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Where The Affordable Care Act Is Still Struggling

January 15, 2015 Obamacare enrollment is doing fine nationally, but it's still lagging in a handful of key 2016 battlegrounds. Nevada is having an especially rough time. Iowa is making slow progress. And Ohio still has some work to do as well. They're among the handful of states that got off to especially...

Obamacare on Track to Beat Enrollment Goals

December 23, 2014 Obamacare is easily on track to beat the administration's enrollment targets, with more than 6 million people already signed up for coverage. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday that 6.4 million people have either selected new plans or automatically renewed their coverage through the law's federally...

Is the Progressive Left Helping The Supreme Court Destroy Obamacare?

December 1, 2014 The Supreme Court doesn't care whether you think the latest Obamacare case is ridiculous. For the second time, there's a very real chance that the Court could tear the Affordable Care Act apart. And, also for the second time, some liberals are making the mistake of treating that existential threat...

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...