|President Obama urged young people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, saying, "The product is good, it's affordable," and taking a swipe at Republicans who continue to push for the law's repeal.
Editor's note: Suzanne Nossel is executive director of the PEN American Center, an organization founded in 1922 representing about 4,000 U.S. writers who advocate for freedom of expression.
|Standing beside Americans who support the Affordable Care Act or have already benefitted from it, President Obama vowed to "make it work for all Americans."
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday the troubled Affordable Care Act website is now "working well for the vast majority of users" and vowed to fight continued Republican efforts to strip away the law's protections.
"Now, we may never satisfy the law's opponents, I think that's fair to say," Obama said in White House remarks intended to move news coverage away from problems with the website to the 2010 health law's promises of affordable health coverage for millions of Americans.
President Barack Obama said his signature health care reform law is going nowhere as long as he's in office, and he'll spend the remainder of his presidency fighting to make it work if he has to.
"Do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you, because it's working better now, and it's just going to keep on working better over time," Obama said at an event at the White House intended to promote the health law and its benefits.
People with health insurance are more likely to use preventive services such as flu shots and health screenings to reduce their risk of serious illness, but they are no more likely than people without health insurance to engage in risky health behaviors such as smoking or gaining weight, researchers at UC Davis and University of Rochester have found.
Editor's note: Paul Waldman is a contributing editor at The American Prospect and the author of "Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced Wednesday a one-year delay in a provision of the Affordable Care Act intended to allow small businesses to sign up employees for health insurance under the health law's troubled website.
The administration had previously announced it was delaying the scheduled Oct. 1 start for The Small Business Health Options Program, known as SHOP, until November. On Wednesday, it announced online enrollment will now begin in November, 2014, for coverage in January, 2015.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will once again consider a challenge to the Affordable Care Act -- this time a case brought by two businesses that don't want the health insurance they provide employees to include birth control.
Last year, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, but ruled that states can't be required to adopt a key provision - an expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage for more people.