A federal appeals court panel in the District struck down a major part of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the program may not be provided in at least half of the states. The ruling, if upheld, could potentially be more damaging to the law than last month’s Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.
State Sen. Thomas A. Garrett Jr. says Uncle Sam is doling disappearing dollars to entice states to expand their Medicaid programs.
"This money is guaranteed for a few years, and then goes away," Garrett, R-Louisa, wrote in an op-ed that ran earlier this month in The Free-Lance Star and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Since October 2013, Americans have been enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Healthcare.gov or through insurance agents and brokers. With only a few weeks to go before the March 31, 2014 ACA enrollment deadline, the US Department of Health and Human Services has reported that more than 5 million Americans have enrolled for health insurance through the state-based exchanges.
TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.
Ah, the Affordable Care Act. We’ve all been inundated with the stories about the rocky launch of Obamacare's Healthcare.gov website, the policy cancellations that drop people from coverage rather than meet minimum standards required by the ACA, and other issues like the one I have faced with a deeply flawed subsidy/tax credit application process that required a lengthy and intrusive Medicaid application.
Some of these issues were predictable and preventable; others were not.
Rep. John Conyers (MI-13) Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-20) Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13)Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-02)Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10)Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-05)Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)Rep. Janice Hahn (CA-44)Rep. William Macy Clay (MO-05)Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-15)Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18)Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09)Rep. Maxine Waters CA-43)Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05)Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)Rep. John Lewis (GA-05)Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)Rep. Janice Schakowsky (IL-09)Rep. James McGovern (MA-02)Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-05)Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17)Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
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