How Could a New Administration Tackle Affordable Care Act Challenges? Look to Medicare

By Sabrina Corlette and Jack Hoadley We’re experiencing another round of bad headlines for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. A government report found that, on average, premiums will rise 25 percent and consumers will have fewer insurance company choices in 2017. Eighty-thre
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CDC: ACA effectiveness at lowering uninsured rate may be plateauing

By Morgan Haefner The ACA lowered America’s uninsured rate to a historic 8.6 percent low in the first three months of 2016 — a progression that a CDC report predicts will start slowing this year, according to CBS News. A Nov. 3 report released by the CDC analyzed National Health
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Public Option for U.S. Health Insurance Gains Visibility in Debate Over Affordable Care Act

By Stephanie Armour WASHINGTON—Advocates and opponents are gearing up for a life or death battle over a problematic Affordable Care Act in 2017, and the idea of a government option in health insurance is gaining some traction among Democratic legislators. Read more…
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Inside the Affordable Care Act’s Arizona Meltdown

By Anna Wilde Mathews When Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces launched in fall 2013, Arizona seemed like a success. Eight insurers competed to sign up consumers, offering a wide variety of plans and some of the lowest premiums in the country. Read more…
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Obamacare Hits a Pothole

By Paul Krugman For advocates of health reform, the story of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, has been a wild roller-coaster ride. First there was the legislative drama, with reform seemingly on the edge of collapse right up to the moment of passage. Then there was the initi
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Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say

By Robert Pear WASHINGTON — The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured. Read more…
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Seizing on Rising Costs, Trump Says Health Law Is ‘Over’

By Patrick Healy & Abby Goodnough Donald J. Trump, desperate for a winning political issue in the final two weeks of the presidential race, fiercely attacked Hillary Clinton on Tuesday over sharp premium increases that will hit some Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act.
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How many ACA insurers states will have next year

By Morgan Haefner The number of health insurers selling individual plans on 2017 ACA marketplaces will total 228, a decrease of 73 from last year, according to recently released HHS data. Read more…
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Rates Up 22 Percent For Obamacare Plans, But Subsidies Rise, Too

By Alison Kodjak The cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is expected to rise an average of 22 percent in 2017, according to information released by the Obama administration Monday afternoon. Still, federal subsidies will also rise, meaning that few people are likely
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President Obama Explains How He Wants to Fix Obamacare in Speech at Florida College

By Maya Rhodan President Barack Obama blamed partisanship for the lingering discontent around his signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, during his latest pitch on the benefits of the law to millennials at Miami Dade College in Florida. But Obama also admitted that there
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