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Obamacare ruling paints different picture of healthupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 21:36:00

The U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark ruling Thursday upholding the controversial, massive reform of health care coverage initiated by President Barack Obama.

CNNMoney: Supreme Court: Mandate penalty is taxupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 18:42:00

It walks like a tax and talks like a tax. Therefore it is a tax.

How will the court's ruling affect you?updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 13:56:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how the Supreme Court's healthcare ruling will affect patients and doctors going forward.

For cancer patients, health act a lifelineupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 11:30:00

Thursday is judgment day for the Affordable Care Act, with the U.S. Supreme Court expected to release its long awaited ruling on the constitutionality of the law. Whichever way the Court rules, the decision will be instantly framed in the political context. Its potential impact on the presidential race, on the upcoming Congressional elections and on the trajectory of the political parties will be the subject of endless analysis and debate.

Where in the world can you get universal health care?updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 11:06:00

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation Thursday in a narrow 5-4 ruling that Obama says will provide up to 30 million additional Americans with health care.

Health care reform: Issues roundup updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:15:00

While many changes to Americans' health care outlined in the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act don't take effect until 2014, a Supreme Court ruling expected this month could stop those changes from coming at all.

CNNMoney: UnitedHealthcare to keep some health care mandatesupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 16:35:00

The nation's largest health insurer promises to continue offering some key mandates of health care reform -- such as coverage of adult dependents up to age 26 -- regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the health care law.

Obama: GOP budget 'a trojan horse'updated: Wed Apr 04 2012 05:23:00

President Obama attacks the GOP campaign platform and the GOP's budget proposal at a luncheon in Washington.

After the mandate, government-run health care would growupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 21:42:00

Suppose the Supreme Court does rule that the health care mandate is unconstitutional? What happens then?

U.S. must keep its promise on health careupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 08:06:00

Health coverage is easy to get if you're healthy. The problem is when you're sick or have a history of illness.

GOP: $5.3 trillion cuts in 2013 budgetupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 17:41:00

Rep. Paul Ryan and the GOP unveil their 2013 budget, citing $5.3 trillion in spending cuts.

2013 House GOP budget raises 2012 stakesupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 17:41:00

House GOP leaders unveiled a 2013 budget blueprint Tuesday that has little chance of becoming law but draws a clear contrast with Democrats on taxes, spending, and a host of hot-button political issues -- all of which could play a pivotal role in the 2012 campaign.

Stop sex discrimination in health plan costsupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 12:07:00

Women face shocking disparities when buying health insurance on the individual market: In the vast majority of states, nearly all the best-selling plans charge women more than men for the same coverage, a discriminatory practice known as "gender rating."

CNNMoney: Medicare passes on big profits to insurersupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 12:45:00

This has been a volatile year for the stock market. But one sector has been consistently earning a windfall for investors: health insurers that provide private Medicare plans to seniors.

A game changer on Medicare's future?updated: Thu Dec 22 2011 08:05:00

The Paul Ryan-Ron Wyden Medicare reform plan is a political game-changer. Amidst heated gridlock in Washington, Rep. Paul Ryan, a conservative budget hawk, and Sen. Ron Wyden, a respected liberal senator, have reached consensus on vital entitlement reform. Medicare is on the track to insolvency; this could be the bipartisan solution.

Money Magazine: Solving the new Medicare puzzleupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 06:36:00

Thanks to Medicare, there's at least one thing you don't have to worry about in retirement: whether you'll have health insurance. How you'll get it, on the other hand, is another matter.

Money Magazine: Medicare: How much more will they cut?updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 15:33:00

This is the second-part of MONEY's ongoing series on Medicare.

Money Magazine: What no one is telling you about Medicareupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 15:27:00

This Sunday morning, and for every foreseeable Sunday until at least the 2012 elections, the talking-head news shows will be crowded with members of both parties talking about the need to fix out-of-control "entitlements." Politicians like that word. It's safely nonspecific, and we're all a little suspicious of someone who feels entitled.

CNNMoney: Employers bear brunt of health insurance hikesupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 12:18:00

Thank you, boss?: While the annual cost for employee family health insurance jumped 9% this year, employers shouldered the bulk of that increase, according to a new industry survey Tuesday.

Children slipping through health care safety netupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 12:00:00

These are hard times in the United States.

CNNMoney: Number of people without health insurance climbsupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 17:22:00

The number of people who lacked health insurance last year climbed to 49.9 million, up from 49 million in 2009, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Health providers: Debt deal puts seniors at riskupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 19:20:00

Hospital and doctor groups warned Monday that the debt ceiling deal could damage seniors' access to health care if it triggers pay cuts to Medicare providers.

CNNMoney: U.S. will pay for half of all health care costs by 2020updated: Thu Jul 28 2011 17:52:00

The U.S. government will foot the bill for half of all health care costs in the United States by 2020, according to a government report released Thursday.

CNNMoney: Debt ceiling impasse imperils safety netupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 09:10:00

Social Security payments aren't the only federal lifeline that could grind to a halt if the debt ceiling impasse continues beyond Aug. 2.

CNNMoney: Sick kids get legal help from Wal-Martupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 12:49:00

For the first time in its history, the nation's largest retailer Wal-Mart is providing free legal support for patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital, many of whom are from low income families on Medicaid.

CNNMoney: Death panel? No -- A promising way to control health costsupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 05:54:00

CNNMoney guest columnist Joshua Gordon is the policy director at The Concord Coalition.

House Democrats want shared burden from deficit reduction dealupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 20:21:00

Any deficit reduction deal with Republicans must bolster job growth and spread the burden equally among the wealthy and other segments of society, congressional Democratic leaders said Thursday after talks with President Barack Obama.

Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaulupdated: Thu May 26 2011 05:41:00

In what amounted to political theater rather than legislative action, the Senate on Wednesday rejected a House budget plan that included a controversial provision to overhaul Medicare and also unanimously voted down President Barack Obama's 2012 budget proposal.

Red seat turns blue in New Yorkupdated: Thu May 26 2011 05:41:00

Dems see Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul's upset win in New York as an early test of things to come in 2012.

Republicans' Medicare blunderupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 07:58:00

In town hall meetings being held across the country during Congress' two-week recess, American citizens are filling the ears of Republican legislators with objections to the party's budget plan, particularly proposed changes to Medicare that would replace direct coverage with subsidies for private insurance.

Obama seeks $4 trillion in cuts; GOP assails call for tax hikesupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 10:07:00

President Barack Obama unveiled his long-awaited deficit reduction plan Wednesday, calling for a mix of spending reductions and tax hikes that the White House claims would cut federal deficits by $4 trillion over the next 12 years without gutting popular programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

CNNMoney: Obama lays out plan for cutting Medicare, Medicaidupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 18:28:00

President Obama unveiled a plan Wednesday to cut Medicare and Medicaid costs, but without slashing benefits for seniors and the needy.

What would the Tea Party cut?updated: Wed Apr 13 2011 15:21:00

In many ways, the debate over taming the nation's spending and deficit beasts can be compared to a family's hand-wringing over what to cut, and what to keep, in tough times. It may be easy to nix "luxuries" like vacations and eating out. But should "essentials" like a car or a home be downsized or gotten rid of to save money?

Paul Ryan: the Dr. Kevorkian of Medicareupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 13:34:00

Republicans have always hated Medicare, but most Americans have always loved it. Now, led by Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republicans are trying to kill it once and for all.

CNNMoney: Medicaid reduced by $1 trillion in GOP planupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 21:31:00

House Republicans propose to trim more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade by reworking and cutting Medicaid, a program of public health care coverage for children, pregnant mothers, disabled and poor.

House budget chairman to propose Medicare, Medicaid changesupdated: Sun Apr 03 2011 11:54:00

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday he will unveil a Republican budget for 2012 this week that proposes dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid and other political lightning rods.

Fortune: The business of Obamacareupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 09:39:00

Running one of America's largest health insurers was never easy, but now it's a strategic challenge that will be studied in business schools for years. That's because the industry is about to be revolutionized by the new health care reform law. Yet no one is sure exactly how. At least Humana CEO Michael McCallister has the comfort of knowing his company has remade itself before. Launched 50 years ago as a nursing home operator, it later abandoned that business and became America's largest hospital company before bailing out of that industry in 1993 to focus on insurance. Humana's biggest business now is Medicare Advantage insurance -- essentially enhanced Medicare offered through private companies.

CNNMoney: Health care coverage: Big changes in 2012updated: Thu Mar 10 2011 14:32:00

Come 2012, millions of Americans who get health care coverage through their employer should brace for some big changes.

CNNMoney: Insurer medical costs falling - 1st time in 10 yearsupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 16:57:00

For the first time in 10 years, the U.S. health insurance industry is expected to report a decline in medical expenses, according to a new report by Weiss Ratings.

CNNMoney: Health care fraud crackdown nets $4 billionupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 12:12:00

The government collected a whopping $4 billion last year -- the largest sum ever recovered in a single year -- through its health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts, according to a new report Monday.

House votes to repeal health care law against long oddsupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 20:06:00

The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Obama administration's signature health-care legislation Wednesday evening, a vote the newly elected Republican majority called a fulfillment of their No. 1 campaign promise.

Pelosi: Health care repeal a no-goupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 20:06:00

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tells Wolf Blitzer many in Congress will reject efforts to repeal health care reform.

Holder, Sebelius defend health care reform law after judge's rulingupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 07:39:00

One day after a Virginia federal judge ruled a key part of President Barack Obama's health care reform law was unconstitutional, two members of Obama's administration spoke out publicly defending the law.

Health reform ruled unconstitutionalupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 07:39:00

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talks about his position on an insurance mandate with CNN's John King.

CNNMoney: Health reform's side effect: Scamsupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 08:15:00

Fraud experts say health insurance scams are on the rise as criminals quickly exploit consumers' confusion about how the new health care law changes their insurance coverage.

Obama says health care reform helping people get byupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 06:09:00

Faced with a divided public over his signature legislative achievement, President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed the health care reform bill passed in March as important for helping both the government and the American people deal with rising medical costs.

New health care changes are only the beginningupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 15:33:00

After completing his second year of business classes at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, in 2007, Joshua Armstrong decided to take a break from full-time studies.

CNNMoney: Big changes to your health insuranceupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 11:09:00

September 23 marks the six-month anniversary of health reform. It's also the date when several key insurance changes come into effect.

CNNMoney: Number of insured drops for first timeupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 11:43:00

The number of people with health insurance in the United States dropped for the first time in 23 years, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

Obama to use recess appointment to appoint new Medicare-Medicaid chiefupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 21:01:00

President Barack Obama will sidestep Congress by using a recess appointment to make Dr. Donald Berwick the new head of the federal agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid, the White House announced Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Don't buy fake health insuranceupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 13:39:00

Massive unemployment and a changing health care system is creating a breeding ground for con artists. One of the fastest growing scams is fake health care coverage.

HHS unveils insurance plan for those with pre-existing conditionsupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 01:37:00

The Department of Health and Human Services rolls out a new program Thursday to assist Americans who have unable to get health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

CNNMoney: $5 billion for the uninsuredupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 10:16:00

Starting Thursday, the Obama administration will dole out $5 billion to states to provide insurance for people who don't have coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions.

Obama: 'A true patient's bill of rights'updated: Tue Jun 22 2010 13:59:00

President Obama talks about efforts to implement the new health insurance law and how it will help families.

Obama touts health care reform successesupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 13:59:00

Health care reform was "a long overdue victory for America's consumers and patients" and Americans are "already seeing a wave of change," President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he touted the success of his signature domestic policy initiative.

CNNMoney: Desperately seeking COBRA subsidyupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 11:31:00

If you lose your job after June 1, you'll see more than just your paycheck disappear. You also won't get the 65% federal subsidy to cover your COBRA health insurance premium.

CNNMoney: Insurers: Brace for fast and furious costsupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 04:13:00

As the insurance industry prepares to adjust to reform, two big players say mandated changes that kick in soon could push up premiums faster and greater than before.

CNNMoney: Health mandate: It's just a tax break in disguiseupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 06:59:00

I'm doing my taxes and thinking about mandates. That is natural because health reform passed during tax season. Critics argue that the new law's requirement to purchase insurance or pay a fine is a radical departure and unconstitutional.

CNNMoney: Can't afford health care? Wait 'til Juneupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 08:04:00

For millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans, health reform legislation will soon remove some of the barriers preventing them from getting the coverage they need.

Final piece of health reformupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 09:09:00

President Obama signs the final changes to health care reform into law.

Obama signs health care 'fixes' billupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 09:09:00

President Obama sealed a final victory on his signature domestic priority Tuesday, signing a sweeping package of changes to the newly enacted health care reform law.

Insurers agree to comply with intent of new health care lawupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 02:23:00

President Obama won a key concession from the health insurance industry Tuesday as the main lobby group said providers would comply with new regulations that will prevent the denial of coverage for children due to pre-existing conditions.

CNNMoney: Health reform's immediate impact: Your benefitsupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 11:28:00

Under the new health care legislation, experts say the first changes Americans with employer-based insurance will see is in their benefits.

Health care reform: How it might work for real peopleupdated: Sun Mar 28 2010 11:09:00

About 32 million Americans who don't have health insurance will get access to coverage when the $940 billion health care plan takes effect.

5 key things to remember about health care reformupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 15:09:00

What? Really? You don't understand the new health care reform legislation? You find yourself confused? If you haven't mastered the minutiae on all 2,309 pages of the health care reform bill signed earlier this week by President Obama, there's nothing wrong with you -- even experts are having a hard time getting a grip on all the details.

Updated: Answers to your questions on health care lawupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 16:18:00

With the passage of the health care reform bill, CNN has been flooded with viewer questions about specifics of the measure and how their lives may be affected. In response, we're providing answers here, based on our reporting research, that address some of the issues you're raising most often. Got another question? E-mail us at

Health care reform Q & Aupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 16:18:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta answers viewer questions on health care reform.

Health care reform: What can you expect right away?updated: Mon Mar 22 2010 17:59:00

President Obama launched his health care reform effort shortly after taking office, saying the country could not afford to continue to sustain the costs and the burden on families.

Highlights of Obama's health care proposalupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 13:11:00

President Obama introduced a health care plan that he says will bridge the gap between the House and Senate bills passed last year. His proposal is similar to the Senate bill, with a few nods to the House plan.

Focus of health care bill may be changing, officials signalupdated: Sun Jan 31 2010 17:16:00

Democratic efforts to pass a health care bill have stalled a bit, and the immediate focus may be shifting toward health insurance reform instead of quickly trying to pass a comprehensive bill, White House officials signaled Sunday.

Health bill is good, now make it betterupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 18:01:00

"Comprehensive health insurance is an idea whose time has come in America. There has long been a need to assure every American financial access to high quality health care. As medical costs go up, that need grows more pressing." -- Republican President Nixon's special message to Congress proposing a "Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan," February 6, 1974

Sources: Medicare buy-in likely to be dropped from health care billupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 09:26:00

Senate Democrats are preparing to drop a compromise health-care plan that would allow 55- to 64-year-olds to buy into Medicare because of opposition from Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, two senior Democratic sources said Monday.

CNNMoney: Calls to drop Medicare change intensifyupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 21:44:00

Senate Democrats are preparing to drop a compromise health-care plan that would allow 55- to 64-year-olds to buy into Medicare because of opposition from Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, two senior Democratic sources said Monday.

Senate Democrats eye alternatives to public optionupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 22:20:00

Liberal and moderate Senate Democrats said Monday they may be nearing agreement on a package of alternatives to a government-run public health insurance option in the chamber's sweeping health care bill.

CNNMoney: Jobless losing a health-insurance lifelineupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 15:07:00

Millions of long-term unemployed Americans and their families are at risk of losing their health insurance, as their eligibility for a 9-month health-premium subsidy expires.

Senate debate on health care bill opens with heated rhetoricupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 20:00:00

The U.S. Senate on Monday opened what is expected to be a lengthy and rancorous debate on a sweeping bill to overhaul the nation's health care system.

CNNMoney: Health perks for the unemployedupdated: Sat Nov 28 2009 22:40:00

Under the weather and out of a job? You could be eligible for free health services like flu shots and prescription drug refills.

Senate to vote Saturday on opening debate on health care billupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 09:01:00

The Senate will vote Saturday on opening debate on the sweeping health care bill introduced by Democrats, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Losing your 65% COBRA subsidyupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 11:17:00

Thousands of people will begin to lose a major discount on their COBRA health care premiums in as little as 10 days. Here's what you can do:

CNNMoney: Senate Dems push $848 billion health care billupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 10:23:00

Top Senate Democrats are preparing to defend their sweeping health care reform bill Thursday, one day after unveiling the measure on a sharply polarized Capitol Hill.

Senate leader unveils $849 billion health care billupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 00:33:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled a sweeping health care bill Wednesday that would expand health insurance coverage to 30 million more Americans at an estimated cost of $849 billion over 10 years.

CBO: Health care to cost $849Bupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 00:33:00

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate health-care reform bill will cost $849B. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Obama: Time for Senate to 'take the baton' on health care reformupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 08:23:00

President Obama on Sunday praised the "historic" House vote to pass a bill overhauling the nation's ailing health care system, and said now it is time for the Senate to "take the baton" and complete its work.

Obama urges Senate on health careupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 08:23:00

President Obama praises the House for passage of a health care reform bill and says he is "absolutely confident" the Senate will do the same.

AMA, AARP back House health care billupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 09:11:00

The push to overhaul health care received a major boost Thursday as the American Medical Association and AARP endorsed legislation drafted by top House Democrats.

Public option: Treatment worse than the diseaseupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 09:55:00

In the coming weeks, Congress will attempt to forge a health care bill from proposals developed by five House and Senate committees.

CNNMoney: Choosing the best health care planupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 10:39:00

As health care costs rise, more employers will be nudging workers toward high-deductible health plans because they cost less. Here's what you need to know if it's among your open enrollment options.

Obama lauds committee's billupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 09:22:00

President Obama says the Senate Finance Committee's passage of a health care bill is a "critical milestone," but says more work lies ahead.

Senate panel OKs health reform bill; Obama: 'We're not there yet'updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 09:22:00

The health care reform debate reached a new milestone Tuesday as a key congressional committee passed an $829 billion plan projected to extend coverage to an additional 29 million Americans.

Crush of cancer, medical bills snares familyupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 09:37:00

Leslie Elder's eyelids fluttered open, and through the fog of pain medication, she saw the emergency room doctors pull back the curtain in her room.

Medical bills snare familyupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 09:37:00

A middle-class family struggles with health insurance and cancer. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Rates to rise under Senate health plan, industry group saysupdated: Mon Oct 12 2009 20:54:00

Health insurance premiums for the typical American family would increase by another $4,000 by 2019 under a key Senate overhaul plan, according to an industry trade group analysis.

Agency predicts health care bill will cost $829 billionupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 17:44:00

A compromise health care proposal widely seen as having the best chance to win Democratic and Republican support would cost $829 billion over the next 10 years, nonpartisan budget analysts concluded Wednesday.

Democrats vow to ban domestic violence as 'pre-existing condition'updated: Tue Oct 06 2009 16:15:00

Top House Democrats on Tuesday slammed insurers who claim that domestic violence is a pre-existing condition that can be used to deny coverage to battered women.

CNNMoney: Too sick for comprehensive health insurance?updated: Mon Oct 05 2009 11:14:00

Forty-five-year-old Nancy Pessler is too sick to work full time. Instead, she has turned fighting her insurance company into a full-time job. Pessler, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of so many Americans falling through the cracks in the health care debate.

Senate panel votes down public option for health care billupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 21:17:00

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected two amendments to include a government-run public health insurance option in the only compromise health care bill so far.

Baucus plan and 'Harry'updated: Tue Sep 29 2009 21:17:00

How will the proposed Baucus plan affect the hypothetical heart attack Harry? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

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