Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

Three Openings for Obesity in the Affordable Care Act

December 6, 2013 — The Obesity Society’s advocacy advisor, Ted Kyle, recently talked with the Cronkite News Service about openings for better coverage of obesity in the Affordable Care Act (embedded video below). The ACA is a bit of a mixed bag for people concerned about obesity, but it provides some good openings for progress. The three most important […]

Flatter Healthcare Spending: Boon or Bane?

November 23, 2013 — A new report from the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors tells us that healthcare spending growth over the last three years is the flattest ever recorded. Per capita health spending has grown just 1.3% in this period. For Democrats, this glorious triumph is proof that Obamacare is already working perfectly. For Republicans, this terrible news […]

The Hated White Whale of Obamacare

October 19, 2013 — This week it seems that the Republican party has had a tough time going after the hated white whale of Obamacare. A centerpiece of Obamacare, the healthcare.gov website hit the public stage as an absolute train wreck on October 1. But Republicans kept that train wreck out of the headlines by creating a crisis with […]

Obamacare Glass Half Full?

October 12, 2013 — Right now, almost two weeks into enrollment, it’s hard to tell: Is the Obamacare glass half full, empty, or just a bloody mess? It does seem like the team behind Obamacare has avoided the nightmare scenario of having no takers. Health insurance exchanges have been flooded with millions of people shopping for health insurance. They’ve […]

Through the Looking Glass of Healthcare

September 28, 2013 — We seem to have gone through the looking glass of healthcare into Alice’s Wonderland where nothing makes sense. Consider what’s unfolding before us. One end of the political spectrum is busy selling insurance for an industry hoping to get millions of new customers. An enthusiastic hospital industry is joining the effort because they see a […]

More People Shopping for Health Insurance

September 21, 2013 — More people, in more places, will soon be shopping for health insurance. Health insurers are opening retail stores in trendy locations to be sure they get their share of the millions of people expected to buy health insurance when open enrollment begins October 1. Adding to the queue of people buying insurance are retirees and […]

Prepping the Queue for Health Exchanges

September 7, 2013 — Health exchanges will open October 1 for uninsured people to buy health insurance in a competitive marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And activity to prepare for this launch is building to a fever pitch. All 50 states will have exchanges up and running: 27 will be run by the federal government, 15 states […]

Estimates Grow for Uninsured Covered by Obamacare

August 24, 2013 — Based on a USA Today survey summarizing the results of 19 reporting states, the number of uninsured individuals expected to purchase a health insurance plan through the exchanges established under Obamacare is estimated to top 8.5 million. That number exceeds the government’s original 50-state estimate of 7 million. In 2011, there were 48 million people […]

OAC Rising to the Challenge of Weight Bias

August 17, 2013 — The second annual Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) national convention opened in a packed ballroom Friday, with OAC Chair Pam Davis and Convention Chair Amber Huett welcoming nearly 400 people affected by obesity. The opening session brought together a remarkably diverse audience of activists, patients, and professionals rising to the challenge of obesity. CEO Joe Nadglowski […]

Irrelevant Spinning Around Obamacare

August 3, 2013 — Amid an escalating battle of political spinning around Obamacare on all sides, a few sensible voices are surfacing. Ignore it, they say. The only thing that matters is how many people buy health insurance when competitive new marketplaces open in October. People electing to buy health insurance will participate in the only election for more […]