Stories tagged: Obamacare
UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 10:41 p.m.
U.S. clings to health coverage gains despite political drama
The U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, an unexpected outcome after President Donald Trump’s repeated tries to take apart the Obama-era coverage expansion, according to a major …
UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 6:04 a.m.
Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort
Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to …
UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:46 p.m.
Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot
Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.
Sat., April 14, 2018, 4 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Obamacare remains broken, especially for rural hospitals
Whether you describe the future of health care as repealing or improving the Affordable Care Act, there is no simple solution. But there is agreement on the need for change …
UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 7:31 a.m.
Eastern Washington poll shows nearly 2-to-1 support for higher age limit for buying semi-automatic rifles
Eastern Washington voters overwhelmingly favor raising the age limit for buying a semi-automatic rifle but are evenly split on whether they think Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act, a …
UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:34 p.m.
Trump administration tells Idaho ‘no’ on non-ACA compliant health insurance plans
The Trump administration sent a letter to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday turning thumbs-down on his proposal to allow the sale of health insurance plans in Idaho that aren’t …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Idaho to insurers: Give us plans that don’t follow Obamacare
Concerned about soaring health care costs, Idaho on Wednesday revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheap policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
‘Obamacare’ sign-up tally dips slightly to 8.7M
More than 8.7 million people signed up for coverage next year under the Obama-era health care law, the government reported Thursday, as the program that President Donald Trump has repeatedly …
Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Trump slams FBI, Obamacare in post-Christmas tweets
After a quiet Christmas Day, President Trump is back at work – on Twitter.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 12:52 p.m.
More than 4 in 5 enrolled in ‘Obamacare’ are in Trump states
Americans in states that Donald Trump carried in his march to the White House account for more than 4 in 5 of those signed up for coverage under the health …
Thu., Dec. 21, 2017
With Trump Tax, GOP now owns tax code
USA Today reported last week that the bill had “the lowest level of public support for any major piece of legislation enacted in the past three decades, including the Affordable …
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Congress deals 2 blows to ‘Obamacare’
Congress dealt a pair of blows to the Obama health care law Wednesday, including a retreat by two senators who were fighting for a provision this year that would help …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 10 p.m.
Sign-ups show health law’s staying power in Trump era
A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program’s subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act’s …
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 11:35 a.m.
Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups
Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for “Obamacare” sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.
Sat., Dec. 9, 2017
Gary Abernathy: No reason to abandon steadfast Trump
Trump has tried to keep his biggest campaign promises on repealing Obamacare, securing the border and cutting taxes, and he stayed true to his word with his pick of Neil …
Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
While still rising, health law sign-ups likely to fall short of last year’s total
Sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance are still rising, the government said Wednesday. But with just over a week to go in an enrollment season cut in …
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 6:22 a.m.
Obamacare insurance sign-ups climb amid steep price hike
Steep premium increases on Washington’s and Idaho’s health insurance exchanges haven’t stopped people from signing up for coverage this year.
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
‘Obamacare’ sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace
Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace, according to government data released Wednesday.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems
Republicans began pushing a broad tax cut for businesses and many individuals through the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, a measure complicated by a late addition – repeal of the …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 2:53 p.m.
‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top 600k in first week
Despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to take down “Obamacare,” more than 600,000 people signed up for coverage the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 2:54 p.m.
In election glow, Democrats see health care as a winning issue
Emboldened by election wins, Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care, particularly widening Medicaid access for more low-income people.
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 6 a.m.
ACA signups spike at open enrollment’s start
Under the first few days of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, the numbers of participants has surged compared to the past, according to federal officials who asked for …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 10:08 p.m.
House GOP revises tax bill, makes it less generous
House Republicans on Friday quietly made changes to their far-reaching tax overhaul: Now its tax cuts would be less generous for many Americans.
Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:26 a.m.
Free ‘Obamacare’ for older, poorer in nearly all counties
Older people with low incomes nearly everywhere would have access to free “Obamacare” health coverage next year, according to a study Thursday that found the Trump administration’s efforts to undercut …
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Sen. Murray crafts humane, bipartisan fix for Obamacare. As such, it faces an uphill batlle.
When it comes to health care legislation, Patty Murray lives squarely in the congressional minority. Not the Democrats. The grown-ups.
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
Jay Ambrose: Trump helps recovery from Obama
Yes, Trump is an embarrassment a day, but much of what he has done has been hugely needed, such as rolling back many of the Obama administration’s record numbers of …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Trump seeks ‘Obamacare’ demise, but sign-up season gears up
Consumers can now begin previewing 2018 plans and premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, even as President Donald Trump continues his push to dismantle the Obama-era law.
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid “Obamacare” turmoil
The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over “Obamacare” undermine coverage gains that drove the nation’s …
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal
Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support
A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear …