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Defend ‘Obamacare’ unabashedly, some Democrats say

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it’s time to stop hiding from the president’s health care overhaul, even in this year’s toughest Senate elections. Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace “Obamacare,” the GOP’s favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread. President Barack Obama recently

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  • Sebelius, a lightning rod for critics, resigns

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama’s health care law. But with sign-ups exceeding expectations and a new face soon to be in charge at HHS, the White House is eager to see if the poisonous atmosphere might give way to more pragmatic efforts aimed at fixing problems with the nation’s newest social

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  • Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Enrollment for the president’s health care law has grown to 7.5 million Americans, the Obama administration announced Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in the face of election-year attacks. Sign-ups for the law stood at 7.1 million last week, but people who had started signing up when the enrollment period closed March 31, or who had trouble signing up, were

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  • Health insurance isn’t a year-round thing anymore

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. Many people who didn’t sign up during the government’s open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private

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  • Video: Were late Obamacare sign-ups Young Invincibles?

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 8:49 am

    (Bloomberg) — Manatt Health Solutions Managing Director Joel Ario discusses the Affordable Care Act on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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  • Co-op health enrollment still unknown in Tennessee

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It’s still too early to tell whether an insurance co-op created solely to sell health plans to Tennesseans through the federal government’s exchange was able to compete with the state’s big insurers. Community Health Alliance of Tennessee is one of 23 consumer-run co-op insurers created with the help of federal loans to encourage innovation and bring down the costs of insurance. Many of the co-ops have

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  • Deadline brings high interest for health insurance

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:37 am

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. In Louisiana, wait times for callers lasted up to two hours. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee received nearly 1,900 calls by midday compared with about 800 the previous Monday.

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  • Video: Obamacare deadline here; public still skeptical

    Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    The deadline for the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period is here, albeit with an extension for some who haven’t finished the process. Though more than six million Americans have signed up, acceptance of ‘Obamacare’ is still elusive.

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  • Video: Obamacare’s 6M target hit as exchange sees surge

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    March 27 (Bloomberg) — Six million Americans have signed up for private health plans under Obamacare, President Barack Obama said today, a symbolic milestone for a government that has struggled to get the law off the ground. Megan Hughes has more on Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line.”  

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  • Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles. The Health and Human Services Department Wednesday posted two documents that outline “special enrollment periods” for broad groups of people trying to access the new online health insurance markets. Those

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  • How to avoid Affordable Health Act red tape

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    MURFREESBORO — Compliance with the Affordable Care Act is crucial for businesses since the new law is complex and ever-changing, an insurance benefits advisor said Wednesday. Joe Lacher, group benefits advisor for The Crichton Group in Nashville, gave a presentation on the ACA, or Obamacare, to a crowd of about a dozen people at the Small Business Development Center. The center is operated by Middle Tennessee State University at the

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  • Divided federal appeals judges debate Obamacare

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A split federal appeals court is grappling with an issue that is crucial to the success of President Barack Obama’s health care law, debating whether the government can subsidize premiums for people who buy insurance on exchanges run by Washington. The importance of the exchanges, or marketplaces, for the administration’s signature domestic program is that most states have been unable or unwilling to set up their own

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  • Q&A: Am I stuck in my job’s costly health plan?

    Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Health Overhaul

    Q&A: Am I stuck in my job’s costly health plan? EDITOR’S NOTE _ First in a three-part series addressing real-life questions about personal impact of health care law. WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and

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  • Obama says health care program stable

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a disastrous start and relentless Republican opposition, President Barack Obama said Friday that enrollment in his signature health care program is high enough to make it stable for the millions who have signed up. “We look forward to seeing more and more people take advantage as some of the politics of the thing get drained away, as people start feeling more confident about the website,” the

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  • State-by-state enrollment figures now available

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    An interactive list of the federal health insurance overhaul has been UPDATED ith state-by-state enrollment figures through March 1 as well as other data.

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  • Nearly 1 million more sign up for Obamacare plans in February

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    About 4.2 million Americans have signed up for private health plans through the end of February via the online insurance marketplaces established by the federal health law — with enrollment jumping by nearly 1 million people last month, the Obama administration said Tuesday. But the number of young adults signing up over the past five months continues to lag expectations, which could impact insurance premiums next year. Insurance industry officials

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  • Survey: Uninsured rate drops; health law cited

    Posted on March 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With just three weeks left to sign up under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a major survey tracking the rollout finds that the uninsured rate keeps going down. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released Monday, found that 15.9 percent of U.S. adults are uninsured thus far in 2014, down from 17.1 percent for the last three months — or calendar quarter— of 2013. That translates roughly to

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  • Video: Can the ACA truly reign-in health insurance costs?

    Posted on March 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

    March 7 (Bloomberg) — Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, department chair of bioethics and health policy at UPenn, discusses how to tackle the rising costs on insurance premiums on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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  • House GOP talk about health care alternative amid deep divisions over viable option

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders took a small step on Friday toward pulling together a viable alternative to President Barack Obama’s four-year-old health care law but faced deep divisions over whether the GOP caucus can coalesce around a comprehensive proposal. Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia met privately with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, the chairman of the Republican Conference and three Republican committee chairmen — Budget’s

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  • Co-ops report early enrollment successes and expansion plans

    Posted on February 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    The Affordable Care Act’s nonprofit co-op health plans, which see themselves as the rebel alliance battling established insurers, have signed close to 300,000 members and are set to expand into three new states next year, officials say. Starting from zero in October, New York’s Health Republic Insurance has enrolled more than 50,000 policyholders, said John Morrison, who just stepped down as founding president of the National Alliance of State Health

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  • Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

    Posted on February 25, 2014 at 9:25 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing. Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal lashed out first, saying if Obama were serious about growing the economy he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and take other executive actions. Instead, Jindal said, Obama “seems to be

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