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Affordable Care Act: Updates

House GOP talk about health care alternative amid deep divisions over viable option

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders took a small step on Friday toward pulling together a viable alternative to President Barack Obama’s four-year-old health care law but faced deep divisions over whether the GOP caucus can coalesce around a comprehensive proposal. Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia met privately with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, the chairman of the Republican Conference and three Republican committee chairmen — Budget’s

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  • Governors: ‘Obamacare’ here to stay

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America’s governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay. While governors from Connecticut to Louisiana sparred Sunday over how best to improve the nation’s economy, governors of both parties shared a far more pragmatic outlook on the controversial program known as “Obamacare” as millions of their constituents

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  • GOP seizes on state woes to highlight health care

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama’s health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds. Maryland’s online health care exchange has been plagued by computer glitches since its rollout last year, reflected in abysmal enrollment numbers well below projections through January. The state’s lone Republican in Congress, Rep. Andy Harris, has

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

The Wolfs of Austin: Making too much to qualify for tax credit, worried premiums will rise

Middle class family braces for higher premiums

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer As many as nine in 10 Texans buying health insurance on the new federally run exchange will get a break on costs, according to federal health officials. Steve and Maegan Wolf won’t be among them. The Wolfs, who live in an upscale area outside Austin, make too much money to qualify for tax credits that will help other people afford coverage. That leaves them

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  • Medicaid expansion happy surprise for Colorado man

    Posted on October 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Morgan Kinney

    KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — He makes just $10,000 a year as a clinical professional counselor, so Morgan Kinney decided to spend what little extra money he had this year paying down student debt rather than buying health insurance. The 31-year-old Denver man figured he would have no choice but to buy insurance next year to comply with the new federal health insurance mandate, so last month he

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  • Health costs likely rising for many self-employed

    Posted on October 1, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Aaron Brethorst

    DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — President Obama’s health care reforms will be a huge boost to the working poor but are likely to make life more expensive for Aaron Brethorst and others like him. The Seattle software developer and consultant doesn’t have a problem with that because he figures he’ll be able to afford quality insurance. He says his annual income is in the low six-figures, and

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