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Politics Jun 20Study: Health care law repeal could increase budget deficit
A nonpartisan government study says repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit and the number of uninsured Americans would rise by more than 20 million.
Politics May 23Democrats’ next health care issue to tackle? ‘Underinsurance’
A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections. It's not the uninsured, but rather the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for people already…
Politics May 10Poll: Many doubt court will rule fairly on health law case
Many people in the United States doubt that the Supreme Court can rule fairly in the latest litigation jeopardizing President Barack Obama's health care law…
Health Apr 06Breast cancer overtreatment costs U.S. $4 billion a year
A new report estimates that the U.S. spends $4 billion a year on unnecessary medical costs due to mammograms that generate false alarms, and on treatment of certain breast tumors unlikely to cause problems.
Nation Apr 05Tax refunds for many take hit or get bump from health law
As the April 15 tax deadline nears, people who got help paying for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law are seeing the direct effect on their refunds - hundreds of dollars, for better or worse.
Health Mar 24Uninsured down more than 11 million since passage of Obama’s health care law, CDC reports
WASHINGTON — The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control…
Nation Mar 22Estimated 16 million gained insurance since health law took effect
The polemic around "Obamacare" hasn't cooled much in five years, and the permanence of the president's achievement remains in question as the nation awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court case that could jeopardize insurance for nearly 8 million people.
Nation Mar 19Many unaware of Supreme Court challenge to Obama’s health care law
WASHINGTON — With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case. But when the potential fallout is…
Health Mar 14New sign-up window under health care law opens tomorrow
Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured. But as the enrollment window…
Nation Feb 28Consumers frustrated by government error on health care tax forms
The government sent nearly one million consumers erroneous information on forms that they need to complete their 2014 tax returns. Now they're getting robocalls and emails advising them to delay filing until the mistakes get fixed.