The U.S. health secretary’s solicitation of money from companies to promote the Affordable Care Act ended after two phone calls, to H&R Block Inc. and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, according to her spokesman.
Aetna Inc. and other insurers that initially fought President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul are reversing course and supporting the effort by funding a group planning to spend $100 million to help the uninsured get coverage under the law.
Shirley Johnson gets her medical care at Palmetto Health Baptist hospital’s emergency room in Columbia, South Carolina. She goes when her back gives out or when a benign tumor near her ribcage swells and throbs. She goes for headaches, heartburn, and spider bites, leaving the hospital a sheaf of unpaid bills.
The elderly and disabled enrolled in Medicare will pay less for drugs next year and insurers that offer plans with extra benefits will see taxpayer subsidies reduced because of record low spending growth, the U.S. said.
Before Supreme Court justices weigh the fate of the 2010 health-care overhaul this month, the White House is helping to coordinate efforts to showcase the law’s most popular provisions and blunt relentless Republican attacks.