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Obama Administration Coy on Expanding Obamacare to California Illegal Immigrants

Posted: June 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm   /   Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to expand Obamacare to cover illegal immigrants, but now it’s up to the Obama administration to determine if the nation’s largest state will get an exemption related to a specific promise the president made when trying to sell the health care law. The Golden State will be asking […]

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How the Insurance Market Is Responding to Obamacare

Posted: June 10, 2016 at 8:24 am   /   Politics

I split my time pretty evenly between Washington, D.C., and my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. In D.C., if you want to get your fix of crony capitalism or government mandates, they’re only a step away at any time. But if you want to capture a perfect specimen of crony capitalism and government overreach in […]

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The House Is Improving Medicare, and the Senate Can Make It Even Better

Posted: June 8, 2016 at 10:54 am   /   Politics

The House of Representatives has passed a short, but significant, 31 page Medicare bill, Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act (HR 5273). The House measure would improve traditional Medicare in a number of ways, though most of these would be technical changes to current law. Because the bill was largely non-controversial and thus enacted under a […]

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John Oliver Increases the Cost of Health Care

Posted: June 7, 2016 at 7:30 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

John Oliver, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is the latest in a long series of comedians who have become brave “truth-speakers” who repeatedly “destroy” whatever they choose to target.  Since John Stewart popularized the model of snark and carefully edited interviews to create a news-like show, it has been repeated again and again, […]

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California Could Become the First State to Expand Coverage to Illegal Immigrants Under Obamacare

Posted: June 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm   /   Politics

California state lawmakers are one step closer to expanding coverage under Obamacare to illegal immigrants, sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that would allow those living in the state to illegally buy health insurance on the exchange with their own money. The California legislature passed a bill last week setting in motion a […]

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Obamacare’s 13th Co-Op Is Closing. Why More Could Follow.

Posted: June 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm   /   Politics

Obamacare’s 13th co-op announced it’s closing ahead of the 2017 open enrollment period, and more of the nonprofit insurers could follow suit in the coming months. Ohio’s InHealth Mutual announced late last week it would be closing its doors after the state’s Department of Insurance requested to liquidate the insurer. As insurers prepare to submit […]

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Under Obamacare, Small Business Owner Forced to Get Rid of Health Care Benefits or Face Fine Up to $500K

Posted: May 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm   /   Politics

When Maryland business owner Thomas Kunkel first learned about the Affordable Care Act, he was excited about the prospect of the new health care law. “From the small business standpoint, it was actually one of the first times I felt like a bit of a social program might actually benefit a small business,” he told […]

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Obama’s Latest Executive Overreach is in Medicare

Posted: May 21, 2016 at 7:56 am   /   Politics

The Obama administration has proposed regulatory changes in payment for Medicare Part B drugs. They’re looking to impose a broad, multi-year change through a demonstration project. Medicare demonstrations routinely test payment or delivery models in pilot programs, make a report to Congress, and the lawmakers either enact or reject the model as a statutory basis […]

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Why Obamacare Customers in Some States Might See Higher Rates in 2017

Posted: May 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm   /   Politics

As insurance companies begin submitting their rates for health care coverage next year, consumers are seeing changes in the number of insurers selling plans on Obamacare’s exchanges. And in some places, fewer choices on the exchanges can mean higher premiums. So far, three states—Alabama, Alaska, and Wyoming—have just one insurer selling coverage on their Obamacare […]

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