Affordable Care Act

WAMC News
6:59 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

State Health Exchanges Progress Report

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Amid federal rollout troubles surrounding the online marketplace healthcare.gov., state health exchange directors gathered on a conference call today to counter the negative publicity.

President Obama promised to fix the broken promises and broken website stemming from his Affordable Care Act.  Observers say the flawed rollout of the federal website in six weeks accomplished what Republicans failed to do in three years: undermine support not only for Obamacare but for Obama the president.

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US News
3:35 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

GOP Rival Romney: Obama Dishonest on Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is accusing President Barack Obama of being "dishonest" about his health care law.

Romney says Obama knew people would lose their private insurance coverage under the law. He criticizes Obama for promising that people could keep their existing plans if they wished.

In an interview on CBS This Morning  Friday, Romney said several times that Obama had been "dishonest." He says, quote, "What starts twisted, stays twisted."

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New York News
4:57 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

NYS: 197,000 Have Applied In Health Marketplace

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New York's new online health exchange reports 197,011 New Yorkers have completed applications to get insured, while 48,162 have subsequently enrolled in plans, nearly half in the government-funded Medicaid program for low-income New Yorkers.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

U.S. Congressman Neal Discusses Economy and Politics Post-Elections

Massachusetts U.S. Congressman Richard Neal speaking to members of the Pittsfield Rotary Club at Mazzeo's Ristorante.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts U.S. Congressman Richard Neal made it out to the westernmost portion of his district today.

The Democrat spoke to members of the Pittsfield Rotary Club on a wide range of topics including what’s ahead for the federal government in terms of the economy and the debt ceiling.

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WAMC News
4:19 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Group Gives ACA 'Positive Spin'

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New York state's web site for people seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new exchange appears to be working again. Just after noon today, a message that new applications could not be processed had been taken down. Meantime, Families USA held a teleconference with state exchange officials and navigators to get an update on progress in enrolling citizens.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Blair Horner: Affordable Care Act Moves Front And Center, And Takes A Beating

Today commentator Blair Horner of NYPIRG compares the federal healthcare program with the exchange in New York.

Once the antics ended over the shutdown of the federal government and a possible national default, all eyes focused on the implementation of the federal health care reform law; the Affordable Care Act.

And the picture has been ugly.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Andrew Coates: Glitches

Today, commentator Dr. Andrew Coates discusses the glitches plaguing the Affordable Care Act website.

When I was young I worked as a carpenter's helper here in rural upstate New York. The man I worked for, a treasure of local lore is someone who possesses generous good humor and a gift for analogy. On ladders and roofs, in the back road truck journeys to our jobs and at the sawhorses we would debate the big questions of life and also share the most pedestrian observations about farm and family life.

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New York News
7:50 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Poll: NY Residents Divided Over Health Care Law

S J Pinkney

A new poll has found more New York state residents who favor moving ahead with the new health care law than those who want to repeal it.

A Siena poll released Tuesday found 43 percent of respondents saying they want to see the law go forward. Another 32 percent say the law should be put on hold until it's workable and affordable and 22 percent want it repealed.

Democrats were far more supportive than Republicans of the law, which remains controversial. Other polls have shown Americans are just as likely to say it was a bad idea as a good one.

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WAMC News
2:06 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Eldridge: Shutdown Means New Leadership Needed

Democratic Congressional candidate Sean Eldridge talks with WAMC's Alan Chartock.
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Sean Eldridge, a Democratic candidate for Congress who is challenging Republican Chris Gibson in the 2014 race for the 19th District seat, tells WAMC that the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis are proof that America needs new leadership.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Coates: Political Divisions Harm Health

The government shutdown and the disconnect on health care By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.

I’d like to offer some thoughts this week about the discussion over health care in Washington. We’re heading into the second week of the federal government shutdown, in which the right wing of Congress has demanded that President Obama step back from his health reform.

This reveals to me the shocking disconnect between the center-stage discussion in Washington and the everyday discussion we have at our kitchen tables, at our jobs, and with our friends.

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