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  • Trump jokes about firing Price over Senate vote

    July 24, 2017 9:17 PM

    GLEN JEAN, W.Va. - President Donald Trump has jokingly threatened to fire his health secretary if a crucial vote to repeal "Obamacare" fails. Trump told thousands of Boy Scouts at a national gathering in West Virginia that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price "better get" the... more »
  • Senate 'Obamacare' repeal vote coming next week

    July 18, 2017 10:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote early next week on trying to move ahead on a straight-up repeal of Barack Obama's health care law. McConnell made the announcement Tuesday night. He says the vote was at the request of President Donald Trump and... more »
  • Kennedy says it's time to vote on health care

    July 11, 2017 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says if he thinks the Senate GOP health care bill being negotiated behind the scenes is even a modest improvement over current law, he'll support it. Kennedy responded Tuesday to Senate Republican leaders' announcement that a reworked health care bill will be... more »
  • Two GOP senators suggest bill to repeal health care law 'dead'

    July 9, 2017 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The initial GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation's health law is probably "dead" and President Donald Trump's proposal to just repeal it appears to be a "non-starter. That's what two Republican senators are indicating Sunday as their party scrambled to salvage faltering legislation. Sen.... more »
  • Audit says Senate bill would leave 22M uninsured

    June 26, 2017 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate health care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law. That's according to an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The figure may further complicate Senate GOP leaders' plans to pass their bill... more »
  • Trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful

    June 25, 2017 10:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace "Obamacare." But some lawmakers have doubts. Trump tells "Fox and Friends" he believes his majority party is "going to get there." That optimism runs... more »
  • GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak'

    May 12, 2017 7:51 AM

    MARSHALLTOWN - A Republican congressman who campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act is cautioning constituents that the House GOP replacement bill is just "a tweak of Obamacare." Two-term Iowa Republican Rod Blum indicates that the GOP bill would have gone further if he had his way. Blum represents a... more »
  • Aetna becomes latest insurer to flee ACA exchanges

    May 11, 2017 7:57 AM

    While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the immediate future of the law has grown hazier with the nation's third-largest health insurer saying that it will completely divorce itself from state-based insurance exchanges. Aetna says it won't sell coverage in Nebraska and Delaware next year after projecting a... more »
  • Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'

    May 9, 2017 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are asking Republican leaders to drop their effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. If they do, they're offering to help them "improve the health care system for all Americans." Democrats say they'd work with the GOP to reduce premium and drug costs, stabilize... more »
  • Bill Cassidy set to appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Monday

    May 8, 2017 3:41 PM

    Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy will take his health care discussion to late night television Monday. I will be on @JimmyKimmelLive tonight to talk health care. Hope you can tune in. https://t.co/sI9FkIeRs9 — Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) May 8, 2017 The Republican senator is slated to appear on... more »
  • House GOP votes to gut Obama health care law

    May 4, 2017 7:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - Relieved Republicans have pushed their prized health care bill through the House. The mostly party-line 217-213 vote advances a bill that addresses their longtime pledge to erase the 2010 Obama health care law. Thursday's vote sends the measure to the Senate. Many senators consider the House bill too... more »
  • Repeal or spare? Pressure is on moderates over health care

    May 2, 2017 7:53 AM

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Moderate House Republicans face heavy pressure from both sides on the question of whether to scrap Democrat Barack Obama's health care law. How do their voters feel? That's not simple. In interviews in the members' districts, Associated Press reporters found constituents deeply divided over the Affordable Care... more »
  • Insurers say Trump must do more to stabilize 'Obamacare'

    April 14, 2017 8:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - "Obamacare" is proving more of a challenge than the Trump administration bargained for. With the "repeal and replace" effort at an impasse on Capitol Hill, the administration on Thursday released fixes to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's shaky insurance markets for next year. But the insurance industry quickly... more »
  • Is 'Obamacare' repeal dead -- or a legislative zombie

    March 31, 2017 7:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's plan to kill Obamacare died last week. Or maybe it didn't. In never-say-die Washington, big legislative proposals that are in the casket one day can show signs of a pulse the next. The repeal effort appears to have zombie status - somewhere between dead and... more »
  • Freedom Caucus leader says he'll force health care repeal vote

    March 28, 2017 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - A member of the House Freedom Caucus says he will force the House to vote on a full repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law in a month if the chamber hasn't acted to roll back the statute. Alabama Republican Mo Brooks also said Speaker Paul... more »
  • Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

    March 26, 2017 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare. On Twitter Sunday, Trump says: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" The Freedom... more »
  • White House tells House GOP, 'Let's vote'

    March 23, 2017 8:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump wants the House to vote on the health care bill, and Republicans say a vote will occur Friday. White House officials had a simple message to a divided House Republican caucus on the bill: "Let's vote." Republicans emerging from the closed-door meeting Thursday said they... more »
  • CBO: 14 million to lose coverage under GOP health bill

    March 13, 2017 4:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nonpartisan analysts project that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law. The estimate is a blow to Republicans. Monday's estimate by the Congressional Budget Office says the number of uninsured would grow to 24 million... more »
  • Republicans brace for downbeat CBO analysis of health bill

    March 13, 2017 7:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis. It's widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump's promise of "insurance for everybody." The CBO analysis is expected... more »
  • Muted response from Louisiana Republicans on health plan

    March 8, 2017 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's majority-Republican congressional delegation hasn't exactly embraced the GOP proposal to replace President Barack Obama's health care law. Only Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican and a member of the leadership team pushing the replacement plan, has given a full-throated endorsement to the legislation. Other Louisiana... more »
  • Pence says health overhaul won't leave poor out

    March 1, 2017 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence says "no one is going to fall through the cracks" as a result of Republican plans to replace the nation's health care law. Pence was referring to people on Medicaid, the federal-state program for low income Americans that is managed by the states. As... more »
  • Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

    February 23, 2017 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen." Boehner was forced out by conservatives in 2015. The Ohio Republican says he started laughing when he heard President Donald Trump and Republicans promise swift action on... more »
  • Risk to women's health benefits seen in health law repeal

    February 2, 2017 9:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican push to repeal the Obama-era health care law already is raising concerns that women could be hit hard. The 2010 law ended a common insurance industry practice of charging women more than what a man would pay for policies purchased individually. It made maternity and newborn... more »
  • Senator Cassidy unveils plan to replace Affordable Care Act Play Video

    January 23, 2017 5:31 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- Senator Bill Cassidy unveiled a plan Monday morning that he thinks would be a good replacement to Obamacare. The plan would keep some of the hallmarks of Obamacare like no penalization for pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on their parents' policies until the age of 26 and... more »
  • Obama derides 'reckless' plan to repeal now, replace later

    January 6, 2017 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is deriding as "reckless" a Republican plan to repeal his health care law now and replace it later. Obama is urging lawmakers to come up with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act before voting to gut it. He writes in the New England Journal... more »
  • GOP Sen. Rand Paul blasts party leaders for ignoring debt

    January 4, 2017 7:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blasted fellow GOP lawmakers for ignoring the government's spiraling debt problem in their rush to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. Paul, who hails from the GOP's small-government, libertarian wing, was the sole Republican to oppose party leaders and President-elect Donald... more »
  • Rates going up next year under Affordable Care Act

    November 3, 2016 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Rate increases have been posted for "Obamacare" plans offered by three health insurers in Louisiana, with Blue Cross and Blue Shield boosting rates as much as 41 percent on average for 2017, although some customers may see premiums skyrocket by 54.7 percent. State Department of Insurance records... more »
  • GOP Senate candidates seize on news of rising premiums

    October 26, 2016 3:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Senate candidates are jumping on news of sharply rising premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law as they seek advantage in the closing days of the election. The unpopular law was already an issue in some key Senate races, a recurring attack line for GOP candidates... more »
  • UnitedHealth to pull out Affordable Care Act coverage

    April 21, 2016 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- UnitedHealth is pulling out of the Affordable Care Act health coverage in Louisiana next year. That will force about 29,000 people to find a new insurance provider under the federal health care law. The nation's biggest health insurer notified Louisiana Insurance Department officials last week that in January... more »
  • Louisiana's Affordable Care Act enrollees 102K new customers

    March 16, 2016 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Health and Human Services says roughly 102,000 of the more than 214,000 Louisiana residents who bought health coverage for 2016 through the federal marketplace are new customers. Louisiana customers were also shopping for new Affordable Care Act plans. Those who switched insurers and plans saved... more »
  • 214,148 people sign up for health coverage in Louisiana

    February 4, 2016 6:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New enrollment numbers show 214,148 people in Louisiana signed up for coverage under President Obama's health care act. The third open enrollment period ended Sunday. National and state enrollment figures were released Thursday. They mark an increase in Louisiana. More than 186,000 signed up during... more »
  • Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season

    February 4, 2016 4:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says 12.7 million people have signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage under the president's health care law, respectable results for a program still in political jeopardy. Expectations were low when 2016 open enrollment started on Nov. 1. Premiums were rising, and many... more »
  • Louisiana's Affordable Care Act enrollment swells

    January 28, 2016 8:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The number of Louisiana residents enrolling for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act continues to grow. The number of residents who got health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace has climbed to 198,511. That's about 12,000 more than last year's total. The final deadline for individuals to... more »
  • Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law

    January 8, 2016 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation to repeal his signature health care law. It's one of many repeal measures pushed by Republican lawmakers since 2010, when Obama signed the health care program into law. But it's the first bill to clear both houses of Congress and make... more »
  • House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time

    January 6, 2016 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - After dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president's desk Wednesday striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement. Obama will veto the bill, and so the ultimate outcome will be... more »
  • Clinton calls for repeal of health care law's 'Cadillac tax'

    September 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for the repeal of part of President Barack Obama's health care law, the so-called "Cadillac tax" on health insurance that's unpopular with large corporations and unions alike. Critics say it will raise costs for consumers, while supporters see it as a... more »
  • Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

    August 13, 2015 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under the health care law even after the official enrollment season ended. That helped push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscored how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the... more »
  • Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision

    July 1, 2015 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states. Overall, 62 percent approved, while 32 percent disapproved, said the survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Opponents... more »
  • 138,000 in La. to keep health care subsidies after SCOTUS ruling

    June 25, 2015 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable... more »
  • Analysts: Health law repeal boosts economy, adds red ink

    June 19, 2015 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new nonpartisan government study says that repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would boost the economy even as it increases budget deficits. The Congressional Budget Office says that completely repealing the law would, on average, increase the economy by 0.7 percent a year when economic... more »
  • 138,000 Louisianians could lose health insurance Play Video

    June 18, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the Affordable Care Act that could leave almost 138,000 people in the Louisiana without health insurance. The conflict is over federal subsidies that help low and middle income people pay for their health insurance. In the... more »
  • Health insurers to increases Affordable Care Act rates

    June 3, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under the Affordable Care Act are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016. In records filed with the state Insurance Department, insurers say a number of factors played a role in the higher rates. Humana... more »
  • CDC: 11 million fewer uninsured since passage of Obama's law

    March 24, 2015 2:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A couple of government reports say the number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that still would leave about 37 million people uninsured.... more »
  • Rep. Graves talks immigration, Obamacare and Iran Play Video

    March 9, 2015 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It has been whirlwind start to 2015 for one of Louisiana's newest congressmen. Rep. Garret Graves (R) has hit the ground running since winning the run-off in the 6th Congressional District. He stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his experience so far. "In... more »
  • Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    March 4, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is sharply divided over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans under President Barack Obama's health overhaul. The justices on Wednesday aggressively questioned the lawyers on both sides of the latest politically charged fight over the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice... more »
  • Deadline to get health care without a penalty less than a week away Play Video

    February 9, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The open enrollment period for health insurance under the affordable care act ends on February 15th. Brian Keller from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana stopped by 2une In this morning to explain what happens if you miss that deadline. "You may be out of luck... more »
  • ACA making taxes more complicated

    January 30, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Affordable Care Act is affecting the way many people file their taxes this year. It's one of the biggest changes to the tax code in decades and it's confusing even the professionals. The biggest change are two new forms: "1095-A," for people enrolled in... more »
  • BRG offers free healthcare enrollment help Play Video

    January 6, 2015 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you're still uninsured, you're running out of time to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. The Baton Rouge General wants to help by offering free help to enroll. Mid-City Campus Administrator George Bell joined us on 2une In Tuesday morning with all the... more »
  • Deadline closes in on penalties for the uninsured Play Video

    January 5, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents without health insurance have about a month to sign up in order avoid penalties as tax season and deadlines loom. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or "Obamacare"), all citizens are required to be insured or pay the price. With deadlines... more »
  • No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

    December 30, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year. It's a requirement under President Barack Obama's... more »
  • Newly insured struggle to find primary physicians

    December 7, 2014 10:25 AM

    MIAMI - Primary care doctors might be working longer hours, hiring more staff and relying on nurse practitioners, but the majority seem to be finding a way to keep up with the 6.7 million new patients under the Affordable Care Act. One of the purposes of the new health law... more »
  • BR schools cut hours to avoid insurance fines Play Video

    December 3, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers are missing from classrooms across the Baton Rouge area and fingers are pointed at Washington D.C. for the short supply. Under the Affordable Care Act, business that employ more than 50 full-time workers must provide health insurance for them. Full-time workers are defined under the... more »
  • What you need to know when enrolling for healthcare Play Video

    November 18, 2014 7:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Open enrollment has begun for those wanting to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There are some changes this year, including increased fines for being uninsured and a shorter enrollment period. "The biggest single change is that the fines have tripled," Louisiana Healthcare Education... more »
  • Keeping your health law plan may mean premium hike

    November 14, 2014 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under the president's health care law will see premiums go up next year, unless they're willing to switch to another plan. That was the assessment of independent analysts as the Health and Human Services department released a massive computer... more »
  • More web woes ahead of Obamacare enrollment Play Video

    November 13, 2014 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Round two of enrollment for Obamacare starts Saturday and the government hopes signups are smoother after the website was overwhelmed the first time. Several changes were made to Healthcare.gov including a way to preview plans which will let people compare estimated premiums, deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket... more »
  • Admin. dials back goal for health law sign-ups

    November 10, 2014 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The administration is dialing back expectations for health insurance sign-ups in the second year of President Barack Obama's big push to cover uninsured Americans. A report released Monday by the Health and Human Services department estimates that 9 million to 9.9 million paying customers will enroll for 2015.... more »
  • Consumers to get peek at 2015 health law premiums

    November 7, 2014 10:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says starting this weekend, consumers can get an early peek at 2015 premiums and plans under the president's health law. Open enrollment starts Nov. 15, a week from Saturday. But Lori Lodes, spokeswoman for HealthCare.gov, said Friday that consumers will be able to "window shop"... more »
  • Landrieu sticks to support of unpopular health law

    October 28, 2014 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Even as another poll shows the federal health care law remains highly unpopular in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu has doubled down on her support for the revamp. In the latest Senate race debate, the Democratic incumbent said while the signature initiative of President Barack Obama's administration needs... more »
  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

    October 20, 2014 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal "Obamacare," but GOP governors don't see the president's health care law going away. Nine Republican governors have accepted the law's Medicaid coverage expansion for low-income people, despite their own misgivings about big government and... more »
  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    August 13, 2014 2:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Obama administration says the clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health law. Officials said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship and information documentation doesn't match what the government... more »
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    July 23, 2014 2:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover operatives were able to get subsidized health care in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is... more »
  • Dueling rulings could impact La. insurance subsidies

    July 22, 2014 10:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's another legal battle involving President Barack Obama's health care law, which could impact thousands in Louisiana who receive help paying for their plans. Two federal appeals courts today have issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue. The rulings came within hours of each other. ... more »

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