While Obamacare enrollment is a distant memory in much of the country, the bluest areas are still hitting the pavement. They have sign-up periods well beyond the six-week enrollment that President Trump allowed for the 39 states that rely on the federal HealthCare.gov site.
Health Care Reform
News coverage, opinion and information on health care reform and health care policy including the Affordable Care Act.
By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times
An estimated 3.2 million Americans became uninsured during President Trump's first year, Gallup said Tuesday in a survey that says rising premiums, declining competition in Obamacare markets and confusion over the GOP's repeal plans drove the losses. Published January 16, 2018
The Trump administration on Friday said Kentucky can require Medicaid recipients to work as a condition of coverage, barely pausing for a breath after it laid out a welcome mat Thursday for states that want to force able-bodied people off the rolls unless they find jobs, volunteer or meet other conditions.
The Trump administration on Thursday followed through on its promise to "turn the page" in doling out Medicaid benefits, releasing new guidance on how to require able-bodied recipients to seek work or new skills as a condition of their taxpayer-funded coverage.
The issue of health care issue is maddeningly complex. The politics of health care are even more challenging.
Powerless to stop his nomination, Senate Democrats on Tuesday attacked President Trump's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department for his tenure at a major pharmaceutical company, saying he oversaw dramatic price hikes without ever blessing a decrease.
President Trump and his GOP allies are charting a new course in their push to undercut Obamacare, kicking off 2018 by eyeing actions the administration can take on its own, while avoiding a messy congressional fight ahead of the November elections.
Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all.
Medicaid recipients may have had their diagnoses and medical conditions exposed as the result of a recent security breach, Florida health officials warned Friday.
The Trump administration proposed regulations Thursday that would allow people in similar lines of work to band together and purchase health plans across state lines, part of its bid to get around Obamacare after repeal efforts failed.
Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday the House has passed a bill funding the Children's Health Insurance Program, but the Senate needs to act in order for the funding to continue.
Conservatives, we have our work cut out for us this year.
Barack Obama promised upon leaving the White House that he would stay out of President Trump's hair unless it was really, really important.
Final Obamacare enrollment on HealthCare.gov slipped in recent days, after a share of people canceled plans at the last minute, the Trump administration said Thursday.
Nearly six in 10 Utahns support a citizen-initiative petition to expand Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor, under Obamacare, according to a recent survey.
More than four in 10 Republicans think President Trump repealed Obamacare, even though much of the 2010 law remains intact after GOP efforts to repeal and replace it fell short this past year, according to a new poll.
Rep. Diane Black said Thursday that both parties will be held responsible for Obamacare in 2018, not just Republicans.
Nearly 95,000 Idahoans selected a 2018 health plan on the state's Obamacare exchange -- a drop from last year's tally that nonetheless thrilled state officials, citing headwinds from Washington, and adds to previously reported totals from dozens of states that used the federal HealthCare.gov website.
Campaigning is always easier than governing. There's unanimity at a campaign rally, but in Congress, not so much. From 2010 onward the Grumpy Old Party won election after election on the promise to pull up Obamacare, root and branch, and start over with health-care reform.
Rep. Debbie Dingell said Tuesday she's willing to work with President Trump on issues, such as infrastructure, that they agree on.
President Trump predicted Tuesday that the parties will come together on a new health care plan after repealing part of Obamacare in the tax bill last week.
As federal and state leaders try to catch up with the opioids crisis, analysts say too many people still treat drug addiction as a personal failing instead of a disease and that it's keeping too many Americans from getting the help they need.
Another federal judge -- this one in California -- has blocked President Trump's decision to roll back Obama-era rules that require employers to provide free birth control as part of their health plans.
Sign-ups on the Obamacare website's main portal fell 400,000 short of last year's total, the Trump administration said Thursday, coming in at roughly 8.8 million.
Federal taxpayers may have forfeited at least $1 billion because a slate of drugs were misclassified under Medicaid's rebate program, the Health and Human Services' chief watchdog said Wednesday.
Obamacare's sign-up deadline came and went this weekend with nary a peep from President Trump, who instead championed a GOP tax bill that repeals a key piece of the 2010 law, leaving it to Democrats and former Obama officials to cheer the embattled program across the finish line.
Obamacare's main website is operating smoothly, but there are longer wait times at federal call centers, the Trump administration said Friday, as customers in much of the country faced a midnight deadline to get covered.
Obamacare's main website will need a crush of last-minute signups to match last year's tally, according to an government update Wednesday that says HealthCare.gov is still millions of customers shy of what it needs to expand its customer base.
The House GOP's tax writers announced a flurry of bills to delay Obamacare's taxes on health insurers and medical devices and lift penalties on employers, saying Americans need "targeted relief" from the levies while they work to repeal and replace the law outright.
A pro-Obamacare coalition urged Sen. Susan Collins on Friday to flip-flop and spurn the GOP tax bill, saying her attempts to mitigate premium hikes tied to repealing the "individual mandate" tax will fall short.
Signups on Obamacare's main website remained strong in their fifth week, reaching 3.6 million, though enrollees aren't coming in fast enough to expand the program's pool of enrollees, according to government figures released Wednesday.
Americans searching the web for health care costs are out of luck: Fewer than 20 percent of websites provide an accurate picture of how medical bills are tallied and what patients can expect to pay, according to a new study.
When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. rescued Obamacare in 2012, he ruled it was legal to require Americans to hold health insurance under Congress's taxing power -- and said it was up to lawmakers to kill it, if they wanted.
Senate Republicans' tax bill already includes a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate -- and a few GOP senators want to take things a step further by refunding some of the mandate-associated penalties people have already paid.
President Trump on Tuesday told Senate Republican that he was committed to restoring critical Obamacare payments to insurers as part of a year-end budget deal -- but only if Congress approves a tax cut bill that eliminates the individual mandate.
Colorado officials sent out letters Monday urging families who rely on the Children's Health Insurance Program to research other coverage options in case Congress fails to renew federal funding for the program by Jan. 31, when the state will run out of money to cover children.
Half of Americans approve of Obamacare, the Gallup polling company said Monday, meaning support has ebbed from earlier in the year, as Republicans plotted the program's demise.
Small-business owners in New Hampshire have seen a spike on the limited options available on the Obamacare exchange, the Union Leader reported.
Obamacare's brisk start to 2018 enrollment continued for a third week, as sign-ups climbed to nearly 2.3 million and continued to outpace last year's round, though not fast enough to expand the program's pool of customers over the full season.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she supports repealing Obamacare's individual mandate to hold insurance, giving a notable thumbs up to a contentious piece of President Trump's tax overhaul, though she stopped short of a full endorsement of the tax plan.
White House officials on Sunday said they're open to removing from the Senate tax reform package a provision to scrap the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate if it becomes an "impediment" to passing a broader tax bill.
Half the public will blame President Trump and Republicans if Obamacare enrollment dips this year, according to a nonpartisan poll that says more Americans are holding the GOP responsible for the law's fate than Democrats who crafted and passed the stumbling program.
Nearly 1.5 million people selected an Obamacare plan during the first two weeks of enrollment, the Trump administration said Wednesday, as sign-ups continued to outpace last year, suggesting surprising strength for the embattled health law.
Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will include a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate in their tax cut bill in a bold move that frees up more money for deeper tax cuts and takes a whack at the health care law they have repeatedly tried but failed to repeal.
Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Tuesday that he intends to introduce a repeal of the Obamacare mandate in the Senate's tax proposal.
President Trump on Monday pushed Republican lawmakers to further cut the top rate.
President Trump announced Monday he is nominating a former drug company executive who also served in the Bush administration to lead the Health and Human Services Department.
Seven years after Obamacare crushed Democrats at the ballot box, the party is using health care to launch a revival, saying President Trump and congressional Republicans are paying a price for their fumbled repeal effort and will sink further next year.
More than 600,000 people selected an Obamacare plan during the first four days of enrollment, the Trump administration said Thursday in a report indicating the law is holding its own even as the White House plots its demise.
More than half of the 10.7 million Americans who are uninsured and eligible for an Obamacare plan could pay less in premiums than what they would owe under the "individual mandate" tax for shirking coverage, nonpartisan policy analysts said Thursday.
Virginia will be the next state to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, Gov. Terry McAuliffe predicted this week, saying the massive wins by Democrats in the commonwealth on Tuesday make it all but certain the GOP will have to cave on its long-standing opposition.
Unfair distribution of funds and a shortage of cash is preventing established legislation for curbing the opioid epidemic to take effect, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Tuesday at an event addressing prevention strategies, held in Washington, D.C.
Repealing Obamacare's mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance would save the federal government $338 billion over the next decade as 13 million people would forgo coverage, freeing the government from having to subsidize them, scorekeepers said Wednesday in an analysis could reshape the Republican push to overhaul the tax code.
Republican leaders say they're open to including a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate in their tax reform effort, hoping to appease conservatives, but won't consider other health-related items.
The Trump administration encouraged states Tuesday to get Medicaid recipients into the workforce, saying President Obama's refusal to set tougher conditions on able-bodied enrollees strained state budgets and failed to prioritize the truly needy.
States that run their own Obamacare markets say they are seeing a surge of interest by Americans checking plans, asking questions and signing up for coverage since the 2018 enrollment period opened last week, suggesting fears of a collapse as a result of Trump administration indifference may have been premature.
The number of pediatric patients visiting their doctors increased after passage of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, particularly among minority and low-income adolescents, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Low-income Americans can actually find free insurance plans on Obamacare's exchanges, analysts said, scrambling a key attack line from Democrats who say the Trump administration's antipathy has ruined the health law.
President Trump on Wednesday said congressional tax-writers should consider repealing Obamacare's individual mandate as part of their tax reform push, inserting a wild card into a process that's already been delayed at least one day in the House.
Barack Obama isn't president anymore, but that didn't stop him from stepping into the limelight on the first day of sign-ups under his namesake health law Wednesday.
Congressional Democrats are rolling out bills to patch holes in Obamacare and expand the federal footprint in health care, saying they want to have options ready to go if they win majorities in Congress next year.
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I'm beginning to wonder whether anyone in Washington or in the media has the slightest clue what insurance is? Here is a standard dictionary definition of the term: "Insurance -- A promise of compensation for specific potential future losses in exchange for a periodic payment. Insurance is designed to protect the financial well-being of an individual, company or other entity in the case of unexpected loss."
Some things are worth an extra wait. Better health care could be one of them. Voters are about to see whether Obamacare repeal-and-replace is finally ready for prime time. If congressional Republicans who couldn't find common ground to pass the American Health Care Act a month ago can do it now, a major drag on President Trump's first hundred days won't be a drag on the second hundred. It would tell the Democrats, loud and clear, that resistance and insurrection are not working.
If you decided your car is inadequate, you would not sell it before buying a replacement. Let's take same approach with health care.
Congressional Republicans have tried to turn the page on the Obamacare debacle, but the next page has another dismal message. Instead of repeal and replace, Americans face collapse and replace of Barack Obama's health care system. The only uncertainty is how soon and how bad it will be. While the humbled party leaders snipe at each other over what could have been, the nation's health-care system continues to wither at the edges, and sometime soon someone had better be ready with something better.
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Oregon may drop its glitch-laden Obamacare exchange and rely on the federally run HealthCare.gov website instead, according to a new report.
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The Obama administration "misled" Americans into thinking signing up for Obamacare would be cheaper than it really was, according to an inspector general's report Thursday that said the IRS dramatically understated the actual cost of enrolling.
Some House Republicans gathered on Capitol Hill Friday slammed the Senate for failing to pass its health care repeal bill earlier in the morning, saying they took care of business a few months ago and upper chamber colleagues didn't hold up their end of the bargain.
Drained by self-inflicted wounds, shifting aims and unrelenting protests, Republicans' push to kill off President Obama's signature health law sputtered out of gas early Friday, as Senate leaders failed to rally the votes for a significantly pared-down repeal bill in a vote after midnight.
President Trump says his plan is to revisit tackling health care before moving onto tax reform, saying the savings generated through efforts to repeal Obamacare are vital to the broader effort on taxes.
The Trump administration on Thursday extended an Obama-era policy that allowed millions of Americans to keep health coverage that did not meet Obamacare's standards.
President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has a slate of orders ready to sign in the days after his inauguration, promised to nominate a Supreme Court justice by early February and vowed to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall -- not just a fence -- on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Americans are more likely to say Obamacare is a burden than a net benefit, according to a new poll that finds nearly three in 10 people think the health overhaul has hurt them and their family.
The nation's uninsured rate has fallen to its lowest point on record, the administration announced Wednesday, taking a victory lap on Obamacare just as the issue is heating up for voters.
The IRS mistakenly overpaid more than $8 million to HealthCare.gov customers and Obamacare users in California, and cheated tens of thousands of others out of nearly $2 million in 2015 because the government relied on incorrect information to figure their taxes, an audit revealed Tuesday.
A woman from Pennsylvania who now identifies as a transgender man wants to have his uterus surgically removed, and he says Obamacare requires the state to pay for it.
Roughly 12.7 million people have selected plans on Obamacare's exchanges, the administration said Thursday, giving the first comprehensive look at potential enrollment in the third year of the health overhaul.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings says he believes affordable health care for all Americans is an achievable goal, and cites President Obama's signature law as a good start.
President Obama has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he's taken five independent steps to delay the Affordable Care Act on his own, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, released Wednesday.
The Ohio Department of Insurance predicts premiums in 2014 will rise by 88 percent, a direct result of President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Amid growing concerns about the implementation of President Obama's health care law, Mr. Obama stepped up promotion of the law by pegging its benefits to this weekend's Mother's Day celebration.
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The Supreme Court upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul.
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President Obama speaks about the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va.