Amid hope, Obamacare opens new sign-up season

Amid hope, Obamacare opens new sign-up season

The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul opened Saturday, with hopes that this time consumers will have a positive experience. But the fear is that entrenched political opposition and renewed legal challenges may yet collapse the program that’s bringing health care to millions of previously uninsured Americans. The administration can’t afford another […]

Four real world cases on use of Obamacare

Four real world cases on use of Obamacare

More than 7 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the system introduced last year for those who were uninsured or had policies considered substandard. What happened to them since has varied greatly. Many have been happy with their new insurance, according to polls. Others are encountering a variety of snags — […]

Obamacare tax forms could cause delays

The same federal agency that had trouble launching HealthCare.gov last fall is faces the heaviest lift

Obamacare tax forms could cause delays

If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama’s law this year, you’ll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won’t be able to get those forms out in time, creating the risk of […]

Democrats jockey to deal with health care fallout

The law, dubbed "Obamacare," remains divisive, vilified by Republicans

Democrats jockey to deal with health care fallout

One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama’s health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch. In an ad released this week, two-term Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor says he voted for a law that prevents insurers from […]

So much management failure in Obamacatre rollout

In the end, the Obama administration stumbled badly

So much management failure in Obamacatre rollout

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that they would soon have seamless online access to health insurance, a chaotic procurement process was about to […]

Undercover investigators obtain Obamacare subsidies

The weak links are call centers that handled consumers unable to get through online

Undercover investigators obtain Obamacare subsidies

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The weak link in the system seemed to be call centers that handled applications for thousands of consumers unable to get through online. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office was to tell a House committee on Wednesday […]

Obamacare hampered by unverified personal data

Government didn't follow its own procedures for verifying eligibility

Obamacare hampered by unverified personal data

Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage. A government watchdog said Tuesday the Obama administration faces a huge task resolving these “inconsistencies” and in some cases didn’t follow its own procedures for verifying […]

Obama wants smoother health care renewal

'We are committed to simplifying the experience for consumers by allowing auto-enrollment'

Obama wants smoother health care renewal

The Obama administration said Thursday it wants most of the 8 million Americans already signed up for coverage under the health care law to be able to renew their coverage easily. New Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell outlined a two-step approach: — People who want to keep their current insurance will be […]

Republicans split now on options to Obamacare

Committee chairmen are unable to agree over how to proceed.

Republicans split now on options to Obamacare

House Republicans are united as ever in their election-year opposition to “Obamacare,” but they’re increasingly divided over their promise to vote this year on an alternative to it. The disagreement comes amid a shifting political calculus around President Barack Obama’s health care law. Millions are enrolled for medical insurance through the law’s exchanges, and an […]

Most Americans still unimpressed with Obamacare

The health care law remains a favored target for Republicans seeking a Senate majority

Most Americans still unimpressed with Obamacare

President Barack Obama celebrated when sign-ups for his health care law topped 8 million, far exceeding expectations after a slipshod launch. Most Americans, however, remain unimpressed. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that public opinion continues to run deeply negative on the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature effort to cover the uninsured. Forty-three percent oppose […]