Obamacare, with 7.1 million signed up, hits goal

'The debate over repealing this law is over,' says Obama

Obamacare, with 7.1 million signed up, hits goal

Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall. “The debate over repealing this law is over,” he declared. Despite lingering problems with […]

Enrollment blizzard at Obamacare deadline

Wait times for callers lasted up to two hours

Enrollment blizzard at Obamacare deadline

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 […]

Major hurdles remain for Obamacare success

'We're not really going to know whether it worked or not until the third or fourth year'

Major hurdles remain for Obamacare success

President Barack Obama’s embattled U.S. healthcare law, having survived a rollout marred by technology failures, reaches a milestone on Monday with the end of its first enrollment wave, and with the administration likely to come close to its goal of signing up 7 million people in private health insurance. But as the White House and […]

Obamacare sign-up deadline Monday

Here's what you need to know

Obamacare sign-up deadline Monday

Monday is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama’s health care law. So far, about 4 out of every 5 people enrolling have qualified for tax credits to reduce the cost of their premiums. Here’s what you need to know: — The deadline […]

Obamacare: Legacy or lunacy?

Obama's overhaul needs major work of its own if it is to go down in history as a legacy achievement

Obamacare: Legacy or lunacy?

As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama’s health care law has indeed managed to change the country. Americans are unlikely to go back to a time when people with medical problems could be denied coverage. But Obama’s overhaul needs major work of its own if it is to go down in history […]

Political opposition in Texas hurts Obamacare signups

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation.

Political opposition in Texas hurts Obamacare signups

Political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn’t helped enrollment numbers that lag behind expectations as next week’s deadline to sign up looms, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation. As of March 1, about 295,000 people in Texas […]

HHS grants extension of Obamacare enrollment deadline

'We are experiencing a surge in demand'

HHS grants extension of Obamacare enrollment deadline

People who’ve started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced. “We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to […]

Health care decision: To work or not to work?

'I want the freedom to fit that into my day without squeezing it into my day'

Health care decision: To work or not to work?

For uninsured people, the nation’s new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job. At 62, Payne has worked for three decades as […]

Health Care Q&A: ‘Can’t afford insurance, will I be fined?’

As long as you don't have income, the government doesn't require you to get health coverage and won't fine you.

Health Care Q&A: ‘Can’t afford insurance, will I be fined?’

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 the problems they’re running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage […]

Can Democrats avoid damage from Obamacare?

The Florida race reflected turnout concerns

Can Democrats avoid damage from Obamacare?

President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls. The defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by Republican David Jolly in a special election last […]

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