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Good News On Obamacare And Medicare

The Medicare and Social Security trustees issued their annual report last week.  The headline was the good news that Medicare is now solvent until 2030, four years later than previously estimated.  Drew Altman points out that there was even better news buried in the details: * Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare appears to be outperforming [...]

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth tweeted out the above chart showing the gains in insurance in his home state (and that of Senator Mitch McConnell who led the fight against Obamacare).  Harold Pollack explains the significance: That map reflects hundreds of thousands of lives changed, in a single small state that went against President Obama, big [...]

Are you better off now than you were prior to Obamacare? Most Americans say, “Yes!” The CNN poll released Wednesday found that 18 percent of respondents said they or their family had benefited from the health care law, while an additional 35 percent said while they may not be better off, the lives of others [...]

Think Progress has the story of today’s decision in the case of Halbig v. Burwell, where two Republican judges will have to live with their decision to deny millions of Americans federal health insurance subsidies. So you can thank Judge Raymond Randolph, a Bush I appointee, and Judge Thomas Griffith, a Bush II appointee for [...]

It’s no longer a matter of debate. Obamacare has reduced the number of uninsured Americans. Survey after survey is showing that the number of uninsured people has been going down since the start of enrollment last fall. The numbers don’t all match, and health care experts say they’re not precise enough to give more than [...]

The corporate media and its overseers allies in the American Right Wing are desperately trying to strike an untenable balance between claiming Victory in the War For Religious Liberty while simultaneously playing down the far-ranging, civil rights-shredding implications of the Supreme Court’s retrogressive Hobby Lobby ruling. To that end, they’ve latched on to the terms “closely-held” and “family-run” — [...]

She’s been exposed for stalking her exes.  She’s tried to prop up her chances of victory with poll numbers from an incompetent GOP firm. And now (via Daily Kos‘s Joan “Blue Girl” McCarter), we learn of Oregon Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby’s recipe for word salad disaster: [C]onservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru pointed out that Wehby [...]

The first arguments against the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA or “Obamacare” were that it would destroy both the economy and the American way of life.  Think Ronald Reagan during the debate about Medicare when he said, “If we pass this we’ll live to tell our grandchildren about a time when America was free.” More [...]

A new study has data on Massachusetts: The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after it adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006, a study released Monday found, offering evidence that the country’s first experiment with universal coverage — and the model for crucial parts of President Obama’s health care law — has saved lives, [...]

Matt Bevin is a Kentucky Republican trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He had a preexisting condition the prevented getting medical care in the past–and adopted child. With Obamacare, an adopted baby is no longer considered a preexisting condition. You would think Bevin would be thankful that his baby is now covered because [...]

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