As candidates propose ways to provide health insurance for more people, it's important to know that some proposals could have unexpected consequences, including potential closure of public hospitals.
In the wake of a judge’s ruling that Medicaid work requirements in two states are not legal, questions remain. The most pressing ones are about how to help low-income people, not punish them.
Obamacare, while highly controversial, has been a tough law to kill. The efforts of a federal district judge in Texas had seemed yet another ineffective assault. Then came the DOJ's actions Monday.
If a person in the US has lots of money, he or she has access to some of the best health care in the world. The story is very different for poor people and minorities.
A judge in Texas ruled Dec. 14 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. His ruling has no immediate effect, however, except to signal more perils ahead for the health care law.
Universal Coverage Day came only three days shy of the deadline for open enrollment in the US. Why are much smaller, less wealthy countries such as Thailand pushing forward while the US is not?
Democracies survive if political norms and traditions are upheld. So the recent actions of GOP legislators in Wisconsin and other states to hamstring incoming Democrats put democracy at risk.
The campaign trail has been filled with talk about health care coverage, especially pre-existing conditions. While it may sound like both parties are on the same page, their ideas dramatically differ.
The Trump administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of short-term insurance plans. But these shorter plans are also short on real benefits.
A routine childbirth proves expensive and complicated. Insurance company adjustments, inconsistent billing and mystery costs flummoxed even a health policy expert and his wife, a teacher.
Stripping away preexisting conditions coverage would have far-reaching effects, but 50- to 64-year-olds are most vulnerable. Ignoring medical issues at that age could mean sicker oldsters later on.
Efforts to undo Obamacare went far beyond grass-roots activities, with new research showing that contributions by businesses were significant. Does this signal a change in the political process?
The Affordable Care Act has been under siege since it became law eight years ago. What impact will the latest lawsuit against it have?
By undermining the ACA, Republicans may be taking away one of the health care system's best tools for improving the lives of those with addiction.
Three business giants, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, announced plans to change health care delivery and insurance as we know it. Here's why that could be a major disruption.
The new rules Kentucky and other states want to impose could leave millions of Americans who benefit from this safety net program uninsured – and resorting to the emergency room for their health care.
Funding for a children's health insurance program ran out at the end of last September. Despite the program's clear benefits, plans to renew it have been caught in partisan bickering.
We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Are your new diet, exercise, meditation and self-care resolutions for 2019 really a personal choice? Or are you a model Western "biocitizen," living a life of unfreedom?
Once young women could access health insurance through their parents, they seemed to make very different decisions about contraception, abortion and marriage.