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Get Covered America volunteers Cynae Derose and Jalisa Hinkle talk with Daniel Glover about the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare - while canvassing a Chicago neighborhood

Obamacare confronts its biggest challenge

09/30/13 04:00AM

It has taken five years of raucous debate, more than 40 congressional showdowns, a Supreme Court ruling and the lingering threat of government shutdown—but the long-awaited makeover of America’s broken health care system is finally at hand. read more

People take part in a group yoga practice on the morning of the summer solstice in New York's Times Square, June 21, 2013. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Should healthy young adults opt out of Obamacare?

08/09/13 10:15PM

“Where’s the outrage?” That was Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, lashing out in Forbes last year about young people’s steady support for President Obama and health care reform law. Why weren’t they rising up to protest the new mandate that they start buying insurance before they’re old and sick? read more

A patient has an eye exam at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in Wise, Virginia July 20, 2012.  RAM clinics bring free medical, dental and vision care to uninsured and under-insured people across the country and abroad.   (Photo by Mark Makela/AP)

New signs that Obamacare is lowering insurance costs

07/18/13 11:00PM

Of all the stories critics have used to scare people off of health care reform (bureaucrats will choose your doctor, death panelists will snuff your granny), the one about rising costs may be the most tenacious. read more

Patient Joan West (R) receives a check up from Dr. Lisa Vinci at University of Chicago Medicine Primary Care Clinic in Chicago June 28, 2012. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Administration gives employers until 2015 on health insurance mandate

07/02/13 07:00PM

The Obama administration unexpectedly announced that it has decided to give employers an extra year to comply with a key provision of the health care reform law. In a statement released Tuesday, a Treasury Department official said the administration would give employers until 2015 to start reporting on the insurance coverage they offer to workers. read more

Avanna Parent of New Orleans, LA, holds her two year-old son Leo as Dr. Kim Davis (L) takes a blood pressure test on her five year-old daughter Paige (R) at the New Orleans Communities Are Responding Everyday (C.A.R.E.) Clinic, at the Ernest N. Morial...

Obamacare helps, but community clinics work to fill the gaps

07/02/13 12:30AM

Like generations of New Orleans residents, 53-year-old Ruben Williams had known only one kind of health care before Katrina ravaged the city in 2005. You got it from Charity Hospital, a decrepit hulk in the middle of town, and it wasn’t set up to keep you healthy. You showed up when you needed care right away, and you never got turned away. “My... read more

Patient Thomas West (C) receives a check up from Dr. Lisa Vinci (L) at University of Chicago Medicine Primary Care Clinic in Chicago June 28, 2012. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Health care costs really are coming under control

06/18/13 12:00AM

No one expects health care costs to decline anytime soon, but the rate of medical inflation has fallen sharply over the past few years, and partisans have competing explanations. Is health care reform making care more efficient and affordable, or has health care spending dipped just because of the recession? read more

File Photo: Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.; Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif.; and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. speak to the press after the Supreme Court decided to uphold the Affordable Care Act. ...

Obamacare still baffles those who need it most

04/30/13 02:15PM

Eight months from now, the Affordable Care Act will become personal for millions of Americans, as half of the states expand access to Medicaid and all of them open new market places for private health insurance. The Obama administration is busy building systems to help consumers navigate this massive transition, but new poll results suggest... read more

File Photo: Opponents of the Affordable Care Act rally before the Supreme announces its decision about the constitutionality of the president's efforts on health care reform. (Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call, File)

Happy Birthday, Obamacare

03/23/13 06:00AM

Since its enactment on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act has curbed the health insurance industry’s worst abuses, placed basic coverage within reach for a generation of young adults, and made birth control more accessible to reproductive-age women. read more

File Photo: Gov. Rick Scott expresses his disappointment about the supreme court's decision concerning the health care bill at a news conference on Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla.   (Photo by Steve Cannon/AP Photo File)

Rick Scott's negotiated surrender on Medicaid: The story behind the story

02/21/13 08:30PM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sounded almost progressive this week as he announced that he would back the expansion of Medicaid to cover nearly a million more low-income Floridians next year. In a stunning reversal of tone and substance, one of the nation’s fiercest opponents of health care reform said he could not, “in good conscience, deny the... read more