By Suzy Khimm
President Obama’s health law has brought the Democrats closer than ever to achieving their dream of universal coverage, with their plan predicted to insure some 95 percent of Americans who are legally in the country. But even if everything goes according to plan, there will still be
some who will face major barriers to accessing coverage -- including groups that the Affordable Care Act goes out of its way to exclude.
Something I haven’t been 100 percent clear on is whether health plans offered under the exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act will cover birth control. Sharon Lerner explains that it’s actually just not entirely clear:
Obamacare has been such a smashing success that the US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just couldn't wait until days after its "successful" rol out to get the hell out of dodge. Sebelius is out. HHS secretary has told Obama she is resigning. Obama to nominate OMB's Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Friday, per WH officials — Michael D. Shear (@shearm) April 10, 2014
Ross Douthat thinks I'm too pessimistic when I say Republicans will never support constructive proposals on health policy. Given plenty of time and patience, he says they might enact a positive health care agenda. Of course, that's also what they say about monkeys and typewriters and Shakespeare.
CALGARY — An Alberta court has ruled against a constitutional challenge that opposes the provincial government’s virtual monopoly on health care.
Following in the footsteps of a landmark Quebec case in which the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that people should be able to obtain private health insurance, an Alberta resident tried to have the same decision applied to Alberta.
WASHINGTON — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the White House is reporting more than 7 million people signed up for health care through the exchanges by Monday’s midnight deadline.
Pelosi confirmed the milestone after meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
The number could climb. People who started applying but couldn’t finish before the deadline can have extra time.
Obama plans to present updated numbers during a Rose Garden appearance later Tuesday.
Quebecers afflicted with a terminal illness may soon be able to seek the help of a doctor in ending their life.
A panel of legal experts has recommended the provincial government allow what it is calling “medical assistance to die” in rare cases where a patient is close to death and unable to endure the physical or psychological pain — and the Quebec government says it believes it has found a way of not running afoul of Ottawa with the measures.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal in Canada under the Criminal Code.