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pre-existing condition

I have diabetes. The ACA is a ‘BFD’…

June 29, 2017 – As someone with diabetes, I can attest that the ACA is truly a BFD. The law has been a godsend to me, financially, health-wise, and, well,… Read more

False hope for millions who dread…

June 12, 2017 – A Senate pledge to preserve a guarantee to cover pre-existing health conditions is of little value if other ACA protections don’t also… Read more

The new plan to cut out the heart of…

April 14, 2017 – Community rating is the one thing that keeps insurance companies from gouging most of their customers. It's the thing that helps makes the… Read more

Kara is by inclination vigilant about her health, and the periods of uninsurance caused her serious anxiety. "I am Type A – get a yearly skin check, see my OB-gyn, put a lot into making sure I'm healthy." In 2013, she recalls, "I held my breath – paid out-of-pocket for any healthcare I needed, while desperately seeking insurance. I would have paid $500 a month if I could have found a plan. I was terrified that one injury or illness could financially devastate me. I signed up for Obamacare the day the marketplace went online."

The price isn’t ideal, but ACA’s…

March 23, 2017 – These four earn too much to be eligible for subsidies, and their plans' provider networks can be narrow. Still, they dread repeal of the… Read more

6 reasons women should fear ACA repeal

Top 6 reasons women should fear ACA…

March 13, 2017 – As an independent journalist, I’ve long bought health insurance on the private market. And, I remember the days before the Affordable… Read more

But to get a sense of how congressional representatives are responding to their constituents' calls about the Affordable Care Act, whether callers reached a real person and whether they felt their concerns were heard, I reached out, via social media, to a handful of folks who contacted their representatives asking them to preserve the Affordable Care Act.

You’re protesting ACA repeal. Is…

February 15, 2017 – To get a sense of how congressional representatives are responding to their constituents' calls about the Affordable Care Act, whether… Read more

50 ways to lose your coverage

February 10, 2017 – Unfortunately, the average American doesn't seem to have a good sense of what repeal could cost them. Many aren't even certain that they've… Read more

‘Obamacare Saved My Life, Too.’

February 6, 2017 – President Trump promised that once Obamacare's repealed everybody will be "beautifully covered." That would be great. But Kristin Wolf… Read more

High-risk pools were a last resort for…

January 13, 2017 – High-risk pools could be resurrected, and yes, they could potentially work. But they would require massive cash infusions from the federal… Read more

Obamacare is far from perfect, but as individuals and as a country, we are much better off with it than without it.

Back from the Future. (A sequel we’ll…

January 6, 2017 – Obamacare is far from perfect, but as individuals and as a country, we are much better off with it than without it.… Read more

‘Obamacare saved my life’

January 5, 2017 – While policy wonks analyze the political challenges of repealing Obamacare, millions of Americans who rely on it to help pay for lifesaving… Read more

The Kaiser Family Foundation is out with a report that highlights the extent to which the ACA's current beneficiaries – most of whom are in the lower third of the country's income distribution – would be left out in the cold by repeal.

The sickest states are the poorest…

December 15, 2016 – The states most vulnerable to medical underwriting happen to be most in need of the Affordable Care Act's income-adjusted… Read more

For now, the political challenge brings a bracing clarity: to implacably resist the rollback of ACA. One must defend millions of people who might be hurt. This is a human imperative, and there are many political opportunities to be effective.

Resistance to repeal will not be…

December 12, 2016 – For now, the political challenge brings a bracing clarity: to implacably resist the rollback of ACA. One must defend millions of people who… Read more

Burying great Obamacare headlines

September 14, 2016 – Too bad the news that 700,000 people got health insurance happened to hit on a day where a more important economic story broke: "Wrigley… Read more

Ryan’s outlandish proposal is wrong on the facts and ignores recent history. But it does give us a peek at what a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act will look like – and it is both ugly and cruel. – Ron Pollack, Families USA

Paul Ryan pulls back the curtain

May 9, 2016 – Ryan’s outlandish proposal is wrong on the facts and ignores recent history. But it does give us a peek at what a Republican replacement… Read more

Life with diabetes is sweeter thanks…

January 20, 2016 – By every measure, people with diabetes – and those at risk – have significantly improved access to quality care than they did before… Read more

Shirley Cayko dreamed of opening her own mental health practice, but held off because she was quoted health insurance premiums of $5,000 a month with a $20,000 deductible. So she stayed put until 2013, when she was laid off work.

A dream come true (and a nightmare…

November 11, 2015 – Shirley Cayko dreamed of opening her own mental health practice, but held off because she was quoted health insurance premiums of $5,000 a… Read more

Patrick Carr went an awfully long time without health insurance. For someone living with two chronic health conditions — asthma and high blood pressure — doing without health insurance for more than 12 years was downright dangerous. Carr says his health suffered as a result, but he didn’t have a choice.

Pre-existing conditions? ‘No such…

October 23, 2015 – Patrick Carr went an awfully long time without health insurance. For someone living with two chronic health conditions — asthma and high… Read more

Scott WalkerCare

WalkerCare gives women reasons to…

August 23, 2015 – The “open market” Walker would establish would be the kind of health insurance market that existed before Obamacare. There would be no… Read more

Before Obamacare became law, Americans faced rejection of individual health coverage for any one of 400 medical conditions.

Why pre-existing conditions mattered ……

August 19, 2015 – If GOP lawmakers were able to repeal Obamacare, their constituents ... the people who voted them into office ... would be among the biggest… Read more