The Takeaway

Insurance Companies Ignore ACA Mandates on Women's Healthcare

Monday, May 04, 2015

President Obama's Affordable Care Act guaranteed coverage for a number of women's health services. A new study finds that many insurance plans aren't complying with the law.


The Takeaway

In San Antonio, A Lifeline for the Hispanic Uninsured

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

High rates of uninsurance plague Hispanic communities. Del Barrio Clinic in San Antonio, Texas is trying to turn the tide. 

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Edition

Friday, March 06, 2015

Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the fallout from Netanyahu's speech before Congress, Hillary Clinton's use of private email to conduct public business, and the oral arguments in the Supreme Court's latest ObamaCare case.


The Takeaway

What You Need to Know About the Latest Obamacare Case Before SCOTUS

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

If the court rules against the Obama Administration, millions of people using the federally run healthcare exchange could lose their subsidies and be unable to afford insurance.

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Christie's Budget Cuts $148M from Hospital Charity Care

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NJ Spotlight
Obamacare is helping state with budget problems, but hospitals worry the cuts will leave people in need.



Med School Students Chip in to Help Uninsured Left Behind by Obamacare

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Almost 1 million New York City residents are still uninsured. Rather than go to emergency rooms or city hospitals, some of them get free care from medical school students.


New Jersey News

The Problem Obamacare Was Supposed to Fix

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Affordable Care Act provides for drug treatment. But finding a bed in rehab is still a problem. 


Slate Political Gabfest

The "I'm Pregnant, Don't Fire Me!" Edition

Friday, December 05, 2014

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss a grand jury's refusal to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner and the Rolling Stone story about an alleged UVA gang rape. They also debate whether Obamacare has hurt the Dems.


The Takeaway

GruberGate: ACA Architect Says Lack of Transparency Helped Pass Law

Friday, November 14, 2014

There's more bad news for the war-weary Affordable Care Act. A video has surfaced of ACA architect Jonathan Gruber saying that "the stupidity of the American voter" helped pass the law.

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What We've Learned About Obamacare in NJ

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kai Wright looks back on the law's successes and shortcomings one year in, and looks ahead to what will change as the country gears up for 2015's open enrollment period.



Rates Could Yo-Yo as Insurance Exchange Heads into 2015

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Yorkers who bought insurance from the state health exchange could see big price hikes next year.



Crickets Chirping for NY's Small Biz Insurance Exchange

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

So far, the state has just 10,000 sign-ups for employer-based health plans.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Obamacare May Not Let You Go Out of Network

Thursday, May 08, 2014

For people with health insurance plans they bought on the New York State Affordable Care Act exchange, doctor choice can be limited and none of the plans offer out-of-network coverage. WNYC reporter Fred Mogul explains that while these narrow networks might keep costs down, some customers aren't happy with the doctors they can choose from. And, New York State just announced it still won't require out of network coverage next year. Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives at Community Service Society and co-founder of Healthcare for All New York, also weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Inside Hobby Lobby's 'Hypocrisy'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

An analysis of documents finds that Hobby Lobby's employee 401k retirement plan holds more than $73 million in mutual funds with companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs used in abortions. 

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The Takeaway

As Clock Ticks, ACA Seeks Minority Enrollment

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31 is the deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance. The White House reports that 6 million people have signed up for coverage so far, but some of the most important groups for the ACA—minorities—have yet to get on board.

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On The Media

Courting the Young Invincibles

Friday, March 28, 2014

With the official enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act approaching, the Obama Administration is trying every which way to get the message out.  This effort ranges from ordinary TV ads, to quirkier celeb-filled spoofs, to testimonials from YouTube celebrities. Bob speaks to Joe Rospars, CEO and Co-Founder of Blue State Digital, who served as the principal digital strategist for both of Obama’s campaigns, about capturing the attention of the ever-elusive “young invincibles.”

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The Takeaway

Can Obama Get Young People to Enroll in the ACA?

Friday, March 14, 2014

There are only two weeks left for Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, and this week, President Barack Obama made a comedic appeal to young people by appearing on Zach Galifianakis’s web show, “Between Two Ferns.” Now web traffic at is up 40 percent. How many young people still need to enroll and why are so many still resistant? Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, and Josh Carpenter, explain.

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The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Insured

Monday, December 16, 2013

Want insurance coverage in place for New Year's Day, 2014? Time is running out, so here's what you need to do.

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Gabfest Radio

The Puzzling Will Shortz Edition

Friday, December 06, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether the botched rollout of Obamacare will destroy progressivism and whether Congress is likely to raise the federal minimum wage.



News Quiz USA: Obamacare and Miley Cyrus

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Join Andy Borowitz (The Borowitz Report at The New Yorker) as he challenges comedians Negin Farsad, Baratunde Thurston, Sara Schaefer and James Adomian to dissect the week's news in this special panel show recording for WNYC and BBC Radio 4.

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