Tag: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)

A Clash Over Barack Obama’s Legacy? Democratic Voters Don’t Want to Hear It

In some of the tensest moments of the 2020 debates, a viewer might have concluded that Democrats were poised for a large-scale clash over the legacy of President Barack Obama. There have been heated arguments about whether to stick with Mr. Obama’s architecture for health care policy or to pursue a single-payer system, and flashes […]

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America’s Abortion Rate Has Dropped to Its Lowest Ever

Abortion in the United States has decreased to record low levels, a decline that may be driven more by increased access to contraception and fewer women becoming pregnant than by the proliferation of laws restricting abortion in some states, according to new research. “Abortion rates decreased in almost every state and there’s no clear pattern […]

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Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via Google Podcasts | Via Stitcher Black Americans were denied access to doctors and hospitals for decades. From the shadows of this exclusion, they pushed to create the nation’s first federal health care programs. On today’s episode: Jeneen Interlandi, a member […]

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Zingers, Groaners and a Trump Pile-On: ‘That’s Called the Democratic Primary’

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. jammed his finger skyward, eyes narrowing like his polling advantage, accusing the “socialist” to his right, Senator Bernie Sanders, and the “distinguished friend” to his left, Senator Elizabeth Warren, of hawking infeasible health care proposals loaded with dubious math. Mr. Sanders, raspier than usual but no gentler on […]

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Share of Americans With Health Insurance Declined in 2018

The share of Americans with health insurance fell last year, despite a strong economy that lifted families out of poverty. About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, lacked health insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9 percent the year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. It was the first increase since […]

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The Hospital Treated These Patients. Then It Sued Them.

CARLSBAD, N.M. — The first time Carlsbad Medical Center sued Misti Price, she was newly divorced and working two jobs to support her three young children. The hospital demanded payment in 2012 for what Ms. Price recalled as an emergency room visit for one of her children who has asthma. She could not afford a […]

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The Tea Party Didn’t Get What It Wanted, but It Did Unleash the Politics of Anger

In the late summer of 2009, as the recession-ravaged economy bled half a million jobs a month, the country seemed to lose its mind. Lawmakers accustomed to scheduling town hall meetings where no one would show up suddenly faced shouting crowds of hundreds, some of whom brought a holstered pistol or a rifle slung over […]

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Why This Joe Biden Ad Stands Out

Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential campaign on Tuesday made an extraordinarily emotional appeal for his candidacy and his health care proposal through a new ad that highlights his struggles with grief and family loss. In the 60-second television spot, called “Personal,” which is airing in Iowa, Mr. Biden relays the stories of his family tragedies […]

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Opioid Treatment Is Used Vastly More in States That Expanded Medicaid

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen a much bigger increase in prescriptions for a medication that treats opioid addiction than states that chose not to expand the program, a new study has found. The study, by researchers at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research group, adds to the evidence that […]

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The Ethical Mess of Our Health Care System

The recent Democratic primary debates in Detroit made at least one thing clear: The party exclusively responsible for passing the Affordable Care Act is now waging political warfare over whether to reform it or eliminate it. Senator Bernie Sanders was loud but not lonely in advocating “Medicare for all,” which would supplant the A.C.A. with […]

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The Freshmen: Mikie Sherrill

Image Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Freshmen: Mikie Sherrill An outspoken progressive wing in the House has seized the country’s attention. But the path to power for Democrats may depend on moderates, who have a very different vision for the party. Meet one of them. Since Democrats retook the House last November, the world has […]

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Democratic Candidates Praise Labor — and the Obama Legacy, Too

LAS VEGAS — Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro insisted that on immigration matters, “there’s no comparison between Obama and Trump, O.K.?” In response to a reporter’s question, Senator Elizabeth Warren only briefly acknowledged past disagreements with the Obama administration before pivoting to praise former President Barack Obama’s achievements on health care and protecting consumers. And […]

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Democrats Are Having the Wrong Health Care Debate

As this week’s Democratic debates made clear, the party is divided on how to improve health care for Americans. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and others are for a single-payer Medicare for All system. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and others want an incremental approach building on the Affordable Care Act. But candidates who are […]

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Joe Biden Is Learning That Liberals Eat Their Own

As a conservative watching the Democratic debates, one of the most astonishing aspects of the multicandidate assault on Joe Biden was that the case against him seems to be based in large measure on his role in two generations of Democratic victories. His “crimes” consist partly in playing crucial roles in the political successes of […]

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Biden Defends Obama Legacy After It Was Bruised in Democratic Debate

There is a new wedge issue in the Democratic presidential primary: Whether or not it is fair game to question the legacy of President Barack Obama, who is perhaps the most respected and unifying figure in the party. That issue emerged in Wednesday’s debate when several candidates used elements of the Obama record to attack […]

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Joe Biden Did Fine, and That Might Have Been Enough

One month after a wobbly debate performance that reinforced the perceived weaknesses of the ostensible front-runner — Is he too old? Too nostalgically moderate? Too politically brittle to defend himself when challenged? — former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. settled behind his center-stage lectern on Wednesday night and supplied some answers: He is still […]

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Fix Our Health Care System. Don’t Try to Make It Perfect.

When did so many of our elected leaders become so uncompromising on health care? Was it the moment when many in the Democratic field raised their hands in support of providing subsidized health insurance to all undocumented immigrants? That’s a position that even our peer countries with better coverage rates have yet to embrace. Maybe […]

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How a Medicare Buy-In or Public Option Could Threaten Obamacare

It seems a simple enough proposition: Give people the choice to buy into Medicare, the popular federal insurance program for those over 65. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is one of the Democratic presidential contenders who favor this kind of buy-in, often called the public option. They view it as a more gradual, […]

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Despite Rhetorical Appeals, Trump Has Accomplished Little for Working Class

WASHINGTON — History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of nonwhite lawmakers, but his attacks also underscored a remarkable fact of his first term: His rhetorical appeals to white working-class voters have not been matched by legislative accomplishments aimed at their economic […]

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Biden and Sanders, Behaving Badly

Health care was a key factor in Democrats’ victory in the 2018 midterm elections, and it should be a big plus in 2020 as well. The shared Democratic position — that every legal resident should have access to affordable care, regardless of income or health status — is immensely popular. The de facto Republican position […]

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