October 16, 2013
Washington's latest fiscal crisis appeared to be coming to an end Tuesday morning as leaders of the two parties in the Senate neared agreement on a plan to reopen the government and lift the debt limit until early next year. But then House Republicans -- who triggered the crisis in the first place by trying to defund or delay the 2010 healthcare law -- decided to prolong the fight. As a result, lawmakers may not raise the federal debt limit in time to pay all of Washington's bills. Investors, who had already been dumping short-term Treasury bonds, started selling off stocks too in an early sign of the panic that could come if House GOP leaders keep indulging the least responsible members of their caucus.
August 26, 2013 |
A new report showing a relatively modest increase in premiums for employee health coverage is either a validation or an indictment of the 2010 healthcare law, depending on whose spin you believe. Supporters cite the slowing rise in healthcare spending, while opponents retort that premiums are still growing faster than the economy or consumer prices. There's a bit of truth to both sides, but more posturing. The biggest effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won't be seen until next year at the earliest.
August 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - American workers and their employers saw another rise in health insurance premiums this year, as the total cost of employer-provided health benefits ticked up 4% for family plans and 5% for individual plans, according to a closely watched national survey. The 2013 increases are lower than in many previous years, undercutting claims by critics of President Obama's health law that the 2010 legislation is dramatically driving up costs. Nor is there much evidence that many employers are dropping coverage - 57% of firms with at least three employees offered health benefits in 2013, according to the report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Assn.
July 12, 2013
Re "Night terrors," Opinion, July 7 I could have written Diana Wagman's Op-Ed article on her concerns over Obamacare myself. My husband and I are both freelancers, as are most of our friends. Our jobs are mostly temporary with no benefits. I too was excited about the prospect of universal, affordable healthcare, until I read the details. Middle-class families like ours will be left out in the cold starting next year. We already struggle to afford insurance premiums. Starting next year, it looks as though those of us who don't qualify for a subsidy might be looking at untenable increases.
May 23, 2013 |
Amid anxiety over rising costs from the federal healthcare law, California received better-than-expected insurance rates for a new state-run marketplace, but many consumers still won't be spared from sharply higher premiums. Three years after President Obama's landmark law was passed, the state unveiled the first details Thursday on what many Californians can expect to pay for coverage from 13 health plans offering policies in the state's exchange, in which as many as 5 million people will shop for coverage next year.
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May 20, 2013 |
When the national healthcare law takes full effect next year, millions of Americans risk disrupted health coverage because of common life events: getting married or divorced, having children or taking on a second job. As their family incomes change, so too will their eligibility for public insurance programs. And if nothing is done, policymakers warn, many low-income patients will lose access to their doctors and medications during this massive game of health coverage pingpong. Policymakers and healthcare industry leaders across the nation are paying close attention to the issue and working to close the coverage gaps before Jan. 1, said Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.