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5 disasters to expect if the Supreme Court guts the Affordable Care Act

If Republicans are trying to show people how crucial Obamacare is, King v. Burwell could be the perfect way to do it.

The lawsuit that could end subsidies to the millions of Americans in 34 states who purchased insurance through the federal health care exchange will be argued on March 4. But we already have hints of what the impact will be if Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court gut President Obama’s signature health care law over complete nonsense.

1. $340 billion in tax credits and cost sharing reductions over the next 10 years will be revoked.
Obamacare has even turned Republicans against the thing they love the most — tax breaks.…

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Republicans love America — and they want to show it by taking insurance from 8.2 million working Americans

This week a somewhat abstruse debate about whether America should purposely try to antagonize 1.6 billion Muslims morphed into an impossibly stupid debate about whether the President of the United States really loves the United States.

Meanwhile, in actual news, there’s an absurd lawsuit that threatens to wreak havoc on our health care system.

The Urban Institute projects a victory in the plaintiff’s in the case of King v. Burwell that would result in 8.2 million Americans losing insurance as $340 billion in tax credits and cost-sharing reductions are eliminated over the ten years. Premiums for those buying individual coverage in the 34 affected states would rise up to 35 percent.…

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The GOP’s nightmare: Obama and Obamacare both hit new highs

After a rough year, Democrats should savor what happened on Monday February 17, 2015.

President Obama and Obamacare both hit 50 percent.

The president’s approval rating is back at 50 percent in the Gallup daily tracking poll. He hit the halfway mark for the first time since June 2013 just after his most recent State of the Union and then fell back slightly.

Buoyed by a growing economy and low gas prices — which America has little-to-no control over — Obama’s approval is now higher than Ronald Reagan’s was at this point the Reagan presidency. (Conservative Gipper Defenders argue, “Well, that’s only because the administration had been caught selling missiles to Iran to fund an illegal war.” To which I say, “That’s a defense of Reagan?”) And it’s almost 20 percent higher than George W.…

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Why a Supreme Court ruling against Obamacare would be bad for America’s health

The King v. Burwell case could leave millions without health insurance. That’s not good for anyone.

When Dawn Erina needed some minor surgery early this year, she was able to afford it. She could afford physical therapy visits, too. Without the surgery, Dawn would have struggled to do her job.

When Dawn needed to refill one of her prescriptions, she didn’t have to pay the $400 sticker price. She’d paid her $278 monthly insurance premium so she could get the care she needs.

Without the help of a tax subsidy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the same insurance that covers Dawn and her husband, Leonard, would have cost $1,131 a month.…

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Procrastinators rejoice! Health insurance enrollment extended in all states

If you started enrolling before midnight on February 15, you can still get covered. But don’t delay!

This post has been updated to reflect that all states have granted extensions.

It’s not like there wasn’t plenty of advance notice. But if you were trying to sign up for health insurance and didn’t finish the process before midnight on February 15, you’re in luck. All states running their own exchanges and the federal government are granting extensions — but some of them are only for a few days.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that anyone who is currently uninsured and living in one of the states that uses Healthcare.gov as their Insurance Marketplace can continue any enrollment process they started before midnight on February 15.…

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“Don’t put off buying health insurance,” says young man with cancer

Brian was the picture of health before his diagnosis. He’s grateful he has insurance and wants everyone to get covered.

Back in 2012, Brian Skibo had no reason to think there was anything wrong other than some work-related back pain. But when the pain didn’t respond to treatment, and he started getting headaches, his doctor ordered some tests. What the MRI revealed came as a complete shock to Brian.

The doctor told him he had a brain tumor that was inoperable and incurable. Brian was 32 years old.

He had insurance through work, but lost both his job and his insurance in the summer of 2013 because he’d missed so much work due to his illness.…

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UPDATED: A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare “would be a serious danger to my husband’s health,” says woman

If SCOTUS eliminates the ACA’s tax credits, Dolly and Chip would no longer be able to afford insurance — and the consequences could be life-threatening.

UPDATE: After this story was posted, Dolly resubmitted an application for Medicaid and she and her husband were accepted into the program based on their very low income. So although they are no longer at risk of losing their health insurance, their story is an example of what millions of other Americans could face in the wake of the King v. Burwell case.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working. Millions are finally able to afford health insurance — many because of tax credits the law provides to help those who otherwise couldn’t afford the monthly premiums.…

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Republicans have a plan if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare — let people die and blame Obama

In anticipation of the Supreme Court hearing King v. Burwell — the case that could take health insurance from millions based on a garbage legal argument that Congress wanted to deny subsidies to people in states that didn’t build their own exchanges and didn’t tell anyone because conspiracy — Republicans have been pretending that they will have a plan to fix the massive hole they hope suddenly appears in the law.

The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent has been following what he calls the GOP’s “bait and switch” tactics for months.

But it goes without saying that Republicans would love to see millions of Americans robbed of health insurance.…

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An inside view of what’s next in health reform, from Health Action 2015

There’s nothing like a conference full of health advocates to remind you how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go.

If you think the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is all there is to health reform, you could not be more wrong. It’s understandable, I suppose, that folks who don’t work in health advocacy might not be aware of the decades of work that went into an accomplishment like the ACA, and so many other important achievements.

What’s more, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

I say this with confidence, as someone who proudly stands alongside health reform advocates across the country.…

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Young woman with a heart condition can finally get the care she needs thanks to the ACA

A hospital denied her treatment after a stroke because she didn’t have insurance, but Obamacare changed all that.

When Jae Stewart was 14 years old, she collapsed in the gym while playing basketball. The doctors said she had a heart murmur and sent her on her way, but little did Jae know this was the beginning of a lifetime of heart trouble.

Jae had her first heart attack at age 21 and another after a serious car accident a few years later. She had her first stroke before she was 30.

She has congestive heart failure, but the doctors aren’t sure why or when it started.…

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