Health Care Law Raises Pressure on Public Unions

The so-called Cadillac tax was inserted into the Affordable Care Act at the advice of economists who argued that expensive health insurance with the employee bearing little cost made people insensitive to the cost of care. In public employment, though, where benefits are arrived at through bargaining with powerful unions, switching to cheaper plans will […]

House GOP on health care: For repeal, not replace

House Republicans say their goal is to repeal President Obama’s health care law, not to present an alternative plan. “I don’t think it’s a matter of what we put on the floor right now,” said Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, who heads the party’s campaign committee. He added that what is important is “trying to […]

Obama pitches health care exchanges in Calif. visit

President Obama, shown here on May 23, will speak Friday on health care exchanges in California.(Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP) WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday highlighted a concentrated, localized strategy to encourage young Americans to enroll in the new health care exchanges. “Competition and choice are pushing down costs in the individual market, just like […]

Poll: Americans still leery of Obama health care law

President Obama is set to address his Affordable Care Act on Friday in San Jose.(Photo: Getty Images) Another poll, more bad news for President Obama’s health care plan. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey says 49% of Americans say the health care plan is a bad idea — the highest number on that question since […]

ObamaCare to trigger health insurance cancellation notices

WASHINGTON –  New health insurance rules under ObamaCare could lead to a host of personal insurance plans being canceled as early as this fall, a scenario expected to cause consumer confusion.  Under the federal overhaul, those policies that cannot meet new insurance plan standards may be discontinued. This means individuals, and some small businesses, that […]

Obama to promote jobs, health care plan – USA Today

President Obama(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP) President Obama will spend the rest of the week on two issues that largely define his years in office: jobs and health care. Obama will board Air Force One on Thursday for a flight to Austin, where he will kick off a series of “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity […]

Obama wooed Snowe on health care — unsuccessfully – USA Today

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, pictured in 2010, opted not to seek re-election in 2012, citing rising partisanship.(Photo: File photo by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images) Who says President Obama doesn’t like to schmooze lawmakers? Former senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, says in a new book that Obama lobbied her aggressively on the health care bill, saying she […]

Most individual health insurance isn’t good enough for Obamacare

If you buy your own health insurance now, you’ll be in for a big change when you sign up for coverage in 2014. Just over half of the individual plans currently on the market do not meet the standards to be sold next year, when many key provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act kick […]