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.

#barrett-amy-coney, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j

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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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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How Trump Voters View His Position on Pre-existing Conditions

He has pursued policies to weaken insurance protections, but that’s not reflected in polling of Republicans.

#debates-political, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020

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With Friendly Visits to Republicans, Barrett Makes Her Capitol Debut

The White House formally sent Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate, officially starting what is expected to be an uncommonly fast sprint to confirmation before Election Day.

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Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Prepares to Meet Senators

The confirmation process cranked into motion on Capitol Hill as the Senate Judiciary Committee began scrubbing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s background.

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Workers Face Looming Cutoffs in Health Insurance

Coverage is a major expense for employers, especially those in small businesses, as they deal with the pandemic’s economic fallout. Many may face end-of-year renewal deadlines that are harder and harder to afford.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #small-business, #supreme-court-us, #your-feed-healthcare

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As Covid-19 Looms, Some Workers Face Loss of Health Insurance

Coverage is a major expense for employers, especially those in small businesses, as they deal with the pandemic’s economic fallout. Many may face end-of-year renewal deadlines that are harder and harder to afford.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #small-business, #supreme-court-us, #your-feed-healthcare

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Obamacare Returns as Galvanizing Issue After Ginsburg Death, Barrett Nomination

The health law had slipped in voter priorities, but the Supreme Court vacancy and November arguments in a case challenging its constitutionality, have given the Affordable Care Act new urgency.

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How Trump Hasn’t Protected Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

The president’s promises on health care stand in stark contrast with his legislative, regulatory and legal record.

#executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j

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Ginsburg Remembered as Champion of Justice as Struggle Continues Over Her Successor

Long lines of mourners waited outside the Supreme Court to pay their respects, but President Trump again made clear he would not honor her dying wish that filling her seat wait until the next president was chosen.

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An Open Supreme Court Seat Puts Obamacare on the Ballot

A Supreme Court case could eliminate the Affordable Care Act, and the president should be judged for recklessly supporting it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean

The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans, and its abolition could have a significant effect on many millions more people than those who get their health coverage through it.

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Voting G.O.P. Means Voting Against Health Care

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has only raised the stakes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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To Conservatives, Barrett Has ‘Perfect Combination’ of Attributes for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is regarded as the leading contender to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Republicans Killed the Obamacare Mandate. New Data Shows It Didn’t Really Matter.

Many experts now view the individual mandate as a policy that did little to increase health coverage — but did a lot to invite political backlash.

#fines-penalties, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care

The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan.

#finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rand-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Health Care Powered Democratic Wins in 2018. The Party Hopes for a Repeat.

With the pandemic highlighting the importance of health coverage, Democrats are leaning into health care as a campaign issue. Republicans appear to be on shakier footing.

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A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare

A longtime refrain, promise and rallying cry is gone.

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Republican Convention: Best and Worst Moments From Mike Pence Night

Our columnists and contributors give their rankings.

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How Progressives Flipped the Script on Medicaid Expansion

Missouri is the latest state where ballot initiatives took the issue directly to voters, bypassing Republican leaders.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #missouri, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #referendums, #states-us

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Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic

Consumers are probably entitled to millions of dollars in rebates under Obamacare rules that cap companies’ profits.

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Barack Obama and Joe Biden Join Forces In Video Targeting Trump

The former president and vice president released a new video Thursday meant to cast President Trump as unbefitting of the office, while trumpeting the credentials of Mr. Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #masks, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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John Roberts’s Triumphant Supreme Court Term

Among them: Religion got a place at the public table long reserved for secular society.

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Millions Have Lost Health Insurance in Pandemic-Driven Recession

A new study estimates that more than five million American workers lost their insurance this spring, a number higher than those in any full year of insurance losses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #recession-and-depression, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Attention All Women: Trump Is Coming for Your Health Care

Even with a pandemic raging, the president wants the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #preventive-medicine, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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Health Care Takes Center Stage in Battle for Congress During Pandemic

As the Trump administration pushes forward on dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are pressing their advantage on an issue that is becoming a chief focus of campaign advertising.

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TRoberts Supreme Court Curtails Birth Control Access. Again.

Justices rule that employers can stand between female workers and their health care.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #freedom-of-religion, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #little-sisters-of-the-poor, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #pennsylvania, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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Supreme Court Lets Employers Opt Out of Providing Free Birth Control

The justices upheld regulations from the Trump administration that allowed employers with religious objections to decline to provide contraception coverage.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #hobby-lobby-stores-inc, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

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Trump’s Beliefs Are Carved in Stone

At this point, we know what we’re getting. Can America be persuaded to sign up for it again?

#black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #mount-rushmore-national-memorial-sd, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republican Leaders Want to End Obamacare. Their Voters Are Expanding It.

Oklahoma is the latest state where voters, in choosing to expand Medicaid, have delivered a rebuke to their elected officials.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #oklahoma, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #referendums, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Obamacare Versus the G.O.P. Zombies

Ten years of failed promises to come up with something better.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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House Votes to Limit Health Costs as Drug Maker Adds Price Tag to Virus Treatment

A Democratic measure would cap insurance costs and grant the government the power to negotiate drug costs just as the coronavirus pandemic renews concerns over prices.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #remdesivir-drug, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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