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  • #61
    ObamaCare surprise: Most won't be able to buy health insurance until end of year

    There is yet another ObamaCare surprise waiting for consumers: from now until the next open enrollment at the end of this year, most people will simply not be able to buy any health insurance at all, even outside the exchanges.

    "It's all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) until next year on January 1," says

    John DiVito, president of Flexbenefit which has 2,500 brokers.

    John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas adds, "People are not going to be able to buy individual and family policies, and that's part of

    ObamaCare. And what makes it so surprising is the whole point of ObamaCare was to encourage people to get insurance, and now the market has been completely closed down for the next seven months."


    More: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014...nce-until-end/

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    • #62
      U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who led Obamacare resigns

      Kathleen Sebelius -- who weathered heavy criticism over the flaw-filled launch of the Obamacare website, then saw the program through as it topped a major milestone -- is resigning as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, a White House official said Thursday.

      President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Sebelius, according to the official.

      A former Kansas governor and, before that, state insurance commissioner, Sebelius was sworn in as HHS secretary in April 2009.


      More: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/politi...html?hpt=hp_t2

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      • #63
        Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

        President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November.

        Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout.

        He announced that 8 million people had now signed up for health insurance and that 35 percent of enrollees through the federal marketplace are under the age of 35. For the healthcare law to succeed, young, healthy people must sign up and pay premiums to offset the healthcare costs for older Americans.


        More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A3G24820140417

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        • #64
          Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug

          (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday.

          The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace.

          Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed.

          More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A3J02020140420

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          • #65
            FBI warns healthcare sector vulnerable to cyber attacks

            The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans' personal medical records and health insurance data.

            Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances.


            More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A3M1Q920140423

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            • #66
              Obama, Joel McHale deliver biting humor at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

              The glitchy rollout of HealthCare.gov and a contentious relationship with Congress might have bedeviled the White House over the past year, but at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington on Saturday night, President Obama milked them for comedic fodder.

              In the annual tradition of the president offering a sendup of the press, his rivals and often himself, Obama noted that House Republicans have been as tough on Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) as they had previously been on him. “Which proves that orange really is the new black,” he said, to roars from the audience of 2,600 or so members of the media, Congress, visiting celebrities and others at the Washington Hilton. He was, of course, poking fun at the preternaturally tan Boehner who is a frequent target of Washington punch lines.


              More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...y.html?hpid=z1

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              • #67
                Washington gridlock butt of Obama jokes at White House correspondents' dinner

                U.S. President Barack Obama poked fun at himself and what he called a hard year but aimed his most caustic humor at Washington gridlock when political and media luminaries gathered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

                "In 2008 my slogan was, 'Yes we can.' In 2013, it was control-alt-delete," Obama joked to a Saturday night audience also studded with film and television stars.


                More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A4300S20140504

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                • #68
                  Obamacare subsidy case could be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court


                  The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday.

                  The petition requests the U.S. high court decide the issue after two lower U.S. court rulings created uncertainties last week regarding the legitimacy of subsidies for individuals enrolled on federally run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.


                  More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0G12YK20140801

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                  • #69
                    U.S. CEOs threaten to pull tacit Obamacare support over 'wellness' spat

                    Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain "workplace wellness" programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter.

                    Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs.

                    More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0JD0AC20141129

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                    • #70
                      Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

                      As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage.

                      The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

                      The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way.

                      More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0M00DB20150304

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                      • #71
                        U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

                        The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling.

                        The nine justices heard 85 minutes of arguments in the case brought by conservative opponents of the law who contend its tax credits aimed at helping people afford medical insurance should not be available in most states. A ruling favoring the challengers could cripple the law dubbed Obamacare, the president's signature domestic policy achievement.

                        More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0M00DF20150304

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