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3 Charts That Illustrate The Human Consequences Of Resisting Medicaid Expansion 30.1.2015 Think Progres

30 million Americans remain uninsured -- some of them locked out of coverage altogether.

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Slow private enrollment, vanishing federal funds pit state with bigger MNsure bill 30.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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The best and worst of worlds: Tehran's public hospital wards 28.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Visiting her father, our correspondent talks to patients and staff as ‘Rouhani-Care’ raises expectations

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Dayton's budget includes additional money for MNsure 28.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Fewer users than expected are buying private plans.
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When Liberals Were Organized 22.1.2015 American Prospect
This article appears in the Winter 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, one of Speaker Newt Gingrich’s earliest moves was to end the public funding for the Democratic Study Group (DSG), a caucus of liberal Democrats that had been created in 1959. It was one of Gingrich’s shrewdest maneuvers. As Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, a staunch conservative then and now, wrote in an internal memo, “The demise of the DSG severely damages the power structure of the House Democrats.” Roberts was right. The DSG is almost forgotten today, but its history suggests lessons for the current generation of Democrats. Since 1994, congressional liberals have failed to replicate a powerful, independent organization like the Democratic Study Group. They have been dependent on a House leadership that is sometimes but not always sympathetic to their goals. The closest thing to a DSG, the Congressional ...
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So Guess What? People Still Want Single-Payer Healthcare 20.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Because what sane person wants for-profit medicine? More than five years after the single-payer system was scrapped from ObamaCare policy debates, just over 50 percent of people say they still support the idea, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll. The single-payer option – also known as Medicare for all – would create a new, government-run insurance program to replace private coverage. The system, once backed by President Obama, became one of the biggest casualties of the divisive healthcare debates of 2009. The idea remains extremely popular among Democrats, with nearly 80 percent in support, according to the poll, which was shared first with The Hill by the Progressive Change Institute. “There is a hunger in America for big progressive ideas," spokesperson TJ Helmstetter wrote in a statement. "The state of our union is progressive, and the president would be smart to give America the big, popular, progressive economic ideas that people have been crying out for.” Another ...
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No shortage of proposals to revamp MNsure 19.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Changes might end up being modest ones, but proposals are coming from both parties.
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Lessons on the Struggle for Health Care as a Human Right 7.1.2015 Truthout.com
Rally for the right to health care: "Single Payer Right NOW!" - Washington, DC, June 26, 2009. (Photo: NESRI / Flickr ) What happened in Vermont where a so-called single payer proposal died? For decades healthcare advocates in the state of Maryland worked with state senator Paul Pinsky who introduced a state health bill each year calling for a universal healthcare system that is publicly financed, a single payer system. Even when advocates educated lawmakers, gathered co-sponsors and testified in committees about the dire need for a health system that would solve the current healthcare crisis, one based on solid evidence, the bill fell flat. The closest we came was one vote short of getting it passed in one committee. We had all of the facts on our side, but no political muscle to move the bill. The people in Vermont took a different approach starting in 2009, and we in Maryland have since followed their lead . The Vermont Worker’s Center and allies started by first building the grassroots movement ...
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Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative: Self-Insured Participation 7.1.2015 Health Affairs Blog
Editor’s note: This post is part of a periodic Health Affairs Blog series, which will run over the next year, looking at payment and delivery reforms in Arkansas and Oregon. The posts will be based on evaluations of these reforms performed with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The authors of this post are part of the team evaluating the Arkansas model . Designed and launched by the state’s Medicaid program and some of its largest private insurers, including Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and QualChoice, the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative (APII) has been a multi-payer effort since its inception in 2011. As the APII has developed, participation from some of the state’s largest self-insured employers has increased its scope and impact. While we’ve referenced self-insured participation in our previous blog posts, we provide more detail in the following blog post on its ongoing development and explore what it takes for self-insured plans to adapt to the Arkansas Payment ...
Colorado health insurance exchange enrolled nearly 114,000 by Dec. 31 7.1.2015 Denver Post: Local
The state health insurance exchange reported Tuesday that 113,864 Coloradans signed up for a 2015 medical plan between ...
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MNsure says private insurance enrollment tops 31,150 5.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
The health exchange’s numbers suggest nearly 5,000 people signed up for coverage in the last five days of 2014.
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MNsure under pressure to get enrollees through the door 8.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
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How We "Blew It" On Obamacare 4.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington, April 17, 2014. A surge of insurance enrollment related to rising employment and Obama’s health care law has meant a surge of spending on health care, leaving policy experts wondering whether the government and private businesses can control spending as the economy gets stronger. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times) Democrats blew it on Obamacare. That's according to retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who told The Hill today that he regrets that his party didn't go far enough back in 2009 and 2010 when it was trying to push the Affordable Care Act through Congress . Pointing out the massive filibuster-proof majorities that Democrats had in the House and the Senate during that time, Harkin said about Obamacare that, "All the prevention stuff is good but it's just really complicated. It doesn't have to be that complicated.... [We should have enacted] single-payer right from the get go or at least put a public option would have ...
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Lawsuit Challenges Radioactive Fracking Waste Facilities in Ohio 1.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit on November 19 on behalf of residents challenging the temporary approval of 23 fracking waste facilities in Ohio, where critics say lax regulations have helped the state become a popular destination for the contaminated leftovers of the fracking process. The groups allege that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources broke the law when it issued temporary orders allowing the waste facilities to begin operating. Ohio fracking protest. (Photo: ProgressOhio / Flickr ) Cheryl Mshar lives less than a mile from a fracking waste processing facility in Youngstown, Ohio. She worries that the air she breathes is polluted with chemicals and even radioactive contaminants. State regulators did not hold a public meeting before allowing the waste facility to begin operating earlier this year, so Mshar and her neighbors never had a say in the deal, until now. Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit on November 19 on behalf of Mshar and other residents challenging the temporary ...
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Another Unforced Error On Selling Obamacare 22.11.2014 The Moderate Voice

The Obama administration has done an excellent job policy-wise with the Affordable Care Act, but politically has made a few major mistakes along the way. The most recent was discovered today when Bloomberg reported that the administration had made mistakes in reporting the number of people who obtained health coverage through the exchanges in its [...]

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#Gruber gives Republicans cover for their killer lies about Obamacare 18.11.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
For Democrats, the discovery that Romneycare and Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber is, well, a schmuck represents a triple whammy. For starters, the arrogance of anyone calling American voters "stupid" (or even just 47 percent of them) helps perpetuate every conservative stereotype of pointy-headed Northeastern elites. Worse still, Gruber is simply wrong that key aspects of the Affordable Care Act's funding and structure—about  individual mandate penalties, the "Cadillac tax" on high-end health plans and that younger, healthier enrollees would in essence subsidize—were somehow kept secret from the public. But most damaging, Gruber has given Republicans cover for perhaps the greatest campaign of political deception in modern American history, one that continues to misinform people about Obamacare while needlessly leaving millions without health insurance in the very states where GOP control is strongest. All along, Republicans' greatest fear hasn't been that the Affordable Care Act would fail, but that ...
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Auditor: MNsure enrollees not properly screened for eligibility 12.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
A new audit report finds the state did not make sure people who used MNsure to enroll in public health insurance programs were eligible for the benefits.
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Obama administration predicts significantly lower health-care enrollment 10.11.2014 Ezra Klein
The Obama administration announced Monday it expects the number of people who will gain health coverage in the next year through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces to be significantly fewer than previous government predictions. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell said that 9 million to 9.9 million Americans — as much as 30 percent ...
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MNsure struggles with incomplete records that could affect coverage 5.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Despite signs of progress, 30,000-plus unrecorded changes could cost clients money and coverage.
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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday 29.10.2014 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… I Give Up Okay, fine. I'm now willing to believe that Ebola is the #1 threat to the American homeland. You can get it through bodily fluids, shoelaces and sunspots. You can get it from touching a doorknob, boiling a potato, talking on the phone, looking at a map of Africa or living on the same continent as Dallas. Ebola flies through the air, tunnels under the earth, swims across the ocean and replicates itself via 3D printers halfway around the world. Everybody in America has Ebola. Ebola hides under the bed. Ebola is our master. It rules the universe. It is God's punishment for Benghazi. It is in our beer. And if Clippy ever popped up on your screen, you have ebola. I'm willing to believe President Obama personally brought Ebola to the United States on Air Force One and it's now living in the White House. Ebola is going to take over our homes, our churches (prepare yourself for same-sex Ebola marriage), our factories and our money supply. Any election won by a Democrat is ...
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