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Biden Makes His Case: We Can't Kill ObamaCare

He wants to modify it, not scrap it through a 'Medicare for All' approach

(Newser) - Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Trump but also some of his Democratic rivals who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model, per the AP . The former vice president will spend much of the... More »

'Case With Enormous Stakes': ObamaCare in Court Once More

Validity of healthcare law is subject of appeal hearing

(Newser) - An appeals court was to hear arguments Tuesday on whether Congress effectively invalidated former President Obama's entire signature healthcare law when it zeroed out the tax imposed on those who chose not to buy insurance. It is unclear when the three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of... More »

Trump Administration Asks Court to Kill All of ObamaCare

They say it would be wrong to only strike down parts of it

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it wants to euthanize ObamaCare, not perform surgery on it. In a court filing Wednesday, the administration and a coalition of 18 Republican-led states formally asked a federal appeals court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. In the filing... More »

Trump Renews Criticism of John McCain

Widow Cindy McCain disputes report she will endorse Joe Biden

(Newser) - President Trump renewed his criticism of the late John McCain on Thursday, telling Sean Hannity of Fox News that McCain "did the nation a tremendous disservice" when he voted against a Republican bill to repeal ObamaCare in 2017. "John McCain, at the very last moment, late in the... More »

Trump: ObamaCare Plan Will Wait Until After 2020

President won't push for an alternative before the election

(Newser) - President Trump shifted strategy on ObamaCare in a series of late-night tweets: He still hates it, but he won't push for a Republican alternative until after the 2020 election, reports Bloomberg . "Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn’t work," he wrote . "Premiums & deductibles are far too... More »

Trump Dealt His Second Health-Care Blow of the Week

His small-business health insurance plan is struck down

(Newser) - The Trump administration once again set its sights on ObamaCare this week , but it was also a week spent absorbing health-care punches, not just throwing them. Blow one: A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. Blow two: Another federal judge on Thursday struck down... More »

Democrats 'Thrilled' by Trump's ObamaCare Move

Return to issue 'a birthday present for Pelosi'

(Newser) - Democrats feeling dejected after the Robert Mueller report failed to meet their expectations didn't have to wait long for a boost. On Monday, the Trump administration asked a federal appeals court to strike down ObamaCare , giving Democrats an opportunity to return to a key campaign issue. The administration, which... More »

Trump Makes New Move on Obamacare

Trump administration says the whole law should be struck down

(Newser) - The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and revive a winning political issue for Democrats, the AP reports. The administration, in a terse filing Monday with the court in New Orleans, said... More »

Judge Who Dumped ACA: It Can Stay for Now

Federal judge says ObamaCare will remain in place while appeals play out

(Newser) - A federal judge in Texas who recently declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional has stayed his ruling to allow for appeals. That means ObamaCare remains in effect while litigation continues, reports the AP . In a ruling issued Sunday, Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth wrote that he stands by... More »

Bombshell ObamaCare Ruling Hinges on a Key Principle

And some think Texas judge Reed O'Connor overreached on 'severability'

(Newser) - A Texas judge delivered a bombshell ruling on ObamaCare Friday night, declaring that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. US District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the individual mandate—the penalty those who forgo insurance must pay—is unconstitutional. And because the individual mandate is so integral to... More »

Federal Judge's Ruling on ACA an 'Assault' on Americans

ObamaCare has been deemed unconstitutional; the appeals process gears up

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has twice voted (in 2012 and 2015) to keep the Affordable Care Act in place; it may soon see its third big case related to the health care law. That's because US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas has responded to a suit from... More »

New ObamaCare Numbers Look 'Troubling'

Rates are going up by double digits and younger, healthier enrollees are leaving

(Newser) - Three states so far have come out with preliminary premium-rate requests for ObamaCare in 2019, and a column by Catherine Rampell at the Washington Post suggests that a "death spiral" is underway for the health insurance program. Maryland's average rate increase is 30%, Virginia's is 13.4%,... More »

Maine Governor Defies Voters on Medicaid Expansion

Paul LePage is flouting ballot initiative, hindering efforts to implement ObamaCare program

(Newser) - Nearly 60% of Maine's voters gave the green light to Medicaid expansion in their state in a November ballot initiative, and individuals are supposed to become eligible for coverage starting July 2, per that mandate. But there's a wrench in the works in the form of Gov. Paul... More »

Feds to Idaho: Your 'Freedom' Health Care Is Illegal

But officials may find a workaround

(Newser) - Idaho's move to let companies offer health insurance plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act standards is illegal, US officials say. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma issued a letter to Idaho officials saying the Affordable Care Act remains the law and that her agency... More »

I Gave Birth to Sick Twins, Lost My House, My Bed, My Dignity

Jen Sinconis describes her experience with medical debt for the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - In an essay for the Guardian , Jen Sinconis pens a sort of love letter to two ObamaCare tenets: a ban on lifetime limits on most benefits and on denying people insurance due to pre-existing conditions. Sinconis had access to neither when she had her twin boys 11 years ago. The... More »

GOP Targets ObamaCare in New Tax Plan

Leaders say tax package will include repeal of Affordable Care Act mandate

(Newser) - After failing to do away with the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, Republicans will now try to kill two birds with one stone by adding a partial ObamaCare repeal to their tax package, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sen. Mitch McConnell says getting rid of the ACA's mandate... More »

ObamaCare Surprises With Record Enrollment Numbers

More than 200K people signed up on day 1 of open enrollment

(Newser) - Bucking expectations, ObamaCare is off to a record-breaking start. The Hill reports that around 200,000 signed up for health care coverage on the first day of this year's enrollment period, compared to 100,000 last year. Such early enthusiasm is good news for fans of ObamaCare, many of... More »

Voters Could Set Precedent for Medicaid Expansion

If Maine referendum passes, Gov. Paul LePage can't block Medicaid expansion under ACA

(Newser) - On Nov. 7, Maine will take an unprecedented step for a state when it allows residents to vote on expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. Maine is one of 19 states where Republicans have blocked Medicaid expansion available under the ACA. The Maine legislature... More »

ObamaCare Premiums Rise Sharply for 2nd Year in a Row

Most popular plans up by an average of 34%

(Newser) - Premiums for the most popular ObamaCare plans are going up an average of 34%, according to a study released Wednesday that confirms dire predictions about the impact of political turmoil on consumers. Window-shopping on HealthCare.gov went live Wednesday, so across the country consumers going online can see the consequences... More »

Strategy Emerges to Pass New ObamaCare Remedy

Bipartisan deal may get tucked into spending bill, meaning it's that or a shutdown

(Newser) - President Trump seemed to back away even further on Wednesday from his support of a bipartisan deal that would shore up ObamaCare for the near future. In a tweet , Trump said he could "never support bailing out" insurance companies, referring to the deal struck between Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander... More »

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