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Video: Obamacare enters new phase over the weekend with little fanfare

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm

President Obama used his weekly address to pitch his signature healthcare law. He reminded Americans that the 2015 open enrollment period for insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act

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  • GOP in charge, eager to move on Keystone XL, taxes

    Posted on November 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday sketched out an agenda for the new, all-Republican Congress, promising approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and changes in the health care law while issuing a warning to President Barack Obama on immigration. In his first postelection news conference, Boehner cautioned Obama not to act unilaterally to change the immigration system, saying it would poison the well in terms of trying

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  • 3 takes on DC, from Obama, McConnell, Boehner

    Posted on November 7, 2014 at 8:17 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They will be the top three players in political Washington for the next two years: President Barack Obama, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. Within 24 hours of one another, the Democratic president and the two Republicans who will lead Congress stepped before different lecterns this week to deconstruct the messages of the 2014 elections, the top issues of the day and

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  • AP-GfK Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

    Posted on October 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not Obamacare or climate change. It’s not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year’s midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy. In a new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday, 9 in 10 of those most likely to go to the polls or mail

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  • Concerns raised over ‘Obamacare’ abortion coverage

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010. The Government Accountability Office said in a report released late Monday that only 1 of 18 insurers it reviewed was separately itemizing a charge for coverage of elective abortions on enrollees’ bills. That detail is important because the original compromise

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  • Enrolling people in Obamacare who have no ‘concept of insurance’

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    DEARBORN, Mich.–Signing people up for health insurance is the easy part of Rawha Abouarabi’s job ministering to immigrants and Arab Americans in this manufacturing hub along the Rouge River. But many of those she’s enrolled are surprised and indignant when they go to the doctor and are asked to a pay a bill— perhaps a copayment. They insist they’ve already paid their monthly insurance premium. “They call us and say,

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  • Hospitals seek to help consumers with Obamacare premiums

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Low-income consumers struggling to pay their premiums may soon be able to get help from their local hospital or United Way. Some hospitals in New York, Florida and Wisconsin are exploring ways to help individuals and families pay their share of the costs of government-subsidized policies purchased though the health law’s marketplaces – at least partly to guarantee the hospitals get paid when the consumers seek care. But the hospitals’

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  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    MIAMI (AP) — Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month. Close, a South Florida retail worker in her 60′s, said she got different amounts even though

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  • Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

    MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don’t buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The amount is equal to the national average annual premium for a bronze level health plan. But only those with an income above about a quarter of a million dollars would benefit from the cap.

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  • New health law court decisions could have limited political impact

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Political analysts say this week’s court decisions on the legality of tax subsidies for those obtaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act may not have a broad impact on this fall’s midterm elections. The decisions sent a mixed legal message, complicating the political message as well. One appellate court panel ruled the subsidies cannot be provided in the 36 states relying on the federal insurance exchange; the other ruled in

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  • Senate Democrats: Obamacare? What’s that?

    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has her Republican opponent right where she wants him geographically — and, therefore, politically. Thom Tillis is stuck at the state capitol trying to resolve a budget quarrel as speaker of the North Carolina House. It’s a spot that helps Hagan emphasize Tillis’ role leading a Republican-controlled state government that Democrats contend has gone overboard with conservative zeal by restricting

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  • Senate Democrats try to pull focus from Obamacare

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has her Republican opponent right where she wants him geographically — and, therefore, politically. Thom Tillis is stuck at the state capitol trying to resolve a budget quarrel as speaker of the North Carolina House. It’s a spot that helps Hagan emphasize Tillis’ role leading a Republican-controlled state government that Democrats contend has gone overboard with conservative zeal by restricting

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  • Dems hope decision will energize female supporters

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:51 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the GOP’s “war on women” — an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide the balance of power on Capitol Hill. Republicans aggressively cheered the high court’s decision, but GOP leaders concede that their party must tread

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  • Some Obamacare enrollees emboldened to leave jobs, start businesses

    Posted on May 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    LONG BEACH, Calif. — Until recently, Mike Smith, 64, worked 11 hours a day, Monday through Friday and then half a day on Saturday, as a district manager for a national auto parts chain — a schedule he’s kept for nearly 40 years. Early retirement, while certainly appealing, wasn’t a viable option for him because both he and his already-retired wife, Laura, also 64, relied heavily on his job-provided health

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  • Congress returned to work to do the bare minimum

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress got back to work Monday after a two-week vacation, and it’s looking like lawmakers will do what they do best: the bare minimum. Forget immigration, a tax overhaul, stiffer gun checks. They’re all DOA. Raising the minimum wage or restoring lost unemployment benefits? Not going to happen. Forcing government approval of the Keystone XL pipeline? Veto bait. The only things likely to become law in a

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  • Health plans scramble to calculate 2015 rates

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    With the results sure to affect politics as well as pocketbooks, health insurers are already preparing to raise rates next year for plans issued under the Affordable Care Act. But their calculation about how much depends on their ability to predict how newly enrolled customers – for whom little is known regarding health status and medical needs — will affect 2015 costs. “We’re working with about a third of the

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  • Some surprising rindings about young adults and health care

    Posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Insured or uninsured, young adults seem to spend about the same out-of-pocket for health care over the course of a year. With 2009 federal data on patient spending, researchers examined how often adults up to age 25 used and paid for health care. While an awful lot has changed since then – the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, young adults can stay on family insurance plans until age 26, they

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  • Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

    Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama’s health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges. With the chance to apply for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal help set to expire in a few months, even Obama’s home state of Illinois is expressing little interest in taking

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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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