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A New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs to the Sick

By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illnesses, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

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The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008.

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Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High on Federal Health Insurance Exchange

New federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April.

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A Victory Lap for Obamacare

All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success.

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Obamacare’s Market Share Mystery: Will the Health Law Shake Up Insurance Leader Board?

Well before enrollment began in Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island dominated the state’s individual insurance market, with a 95 percent market share in 2011.

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Obamacare Fails: Where Four State Health Exchanges Went Wrong

Much has been written (and will continue to be written) about the spectacular failure of health insurance exchanges in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Oregon and Maryland—all blue states that support the Affordable Care Act.

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The Real Illness Plaguing U.S. Health Care: Inequality

In addition to doing nothing to address the problem of bankruptcy due to medical debt, the ACA, through Medicaid expansion, has increased the pool of resources that can be repossessed by state authorities to help defer the costs of the program.

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The Public-Private Profiteers

In the cases of healthcare and underwater mortgages, the administration shied away from direct government aid. Instead, it subsidized private companies to serve the people. To get your government-subsidized mortgage modification, you applied at your bank; to get your government-mandated health coverage, you buy private insurance.

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Ecuador Guarantees the Constitutional Right to Health and Education for All Its Citizens

Ecuador has progressed leaps and bounds in the past two decades, and is placing education and health at the top of its agenda.

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Goodbye to the U.K.’s National Health Service?

Britain may not have the world’s model medical service for long. NHS official Kailash Chand predicts the inexpensive and efficient nationalized system could be replaced by a largely privatized version involving worse “access, equity, health outcomes and cost” within five years.

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New Michigan Law Bars Abortion Coverage in Private Health Plans

The law, part of a growing state-level movement, includes rape, which means women must buy a separate “rape insurance” policy in the event they become pregnant from a sexual assault.

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White House Gears Up for Obamacare PR Blitz

After the initial rollout of President Obama’s health-care bill-turned-GOP-punching-bag, the Affordable Care Act, became fraught with buggy technology woes and further assailed by rallying foes, the White House needed its own Plan B, if you will.

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Supreme Court to Review Contraception Provisions in Obamacare

As if the contested law known as Obamacare didn’t have enough assailants already, the United States Supreme Court has added another level of complication by deciding Tuesday to take another look at the sections in the Affordable Care Act dealing with contraception coverage.

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President Obama: ‘We Fumbled the Rollout on This Health Care Law’

President Obama went into damage-control mode Thursday, making a show of regret for the latest fallout over Obamacare and offering a stopgap measure.

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How Marketing Drives Up Medical Lab Tests—and Your Costs

A front-line doctor dissects in The New England Journal of Medicine why a $30 pap smear test to detect cervical cancer now costs $1,000 or more. And how the marketing practices behind that exponential, and unnecessary, jump in costs could lead to a rise in cervical cancer deaths.

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GOP Intransigence Leaves Millions of Poor Uncovered by Obamacare

We know about the tea party Obamacare obstructionists in Congress. But even more damage is being done to the program’s implementation at the state level, where Republican refusal to expand Medicaid freezes out some 30 million people from coverage.

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Gun Violence Medical Costs Top $630 Million a Year

A new study through the Urban Institute seeks to tally the cost of treating gunshot victims in the United States, and calls for fresh policies to reduce gun violence as the Affordable Care Act will likely shift more of that financial burden on government programs.

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