At a press conference this afternoon, President Obama announced new rules that will allow insurance companies to keep people on health care plans cancelled by the Affordable Care Act through 2014. "This fix won't solve every problem for every person, but it is going to help of lot of people," Obama said.
Considering the years-long battle to pass the Affordable Care Act and the lengths to which Democrats went to protect it, the launch of President Obama's healthcare law was something of a disaster, marred mostly by the program's broken website. But now we know just how awful the enrollment numbers were from those first few days.
While politicians argue incessantly around President Obama's healthcare system overhaul, one thing gets frequently lost in the din: Does Obamacare actually improve America's healthcare system.
The New York Times published an infuriating report this morning that highlights the ways in which millions of poor Americans will be left without health coverage because 26 Republican-controlled states refused to expand Medicaid coverage. Two-thirds of poor black Americans and single mothers will be without coverage as will more than half of low-wage workers who currently lack insurance.
If asked to pick between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act, which would Americans choose? And would it matter to them that they are synonyms for the same fucking thing?
Trader Joe’s fans are now going to have a harder time defending the store’s “great treatment” of workers. Famous for providing health benefits to even part-time employees, the company announced that all those who work under 30 hours a week will no longer be eligible for company-provided insurance in the new year. Instead they will be forced to pick their insurance policy from the exchanges created under the Affordable Health Care Act.
An elderly South Carolina man whose wife's only kidney was failing became concerned that their time together would run out before her name reached the top of the waiting list, so he did what any loving husband would do: He walked the streets of his hometown for a year asking strangers for a spare kidney.