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July 1, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama's healthcare law emerged from its bruising two-year legal ordeal largely intact, with its primary goal of guaranteeing all Americans health security still standing. The Supreme Court, however, is only the first of several daunting obstacles the law must clear. Most immediately is the November election, which could shift control of the White House and the Senate to Republicans, which would almost certainly spell the end for the Affordable Care Act. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has pledged to dismantle the law if he defeats Obama.
May 10, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
President Obama's healthcare law faces a series of challenges in three appeals courts starting Tuesday as Republican lawyers from 27 states will urge the courts to strike down the law as unconstitutional. In a sign of the high stakes and the partisan divide, one case will feature a rare courtroom clash between the Obama administration's top appellate lawyer and his counterpart from the George W. Bush administration. At issue is whether the government can require virtually all Americans to have health insurance by 2014 or pay a small tax penalty.
July 28, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey
Tribune Washington Bureau As Congress debated the healthcare bill, many critics lamented it would do little to transform a system in which doctors and hospitals bounce patients around in an uncoordinated, costly, sometimes tragic process. But something unexpected has happened since President Obama signed the legislation in March. Spurred in part by the law, many independent providers across the country are racing to mold themselves into the kind of coordinated teams held up as models for improving care.
June 29, 2012 | By Tom Miller
On Thursday, an unusual Supreme Court majority of "one" - Chief JusticeJohn G. Roberts Jr. - found that the healthcare law's individual mandate is unconstitutional under the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. But, surprise, the mandate is constitutional as a tax. This strange reasoning, not fully embraced even by the four concurring justices, handed judicial conservatives the most recent in a long parade of disappointments. No matter how controversial, contradictory and complex the ruling is, it represents a major legal victory for the Obama administration and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act. Roberts closed the open-ended commerce clause door to sweeping federal regulatory authority over just about anything.
June 25, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
Nearly 70,000 Medicare patients in California saved $41 million on their prescription drugs during the first five months of this year under the federal healthcare law, new data show. Touting the early benefits of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare officials said these patients have saved $585, on average, through a provision that is gradually phasing out the coverage gap known as the doughnut hole on Part D drug plans. In 2012, prescription-drug coverage for Medicare patients stops when their spending reaches $2,930 and resumes at $4,700.
September 23, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Hollywood is gearing to help with ensure the success of President Obama's healthcare law. The Times' Maeve Reston reported Saturday on the effort. Mike Farah and his team at Funny or Die studios are developing as many as 20 projects involving the healthcare law. The first will go live Sept. 30, the day before Americans are supposed to be able to enroll in the new health insurance marketplaces. Such efforts are just one small piece of a broad-reaching campaign by the Obama administration and the consortium of industry and nonprofit groups working to get at least 7 million Americans enrolled in the next six months.
September 26, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
TOLEDO, Ohio - Mitt Romney, while campaigning in Ohio on Wednesday, highlighted the healthcare law that he passed while governor of Massachusetts as proof of his empathy for people. “I think throughout this campaign as well, we talked about my record in Massachusetts, don't forget - I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney told NBC News in an interview before he headlined a rally here. “One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance. I don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.” The healthcare law is controversial among conservatives because it included a mandate that nearly every state resident purchase the insurance or be fined; it served as the model of the federal healthcare law that is Obama's signature act as president, and that is an anathema to many Republicans.
July 2, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to largely uphold President Obama's healthcare law, a majority of Americans now want to put the fight over the Affordable Care Act behind them, a new national survey indicates . Fifty-six percent of Americans believe opponents of the law should “stop trying to block its implementation and instead move on to other national problems,” according to the poll by the nonprofit Kaiser...
August 8, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
More than 60% of employers in a new survey anticipate some increase in their health benefit costs due to the federal Affordable Care Act. The survey of 1,203 employers by the Mercer consulting firm found that 20% of those businesses expect an increase of 5% or more. wer-paid workers, will be among those most affected when the healthcare law takes full effect in 2014. Employers will be required to extend coverage to all employees working 30 hours or more per week or face possible penalties, according to Mercer.
September 19, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday promised a “big victory” when the chamber votes to defund President Obama's healthcare law as part of a must-pass bill to keep the government running. But it may be short-lived: The White House has promised a veto. Republicans in Congress believe the American people are on their side as they head toward Friday's vote, using the threat of a government shutdown on Oct. 1 to force the president to undo his signature healthcare law. They insist opposition to the Affordable Care Act will force Obama to change course.
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