At Last, Democrats Get Chance to Engineer Obamacare 2.0

The Biden administration is trying to make the health care law more generous and closer to its original design, but may disappoint progressive allies hoping for more.

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Just When You Thought Politics Couldn’t Unravel Any Further

What happens when “All the King’s Men” meets “National Lampoon’s Vacation”? Nothing good.

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Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Obamacare

In a letter to the court in a pending case, the Justice Department disavowed the Trump administration’s challenge to the law.

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Reopens

The new three-month sign-up period begins Feb. 15, as millions of people have lost their jobs and insurance in the pandemic.

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Ghosts of 2009 Drive Democrats’ Push for Robust Crisis Response

In their quest for Republican backing, Democrats say they missed opportunities in 2009 for a stronger response to the Great Recession. They’re determined not to repeat the mistake.

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Biden and Top Economic Officials Stress Urgency of More Pandemic Aid

The president’s economic advisers are increasingly worried about the faltering recovery and the economic outlook.

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Biden Moves to Expand Health Coverage in Pandemic Economy

President Biden ordered the reopening of Affordable Care Act exchanges and moved to restore coverage mandates and Medicaid plans undermined by his predecessor.

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Biden Re-Opens Obamacare Enrollment Period in 36 States

Evidence from states that also reopened enrollment suggests it could pull more young, healthy Americans into insurance coverage.

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We Can Improve Health Care. It Just Takes Compromise.

Here are three ideas to expand coverage and control costs that Democrats and Republicans could agree on.

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Why Joe Biden Must Not Shy Away From the Full Power of the Presidency

Democrats often benefit from unilateral authority more than Republicans do.

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Biden and Obamacare: One Sentence in Stimulus Plan Reveals Health Care Approach

An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say.

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One Sentence in Biden Stimulus Plan Reveals His Health Care Approach

An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say.

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Four Rules That Should Guide Bidenomics

Basically, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.

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With New Majority, Here’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do on Health Care

Senate control opens up new possibilities, but the party will still need to contend with arcane rules and the challenges of a narrow majority.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Obamacare, in Its First Big Test as Safety Net, Is Holding Up So Far

Job losses and the loss of insurance have typically gone hand in hand. This year, more Americans are staying covered.

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The Vaccines Are Supposed to Be Free. Surprise Bills Could Happen Anyway.

“It is the American health care system, so there are bound to be loopholes.”

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It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard

Most Americans make poor choices. So do most professional insurance brokers, a new study finds. But robots may help.

#consumer-behavior, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #research

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Becerra Supports ‘Medicare for All,’ and Could Help States Get There

Waivers can expand health care offerings without need for congressional approval, but the challenge will be how to pay for them.

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Xavier Becerra, Surprise Pick to Run H.H.S., Is ‘the Latino Joe Biden’

Mr. Becerra was the first in his family to go to college. As attorney general of California, he took on the Trump administration on nearly every front. But can he take on the pandemic?

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Republicans Can’t Handle the Truth

You shouldn’t be surprised that they’re still backing Trump.

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ACA Open Enrollment: What If You Make Too Much for a Subsidy?

Millions of middle-income earners may find that paying for their own health care is a huge burden. Here are some tips.

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When Churches Rescue Americans From Crushing Covid

Churches are doing what politicians have been unable to do, rescuing Americans from crushing medical bills.

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Actually, Joe Biden Can Get Big Things Done With Mitch McConnell

Divided government sometimes overperforms expectations.

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Obamacare Enrollment Opens, With Costs Generally Lower

Millions lost their insurance, along with their jobs, during the pandemic. But many people are eligible for financial help.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #personal-finances, #unemployment

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Book Review: ‘A Promised Land,’ by Barack Obama

This first volume of the former president’s memoirs brims with warmth, humor and introspection.

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Now’s the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance. Here’s How.

It’s open enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act. Anyone who needs insurance for next year can pick a plan now.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Fate of Affordable Care Act

A transformed court, with a six-justice conservative majority, will take a new look at the sprawling health care law.

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Obamacare Is Back in Court. The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher.

This time, the issue is democracy, and the Supreme Court’s duty to leave political decisions to the elected branches of government.

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The Affordable Care Act Faces Another Supreme Court Test

Though the court’s conservative majority has been bolstered by three Trump appointees, the law’s challengers will face headwinds.

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Montana’s New Governor Could Remake the State

Greg Gianforte’s victory is another step in the Republicans’ ideological conquest of the American West.

#gianforte-greg-1961, #montana, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020

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Did President Trump Keep His First-Term Promises? Let’s Look at 5 of Them

Mr. Trump won the presidency in 2016 after making more than 100 promises. Here’s where some stand four years later and what some of his supporters think of them.

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4 Key Trump Moments at the Final Debate

Viewers saw a notably different version of President Trump on Thursday from the one at the first debate. He didn’t interrupt Joe Biden as much, and he returned to some of his central messages.

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N.Y. Accuses Religious Health Cost-Sharing Group of Misleading Consumers

Regulators say a major group is misrepresenting cost-sharing plans, saddling people with unpaid medical bills.

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As Open Enrollment Begins, Health Benefits May Not Change Much

Costs are expected to rise about 4 to 5 percent, in line with increases in recent years, as employers seek to avoid adding to their workers’ stress.

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Harris’s New Strategy: A Hearing Appearance That Doesn’t Make Waves

Her measured performance reflects the way many Democrats view the battle for the Supreme Court: a fight they will lose in service of one they might win.

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How Kamala Harris Has Approached the Amy Coney Barrett Hearings

Her measured performance reflects the way many Democrats view the battle for the Supreme Court: a fight they will lose in service of one they might win.

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‘Severability’ Could Save Health Law, Graham Says and Barrett Seems to Agree

Warnings from Democrats that Republicans and their Supreme Court nominee threaten the Affordable Care Act elicited reassuring words from both Senator Lindsey Graham and Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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Barrett, Declining to Detail Legal Views, Says She Will Not Be ‘a Pawn’ of Trump

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee refused to weigh in on critical matters that could come before the court, including health care, abortion rights and a possible election dispute.

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Barrett’s Testimony Is a Deft Mix of Expertise and Evasion

Judge Amy Coney Barrett demonstrated easy familiarity with Supreme Court precedents but said almost nothing about whether they should stand.

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Questioning Begins for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s What to Watch For.

Republicans appear prepared to continue burnishing Judge Barrett’s reputation, while Democrats may look to attack the hearing itself, rather than the nominee.

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Amy Coney Barrett Hearing: Time, Streaming and Senate Questioning

Republicans appear prepared to continue burnishing Judge Barrett’s reputation, while Democrats may look to attack the hearing itself, rather than the nominee.

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Two Parties Offer Dueling Views of Barrett as Confirmation Fight Begins

On the first day of the election-season confirmation hearings, Democrats portrayed Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to Americans’ health care coverage as Republicans charged anti-Catholic bias.

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Mitch McConnell’s Mission of Misery

Why Senate Republicans won’t help Americans in need.

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Amy Coney Barrett: The Hearings Begin

Two readers appeal to the judge not to overturn health care and abortion policies. Others say that the Democrats will “Bork” the judge and that the questioners should not avoid asking about her religion.

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Kamala Harris and Mike Pence’s Debate: ‘Most Bizarre Moment Was the Fly’

How the vice-presidential showdown looked to Times Opinion writers.

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How Much Would Trump’s Coronavirus Treatment Cost Most Americans?

Even for those with insurance, surprise bills for things not covered can add up fast.

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Why a Hospital Might Shun a Black Patient

The way medical professionals are paid keeps structural racism alive. It’s unethical and it must change.

#black-people, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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Bidencare Would Be a Big Deal

Don’t dismiss it because it isn’t Medicare for All.

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New Supreme Court Term Could End Roberts’s Dominant Role

The possible addition of Judge Amy Coney Barrett could create “the Trump court,” pushing it rightward. Cases on the Affordable Care Act and religious objections to gay rights could offer early clues.

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Spotlighting Health Care, Democrats Seek to Use Court Fight to Damage Republicans

Senate Democrats forced a mostly symbolic vote on the Affordable Care Act, previewing their strategy of making the Supreme Court confirmation fight a referendum on health care, a top voter concern.

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