Health

Sebelius: 7.5 Million Now Signed Up

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Enrollment for the president’s health care law has grown to 7.5 million Americans, the Obama administration announced Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in the face of election-year attacks. Sign-ups for Read More

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Op-Ed

Health Crisis is Real

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   My friend is awaiting health insurance.  This is not academic.  She’s afraid that she might have cancer. Think about what it says about a society that someone concerned about a serious illness has to wait to see whether Read More

Religion

These Claims Shouldn’t Have a Prayer

[Los Angeles Times] Are secular, for-profit corporations free to violate the rights of their employees by claiming that the law violates their corporate religious conscience? That’s the big question at the heart of the two blockbuster challenges to a key provision of Obamacare that will be heard Read More

Politics

The Morning Plum: Obama, Race, and the Affordable Care Act

[The Washington Post] President Obama gave a series of comments to the New Yorker’s David Remnick that, predictably, are attracting attention this morning because he said: “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.” Obama also said Read More

Op-Ed

Pope Wants End to Economic Inequality

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.  Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural.  It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.  Read More

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Op-Ed

WWRDH: What Would Republicans Do on Healthcare?

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Many ardent conservatives are critical of the Affordable Care Act or what they derisively call “Obamacare.” But what are they proposing that proves that they care about uninsured Americans? The Tampa Bay Times’ “Pundit Fact” team discovered some interesting findings when they approached Read More

Business

Affordable Care Act Will Create More Jobs

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Health care reform under the Affordable Care Act is off to a sickly start. There have been problems with the main marketplace website, calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation, tepid enrollment numbers, Read More

Politics

White House Releasing Health Enrollments Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will release the first round of health insurance enrollment numbers Wednesday afternoon. Officials have been lowering expectations for the numbers, given the widespread technical issues with the sign-up website. The tightly held numbers are believed to amount to only Read More

Health

New Rule Demands Parity for Mental Health Coverage

KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s final: Health insurance companies must cover mental illness and substance abuse just as they cover physical diseases. The Obama administration issued new regulations Friday that spell out how a 5-year-old mental health parity law will be administered. Read More

Politics

Obama Apologizes to People Losing Health Coverage

by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he had repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Don’t Repeat the Shutdown

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.” –        Dwight D. Eisenhower After 16 days of a costly and unnecessary government shutdown, America is open for business again. More than 800,000 furloughed Read More

Politics

Health Insurance Website Stumbles on Launch

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Last week, President Barack Obama said what many people who visited healthcare.gov to browse and buy affordable health insurance already knew: The website, tied so heavily to the success of the Affordable Care Act, wasn’t working Read More

Politics

Website Contractors Point Fingers at Obama Admin.

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration’s health insurance marketplace said Thursday the site’s crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going Read More

Politics

White House Steps Up Damage Control on Healthcare Rollout

(Reuters) – The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government’s healthcare website on Wednesday as Republicans increased the pressure to delay parts of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy. Obama administration officials held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

A Slave to Slavery Comparisons

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration Read More

Op-Ed

An Open Letter to House Speaker Boehner

By Stephanie J. Jones NNPA Columnist   Dear Speaker Boehner:   It’s hard to know whether to feel pity or disgust for you as we watch you whine, bellow, threaten and renege your way through a government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that you easily Read More

Op-Ed

Affordable Health Care is Here to Stay

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage for $100 or less.” – President Barack Obama We fought and won a battle three years ago to improve access to affordable health care for every American Read More

Health

Obamacare Glitches Still Plague Health Exchanges

[CNBC] Hurry up and wait—for your Obamacare health insurance. Two days after Tuesday’s launch of government-run health insurance marketplaces, technological problems continue to prevent many people from checking out prices and enrolling via the online sites. The lags and service suspensions—which the marketplaces attribute primarily Read More

Health

Insurance Markets Open To Surge Of New Customers

CHICAGO (AP) – The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul struggled to handle the wave of new consumers Tuesday, the first day of a six-month open-enrollment period. A combination of high demand and technical glitches seemed Read More

Politics

Government Shutdown Harder on Black Workers

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Because government Read More

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Business

Government Shutdown Starts to Slow Lending Activity

[ABC News] As 800,000 federal workers are sent home following the government shutdown, lending to households and small businesses has been halted or slowed. The government’s Small Business Administration, Federal Housing Administration and the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency are essentially out of reach for many Read More

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Op-Ed

The Truth about ‘Obamacare’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Major provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect on Tuesday and, like all new programs, there was a certain amount of uncertainty and confusion.  But making things worse are the deliberate lies that have been told by what Read More

Health

Obamacare blitz: Can US persuade young ‘invincibles’ to buy health coverage?

[THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR] In Oregon, folk singers croon about the state’s health insurance exchange in artsy television ads. Connecticut is passing out “Get covered” sunscreen at the beach, and a Colorado poster features a young man with a “winner” medal, fists pumped, and the slogan Read More

Health

California Says Mandate Delay Won’t Affect Healthcare Exchange

[Los Angeles Times] California officials predict that the one-year reprieve for large employers from the federal healthcare law’s penalties won’t affect the rollout of a new state-run insurance market next year. The one-year delay announced late Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department lifts a requirement that companies Read More

Health

Coverage may be unaffordable for low-wage workers

[LAS VEGAS SUN] President Barack Obama’s health care law is called the Affordable Care Act, but a glitch could make it unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. Here’s the problem: The law requires medium-sized and large Read More

Politics

Medicaid Disconnect between Leaders and Voters in South

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As more and more provisions of the Affordable Care Act roll out, the disconnect between what leaders in pockets of the country want for their constituents and what the citizens actually want becomes more clear –and Read More

Politics

CBC Offers its Budget Plan

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Congressional Black Caucus opposes a proposed House Republican budget for fiscal 2014 and instead offered an alternative budget that it said is faired to the voters the CBC represents. Referring to the Republican plan CBC Read More