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How The Supreme Court Can Kill Obamacare Without Overturning It

November 18, 2014 The latest Supreme Court case over Obamacare is technically just a challenge to one regulation, not even to the law itself—but it could nevertheless make the law's basic structure completely dysfunctional. The legal challenge over the law's insurance subsidies could tear apart several sections of the Affordable Care Act, setting ...

The 3 Biggest Questions for Obamacare's Second Year

November 14, 2014 Obamacare's second open-enrollment period begins Saturday, posing new challenges for the health care law even after the surprising success of its first year. Roughly 7 million people are now covered through the law's exchanges, and enrollment is already strong enough to take the worst-case scenarios, like an insurance "death spiral," ...

HHS Lowers Expectations for Obamacare Enrollment

November 10, 2014 The Obama administration is tamping down expectations for the next phase of Obamacare enrollment, saying outside estimates were too ambitious. Obamacare's second open-enrollment window begins Saturday. And although sign-ups have beaten expectations so far, officials from the Health and Human Services Department say they're now expecting the pace of enrollment ...

What A Republican Senate Means For Obamacare—and What It Doesn’t

November 5, 2014 Republicans won a Senate majority in part by pledging to repeal Obamacare. Now they have to figure out what to do instead. Mitch McConnell, soon to be the Senate majority leader, has to strike a somewhat delicate balance on the 2010 health care law: satisfy the conservative base, as well ...

Is Your State Quarantining Ebola Doctors?

October 31, 2014 As doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals return to the U.S. from fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, they're facing a messy and inconsistent patchwork of rules about where they can go and what they can do. Some health care workers will be placed in a tightly controlled ...

HHS Debuts New and Improved HealthCare.gov -- The 'Back' Button Now Works

October 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal health officials say they've reconfigured and rebuilt the Obamacare enrollment website to avoid a repeat of last year's disastrous launch. HealthCare.gov did not work at all for nearly half of the first open-enrollment window, and it was also saddled with weird, cumbersome processes that made it a pain to ...

Obamacare Hasn’t Driven Up Employers' Health Care Premiums

September 10, 2014 Employer-based health care—the system that serves about half of all Americans—is seeing modest premium increases, but employers are passing more and more costs on to their workers. The average premium for employer-based coverage rose by 3 percent this year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of the employer ...

The Cities Where Obamacare Plans Are Getting Cheaper

September 5, 2014 Obamacare premiums will barely change next year in some of America's biggest cities, but consumers are still at risk for big price increases if they're not willing to change plans. Because of the way the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies are structured, people who signed up for coverage this year ...

American Aid Worker Contracts Ebola

September 2, 2014 An American aid worker in West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, his organization announced Tuesday. SIM USA said the doctor immediately quarantined himself once he began to show symptoms of Ebola and is "in good spirits" in the organization's Ebola isolation unit. The doctor was working in SIM's hospital ...

An Ebola Vaccine May Be on the Way

August 28, 2014 Government scientists will begin human trials next week on a possible Ebola vaccine, after taking "extraordinary measures" to develop the drug quickly. The vaccine has performed "extremely well" in animal tests, said Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Health's infectious diseases unit. It's designed to inoculate patients ...