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.
People who buy insurance on health exchanges run by the federal government are eligible for tax credits to reduce their premiums, a U.S. judge ruled, dismissing claims that only state-run exchanges can offer the subsidies.
The health-care website’s improved performance has both U.S. political parties shifting strategies, with President Barack Obama’s team preparing a January advertising blitz and a wave of celebrity promotions to boost enrollment, allies said.
Kathleen Sebelius quietly charmed one governor’s business-executive dinner guests in Colorado and publicly berated another for his Medicaid stance in Pennsylvania. She surprised a Republican governor in Utah with her flexibility and disappointed a Democratic one in West Virginia with her lack of timely answers.
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.
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.