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My $55,000 Migraine

My $55,000 Migraine
The reason to sign up for health insurance is not only to stay healthy, but also to avoid financial ruin in the event that disaster strikes. Ask yourself if you can afford a $30,000 appendectomy, or a $40,000 ovarian cyst, or a $12,000 broken arm.
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Refusing to Expand Medicaid Will Cost TX $9 Billion

Refusing to Expand Medicaid Will Cost TX $9 Billion
A new study by the Commonwealth Fund, "How States Stand to Gain or Lose Federal Funds by Opting In or Out of the Medicaid Expansion," shows that Texas clearly stands to lose the most of any state. Because of Rick Perry's refusal to expand Medicaid, Texas will forego over $9 billion in federal funds while Perry holds out for a Medicaid block grant that he'll never get.
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Bernie Sanders: 'We Have to Get Away from These Junk, Inadequate Insurance Programs and Provide Real Coverage'

Bernie Sanders: 'We Have to Get Away from These Junk, Inadequate Insurance Programs and Provide Real Coverage'
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is never one to mince words: "As a nation, we should not be proud that people have quote-unquote health insurance, think they're covered, and then when they end up in the hospital they find that they have at most a few thousand dollars in coverage."
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Fox News: Iran Nuke Deal Actually Just Ploy to Distract from Obamacare

Fox News: Iran Nuke Deal Actually Just Ploy to Distract from Obamacare
"Don't you think...it's curious timing that out of nowhere, in the midst of Obamacare not unrolling correctly [sic], the president's poll numbers never been lower, then look, John Kerry pulls a rabbit out of his hat and changes the subject?" says Steve Doocy. Seriously.
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After Asking for $100M, Rick Perry Says Expanding Medicaid Is 'Like Putting 1,000 More People on the Titanic'

After Asking for $100M, Rick Perry Says Expanding Medicaid Is 'Like Putting 1,000 More People on the Titanic'
As one might expect from a gathering of Republicans considering 2016 presidential runs, the three-day Republican Governors Association's annual meeting mainly consisted of Tea Party one-upmanship over who disagrees the most with President Obama. Once again, Rick Perry found a way to disagree the loudest.
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The Real Problems with Obamacare: Trusting Insurance Companies and the Right Wing Model

The Real Problems with Obamacare: Trusting Insurance Companies and the Right Wing Model
Majority Report co-producer Michael Brooks and guest Cliff Schecter discuss why health care reform can still succeed — despite the the problems that are certainly present. Brooks and Schecter dissect the portions of the Affordable Care Act that were constructed by the Heritage Foundation and Romney's Massachusetts plan that are causing the biggest kinks in people's coverage.
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Obamacare Launch in CO Out-Pacing Romneycare Debut in MA

Obamacare Launch in CO Out-Pacing Romneycare Debut in MA
The latest figures from Colorado’s health insurance marketplace show 3,408 Coloradans are now covered through the marketplace, while another 52,542 have signed up for accounts. In the first month Massachusetts opened its pioneering insurance exchange, informally known as Romneycare, only 123 people enrolled.
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How Low Will Health Care Enrollments Be? Four Things to Watch as First Month's Numbers Released

How Low Will Health Care Enrollments Be? Four Things to Watch as First Month's Numbers Released
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the long-awaited enrollment numbers for the first month of the health insurance marketplaces. And from all reports, they’re going to be low. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the 36 states that rely on Healthcare.gov for their insurance marketplaces signed up fewer than 50,000 people in their first month of operation.
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Charles Ornstein
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Half of Young Adults Can Get Health Marketplace Coverage for $50 or Less Per Month

Half of Young Adults Can Get Health Marketplace Coverage for $50 or Less Per Month
A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services has found that "approximately 46 percent of single, uninsured young adults living in 34 of the states with a federal Obamacare marketplace will be able to purchase basic health coverage for less than $50 per month after factoring in federal tax subsidies."
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Trouble Shooting Healthcare.gov: What's Wrong and Right About the Insurance Marketplace

Trouble Shooting Healthcare.gov: What's Wrong and Right About the Insurance Marketplace
Over the weekend, two very different takes on the three-week-old HealthCare.gov health insurance marketplace hit the newsstand. One saw the glitchy website as a glass half full, while the other only saw the leaky mess that tech-heavy Internet launches sometimes succumb to.
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Charles Ornstein
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