June 29, 2012 |
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.
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September 23, 2013 |
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.
November 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has moved to accommodate consumers who are frustrated by the troubled healthcare.gov website, giving Americans an extra eight days in December to sign up for health coverage for 2014 under the president's health law. Consumers were originally required to select a health plan by Dec. 15 to be covered Jan. 1. Americans now have until Dec. 23 to select a plan that will start coverage at the beginning of the year,...
August 8, 2013 |
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.
June 25, 2012 |
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.
November 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's victory all but assures that his landmark healthcare law and its guarantee of insurance coverage for all Americans will be implemented, essentially putting an end to the Republican campaign to derail the law. Starting in 2014, millions of Americans should be able to get health insurance for the first time. Millions more who don't get coverage through work should be able to buy a health plan that meets new basic standards. “It's all over but the shouting,” said Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack, an influential consumer advocate and leading champion of the law. “What was very questionable at the start of the year has been settled.
September 26, 2012 |
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.
November 9, 2013 |
Californians are more supportive of President Obama's healthcare law than the country at large, but they still worry it will raise healthcare costs and hurt the economy, a new poll of registered voters shows. Statewide, 50% said they backed the Affordable Care Act and 42% opposed it, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. That runs counter to national polls that show more people disapprove of Obamacare than support it. Latinos, who make up about half of California's uninsured population, were even more enthusiastic, supporting the healthcare law by a 2-1 margin.
August 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama offered a vigorous, lengthy defense of his healthcare law Friday, dismissing Republican attempts to block it as an “ideological fixation.” In a preview of the message Democrats will carry into the 2014 midterm elections, the president acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act may have flaws that will need to be fixed, but emphasized that it has already brought substantial benefits to Americans with insurance and...
July 2, 2012 |
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...