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December 9, 2012
Gov. Corbett looks more and more like a stubborn holdout against covering the health-care needs of 600,000 low-income Pennsylvanians under Obamacare. His excuse is that he needs more data on the state's costs for the safety net. Lodging similar dollars-and-cents objections Wednesday, Gov. Christie vetoed legislation that would launch an online health insurance marketplace for New Jersey residents. Christie, too, wants to crunch more numbers. All in all, on this issue, the two governors are sounding like they might fit in better in some place like the Show Me State.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama's health-care overhaul will reduce rather than increase the nation's huge federal deficits over the next decade, Congress' nonpartisan budget scorekeepers said Tuesday, supporting Obama's contention in a major election-year dispute with Republicans. Republicans have insisted that "Obamacare" will actually raise deficits - by trillions, according to presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But that's not so, the Congressional Budget Office said. The CBO gave no updated estimate for deficit reductions from the law, approved by Congress and signed by Obama in 2010.
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Julie Pace, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama, emboldened by the Supreme Court's affirmation of his health-care overhaul, is now embracing the law while campaigning for reelection, just as Republican rival Mitt Romney steps back from it. Obama sees a second chance to sell voters on the issue despite deep skepticism about it from many people. Romney is avoiding answering hard questions about how he would tackle health care, and thus missing the chance to energize voters who oppose the law. Democrats say the president always planned to stress health care if the court upheld the law. A month after the ruling, he and his team are focused on promoting individual parts of the law that have proved more popular than the sum. The campaign is targeting its efforts on important groups of voters, including women and Hispanics, who, Obama aides say, will benefit greatly once the law takes full effect.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
This message on the Affordable Care Act's online portal Friday summed matters up succinctly: "We have a lot of visitors on the site right now. Please stay on this page. We're working to make the experience better, and we don't want you to lose your place in line. We'll send you to the log-in page as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience!" So went Week One of the nation's great experiment with universal health care: a flood of demand, at least for information, overwhelming new online health exchanges that, at least initially, were not up to the task.
NEWS
August 24, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Republican Steve Lonegan on Thursday praised Gov. Christie's controversial decision to schedule the special New Jersey U.S. Senate election in October, saying the odd date would make the race against Newark Mayor Cory Booker a referendum on President Obama's health-care law. "This is an opportunity to talk about Obamacare without any interference of other elections, other candidates on the ballot, other issues clouding the agenda," Lonegan told...
NEWS
March 19, 2012 | By Mark Sherman, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Here's a thought that can't comfort President Obama: The fate of his health-care overhaul rests with five Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices. If they stand together, his most sweeping domestic achievement could be struck down. But the good news for Obama is that he probably needs only one of the five to side with him to win approval of the law's crucial centerpiece, the requirement that almost everyone in this country has insurance or pays a penalty.
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a precedent setting decision that likely will reverberate through election day and beyond, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday upheld President Obama's health care overhaul including a requirement that all non-exempt Americans buy health insurance. The court said the law's requirement that individual Americans purchase insurance or be subject to a penalty levied by the IRS was constitutional. It also upheld a provision greatly expanding Medicaid, the health care program for the poor jointly financed by the state and federal governments.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the launching Tuesday of a key phase of the Affordable Care Act is set to revolutionize American health-insurance coverage, expect the campaign to move rather deliberately on Day One. In fact, while the opening of online health-care markets will allow the uninsured or self-insured to begin purchasing coverage under what many call Obamacare, more energy is expected to be expended educating consumers than writing policies. This makes sense, given that consumers will face a daunting array of options and have up to six months to make a choice.
NEWS
June 9, 2012 | By Alex Wayne, BLOOMBERG
About 6.6 million adults under age 26 joined their parents' insurance plans in 2011 because of the U.S. health-care law, the largest one-year increase in medical coverage for the age group, a survey found. The part of the law that lets young people stay on parental plans until 26 helped boost coverage during tough economic times, said Sara Collins, vice president for affordable health insurance at the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based nonprofit that conducted the survey and supports expanded health coverage.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By Frank Diamond, For The Inquirer
Barbara Bloomfield had it all figured out. When she retired from her job at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, she would get into solar energy. "But then I suddenly got arthritic knees, and I had to go for physical therapy and I thought about all the people who didn't have health care," said Bloomfield, 70, of Chestnut Hill. "So I decided to get involved in supporting the Affordable Care Act just before it came up for a vote in Congress. " She also volunteered with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, helping those with no health coverage navigate the Byzantine world of insurance.
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