Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Here comes the ‘health care market’: Salvation or another mess?

Here comes the ‘health care market’: Salvation or another mess?

Buying your own health insurance will never be the same. This fall, new insurance markets called exchanges will open in each state, marking the long-awaited and much-debated debut of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The goal is quality coverage for millions of uninsured people in the United States. What the reality will look like […]

Smokers face little-known severe price penalty in Obamacare

Smokers face little-known severe price penalty in Obamacare

Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — “Obamacare” to its detractors — allows health insurers to […]

Boehner declares Obamacare ‘the law of the land’

Boehner declares Obamacare ‘the law of the land’

Speaker of the House John Boehner, displaying a rare admission of the obvious, Thursday declared Obamacare the “law of the land” and said he would no longer pursue the highly-political and fruitless strategy of trying to ram through a repeal in Congress.” “The election changes that,” Boehner said in an interview with ABC News.  “It’s […]

Five Democrats break ranks and join Republicans in voting for Obamacare repal

Five Democrats break ranks and join Republicans in voting for Obamacare repal

Five Democratic members of the House of Representatives crossed over and joined Republicans in voting to kill Obamacare Wednesday but the vote — like the many ones that preceded it — is meaningless. The repeal will stop dead in the Democratic-dominated Senate and joins the long list of political posturing by the GOP against the […]

Another day, another meaningless vote to repal Obamacare

Another day, another meaningless vote to repal Obamacare

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, as it has done several times before, votes today to repeal Obamacare. And the Democratic-dominated Senate, just as it has done each time the House tries to strike down the law, will vote just the opposite. Another day in Washington, another political game that means nothing. Republicans will offer a […]

Obama’s lawyer to Supremes: Save the healthcare law

Obama’s lawyer to Supremes:  Save the healthcare law

The Obama administration’s top courtroom lawyer made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for the Supreme Court to save President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, capping three days of historic arguments that left it unclear how the nine justices would rule. Having peppered lawyers for and against the law with questions for more than six hours over […]

Historic Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare opens today

Historic Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare opens today

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is front and center at the Supreme Court for three days of hearings to determine the fate of a law aimed at extending health insurance to more than 30 million Americans. The justices will hear arguments beginning Monday in a highly partisan legal fight between the Obama administration and […]

With court case looming, insurance companies prep for change

With court case looming, insurance companies prep for change

The nation’s big insurers are spending millions to carry out President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul even though there’s a chance the wide-reaching law won’t survive Supreme Court scrutiny. It’s not that health insurers want to bet big that the court will uphold the Affordable Care Act. It’s that they can’t afford not to. It […]

Obamacare: The long plodding road to ‘reform’

Obamacare: The long plodding road to ‘reform’

It took only a year to set up Medicare. But if President Barack Obama’s health care law survives Supreme Court scrutiny, it will be nearly a decade before all its major pieces are in place. And that means even if Obama is re-elected, he won’t be in office to oversee completion of his signature domestic […]