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Obamacare Offers Slight Improvement to Medicare Outlook

Obamacare Offers Slight Improvement to Medicare Outlook

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new government review shows that the passage of the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — has extended the life of the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund by nearly a decade.According to a press…

Latest GOP Attempt to Repeal Obamacare Fails Again

Latest GOP Attempt to Repeal Obamacare Fails Again

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Thirty-five times up, 35 times down.That’s how often Capitol Hill Republicans have tried to quash funding for the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of President Obama’s first term, but have failed to d…

Christie Joins GOP Governors in Expanding Medicaid

Christie Joins GOP Governors in Expanding Medicaid

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — an opponent of  the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare — announced Tuesday that his state will participate in Medicaid expansion that is a centerpiece of the la…

Health Care Deadline Looms: How States Are Setting Up the Exchanges

Health Care Deadline Looms: How States Are Setting Up the Exchanges

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — All of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” doesn’t go into effect until 2014, but states are required to set up their own health care exchanges or leave it to the federal government to ste…

Appeals Court to Rule on Health Care Law Provisions

Appeals Court to Rule on Health Care Law Provisions

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s possible the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t done with the Affordable Care Act just yet.After ruling last June that the law, otherwise known as “Obamacare,” was constitutional, the high court gave its opponents some new l…

Health Care Law: GOP Govs Opt Out of State Exchanges

Health Care Law: GOP Govs Opt Out of State Exchanges

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Despite President Obama’s victory, Republican governors say they’re not caving in on carrying out the Affordable Care Act — or as they’ve derisively dubbed it, “Obamacare.”Several g…

Fact Check: Mitt Romney on ‘Obamacare’ and Pre-Existing Conditions

Fact Check: Mitt Romney on ‘Obamacare’ and Pre-Existing Conditions

JD Pooley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mitt Romney said Sunday he doesn’t want to get rid of all of “Obamacare,” a statement that at first seemed to indicate he’d softened his position on President Obama’s health care law.&ld…

Transgender Man Denied Cancer Treatment; Now Feds Say It’s Illegal

Transgender Man Denied Cancer Treatment; Now Feds Say It’s Illegal

Courtesy Jay Kallio(NEW YORK) — Jay Kallio, a former EMT who is disabled with kidney failure, rheumatoid arthritis and now cancer, has struggled to get good medical care, but being transgender stood in the way.At the age of 50, Kallio transitioned fro…

Health Insurance Rebates: Is Your Check in the Mail?

Health Insurance Rebates: Is Your Check in the Mail?

iStockphoto/ThinkstockNEW YORK) — A new provision of the Affordable Care Act — called the Medical Loss Ratio, or the “80/20″ provision — could mean some Americans will see a rebate from their health insurance companies Wednesday.The prov…

Health Care Ruling Will Affect Cost of Law, Number of Those Covered

Health Care Ruling Will Affect Cost of Law, Number of Those Covered

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Last month’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act has both good and bad news for Americans.According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, about three million people on the lower…

House Votes to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

House Votes to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives voted today to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was the 33rd time Republicans have voted to chip away at, defund, or repeal the health care law. Democrats called the move a political charade since …

House Planning Yet Another Vote to Repeal Healthcare Law

House Planning Yet Another Vote to Repeal Healthcare Law

TOBY JORRIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — When it comes to House Republican efforts to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law, it’s a case of, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — and then try some more.The Republican-c…

House Gears Up to Repeal Obamacare — Again

House Gears Up to Repeal Obamacare — Again

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Less than two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the president’s health care reform law, the House of Representatives is set to vote to repeal the legislation again in what Democrats have decried as a polit…

Christie Will ‘Wait and See’ on Obamacare; No Convention Speech Yet

Christie Will ‘Wait and See’ on Obamacare; No Convention Speech Yet

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is going to take a “wait and see” approach to how his state implements the Affordable Care Act now that the Supreme Court has deemed the president…

Gov. Rick Perry Says Texas Won’t Implement Portions of ‘Obamacare’

Gov. Rick Perry Says Texas Won’t Implement Portions of ‘Obamacare’

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry will send a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday informing her that Texas will not implement two portions of President Obama’s health care pl…

President Obama: Health Care Law Is ‘Here to Stay’

President Obama: Health Care Law Is ‘Here to Stay’

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(MAUMEE, Ohio) — Speaking at his first campaign event since the Supreme Court upheld his signature health care legislation, President Obama boasted that the “law I passed is here to stay.”“I’ll work with anybo…

Editorial Says Romney’s Supreme Court Reaction Threatens His Chances

Editorial Says Romney’s Supreme Court Reaction Threatens His Chances

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WOLFEBORO N.H.) — A scathing Wall Street Journal editorial Thursday morning said the Romney campaign’s — and now Romney’s — comments on the Supreme Court health decision will be considered a “a turning poi…

Romney Calls Individual Mandate a Tax, Contradicts His Top Aide

Romney Calls Individual Mandate a Tax, Contradicts His Top Aide

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Mitt Romney steered his campaign message back in line with other top Republicans on Wednesday, insisting that the health care law’s individual mandate that requires most Americans to buy health insurance wa…

Romney and Health Care: A Debate Over Semantics

Romney and Health Care: A Debate Over Semantics

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Most Americans are already focused on the beach and barbecue, but the awkward struggle of how Republicans and the presumptive GOP nominee are framing the health care debate was still at a fever pitch.On Tuesda…

‘Obamacare’ Ruling Puts New Emphasis on State Governments

‘Obamacare’ Ruling Puts New Emphasis on State Governments

(WASHINGTON) — There are very few certainties in politics, but the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health care law colloquially referred to as “Obamacare,” resulted in one of those rare sure things: It assured that…

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