Affordable Care Act

Health
9:09 am
Fri February 27, 2015

5 Things To Know About The Latest Supreme Court Challenge To Health Law

The Affordable Care Act will take center stage at the Supreme Court on March 4.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

The Affordable Care Act is once again before the Supreme Court.

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Health
8:22 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Is Now The Time To Fix Rather Than Scrap Obamacare?

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves the chamber Feb. 3 after another House vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:32 am

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, "repeal and replace" has been the rallying cry for Republicans who opposed it. But now that most of the law's provisions have taken effect, some health experts are pitching ways to tweak it, rather than eliminate it.

An ideologically diverse panel at the National Health Policy Conference on Monday presented different ideas to make the law work better. But the panelists agreed on one thing: The Affordable Care Act is too complicated.

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The Two-Way
5:30 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

House Votes To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, pauses at a news conference before announcing that the House planned to vote Tuesday to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, following a GOP strategy session at Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. While the repeal passed 239-186, it's likely to fail in the Senate or be vetoed by the president.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 5:51 pm

The House voted 239-186 today to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the latest effort by the Republican-controlled chamber to scrap the law.

The measure also would direct panels to come up with a replacement for the healthcare law — though it doesn't provide a timeline on any new legislation or what provisions it may contain.

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Politics
11:15 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Milestone House Vote Would Take Health Care Away From Millions

Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo takes the ceremonial oath of office with his family and House Speaker John Boehner (right). Curbelo represents a Miami-area district with substantial enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 6:12 pm

After dozens of votes attacking Obamacare in recent years, House Republicans' latest attempt Tuesday finally gets real.

Not in the sense that the full repeal bill will become law — it's not likely to pass the Senate and, in any event, faces a certain presidential veto even if it somehow does. What makes today a milestone is that, for the first time, House Republicans plan to vote on whether to actually take health coverage away from millions of Americans who now have it.

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Health
5:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican and a physician, plans to revive the fight against the Affordable Care Act in the 2015 legislative session.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:12 am

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze is a foot soldier — one of hundreds — in a passionate war over the Affordable Care Act that is reigniting as state legislatures convene across the country.

The Republican lawmaker, a family doctor, has stood behind three anti-Obamacare bills supported by conservative groups in Oklahoma and other states. None has made it into law, but Ritze plans to pick up the fight in the 2015 legislative session that convenes in the Sooner State next month.

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The Two-Way
11:36 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Republicans' Responses Take Shots At Obamacare, Push Keystone XL

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, rehearses her remarks for the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:36 am

Joni Ernst, who in 2014 became the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa, offered the Republican response to the State of the Union last night and introduced herself to the nation.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

A Busy Week for the State Supreme Court

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State Supreme Court decision allowing the Governor to withhold certain documents from the public, as well as Governor Fallin's decision to accept $2M in Affordable Care Act money.

They will also discuss another ruling from the State Supreme Court rejecting part of the 2011 Tort Reform Law which punished uninsured drivers, approval by State Supreme Court Justices of the $120 million dollar bond to fix the Capitol, and an investigative piece by the Oklahoma Watch regarding the early release of violent and sexual offenders.

Health
11:01 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

Where are the health insurance deals? On the exchanges, many small businesses have concluded.
Bjorn Rune Lie Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 12:57 pm

For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Subsidies under the health law for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company plan made dropping the plan an obvious — though not easy — choice.

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Health
1:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wellness At Work Often Comes With Strings Attached

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 10:05 pm

If you get health insurance at work, chances are you have some sort of wellness plan, too. But so far there's no real evidence as to whether these plans actually improve the health of employees.

One thing we do know is that wellness is particularly popular with employers right now, as they seek ways to slow the rise of health spending. These initiatives can range from urging workers to use the stairs to requiring comprehensive health screenings.

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Health
3:29 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Health Law's Big Tent Still Leaves Some People Out

Andres Cuartas got help from an agent last March when he signed up for health insurance at a Miami mall. In the last year, the percentage of women who are uninsured has dropped more than the percentage of uninsured men.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 7:57 am

A Shots post earlier this week by NPR's John Ydstie detailed the "family glitch" in the Affordable Care Act. That's where people who can't afford their insurance at work aren't eligible for help in the new insurance exchanges. Many of these Americans, most of whom make middling incomes, will remain uninsured.

That story got us wondering: Who else is getting left out by health law? And who is getting coverage?

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