Republican who crafted health care repeal is officially ousted from Congress

As the final votes are tallied and Democrats continue to notch midterm election victories this week, Republican incumbents were toppled in New Jersey and California by opponents who built campaigns focused on affordable and accessible health care.

Former Obama administration official Andy Kim was officially declared the winner in New Jersey’s 3rd district Wednesday, ousting Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ). MacArthur was one of the left’s biggest health care foes, and earned th...

The Supreme Court will hear a subtle but terrifying threat to Obamacare

In a sensible world, Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill would have nothing whatsoever to do with the Affordable Care Act. On its surface, Bethune-Hill is a racial gerrymandering case which, the Supreme Court announced on Tuesday, will be heard by the Court for the second time.

Yet Bethune-Hill also presents a difficult issue regarding when non-parties to a federal lawsuit may appeal lower court decisions to a higher authority. And this technical q...

Getting Obamacare plans to cover abortion is hard. Trump is trying to make it even harder.

The Trump administration wants insurers to send Obamacare enrollees two separate, monthly bills if the plan covers abortion services, per a new proposed regulation that creates more administrative burden for patients and companies alike.

It wouldn’t matter if the patient never had an abortion. The administration would require insurance companies to send two different invoices to patients who purchase Obamacare plans: one for the standard monthly fee for the insurance policy an...

Voters just gave more than 300,000 people health care

Residents in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tuesday, granting health coverage to more than 300,000 low-income people.

Although all three states historically voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections, activists gathered enough signatures to put Medicaid on the ballot in each red state and residents managed to set partisan politics aside.

This means upwards of 62,000 people in Idaho, roughly ...

Democrats winning the popular vote won’t be enough to save Americans’ health care from Republicans

The 2010 election was a historic disaster for the Democratic Party. Republican House candidates won the national popular vote by 6.8 percentage points and took a commanding majority as a result. It marked the end of President Obama’s legislative agenda and the beginning of an era when Republicans demanded massive concessions just to keep the government open.

Now imagine that 2018 is the mirror image of 2010 — that is, that Democrats win the popular vote by the exact same...

Illinois Democrat who helped implement Obamacare aims to unseat Republican who voted to repeal it

Illinois Rep. Randy Hultgren (R) voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) nine times since he was first elected in 2010. Now, in the midst of a competitive race, he’s saying he’ll preserve a central feature of the health law.

“I’ve voted 100 percent of the time protecting people with pre-existing conditions that they get coverage,” Hultgren told local media.

When his Democratic challenger Lauren Underwood called him out for lying last week during ...

This is how much more expensive health care premiums will be in 2019 thanks to Trump

Health care premiums will be up to 16 percent higher in 2019 than they would have been had the Trump administration not worked so hard to chip away at the Affordable Care Act.

A new study released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the Trump administration’s decision to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate and expand skimpy short-term health plans have made premiums across the board — whether on the Obamacare marketplace or not — an average of 6 percent h...

Big Tobacco raises record-breaking $17.5 million to defeat Medicaid expansion in Montana

A Montana ballot initiative has incurred the wrath of Big Tobacco, which has spent a record-breaking amount of money to defeat it this November. Should it succeed, 100,000 people could lose health coverage.

The tobacco industry raised nearly $17.5 million to defeat I-185, a measure that  gives health care to people earning up to 138 percent of the poverty level by taxing tobacco. Montana expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2016, but only until July 2019. To avoi...