Kaiser Health News
The Affordable Care Act transformed the medical system, expanding coverage to millions, injecting billions in tax revenue, changing insurance rules and launching ambitious experiments in quality and efficiency.
As customers prepare for the federal health law’s fourth open enrollment to open next week, the Affordable Care Act faces a big test with dramatic increases in policy premiums and fewer options as some insurers are pulling out of the marketplace.
Until this week, when big increases in insurance premiums were unveiled for next year, the federal health law has not been a major issue in the presidential election.
Supporters of “death with dignity” have succeeded in legalizing medical aid-in-dying in five states by convincing voters, lawmakers and courts that terminally ill patients have the right to die without suffering intractable pain in their final days or weeks.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The “public option,” which stoked fierce debate in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, is making a comeback — at least among Democratic politicians.
Rate hikes are likely on the way for plans offered on the health law’s online exchanges, or marketplaces. Consumers’ out-of-pocket costs are expected to climb, and some major insurers are pulling out.
Health care finally came up as an issue in the second presidential debate in St. Louis Sunday night. But the discussion may have confused more than clarified the issue for many voters.
The goal is lofty and expansive: to cure, prevent or manage all known diseases by the end of the century.