,000 …

Bachmann: Obama funding Al-Qaeda proves 'we are in God’s End Times'

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) falsely claimed over the weekend that President Barack Obama was “paying to give arms to terrorists including Al-Qaeda,” …

Portrait of an Afghan assassin

Outside the Garmsir police station, where an Afghan cop opened fire on unarmed Marines in August 2012Photograph by Sebastiano Tomada …

How Many Spaces Should There Be at the End of a Sentence?

The question of whether you should put one or two spaces after the period at the end of a sentence elicits strong reactions on both sides. On the …

Chowderfest is simmering

Local participating restaurants include Albany Pump Station, B-Rad’s Bistro & Catering, Black Cat Ale House, Brown’s Brewing Co., Carmen’s Cafe, …

A fresh start

Boiled al dente, their summer perfection brought out by a nearly undetectable hint of butter and salt and plopped next to $26 entrees, finger-thick …

When action turns to compulsion

Steve gambled away pension checks and Social Security money. He neglected bills and rent, not to mention his wife.<p>"When the disease gets me, I'm not …

A LONG List Of President Obama’s Accomplishments (With Citations)

If you’re one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a ‘disappointment,’ you haven’t been paying attention the last five years. Photo of …