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5 Years In, 5 Busted Predictions About Obamacare

March 23, 2015 When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law five years ago, many Republicans essentially predicted it would grow up to be a serial killer—that seniors, Medicare, private insurance companies, jobs, and the American Dream would die by its hand. It has turned out to be far more well-adjusted....

GOP Voters Back Obamacare Fix. GOP Governors, Not So Much.

March 19, 2015 Republican governors have said they won't help save a key piece of the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court strikes it down. But Republican voters want them to, according to a new poll. The Supreme Court will decide this summer whether to invalidate Obamacare's insurance subsidies in the 34...

If Congress Doesn’t Act Soon, Doctors Will See a Huge Cut in Medicare Payments

March 11, 2015 It's time once again for one of Congress's most mind-numbing rituals: a "doc fix." Doctors will see a cut of more than 20 percent in their Medicare payments unless Congress steps in by the end of the month. Congress almost surely will step in—it always does. And it will probably...

5 Things To Watch In SCOTUS' Obamacare Arguments

March 2, 2015 Obamacare's third date with the Supreme Court is almost here. But this isn't like the 2012 case over the individual mandate, or even the Hobby Lobby case—both of which centered around high-minded constitutional questions about the limits of congressional power—or the nature of commerce. Wednesday's arguments will focus on the...

Health and Human Services Messed Up 800,000 Obamacare Tax Forms

February 20, 2015 About 800,000 people received tax forms with incorrect information about their Obamacare coverage, officials from the Health and Human Services Department said Friday. The errors occurred on a new form that helps Obamacare enrollees figure out whether they qualify for a subsidy that would pay all or part of their...

Will John Roberts or Anthony Kennedy Save Obamacare?

February 17, 2015 Obamacare's future rests with one of the Supreme Court's conservative justices. But no one is quite sure which one. The health care law's insurance subsidies—and, by extension, its fundamental structure—can't survive unless one Republican-appointed justice votes to preserve them. But lawyers on both sides of the case are divided over...

Obama Wants $215M for 'Precision Medicine' Plan to Focus on Cancer Research

January 30, 2015 President Obama will ask Congress for $215 million to help advance medical research focused on the genetics of individual patients, the White House said. Obama first mentioned the "Precision Medicine Initiative" during his State of the Union address, and will lay out additional details Friday. Broadly, the initiative aims to...

Why the White House Is Shaking Up Medicare

January 27, 2015 Now that millions more people have health insurance, the Obama administration's next big priority is making sure patients—and the federal government—get what they pay for. The Health and Human Services Department laid down an ambitious plan Monday for changing the way Medicare pays health care providers, and officials hope the...

What Can Obama Do if the Supreme Court Cripples Obamacare?

January 26, 2015 If the Supreme Court tears apart Obamacare this summer, the president won't be able to put it back together all by himself. Executive action is all the rage in the White House these days, and it's hard to imagine a better candidate for unilateralism than fixing the Affordable Care Act...

Same-Sex Marriage Returns to the Supreme Court

January 18, 2015 The Supreme Court will tackle another landmark case on same-sex marriage, opening the door to a ruling that could bring marriage equality to all 50 states in just a matter of months. The justices on Friday agreed to hear a challenge to state laws banning same-sex marriage and refusing to...