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Charles Krauthammer: Shutdown was Democrats’ doing

The Obamacare/shutdown battle has spawned myriad myths. The most egregious concern the substance of the fight, the identity of the perpetrators and the origins of the current eruption. 1. Substance


Signing up on Washington’s site still slow

SEATTLE – Washington state’s new health insurance exchange experienced more problems on Wednesday, its second day of operation. The website wahealthplanfinder.org offers visitors a friendly, bright green welcome page, but …


Health care exchanges struggle to keep up

WASHINGTON – For the second straight day, computer problems continued to stymie online visitors hoping to compare health plans or enroll in coverage on state insurance marketplaces under the new …


Health exchange website testers learn about options

Heavy traffic and opening-day technical glitches made Washington’s new Health Plan Finder website difficult, if not impossible, to use Tuesday. But if a group of volunteers recruited by The Spokesman-Review …


Health website experiencing opening-day troubles

Washington state’s new Health Plan Finder website, wahealthplanfinder.org, displayed opening-day malfunctions early Tuesday.


Mona Charen: Blame ready for Obamacare shortcomings

Want a glimpse of what the Obamacare battle will look like in 2015? Just glance at liberal websites. You’ll find a trove of insurance company bashing. Are insurance premiums rising …


Drug marketers don’t always deliver a healthy message

Suffering? Getting old? The pharmaceutical industry wants to help. Every night on TV, photogenic actors frolic with photogenic grandchildren, or lounge in bathtubs gazing into the setting sun, telling emotion-laden …


Tips from the FDA on prescriptions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees prescription drugs and the pharmaceutical industry’s advertising practices. FDA maintains a web site outlining the requirements of federal law and some tips for …


Glossary: Health care overhaul

Major new laws come with their own jargon, and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is no exception. With the first open enrollment season kicking off for the uninsured, here …


House votes to defund Affordable Care Act in budget

WASHINGTON – Republicans rallied around a budget plan Saturday to keep the government open but delay the new health care law for a year, storming toward a showdown with Democrats …


Kathleen Parker: Obamacare line in sand boxes in Republicans

Ask most people on Capitol Hill and they’ll say: 50-50. Those are the odds they give for a government shutdown. An alternative to the shutdown would be a proposed delay …


Center answers calls for help

At 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 3, the switchboard turned on and the phones began to ring. Callers from all over Washington wanted to know how to qualify for health insurance …


Obamacare will bring price break for many in Washington

What will Obamacare cost, and who will it help? In Washington state it will cover more people and provide more comprehensive benefits than insurance companies sell today. And the final …


Five things to know about health care overhaul

Still a little hazy about the health care overhaul? You have plenty of company. About half the people surveyed this spring by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation felt they didn’t …


State tries to simplify Medicaid

In political circles, “Medicaid expansion” has been a phrase that launches arguments. But for uninsured poor people – 22,000 in Spokane County and 328,000 throughout Washington state – expansion means …


Cost control remains key issue of new law

As a longtime advocate for health care reform, what does Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler think the 2010 law left undone? Cost control. “I wish there had been more …


Overhaul confuses Medicare beneficiaries

Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment …


Affordable Care Act: What it means for you

How will the Affordable Care Act affect you? Most Americans will be affected in some way, but the answer depends on where they live and how they get – or …


States experiment in effort to lower health care costs

SALEM, Ore. – As states work on implementing complex federal health care reforms, some have begun tackling an issue that has vexed employers, individuals and governments at all levels for …


Tax credits will vary by household income, family size

WASHINGTON — Americans who buy health insurance outside their jobs next year can expect an average tax credit of nearly $2,700 to help them obtain coverage on the new state …


History is on side of ‘Obamacare’

Historically, health care expansion has a record of winning public support. In England, conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dismantled several nationalized sectors of the economy, returning them to private enterprise. …


Amid fear, HHS pledges privacy for Idaho exchange

BOISE — Federal officials insist people who enroll in Idaho’s Internet health insurance marketplace starting Tuesday shouldn’t fear for their personal-data privacy.


Despite Cruz, Senate heads toward Obamacare vote

WASHINGTON — Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz’ all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law surpassed the 20-hour mark Wednesday with a harsh reality looming — a test vote …


Morning Review: SR tests health exchanges; a Dominican cookbook; and a murder trial

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S-R seeks browsers of health site

Need health insurance? The Spokesman-Review is looking for a few volunteers to try Washington state’s new Health Plan Finder website, which debuts on Tuesday. The website is a central feature …


Eye on Boise: Risch worries attack on Syria would make things worse

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says he believes the nation is better off doing nothing than launching a military strike against Syria in the wake of that country’s chemical …


State opens Spokane Valley call center to help uninsured get health coverage

At 7:30 a.m., the switchboard turned on and the phones began to ring. Callers from all over Washington wanted to know how to qualify for health insurance coverage. They dialed …


Two more insurance companies approved for exchange

Two more health insurance companies won approval Friday from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to sell policies on the Washington state Health Plan Finder. Required by the federal Affordable Care …


2 more health insurers get preliminary OK for WA

Two more health insurance companies won approval Friday from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, to sell policies on the Washington state Health Plan Finder. Required by the federal Affordable Care …


McMorris Rodgers says GOP working on ‘Obamacare’ surgery

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, said the GOP plans to pick away at President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation by targeting provisions she said are causing bipartisan headaches. “To …