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Aetna Shows Why We Need a Single-Payer System

The decision by the giant insurer to bail out from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans provides the best argument for changing our approach to health care in America.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE

Californians to Experience a 13 Percent Obamacare Price Hike in 2017

Wasn’t the Affordable Care Act meant to make health care ... affordable?

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE

For Many Millennials, Turning 26 Means Losing Access to Health Care

Many young Americans who are either approaching or have passed the cutoff date for coverage under their parents’ health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act are wondering what they will do if they get sick and can’t find affordable coverage.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 READ MORE

Analysis of Private Health Insurance Data Reveals Striking Variation in Cost of Care

A new study analyzing previously unavailable data from three of the country’s largest commercial health insurers finds that the cost of care for the privately insured varies wildly from town to town.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE

The Cost of Obamacare’s Most Popular Insurance Plan Is Set to Rise 13 Percent

Premiums for some plans in the exchanges set up by the so-called Affordable Care Act will have double-digit rate hikes in 2016.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver on How Upcoming State Elections Could Spell Disaster for Thousands Uninsured

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains why Tuesday’s state elections could put the lives of half a million people at risk (and, in one case, affect the fate of the pangolin).

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Trouble in Coal Country: Health Care at Risk for 12,000 Retired Miners and Their Families

Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal company, is seeking release from a pledge to pay into a health insurance fund.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

Will We Allow a Private Health Insurance Monopoly or Implement Single Payer at Last?

The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade

Now that the Supreme Court has preserved the Affordable Care Act and private insurers have won, the real battle for single-payer health care must begin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

Ted Cruz, Obamacare Hater, Peruses Obamacare Options for Wife’s Coverage

He nearly brought the cogs of Congress to a halt in 2013 over the Affordable Care Act, and now the Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful is in the market for health insurance for his wife, Heidi, while he’s on the campaign trail. This is a bit awkward.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE

Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE

Obamacare Repeated Repeals

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 ENLARGE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tragedy in Paris

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the tragic events in Paris that killed 17 journalists, civilians and police officers. Also, oil prices fall, and Scheer notes a false logic in approving the Keystone pipeline, and Harvard professors revolt against their new health insurance plan.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Obamacare Prices Could Rise 20 Percent in 2015

Data released by the Obama administration shows that many Americans who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year unless they switch plans, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE


Health Insurers Are Spending Millions to Defeat California’s Proposition 45

From the start, even fans recognized that one of Obamacare’s great weaknesses was its failure to regulate insurance rates.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE

Obamacare Court Case

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 ENLARGE

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.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

Obamacare Coverage

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 ENLARGE

Beheading Santa

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 ENLARGE


Posted on Apr 1, 2014 ENLARGE

Youth Enrollment

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 ENLARGE

Obamacare Game

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 ENLARGE

Hospital Bills

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 ENLARGE


Posted on Feb 13, 2014 ENLARGE

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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.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE

Obamacare Disaster

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 ENLARGE

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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.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE

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Posted on Nov 28, 2013 ENLARGE

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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.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Nov 25, 2013 ENLARGE

Obamacare Operation

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 ENLARGE

Obamacare Turkey

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 ENLARGE

Website Fix

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 ENLARGE

Website Woes

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 ENLARGE

Humble About His Fumble

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Nov 17, 2013 ENLARGE

Obamacare Expectations

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 ENLARGE

Obamacare Butter Fingers

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 ENLARGE

The Rescuers

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 ENLARGE

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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.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE

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