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Nation's Biggest Insurer May Quit ObamaCare

'We cannot sustain these losses'

(Newser) - The biggest health insurer in the country announced Thursday it could leave ObamaCare in 2017. The Hill calls the announcement a "shock ... that could ripple through the marketplace," and the AP notes it could have an impact on policies during the presidential election season. In a statement to... More »

ObamaCare Users Get Sticker Shock

The median deductible in many states is $3K

(Newser) - ObamaCare users are loving the low premiums but agonizing over a surprise expense in many plans: "sky-high deductibles," the New York Times reports. In several states, the median deductible of plans offered on HealthCare.gov is $3,000, meaning consumers will often have to pay three grand before... More »

Colorado Will Vote on Universal Health Care

It could become the first state to ditch ObamaCare

(Newser) - The residents of one US state could become the first to reject ObamaCare next year, Al Jazeera reports. Surprisingly they'd be dumping it for something even more liberal. Officials announced Monday ColoradoCareYES collected enough signatures—158,831—to get Initiative 20 on the ballot. If passed, the bill would... More »

Supreme Court To Hear 4th Challenge to ObamaCare

This one is brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits

(Newser) - For the fourth time in five years, ObamaCare is going before the Supreme Court, Politico reports. This time, seven religious charities, hospitals, and colleges—including Little Sisters of the Poor and Notre Dame—are challenging the contraception mandate, which they claim violates their religious beliefs, according to the Hill . Hobby... More »

Jeb Bush Sees 'Transition Plan' to Get Enrollees Out of ObamaCare

Unveils his alternative health care plan to bring down 'skyrocketing' premiums

(Newser) - Jeb Bush this week unveiled his proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare, one that would include an unspecified "transition plan" of roughly 18 months for the 17 million people currently covered under the Affordable Care Act, reports AP . Bush laid out some of the particulars of the overall plan... More »

More Than 90% of Americans Have Health Insurance

And the figure only sinks below 80% in a single state

(Newser) - Roughly 7 million Americans who are waking up with health insurance today woke up without it last year. That from a new report by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics issued today that estimates the number of Americans without coverage has fallen from 36 million in 2014 to... More »

ObamaCare Repeal Goes Nowhere in Senate

It won't be tacked on to highway funding bill

(Newser) - An ObamaCare repeal vote in the Senate that Ted Cruz predicted would be an "exercise in meaningless political theater" didn't produce any surprises in a rare Sunday session yesterday. All 92 of the senators that showed up voted along party lines and the measure failed to reach the... More »

Medicare to Pay Doctors for End-of-Life Counseling

Will 'death panels' charge emerge again?

(Newser) - Medicare unveiled plans today to begin paying doctors to have conversations with their patients about end-of-life care and how they want to die. Yes, the same idea that got shot down six years ago when Sarah Palin raised a ruckus about "death panels," reports the AP . A post... More »

Bill Aims to Force ObamaCare on SCOTUS

Rep. took Scalia's SCOTUScare quip to heart

(Newser) - A lot of Republicans are pretty angry about the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold ObamaCare subsidies , perhaps none more so than Rep. Brian Babin. The Texas Republican has introduced a bill that contains what he apparently believes is fitting punishment for the justices: forcing them and other Supreme... More »

One Sentence Sums Up ObamaCare Decision

Law is supposed to improve insurance markets, 'not to destroy them'

(Newser) - Go ahead, dig into John Roberts' full ObamaCare opinion here . But Dylan Matthews at Vox thinks you need to read only one sentence from the chief justice, near the end. "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." It's that... More »

Obama Hails SCOTUS: A 'Good Day for America'

A victorious president says ObamaCare 'here to stay'

(Newser) - President Obama emerged victorious in the Rose Garden this morning to applaud the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act. In a speech that ran just over 10 minutes long, the president praised the decision, saying that "after multiple challenges before the... More »

SCOTUS Upholds ObamaCare Subsidies

Supreme Court votes 6-3 to give Affordable Care Act a 2nd major win

(Newser) - The Supreme Court kicked off the first of the seven biggest decisions it's issuing in the coming days with another major win for ObamaCare. The verdict: The court upheld the federal tax subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, voting 6-3 to preserve health insurance for 8.7 million Americans... More »

Supreme Court Starts Rolling Out Major Rulings Today

Gay marriage, ObamaCare decisions expected today through Monday (maybe beyond)

(Newser) - We don't know which rulings will come when, but starting today through Monday (and perhaps beyond that), the Supreme Court is scheduled to let the hammer fall on seven major cases that will reverberate through the nation, NBC News reports. A quick rundown of what's on the docket:... More »

Obama Is Recruiting Tech Geniuses to Save America

The goal: hire 500 by the end of 2016

(Newser) - Maybe still smarting over the embarrassment of the HealthCare.gov launch, President Obama has since snatched up about 140 of the nation’s brightest minds to redo its technological infrastructure. The recruits came from Amazon, Twitter, Google, and other companies at the forefront of the Silicon Valley, and all were... More »

Fate of 6.4M Rests on ObamaCare Case

At least 66% would drop health coverage without subsidies: report

(Newser) - Some 10.2 million people have paid for health insurance coverage under ObamaCare this year, but 6.4 million of those could lose their subsidies if the Supreme Court sides with the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell. A rep for the Kaiser Family Foundation tells the Washington Post the new... More »

ObamaCare Authors Say 'Drafting Error' Might Doom It

4 words are at the heart of the Supreme Court case

(Newser) - Those following the ObamaCare case in the Supreme Court probably know that four words are at the heart of it: "established by the state." More details here , but it boils down to one question: Did the authors of the law really intend to provide tax subsidies only to... More »

This Guy Used an Emoticon on the Senate Floor

And slammed the GOP in the process

(Newser) - What do Republicans plan to do if the Supreme Court strikes a big blow to the Affordable Care Act? In the words, er, meme, of Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, that would be a bunch of characters (some of them difficult to reproduce) that form an emoticon known as the "... More »

Guy Going Blind Inspires Heated ObamaCare Debate

Luis Lang shunned insurance, now can't get it

(Newser) - A man named Luis Lang in South Carolina is emerging as the face of a new debate about ObamaCare. As a story by Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer explains, Lang is a 49-year-old self-employed handyman who has long shunned health insurance and paid his own medical bills. But... More »

Senate Passes GOP Budget Going After ObamaCare

Repeal could pass this summer, though president would veto

(Newser) - The Senate today adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Obama's health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall. The Senate passed the nonbinding measure by a nearly party-line 51-48 vote; the House adopted it last week.... More »

Emergency Room Visits Rising Under ObamaCare: Poll

Three-quarters of emergency doctors cite increase

(Newser) - Backers of ObamaCare have said it would reduce the number of visits to emergency rooms, the Wall Street Journal notes, but in fact, a poll of ER doctors finds that number has been climbing. "Visits are going up despite the (Affordable Care Act), and in a lot of cases... More »

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