Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Obamacare deadline pushed back another day

Obamacare deadline pushed back another day

As Americans scrambled to beat a deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the White House gave most consumers an extra day, until Tuesday, to obtain coverage that starts January 1. The last-minute move by the Obama administration to accommodate high demand came as it reported record traffic on HealthCare.gov, […]

The rebranding of Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

The rebranding of Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its October 1 rollout. So the administration, […]

New options for those with canceled health insurance

New options for those with canceled health insurance

People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a “temporary hardship exemption” […]

Having fun with Obamacare web site woes

Having fun with Obamacare web site woes

The television ads show a series of medical mishaps: a man kicking the wrong leg in a reflex check, a urine sample bottle that won’t open for a frustrated patient and a blood pressure cuff letting out a strange noise when the doctor presses the plastic bulb. After each scene, a narrator says: “Things don’t […]

Obamacare leaves insurance agents out in the cold

Obamacare leaves insurance agents out in the cold

When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe recently spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government’s hotline and tried to finish the application. But the operator refused to credit Fristoe as an agent on the application, meaning he wouldn’t get the commission or be […]

Republicans return to familiar criticisms of Obamacare

Republicans return to familiar criticisms of Obamacare

With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical care and drive up costs. They used hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to highlight what they say are flaws in the 2010 Affordable […]

Trying to live in a politically-segregated America

Trying to live in a politically-segregated America

Can states’ rights work for liberals? It has always been a conservative cause. Conservatives use states’ rights to resist federal policies that protect civil rights, voting rights and abortion rights. Today, however, federal action is often blocked. So progressive states are passing laws that bypass gridlocked Washington and advance the liberal agenda on their own. […]

Obama struggles to move past the HealthCare.gov debacle

Obama struggles to move past the HealthCare.gov debacle

Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public’s attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law. President Barack Obama will focus on those benefits at a White House event Tuesday. […]

Obama: ‘Nowhere to go but up’ in Obamacare debacle

Obama: ‘Nowhere to go but up’ in Obamacare debacle

President Barack Obama’s popularity has taken a beating over the botched October 1 launch of Obamacare, but in a television interview set to air on Friday, Obama said he believes Americans eventually will appreciate his signature healthcare reform. Reflecting on his poll numbers in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, Obama said: “I’ve gone up […]

Republicans see Obamacare as a never-ending gift

Republicans see Obamacare as a never-ending gift

In its current disarray, Obamacare is providing Republicans with a steady stream of stories that any campaign manager would consider priceless: tales of ordinary people, some dreadfully ill, with canceled health insurance thanks to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. But what if the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed soon, as the Obama administration has promised, and […]