President Obama greets a crowd in Milwaukee in March to promote his signature health care law.
Aetna's cutback in the ACA marketplace has raised concerns about the health of the health care law. Here's why stories of its demise may be greatly exaggerated.
Hillary Clinton, who wants to expand access to health care insurance.
Hillary Clinton's health care plan includes a public option and lowering the age limit for Medicare. Both would be hard to get through Congress.
Would you put a heart in a machine’s hands?
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A key goal of the Affordable Care Act was to lower health care costs, but first we have to help individuals make better choices.
Doctors' prognoses and diagnoses aren’t just words, they have serious meanings and repercussions.
Because doctors are so powerful, it is essential they _always_ use their skills and authority to act in their patient’s best interests.
Why is it so hard to figure out what medical care costs?
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Price in health care is a squishy concept. Different words relating to cost – charge, price and out-of-pocket cost – all have different meanings.
Consumers are often unclear about the benefits and exclusions.
Anyone who has purchased private health insurance or thought about changing policies knows the system is complex and confusing.
Picking the right plan can be tough.
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Picking a plan that provides the coverage you need at a price you can afford is tough. It's even harder when you don't have a great understanding of the language that insurers use to describe plans.
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court upheld the law in a 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in Washington June 25 2015.
Meaningful insurance coverage, access to health care and costs were problems before King v Burwell and are still problems today.
The ACA lives.
The Supreme Court has upheld health insurance subsidies for states using the federal marketplace. Experts weigh in on what the decision means.
Does the ACA deserve a clean bill of health?
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The Affordable Care Act was the most significant health care reform since Medicare. Have concerns that it would hurt businesses panned out?
10% co-insurance? Huh?
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Choosing health insurance that provides the amount of coverage you’ll likely need at the right cost is a difficult task, especially if it's your first time picking a plan.
Consumers appear to cut their medical care spending when deductibles go up, even when it doesn’t make any sense.
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Switching to a high-deductible plan leads people to reduce medical spending even when it doesn't make any sense.
Pre-hospital care matters.
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But not in the way you think. Insurance isn't just about getting care when you are really sick. It's also about the care you get before that.
The end is not Nye.
Along time ago...
If you want to know how well a health system works or not, ask the people who use it.
They’re all at it.
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The NHS black hole that is being sidestepped in the lead up to the election.
The second open enrolment period of the US Affordable Care Act, which was due to close on February 15 has been extended in most US states. Estimates vary, but around 10m people have already enrolled on…
High costs can keep some patients from seeing a doctor until its too late.
The Affordable Care Act has enabled millions of previously uninsured people to obtain health insurance at reasonably low rates and has fixed some of the most vexing – and unfair – peculiarities in the…
Insurance doesn’t always mean you’re protected.
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A few years ago, we met Angie, a hair salon owner in Oregon with health insurance coverage and a stack of unpaid medical bills. She and her husband were both employed – he as a carpenter — and earned about…
Are claims about private health costs exaggerated, or right on the money?
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“The changes to lifetime health cover will increase [private health insurance] premiums by up to a reported 27.5%. This is hitting many local residents very hard, with some struggling to find the money…
We now need to ask whether the government should subsidise private health insurance at all.
When the government finally succeeded in its third attempt to remove the 30% subsidy for high-income earners holding private health insurance, the opposition’s response was a promise to restore it should…