Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Obamacare struggles to meet critical deadlines

Obamacare struggles to meet critical deadlines

With time running out, U.S. officials are struggling to cope with the task of launching the new online health insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama’s signature health reforms by an October 1 deadline. The White House, and federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue […]

Unions not lining up behind Obamacare

Unions not lining up behind Obamacare

When President Barack Obama pushed his health care overhaul plan through Congress, he counted labor unions among his strongest supporters. But some unions leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their […]

Will White House scandals hurt Obamacare?

Will White House scandals hurt Obamacare?

Political scandals have strange ways of causing collateral damage, and Republicans are hoping the furor over federal tax enforcers singling out conservative groups will ensnare their biggest target: President Barack Obama’s health care law. But no one appears to have connected the factual dots yet, and it’s unclear whether they will. The Internal Revenue Service […]

Obama jumps back into health care debate

Obama jumps back into health care debate

President Barack Obama is launching a new effort to rally the public around his hotly disputed health care law, a strategy aimed at shoring up key components of the sweeping federal overhaul and staving off yet another challenge from Republicans. The president will specifically target women and young people, groups that backed him overwhelmingly during […]

Will Obamacare be a boon or bust?

Will Obamacare be a boon or bust?

Healthcare reform should be the signature Democratic achievement of President Barack Obama’s presidency. But with “Obamacare” five months from show time, Democrats are worried about whether enough Americans will sign up to make the sweeping healthcare overhaul a success – and what failure might mean for Congress heading into the 2016 presidential race. Some of […]

Republicans back down on health care rescue

Republicans back down on health care rescue

House Republicans have put off a vote on legislation to rescue a main feature of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — affordable coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions — after it ran into strong opposition from both conservatives and Democrats. The legislation is a departure from past GOP efforts to kill the Affordable […]

How does Obamacare affect federal budget? Good question

How does Obamacare affect federal budget?  Good question

Next year is the year President Barack Obama’s signature health care law goes into high gear, covering millions of uninsured Americans by a mix of private plans and government programs infused with tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer money. You’d think there’d be a chapter in the new 2014 budget that lays it all […]

Budget debacle will not slow Obamacare rollout

Budget debacle will not slow Obamacare rollout

Airline schedules, food inspections, IRS taxpayer assistance and deployments of Navy ships could all be hampered by the government’s automatic spending cuts. But President Barack Obama’s health care law — a program Republicans have spent the last three years trying to kill — will roll out on time, the administration says. Only a small fraction […]

Christie will work to expand Medicaid coverage in New Jersey

Christie will work to expand Medicaid coverage in New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he would expand Medicaid health insurance coverage to more low-income New Jersey adults as part of President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul — all while making it clear he’s “no fan of” the president’s program. Christie made the announcement Tuesday as part of his state budget proposal to a […]

Obama quietly shutters plan to help those difficult to insure

Obama quietly shutters plan to help those difficult to insure

Citing financial concerns, the Obama administration has begun quietly winding down one of the earliest programs created by the president’s health care overhaul, a plan that helps people with medical problems who can’t get private insurance. In an afternoon teleconference with state counterparts, administration officials said Friday the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will stop taking […]