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November 24, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Molina Healthcare Inc. of Long Beach was looking after the medical needs of low-income people long before Obamacare debuted. Molina Healthcare began 33 years ago after emergency room physician C. David Molina had seen too many poor people with easily treatable and preventable illnesses. He opened three small clinics in Long Beach to serve them. The company currently offers Medicaid-related, licensed health plans for low-income families and individuals in California and nine other states.
November 16, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Passport and tax records in hand, Nela Barboza fiddled nervously with a plastic folding fan as she approached Jessie Orozco's desk. "Buenas tardes," she said cordially. "I'm here to sign up for Obamacare. " Orozco, a benefits counselor at St. John's Well Child & Family Center in South Los Angeles, was thrilled. Around her neck, she wore a badge certifying that she was a state-trained enrollment counselor for California's new medical insurance marketplace - touted as one of the better-functioning parts of the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul.
November 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
In the long run, Obamacare is likely to be as popular and permanent as Medicare, but, in the short term, it is turning into the worst political crisis of Barack Obama's presidency. On Thursday, the contrite president announced that Americans whose healthcare insurance policies have been canceled due to requirements of the Affordable Care Act would have another year to keep those policies. This new guarantee is meant to make up for his ill-considered promise that no one would lose their old policies if they wanted to keep what they had.  The problem with Obama's new promise, though, is that he cannot force insurers to restore policies they have already terminated.
November 13, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A spokesman for a large labor group active in enrolling uninsured people in the California's new healthcare insurance marketplace said his organization has been encouraged by the early reaction to Obamacare. The comments came as initial enrollment figures released nationally showed signups for insurance under the administration's health care overhaul were falling short of expectations. "There's an eagerness to learn more," said Sean Wherley, of Service Employees Union International-United Healthcare Workers West, whose members are fanning out to enroll uninsured Californians in private insurance plans and Medi-Cal, the state's healthcare program for the poor.
November 8, 2013 | By David Horsey
President Obama's hollow promise that Americans who liked their own healthcare plans would not have to give them up under Obamacare may prove to be another tempest in a tea party teapot, but it might also balloon into a political gale that blows away the highest hopes for his second term in the White House.  Winning reelection to the presidency is often a triumph before a fall. Richard Nixon won a second term in a landslide; two years later, the Watergate scandal forced him to resign.
November 4, 2013 | By Maeve Reston and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama put a new shine on his Obamacare pitch Monday night and asked his most loyal supporters to help him sell it to the American people. Obama urged Organizing for Action volunteers to help him spread "far and wide" the good news of the Affordable Care Act, which he said had always been about "making the insurance market better for everybody. " "That was part of the promise," Obama told the crowd, explaining that he always meant to convey that people could keep an old healthcare plan "if it hadn't changed since the law was passed.
October 1, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - The online insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law got off to a bumpy start Tuesday as some consumers were kicked off web portals and several states reported glitches that slowed enrollment on the first day Americans were supposed to be able to sign up for coverage. The website for accessing federally run marketplaces - - froze when some consumers tried to create accounts, the first step in selecting a health plan. Officials said the site got 1 million visits in the last day, five times more visitors than have ever been on the federal site at one time.
September 28, 2013
Re "Obamacare as political theater," Opinion, Sept. 26 Marilyn Moon confuses two distinct aspects of social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security: purpose and performance. She is correct that voters strongly support the goals of these programs. The elderly and the poor need access to health insurance, and some people need retirement support. What Republicans have issues with is performance, despite the Democrats' claim that conservatives are attacking the purpose of these programs.
August 7, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Standing just inside a busy Baldwin Park supermarket that caters to Latinos, Moises Herreros smiles as he flags down shoppers. "Do you have insurance? Do you have any questions about Obamacare?" Many stop to chat in Spanish. They've heard of the health law but don't know how it works. In a state where Latinos make up 60% of those without medical insurance, that lack of awareness is a pivotal challenge facing health officials charged with rapidly educating millions of residents and enrolling them in coverage.
August 5, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The Wall Street Journal's editorial board opens its latest screed against the 2010 healthcare law Monday by paraphrasing H.L. Mencken as follows: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class. " I guess no one will go broke either underestimating the Journal opinionators' cynicism and misrepresentations in the face of a policy they oppose. The Journal's fusillade was prompted by the Obama administration's effort to keep congressional staff members from being hurt by a pernicious feature of the 2010 law. Added by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa during the Senate Finance Committee's mark-up, the provision requires members of Congress and their staff to obtain health insurance through the new exchanges established by the law. To the Journal, this is the sort of eat-your-own-dog-food requirement that forces lawmakers to experience what they impose on their constituents.
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