Obamacare

Angry About the Shutdown? Join the Club

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAmericans don’t want the government shuttered to block Obamacare, and they lay blame for the shutdown on Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 1. To be sure, Americans aren’t wild about the Affordable Care Act, but they oppose the idea of shutting down the government to stop it by a massive 50-point margin — 72 percent to 22 percent. A similar share is also against blocking an increase in the debt ceiling for the same purpose. …

Congress Plunges Nation into Government Shutdown

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Andrew Taylor of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. The shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-96, closed national parks, museums along the Washington Mall and the U.S. Capitol visitors center. Agencies like NASA and the …

What Is the Medical Device Tax?

Posted on 09/30/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsYou 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 House Republicans insist the tax must be repealed, and the health care law delayed for a year, if funding to operate the government is to continue.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 …

Medicare and the Marketplace: 4 Things You Need to Know

Posted on 09/30/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThere’s a lot to understand about the health insurance marketplace that opens on Oct. 1 — not to mention the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”), which created it. But if you’re on Medicare, there’s really nothing to be confused about. Here are key facts to remember: If you’re on Medicare, don’t worry about the marketplace. The new health exchanges, as they’ve also been called, are for people without insurance. Medicare beneficiaries will continue to have Medicare. Unfortunately, there’s a lot …

Affordable Care Act Opens Internet Marketplaces

Posted on 09/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthBy Nicole Duritz If you’re like Linda Tramel, from suburban St. Louis, you’ve probably been following the slow and sometimes confusing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s sometimes called. Although the majority of Americans are insured,  14% of the U.S. population are uninsured and will  have a new opportunity to purchase health insurance through their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Marketplace allows consumers to shop, compare and purchase health insurance policies online. Tramel knows her family …

Get the Facts on the New Healthcare Law

Posted on 09/25/2013 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Personal HealthA lot of people seem confused about the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). And with so many rumors and misinformation swirling around, it’s not surprising that many don’t know where to turn for answers. First, some basics: The ACA improves the quality and affordability of health care, and ends discriminatory insurance practices that have kept people from accessing coverage in the past. It requires insurance companies to cover all applicants regardless of age, gender or pre-existing conditions, and stops them …