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Renowned Brooklyn Pizzeria Adds 3 Percent Obamacare Surcharge to All Checks

The added cost of giving employees health coverage under the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act has been a point of concern for many small-business owners, restaurateurs included. As of today, the popular Brooklyn restaurantShow More Summary

One in 10 larger nonprofits sought “accommodation” from Obamacare birth control mandate

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One in 10 larger nonprofits have sought an "accommodation" from the Affordable Care Act's birth control requirement, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.The issue is the subject of the latest challenge to be taken...Show More Summary

Hobby Lobby Owners Win First Round In $3 Million Tax Refund Case

Hobby Lobby became well known for its challenge to the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) succeeding in carving out an exemption under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the Supreme Court decision Burwell v Hobby Lobby. Founder David Green ranks number 88 in the Forbes 400.  A decision [...]

Brunch Hate Reads: A Tale Of Two Cities Emerges In The NY Times

There are few hot-button issues affecting New Yorkers young and old like gentrification and the affordable housing crisis, which have become inextricably linked at this point. If you care about those issues, then you probably have strong opinions about Airbnb, the controversial sharing economy app that has sparked polarizing debates around the five boroughs. [ more › ]

In Red States, Pressure Mounts To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

The election of a Democrat to the Louisiana governorship clears the way for yet another Republican-leaning state to expand the Medicaid program for poor Americans under the Affordable Care Act. Already, 31 states have expanded Medicaid including five states led by Republican governors who are working with the Obama administration on [...]

Calls for the demise of Obamacare 'may be premature' (XLV, VHT)

Bad news is piling up for President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, but that doesn't mean it's done for, according to Citi analysts. In recent weeks, the law has had a rough go of it. One of its greatest successes, the healthcare exchanges in Kentucky, has come under threat. Show More Summary

Instability in Marketplaces Draws Concern on Both Sides of Health Law

Insurers’ struggles in marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act have emboldened both conservatives who want to shrink the federal role and liberals who want to expand it.

Remaking Medicine: Kentucky, Beacon for Health Law, Now a Lab for Its Retreat

The only Southern state to embrace the Affordable Care Act appears headed in a different direction under a new governor, Matt Bevin.

Consumers face surging costs for skin care drugs

With prices for common skin condition treatments soaring in recent years, many Americans are unable to afford prescriptions

Obamacare linked to increase in early detection of cervical cancer

Here's some good news on the healthcare front—there's been a substantial increase in early detection of cervical cancer among young women under 26 in recent years, likely because in 2010 the Affordable Care Act began allowing them to stay on their parents’ insurance. Show More Summary

Republicans Versus Reality

Until their fourth debate last week, Republican presidential primary candidates had been notable for their apparent indifference to the Affordable Care Act. This was less a function of resignation than of repetition and fatigue. Nearly...Show More Summary

Why are the insurance co-ops failing? This article provides the best answer yet

As a media critic and healthcare reporter, I read a lot about health policy in general and the Affordable Care Act in particular, from plenty of different sources. But earlier this month, I came across one of the best Obamacare stories I’ve seen since the debate on the law began—and it was in a trade publication that I have to...

Obamacare's Rate Hikes Might Not Be As High As Predicted

Health insurance premiums are rising less than five percent on average for the most popular health plans individuals are buying on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis. The Urban Institute, calling earlier predictions of soaring premiums “overrated,” said it found a 4.3 percent jump in [...]

Study: Obamacare Has Made Young Adults Lazier and Happier

Under the Affordable Care Act, young adults are allowed to stay on their parents' health insurance up to age 26. Since people generally like the idea of helping their own children avoid sickness and financial ruin, this has been one of the law's more popular features. Show More Summary

Rise in Early Cervical Cancer Detection Is Linked to Affordable Care Act

Researchers say there has been a substantial increase in women under the age of 26 who have received a diagnosis of early-stage cervical cancer since the health law came into effect in 2010.

Views On Obamacare Shift Negative

Views on Obamacare have taken a negative shift, according to a November Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday. Forty-five percent of Americans now say they have a negative view of the Affordable Care Act, while 38 percent have a positive view. Show More Summary

'Is the ACA in Trouble?'

Henry Aaron at Brookings: Is the ACA in trouble?: United Health Care’s surprise announcement that it is considering whether to stop selling health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s health exchanges in 2017 and is also pulling marketing and broker...

Obama asks the Supreme Court to act fast to save his immigration orders

FIVE months ago, the Supreme Court turned back a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that would have scuttled Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement. On November 21st, the president’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, asked the Supremes for another favour. Show More Summary

Daycare is an especially big problem for moms without regular hours

As American families clamor for more affordable child care, a majority of kids who qualify for public assistance never see the help. Only one in six eligible children received the aid in 2011, according to the most recent government estimate. Census data, however, show a big need: a full 10 percent of preschoolers in a 2011 survey of employed mothers fell into the […]

Big Insurance's Health Care Scam for the Holidays

Last week United Health Care (UHC), the country's largest health insurance company, announced that it was considering leaving the health care exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It claimed that it was losing money on the plans it offers in the exchange, so it might decide to give up this market. Show More Summary

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