Is Obamacare on Schedule?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is applauded after signing the Affordable Health Care for America Act during a ceremony with fellow Democrats in the East Room of the White House (Getty Images)

Deadlines for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act are approaching. We check in on the progress with Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post and Wonkblog. Plus: a followup on our crowdsourcing projects around the cost of birth control pills and mammograms. How much will Obamacare change the cost of women's health?

→ As Mentioned on Show: NWLC Guide to Changes to Women's Preventative Services

Related: Our Two Projects To Track the Cost of Healthcare


Sarah Kliff

Comments [29]

Health Insurance vs. Health Care

Unfortunately Obama negotiated against himself on that one and gave it away. I'm not even sure what we are talking about here (correction: we are talking about mammograms and birth control).

May. 08 2013 08:22 PM

NY State's official database of medical costs

May. 08 2013 08:20 PM

We don't need health INSURANCE, we need health CARE!!!


May. 08 2013 12:11 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Obamacoverage (since we'll get coverage but won't be able to get care) will be the largest increase in abortion since Roe. Abortion will be mandated and paid for using tax payer money. It's a huge windfall for Planned Parenthood, and it could be said that that was a main purpose of the bill to begin with.

May. 08 2013 11:21 AM
Murugan from New Jersey

The solution really needed is not making the Health Insurance affordable but to make the Healthcare affordable. Healthcare and Education should be more like a non-profit. It is outrageous to make people slave for the sake of having a health insurance or pay for the student loan. I am not against hardworking by any means, but common how ridiculously expensive for common people to make a living in our country!

May. 08 2013 11:03 AM
Ed from Northern New Jersey

There are really no "free benefits" within the Affordable Care Act. Social Security and Medicare cost to participants have been raised just as the payroll tax went up on employees in January. A tax was also introduced on durable medical equipment this January which means a tax on wheel chairs, walkers, transfusion pumps, etc. Do not forget the rise in the cost in private insurance plans that have been on going since the passing of the ACA. The predicted cost of the medical insurance continues to rise that maybe available through the health care exchanges (the government is predicting $20,000 per family for the cheapest plan presently).
The government can mandate many things but the cost does not magically disappear, we all pay for it with higher costs and taxes.

May. 08 2013 10:58 AM

1.) "ObamaCare" sanctions and strengthens the private, for-profit insurance and health care industry, an inherently /predatory/ model.

Marcia Angell, M.D. is one of many who have consistently made a compelling case FOR single-payer and AGAINST "ObamaCare".

2.) People who engage in /voluntary/ high-risk behavior should be required to cover more of the expenses they incur as a result of such choices. In addition to smoking, motorcycle-riding, etc., this must include not only inordinate promiscuity in general, but, specifically, the act of buggery (anal penetration) which, more than any other sex act, spreads a whole host of serious, even lethal infections.

(Brave homosexual dissidents such as Bill Weintraub ( ) and Rob McGee ( ) are keenly aware of this fact.)

May. 08 2013 10:41 AM
John A

Can a future segment be on how the EG Canadian system works? No sense cursing our future like it's a dark unknown cave.

May. 08 2013 10:26 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

God bless Max Baucus.

May. 08 2013 10:26 AM
Venka Taule from ringwood nj

Will the exchanges be set up on time in New Jersey----our insurance agent is saying that there are problems and that the exchanges will be delayed.

May. 08 2013 10:26 AM

Until Medicare/Medicaid are merged, the lack of dental, hearing, mental health, nutrition support & vision assistance we will never have a health system that covers ALL body systems.

All of the above are preventive care for adults as well as children. Vision aid prevents medicine dosage/use mistakes, dental prevents infection. Nutrition support including vitamin/mineral support is needed to deal with organ damage due to multiple chronic meds. Increased SNAP assistance ensures that meds are properly digested by the body.

The above constitutes comprehensive preventive care!

May. 08 2013 10:25 AM
Ari from Brooklyn

Can the guest explain what exactly will be the process and options of obtaining healthcare when the new exchange goes into effect in October?

May. 08 2013 10:24 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Dental care is not an essential health benefit? REALLY!?

Umm... Are the politicians and corporate overlords trying to start a violent revolution in this country? Because this whistling past the graveyard mentality is very dangerous.

May. 08 2013 10:22 AM
Betty from Montclair

It sounds menacing to my ear listening to your repeated reference to the Affordable Care Act as "Obamacare". I thought your intent as a public broadcasting station was to provide information without a slant. Let the listener make up their own minds about it. Obamacare is an acronym started by the far right and intended to injure and sway the public discourse. I don't expect this from your station but find that I am paying attention and hearing to more of it in recent months including your initial description of the terrorist in Boston as black.

May. 08 2013 10:21 AM
Kristen from Manhattan

If I work for a small business, only 3 employees I my employer required to provide insurance. I currently receive insurance from my employer but the plan has no prescription coverage so I currently pay full price for birth control.

May. 08 2013 10:21 AM
rj from NYC

How about long term health care? If regular health insurance can no longer have existing condition exclusions, how about with LTHC? I have relapsing/remitting low level MS and can't get a long term health policy

May. 08 2013 10:19 AM

I was an adjunct professor at Bronx Community College and the director of my program told me I would never be given 9 hours of teaching because the school would have to pay me benefits. That MFA cost me a lot of money and now I'm having trouble paying it back.

May. 08 2013 10:19 AM

Curious if birth control or other women health services is covered if I have a high deductible($2500).

May. 08 2013 10:18 AM
wendy from manhattan

I'm in my 50's, looking for a job, and because I am not currently "self-employed," there are very few private health insurance options available to me in New York. I'm not eligible for any of the publicly subsidized programs. The policy that covers the most health care, including physicians (although few accept it), is an HMO policy that costs me more than $1,500/month. Will the exchange offer more than 3 very costly options that provide more than simply hospital costs?

May. 08 2013 10:18 AM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ

“If you don't stop Medicare, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.”
— Ronald Reagan, from a 1961 LP record recorded for the AMA.

3000 copies of "Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine” were distributed across the country for use in Operation Coffeecup, coffee-klatches organized by the Women's Auxiliary of the AMA. The Reagan record was played at the gatherings.

May. 08 2013 10:14 AM

What about IUDs? Are they covered now?

May. 08 2013 10:13 AM
Max from Northern NJ

Free birth control? Really???

Nothing is free. Someone, somewhere pays. Just because you aren't the one who is paying doesn't mean that it is free.

Federal money, state money, county money, municipal money,. . . . there is no difference. Wake up!! It's all taxpayer (that is, our) money.

May. 08 2013 10:13 AM
Ann from Manhattan

Are nurse-midwives covered?

May. 08 2013 10:13 AM
John A

When they started using the meme "your right as a woman", that was when I think the entitlement society kicked up into high gear.

May. 08 2013 10:12 AM
Ed from Larchmont

How soon will it collapse?

May. 08 2013 10:12 AM
Lynne from Manhattan

How about non-hormonal birth control like condoms? Are they covered?

May. 08 2013 10:11 AM
Ed from Larchmont

These church related organizations will have to pay for it ... if the 60 lawsuits against the government, which are on the way to the Supreme Court, don't succeed, arguing on the grounds of religious freedom. So far the cases in the Appeals Courts have gone about 50-50, the ones against the church have said 'you haven't been harmed yet'.

May. 08 2013 10:10 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Imagining paying so much money for something that does one damage. In any case, with Obamacoverage, we will all pay for it, forced to pay for it.

May. 08 2013 10:01 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Handcuff Obamacare.
Keep the lame duck in the White House a true Lame Duck for the remainder of his 1353 days and 2 hours. Send him out empty handed.

LOL....Spitzer and Weiner.... take heart ye stout lads.

May. 08 2013 07:01 AM

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