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A new rule is intended to let patients comparison shop for hospital services. Black Lollipop/iStock via Getty Images

How to make comparing prices of an MRI or colonoscopy as easy as shopping for a new laptop

Health researchers hope a new regulation requiring hospitals to post their prices will tame soaring health care costs, but compliance and standardization are hurdles.
A provision of the Affordable Care Act makes it easier for patients to receive preventive care. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Digital Vision via Getty Images

The next attack on the Affordable Care Act may cost you free preventive health care

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many preventive health services, including cancer screenings and vaccines, to be free of charge. But legal challenges may lead to costly repercussions for patients.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an American Rescue Plan virtual briefing on March 11, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

State lawsuits over stimulus tax rule face uphill battle

States claim the stimulus law assaults state sovereignty by barring local governments from using aid money to cut taxes. But the Supreme Court has consistently approved conditions on federal spending.
On the campaign trail Oct. 28, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware, Joe Biden talks about the need to build up the Affordable Care Act. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

What the American Rescue Plan says about President Biden’s health care priorities – and what they mean for you

Stimulus checks received a lot of attention during debates about the stimulus package, but it may be expansion of health insurance that will have the longest-lasting effect on Americans.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats meet with reporters before the House voted to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package on Feb. 26, 2021. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Why using reconciliation to pass Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill violates the original purpose of the process

In 1974, Congress invented the reconciliation process to reduce deficits. More recently, reconciliation has been used in ways that increase the deficit. A public policy scholar explains the process.
Senator Bernie Sanders, a strong advocate for the establishment of a public health insurance system in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Fact check US: Can progressive and centrist Democrats finally agree on health care reform?

From Vice-President Kamala Harris to Senator Bernie Sanders, voices were raised during the campaign for a more accessible US health care system. What can we expect from the Biden administration?
New strategies are needed to help people of color battle the COVID-19 virus. dmbaker via Getty Images

4 ways to close the COVID-19 racial health gap

In the U.S., people of color are more likely to die of COVID-19 than whites. The new administration can change this.
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. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

While the Supreme Court deliberates on the Affordable Care Act, Congress and the White House may act

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. Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

Conservatives backed the ideas behind Obamacare, so how did they come to hate it?

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?

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