Pennsylvania will expand Medicaid to more than 300,000 people under the auspices of Obamacare, the state announced Thursday.
You know what’s harder than signing up for health insurance for the first time? Understanding the policy you bought.
The New York Times reports from Philadelphia on efforts to educate newly covered residents about how to use their health care now that the’ve received coverage for the first time. It’s not always easy:
Speaking to reporters Saturday at a conference of the National Governors Association in Nashville, Tennessee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continued to talk like a man with plans for a 2016 presidential run while finding new ways to be coy about actually committing to said presidential run.
By now, you’ve probably heard that Hobby Lobby won its case challenging the ObamaCare mandate that private employers provide birth control to female employees who were already receiving employer-provided health insurance. Hobby Lobby argued that providing birth control violated the religious beliefs of the company’s owners.
Less-publicized: A Pennsylvania company was also one of the challengers to the mandate, and is claiming victory today:
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is helping sue the federal government, saying the contraception mandate violates its freedom of conscience.
For the past week, Pat Toomey’s been plastered all over whatever device you use to consume political bloviating, crowing about his wife’s failed attempt to obtain health insurance through Obamacare. The Daily News’s Chris Brennan debunked that canard today with a great little scoop.
Toomey’s broadcast left out one significant piece of information: Despite the initial website difficulty, the Toomeys were able to sign up for health-care insurance through an exchange.
Kris Toomey started trying to sign up on Dec. 2 and was successful on Dec. 11, three days before her husband’s radio address, according to his spokeswoman.
Oh, snap. Here’s hoping this doesn’t stay buried in the 21st paragraph of a page seven column in today’s Daily News.
Are you for religious freedom or for women’s access to birth control? Me, I’m for both, but it sure doesn’t look like we’ll be able to leave it there.
Soon, the Supreme Court will hear a case in which private employers — including, notably, the craft-store chain Hobby Lobby — challenge Obamacare’s new mandate that employer-provided health insurance policies include contraception coverage. The employers say the edict violates their religious beliefs against birth control; the law’s defenders say that corportations like Hobby Lobby aren’t religious institutions and thus aren’t owed exemptions from a requirement that will be beneficial to millions of women.
And they’re both right.
Maybe it’s your stoutly Republican Uncle Joe, who you’re sure is gonna ruin Thanksgiving dinner by railing about how the Affordable Care Act is turning Amurrrica into a socialist paradise. Maybe it’s your wifty-liberal Cousin Tammy, who’s thrilled to death to be getting her birth-control pills for free. (Overshare!)
Over at the Washington Post’s Health Reform Watch blog, Sarah Kliff has “A Guide to Surviving Obamacare Debates at Thanksgiving,” which helpfully breaks down how to resolve arguments with, you know, actual information. Not that actual information ever resolves arguments in my family, though.
Watching all the fuss and muss surrounding the launch of Obamacare these last few weeks, I’ve been struck by an unwelcome thought:
Maybe the Clintons were right.
The Clintons — Bill and Hillary both, back when Bill was president — emerged from the last fight for universal health care pretty wounded, politically. The Democrats lost control of Congress for the first time in a generation. The president was reduced to asserting his Constitutional relevance to the press. And the pair seemed to lose the courage of their liberal convictions.
Obama, as we notified you yesterday, spent an hour at David L. Cohen’s house in Mt. Airy headlining a fundraiser for senate candidates. The goal–to raise a million bucks or so–was reportedly met. Here’s what Potus said when he got there, at 7:24 p.m., according to a White House transcript.