Questions tagged [healthcare]

Questions related to the sociopolitical fundamentals of healthcare (i.e. access to healthcare in a given country) regarding the policies regulated and/or supplied by governments.

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Was the end-of-life counseling provision kept in Obamacare?

In the initial version of Obamacare, there was a provision in which if someone wanted to have a voluntary counseling session with a doctor about end-of-life care, discussing things like advanced ...
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Why did the Supreme Court consider the Obamacare Medicaid expansion coercion?

As part of Obamacare's efforts to expand access to healthcare, it included an expansion of Medicaid. Medicaid is a program that receives some federal funding, but it's administered by the individual ...
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Does Obamacare grant transitional authority to the President?

President Obama has been claiming that a lot of his actions lately on Obamacare are allowed because the ACA grants him broad "transitional authority" to do certain actions necessary to make the ...
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Why was the Healthcare.gov site development managed so badly?

The US Department of Healthcare and Human Services was ultimately responsible for managing the contract(s) that developed the federal healthcare exchange website, Healthcare.gov. As has been widely ...
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What provisions in Obamacare was Obama referring to that got snuck in?

On January 29, 2010 the House Republican caucus had its winter meeting in Baltimore, and Obama came there to speak to them and answer questions. In the course of his discussion of the healthcare ...
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ACA Individual mandate fulfilled using employer insurance

I am a bit confused with the Affordable care act and employer insurance. If the employer mandate starts in 2015 and the individual mandate starts in 2014, how would an employee know if their employer ...
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In what ways does the Affordable Care Act require entities to pay for contraception coverage?

For the past couple years, there has been some debate over religious entities being forced to pay for contraception coverage. In what ways does the Affordable Care Act require people or companies to ...
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What significant changes cause a grandfathered health plan to lose its status?

Health and Human Services estimated that between 21%-43% of all people insured would transition to the ACA exchanges. This is due to their health care plans losing grandfather status. Healthcare.gov, ...
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How many people will be unable to keep their health insurance plan in 2014 due to the ACA?

NPR reported millions won't be keeping their health care plans due to new requirements of the ACA. MONTAGNE: [...] When Obamacare goes into full swing this January, millions of people who buy ...
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What actually would happen if the ACA gets defunded

If the Affordable Care Act gets defunded, then what will actually happen with it. Will parts like the mandate requiring you to get insurance and all the laws about how insurance companies do business ...
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Does medicare have its own trust fund?

Does Medicare have it's own trust fund that's supposed to be completely separate from the rest of the treasury, similar to how Social Security does? Or does medicare costs just come out of the main ...
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How many times and in what way has the Affordable Care Act been modified by the Executive Branch?

On Oct. 1, 2013, the President made the following remarks regarding Affordable Care Act and the Government Shutdown No, this shutdown is not about deficits, it’s not about budgets. This shutdown is ...
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Does the ACA penalize individuals for not being able to afford insurance?

I've been told that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the premiums for the insurance programs are not affordable for individuals, especially for small-time entrepreneurs. Citizens basically have a ...
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What are the reasons for opposing the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is clearly a contentious issue up to the point where there has been a government shutdown over it. For those that oppose Obamacare, What are the ...
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Do white house and congressional staffers currently (or sans Obamacare) receive subsidies for their health insurance?

The House passed a CR last night or today that would have delayed the individual mandate for 1 year and removed subsidies for congressional staffers, white house staffers, etc if they purchase health ...
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How is Obamacare still functioning with no budget?

The health and human services budget has expired and a new one has not been passed yet. So how is Obamacare still functioning, as it falls under that part of the budget? Is it being kept alive by some ...
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What is the ethical or legal term best used to describe the process of legislation that proceeds without supporting evidence?

In general or specifically relating to public health 'crises': What is the ethical, or legal/political concept, term or anecdote (even slang - I am sure there is not precedent, law etc.) that #may# ...
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How much will the ObamaCare tax penalty cost?

I've been trying to figure out how much the tax will cost someone who doesn't have have health insurance once the individual mandate comes into effect. Information is extraordinarily difficult to find....
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Medicaid long-term care applications

I'm looking for statistics on applications for Medicaid long-term care coverage in the U.S. -- how many people apply each year (ideally broken down by state, but I'll take what I can get), how many ...
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Why did the Public Option get cut from the Affordable Care Act

The Public Option is a public healthcare insurance agency that would still charge premiums like any other insurance agency, and would survive on it's own profits. It was originally part of the ...
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What effect does state-level refusal to accept the ACA's medicaid expansion have on the ACA's cost?

The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") was projected by the Congressional Budget Office to reduce the national deficit. When Obamacare went to the Supreme Court, the court ruled that it was ...
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How does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) differ from Massachusetts health care reform (Romneycare)?

These two laws at face value have many similarities, but it is difficult to spot the differences. How are these two bills alike, and how are they different?

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