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.
Win McNamee/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON (AP) — The vote on the Republican health care bill is a defining moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan that could boost his aggressive agenda to overhaul the tax code and remake the federal government.
Or send it off the rails.
If he fails? "It will be very hard to manage this," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters ahead of Thursday's likely vote.
FitbitThe federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA has not kept pace with wearable fitness trackers, mobile health apps and online patient communities, leaving a gaping hole in regulations that needs to be filled, according to a much-delayed government report released today.