Affordable Care Act: Updates

Obama apologizes to people losing health coverage

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he had repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their coverage. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said in an interview Thursday with NBC News. He added: “We’ve got

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  • White House sidesteps on “Obamacare” change

    Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Under growing pressure, the administration refused repeatedly to state a position Tuesday on legislation formalizing President Barack Obama’s oft-stated promise that people who like their existing coverage should be allowed to keep it under the new health care law. Senate Democrats spoke dismissively of the proposals, signaling they have no intention of permitting a vote on the issue that marks the latest challenge confronting supporters of “Obamacare.”

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  • Sebelius takes GOP criticism over “Obamacare”

    Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

    WASHINGTON – Republicans blistered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday over the nation’s controversial health care law, bluntly challenging her honesty, pushing for her resignation and demanding unsuccessfully she concede that President Barack Obama deliberately misled the public about his signature domestic program. “We’re not in it to just give you a rough time. We’re in it to try and hopefully get it right,” said Sen. Orrin

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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

Archetype-Family: Middle class family braces for higher premiums

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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 wondering how much they’ll wind up

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  • Archetype-Small Business: Health care law perplexing to business owners

    Posted on October 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Tim Holmes , Colleen Holmes

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant owners Colleen and Tim Holmes were considering opening a third business in a growing upstate New York suburb but decided against it. One factor was the risk from expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide them federally mandated health coverage. Despite knowing the penalty for that part of the Affordable Care Act had been postponed for a year, the couple said

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  • Archetype-Smoker: Mich. smoker may stay uninsured unless he quits

    Posted on October 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Health Overhaul Archetype Smoker

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eric Jones has an incentive to end his trips to the party store for cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his pack-a-day habit. The 40-year-old has no health insurance from his $9-an-hour job at an ice-manufacturing plant in Lansing. Under the federal health care law, he’s eligible for help from the government to buy insurance. But to qualify, he’ll almost certainly have

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