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Op-Ed: Affordable Care Act forcing Americans to skip healthcare

Washington - Five years after the Obama administration signed its highly partisan and controversial Affordable Care Act into law, experts say it isn't affordable for the average working American.

Hidden health insurance benefits that could save you money Special

New York - There are many hidden benefits insurance companies don’t advertise. Weight loss, infertility treatments, chiropractic care and acupuncture are just a few procedures that are quietly covered under some insurance plans.

Obamacare deductibles leading to more critical illness policies

Critical illness insurance policies are more popular than ever. A study conducted by Gen Re showed that critical illness gained almost $381 million of new business revenue last year.

Walgreens and Rite Aid to merge, creating drugstore giant

Tuesday evening, Pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance announced it was buying Rite Aid. The mega-merger will combine the nation's second and third largest pharmacies, catapulting the merged company above CVS.

Supreme Court upholds 'Obamacare' subsidies

Washington - The United States Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key portion of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as 'Obamacare,' preserving healthcare coverage for millions of Americans and securing a major part of President Barack Obama's legacy.

Why Ted Cruz is signing up for Obamacare

Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party favorite who has made repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—aka Obamacare—a central pillar of his political raison d'être, is signing up for... Obamacare.

White House pitches health insurance to e-sports gamers

A new White House campaign is looking to explain the appeal of health insurance to a younger demographic by reaching out to those into e-sports, or professional video gaming.

Marilyn Tavenner, head of Medicare and Medicaid resigns

Washington D.c. - Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced on Friday that she is resigning. Tavenner supervised the chaotic rollout of the federal insurance marketplace.

Affordable Care Act says 'quit smoking' Special

Washington - With the “Great American Smoke Out on November 20”, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine calls on insurers across the U.S. to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Digital Journal finds out more.

Op-Ed: Medicaid expansion and Obamacare are the real winners in midterms

Washington - Voters argue whether Republicans will seize control of the U.S. Senate. Or whether Democrats retain power in the upper chamber. The results are in and the real winner in this midterm election: Medicaid expansion, and by extension, Obamacare.

Op-Ed: Obamacare leads some firms to end existing health care coverage

Washington - Back in 2011, Doug Henwood of the Left Business Observer argued that Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, would result in some employers dropping their existing coverage and forcing employers onto the exchanges.

Obamacare saves states with Medicaid $5.7B for uncompensated care

Washington - The pressure for the 23 states that have not enrolled to enroll in the Medicaid cash expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act, is increasing by the day. This year alone, those states enrolling in the Medicaid expansion will save $5.7 billion dollars.

Obamacare saves states with Medicaid $5.7B for uncompensated care

Washington - The pressure for the 23 states that have not enrolled to enroll in the Medicaid cash expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act, is increasing by the day. This year alone, those states enrolling in the Medicaid expansion will save $5.7 billion dollars.

Survey: Americans find health coverage in marketplaces affordable

New York - According to the Commonwealth Fund’s Affordable Care Act tracking survey, 61 percent of adults find it "easy" to pay premiums for health insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) marketplace, which was a primary goal of the law.

Real costs of Obamacare to hit Democrats hard in 2016

Washington - The White House and other Obamacare enthusiasts believe Americans have learned to love the "Affordable Care Act" imposed by Democrats in December 2010. Unfortunately, for them, Democrats running for office in 2014 are not feeling the love.

Kaiser poll: Approval of Affordable Care Act falls to 35 percent

Washington - While the American people are focused on a new Iraq conflict involving U.S. forces and an open Southern border that some say beckons Islamic State terrorists to enter the country, public approval of ObamaCare has steadily declined over the summer.

Uninsured rate drop from 45 million in 2012 to 23 million by 2023 Special

Washington - The number of uninsured Americans is expected to decline by nearly half from 45 million in 2012 to 23 million by 2023 as a result of the coverage expansions associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new report released today.

Op-Ed: Mark Pryor sets bold Democratic example in embracing Obamacare

Little Rock - Two-term U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is facing one of his toughest political challenges of his career as his Republican challenger, freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, is making the race close. Sen. Pryor has embraced a new tactic in touting Obamacare.

Op-Ed: Uninsured rate lowest in 6 years at 13.4%, expecting steeper fall

Washington, D. C. - The mission behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA) simply stated is this: Insure the uninsured. The states experiencing the biggest decreases in the "uninsured rate" are states that embraced the Medicaid cash expansion of the ACA, costing states "zero".

Health insurers' revenues continues strong growth under Obamacare

New York - Wall Street is bullish on President Barack Obama as the "Obama stock market rally" continues its upward trajectory. The S&P 500 Health Care Index is at or near its all-time high and for good reason that can be summed in one word: Obamacare.

Fears heighten as ruling in lawsuit that could kill ACA looms

Washington D.c. - The Obama administration is facing a potentially lethal threat to its healthcare reform law as a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit prepares to rule on a challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

Op-Ed: Why every American is wrong about the Hobby Lobby case

Washington, D. C. - The Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision, stating that Hobby Lobby could not be forced to pay for contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Every American citizen lost this court case, even those that think they won.

SCOTUS rules in favour of Hobby Lobby in contraception case

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that certain businesses with clear religious beliefs can be exempt from having to pay for contraception for employees.

Boehner: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'

After more than 55 failed attempts by the House, Speaker John Boehner finally conceded that Obamacare is here to stay. Boehner’s admission comes only three weeks after he vowed the House would continue to try to repeal the law.

Democrat Lynch says his party to lose seats over Obamacare

United States Representative Stephen Lynch (D-Massachusetts) says his party will lose seats because of Obamacare. The Congressman, who voted against the Affordable Care Act, also said the worst provisions of the law haven't even taken effect yet.

Op-Ed: Doctors discourage others from joining the profession

According to The Daily Beast, nine out of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. A few years ago, physicians were named as having the second-most suicidal occupation.

Obamacare chief steps down

Washington - Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, is stepping down from her post following the problems surrounding the launch of 'Obamacare.'

Insurance agents key to Calif. success enrolling Asian-Americans

While Latino enrollment has lagged in California’s insurance marketplace, Asians have signed up in numbers outstripping their representation in the pool of eligible people.

Op-Ed: The November midterm elections may be about more than Obamacare

The November midterm elections are shaping up to be a referendum on Obamacare in the congressional races — however, in the gubernatorial and state legislature contests, the election may be about something else entirely.

Op-Ed: Obama wants his Affordable Care Act to go viral

Barack Obama is the most web-savvy American president ever. His campaigns heavily used social media to connect to and interact with voters, especially the younger ones, and up until this year's Oscars, he had the most popular tweet on Twitter ever.
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Helga Johnson  Program for Operation Outreach  talks about her personal health insurance experience.
Helga Johnson, Program for Operation Outreach, talks about her personal health insurance experience.
Pastor Toussaint Cheatom  Community Organizer and Trained Assister.
Pastor Toussaint Cheatom, Community Organizer and Trained Assister.
Community members attend Q & A sessions with trained assisters.
Community members attend Q & A sessions with trained assisters.
President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act during a ceremony at the White House in March 2...
President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act during a ceremony at the White House in March 2010
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Helga Johnson  Program Director with ISED Ventures speaks on her personal health insurance experienc...
Helga Johnson, Program Director with ISED Ventures speaks on her personal health insurance experience
Nathan Kapke  of the Iowa Insurance Commission  answers questions from the audience.
Nathan Kapke, of the Iowa Insurance Commission, answers questions from the audience.
President Barack Obama  Vice President Joe Biden  and senior staff  react in the Roosevelt Room of t...
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill.
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Pastor Cheatom welcomes Nate Kapke  of the Iowa Insurance Commission
Pastor Cheatom welcomes Nate Kapke, of the Iowa Insurance Commission
Community members participate in a Q & A session on the Affordable Care Act.
Community members participate in a Q & A session on the Affordable Care Act.
Like a good neighbor  State Farm will be selling Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance policie...
Like a good neighbor, State Farm will be selling Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance policies.
(Courtesy State Farm)