The Biden administration can make significant changes in health care for Americans.
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From expanding children's coverage to reducing surprise bills, Biden and lawmakers may be able to broaden health care access.
Demonstrators hold up pro-Affordable Care Act signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears oral arguments that challenge the Affordable Care Act in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.
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The ACA's third date with the Supreme Court was Nov. 10, and it will be months before a decision. In the meantime, however, Congress and the new president can do things to bolster the law.
Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, in a presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Both men backed some of the original ideas of the ACA.
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Republicans have attacked the Affordable Care Act since it became law 10 years ago, yet Republicans were the ones who came up with the blueprint for the law. How did this twist happen?
Rachel Goldman and a child with cancer participate in a fundraiser for childhood cancer research on Nov. 17, 2019 in New York City. Children with cancer face many challenges even when they are not in hospice care.
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The Supreme Court hears a new challenge to the ACA on Nov. 10, with the entire law on the line. That includes a little-known paragraph that allows some hope to very sick children and their families.
Attendees at an event for Donald Trump on August 17, 2020.
Six months into the Covid-19 crisis, the president is boasting that the US economy is back on its feet. While the figures show that some job losses have been cut, there is little room for optimism.
Former House Speaker John Boehner holds a press conference June 25, 2012, after the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.
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Democrats are outraged at what they say is the hypocrisy of allowing a president to appoint a new Supreme Court justice near the end of his term. One of their biggest practical concerns is the ACA.
Sen. Kamala Harris speaks via video link during the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 13, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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Though critics claim Amy Coney Barrett's nomination jeopardizes the high court's legitimacy, research shows there are ways the judiciary can bolster its standing and weather controversial decisions.
A lot of interests want to influence the cases that come before the Supreme Court and how they’re decided.
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Special interests use the court as a public policy battleground. Here's a rundown of how that works and which groups are likely to appear before a conservative court with Amy Coney Barrett on it.
The Supreme Court will face another challenge to the Affordable Care Act that is more likely to succeed with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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The Supreme Court will again consider the fate of the Affordable Care Act next month. But Trump's record and a reading of his health executive order make it unlikely that he can offer a meaningful alternative to the ACA.
Open enrollment for health insurance in the healthcare.gov marketplaces begins Nov. 1.
The Affordable Care Act has a date with the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10. In the wake of Justice Ginsburg's death, the health care law hangs in the balance of a court with a four-four split.
‘What happened to Joe Biden?’ A 2020 Trump campaign attack advert.
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Negative political advertising can actually spark more curiosity about a policy issue.
President Barack Obama championed the Affordable Care Act, enacted into law during his administration in 2010.
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For millions, the ACA is making a big difference during the coronavirus crisis.
Across the U.S., millions have lost jobs, paychecks and health insurance.
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Help is out there for those many who have lost health insurance because of the pandemic. You can thank Obamacare.
One of the President’s moves in health care had surprising results.
The idea, says our experts, was to shut down Obamacare. But it didn't work out that way. This could take on more importance as the number of uninsured swells due to coronavirus.
President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021.
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The Trump administration's budget for healthcare proposes significant cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigeig at the Oct. 15, 2019 debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.
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Among the issues candidates will debate Tuesday night is health care – an important, yet confusing, topic for viewers. An expert simplifies, explaining where and what the candidates stand for.
Bill Clinton’s 1993 health care plan called for universal coverage. It was dead by 1994, but the political wrangling it started over health care lives on.
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The US has been trying to reform its complicated health care system since 1993. In 2020, it continues to be one of the biggest and most complicated issues of the presidential campaign.
Open enrollment for health care in the ACA marketplaces ended at 3 a.m., Dec. 18, 2019, the same day a panel ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.
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Obamacare has been under siege since its passage in 2010. A ruling by a three-judge panel on Dec. 18 further chopped at the law by saying a key provision is unconstitutional.
Dr. Kyle Parks, the only surgeon at Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Ga. The hospital struggles to stay in business while serving large numbers of rural poor.
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Americans who live in rural parts of the country have fewer doctors, specialists and hospitals than those who live in cities. It also appears that insurers are working against them.
Amanda Gershon testifies at a public hearing on Medicaid expansion in Lincoln, Nebraska, Oct. 16, 2018. Gershon had $60,000 worth of medical debt at age 22 because of an autoimmune illness.
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Just how big a problem are medical bankruptcies? For someone going through one, it's devastating. And it happens far more often than you might think.