Obama on Health Care: Law Is Working, Website Will Be Fixed

President Obama conceded on Oct. 21 that the website at the center of the health care law has been a mess but insisted that the law continues to benefit many people. Obama said “nobody is madder than me” about the snafus that have left people unable to finish finding insurance on healthcare.gov since it opened on Oct. 1. “There’s no excuse for the problems,” he said, “and they are being fixed.” He said the government is “doing everything we can …

What Is the Medical Device Tax?

You might not be familiar with the tax on medical devices – pacemakers, artificial joints and the like – that’s emerged as an unlikely issue in the battle over a government shutdown. Here’s a primer. House Republicans insist the tax must be repealed, and the health care law delayed for a year, if funding to operate the government is to continue. From the other side, “The Senate will reject any [funding bill] that includes a repeal of the medical device …

What You Need to Know About the Postponed Employer Mandate

From Kaiser Health News Surprising both friends and foes of the health law, the Obama administration on Tuesday announced the delay of a key provision: the requirement that all but the smallest employers offer medical coverage or pay a fine. Companies with at least 50 workers now have until 2015 to provide coverage if they don’t offer it already, giving them and Washington an extra year to work through the complex details of the legislation. The administration will deliver more …

Moms Spread the Word: Sign Up for Health Care

Mother knows best. And backers of the new health care law want young adults to start listening when their moms say they need to have health insurance. Obama: Health Law ‘Working the Way It’s Supposed to’ The idea of having a major illness or accident without health insurance is a nightmare for parents but a fantasy for many young adults. That’s why health care experts have dubbed newly minted grownups, many of whom think they can do without insurance, as “young …

Nurse-Practitioners: The Answer to the Doctor Shortage?

Let’s do the math: We have nearly 30 million uninsured people about to get medical coverage under the health care law come January. And we have a projected shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020. Add to that the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), with 43,000 members who say they can offer basic care if state laws would just let them set up an independent practice without doctor supervision. And the answer is … The nurse-practitioners, of course, …

FAQs: How Do Competing Budgets Compare on Health Care Savings?

From Kaiser Health News Republican and Democratic leaders from both chambers of Congress this week offered competing budget proposals that both look for savings in health care. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about what’s next for the proposals, and what President Obama could offer himself. > > Listen to the audio or read a transcript below. Jackie Judd: Good day, this is Health on the Hill. I’m Jackie Judd. Congressional budget leaders have now laid out their vision for federal spending …