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US' Biggest Health Insurer Scales Back ObamaCare Participation

UnitedHealth claims it's lost more than $1B on the ACA

(Newser) - UnitedHealth, the nation's biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for this year, the AP reports. CEO Stephen Hemsley said Tuesday that the company expects losses from its exchange business... More »

ObamaCare Birth Control Ruling Hinges on One Word

'Hijacking,' says SCOTUSBlog

(Newser) - The Supreme Court wrestled with a high-profile case on Wednesday—how far religious groups must go in helping employees gain access to birth control under ObamaCare. Based on the arguments, don't expect a clear resolution: The New York Times reports that a 4-4 tie is a "real possibility,... More »

Ted Cruz Says He Has No Health Insurance

It's ObamaCare's fault, he says

(Newser) - Millions of Americans have lost their health care coverage because of ObamaCare, and one of them is Ted Cruz, according to Ted Cruz. On Thursday night, the candidate told supporters in New Hampshire that his coverage in Texas was canceled at the end of 2015 because Blue Cross Blue Shield... More »

Sanders: Chelsea 'Flat Wrong' on My Health Plan

Senator says Clinton daughter 'didn't read the plan' he has for Americans

(Newser) - As the race for the Democratic nomination between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton heats up , the former first daughter is stumping for her mom—and saying things that Sanders says are "absolutely wrong," per CNN . Chelsea Clinton spoke at a New Hampshire campaign rally Tuesday, the Hill reports,... More »

Congress Sends ObamaCare Repeal to President

He'll almost certainly be vetoing it

(Newser) - The GOP-led Congress sent legislation to President Obama Wednesday repealing his signature health law, fulfilling a promise to Republican voters in a presidential election year but inviting a certain veto. The nearly party-line vote in the House was 240-181. The legislation already passed the Senate last year under special rules... More »

Many Find Life Cheaper Without ObamaCare

For some, fines are cheaper than health insurance

(Newser) - A good number of Americans are opting to forgo health insurance altogether and pay a federal fine rather than buy ObamaCare, the New York Times reports. The reason? Insurance policies may cost more than the fine, deductibles can be high, and these people make too much money to get federal... More »

Little-Known Rubio Move Threatens ObamaCare

Welcome to the wonky world of 'risk corridors'

(Newser) - Sure, lots of Republicans talk a good game about the need to torpedo ObamaCare, but Robert Pear at the New York Times explains that Marco Rubio is the only one to have actually made progress on the pledge—thanks to a relatively obscure amendment in last year's spending law.... More »

Senate Defunds Planned Parenthood With 'Symbolic' Vote

Planned Parenthood says the vote's timing is 'unconscionable'

(Newser) - Republicans in the Senate voted Thursday to defund Planned Parenthood in a move the Huffington Post calls "symbolic" and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin—as quoted by Vice —calls a "waste of the time of the Senate." According to the Hill , the measure takes one year of... More »

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 »

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