Affordable Care Act

The Two Way
1:34 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Obama Aide Apologizes For HealthCare.gov's Troubled Launch

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, during her testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
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Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:55 am

  • Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner apologizes for problems with HealthCare.gov
  • Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner says progress has been made

The first of two days worth of hearings about the problems plaguing HealthCare.gov got going Tuesday with an apology for the botched rollout from Marilyn Tavenner — administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. As It's All Politics noted earlier, she heads the agency "that oversaw the ill-fated website project."

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Government
9:28 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Rep. Ed Whitfield on Affordable Care Act, Gov’t Shutdown: ‘It’s Always Easy Looking in Hindsight'

Listen to Chad Lampe's weekend conversation with U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield

U.S. Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield says a different focus for the Republican Party may have been more effective in negotiations during the 16-day partial government shutdown earlier this month. Whitfield made his remarks in a weekend WKMS interview.

Whitfield said Republican uproar over the Affordable Care Act was understandable because, he said, the overreaching public law is riddled with problems the federal and state governments are battling. Because of that, though, Whitfield said he believes portions of the law upon which Republican scrutiny is centered will fall apart regardless of Congressional opposition.

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Politics
6:38 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Pres. Obama Personally Thanks Gov. Beshear

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has gotten a personal thank you from President Barack Obama for a smooth rollout of the health care overhaul in Kentucky.

Kentucky has not had the technical glitches that have plagued the federal health benefit exchange. More than 18,000 of Kentucky's 640,000 uninsured residents have signed up for coverage since Oct. 1.

And nearly 34,000 have completed applications. The federal exchange has been unable to accommodate large numbers of users. 

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It's All Politics
4:44 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

White House Turns To 'Rock Star' Manager For Obamacare Fix

Jeffrey Zients was tapped to help fix problems with the Obama administration's heath care website.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:58 pm

Jeffrey Zients isn't exactly a household name. But if he can cure what ails the Affordable Care Act website, he'll be one of the best-known figures in the Obama administration.

Zients (rhymes with Heinz) is the professional manager President Obama turned to in order to solve the by-now-infamous problems with the federal government's health care exchange website.

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Politics
11:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell To Make Murray Visit

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell visits Murray Thursday to speak with employees at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital. The Senate Minority Leader has held over 50 hospital town hall meetings to discuss the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,’s impact on Kentucky and Kentucky businesses. 

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Proposes Constitutional Amendment

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 8:05 pm

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced a constitutional amendment that would forbid Congress from passing laws that don't apply equally to lawmakers, Executive Branch and U.S. Supreme Court.

According to Paul himself, the proposal is aimed at Chief Justice John Roberts over his swing vote last year upholding the constitutionality of the president's health care law.

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Healthcare
3:32 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Kentucky Governor Not Afraid of Going Solo for Health Care

Kentucky’s Democratic governor says implementing the Affordable Care Act is “the morally right thing to do.”

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KYnect
3:48 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

3.1 Million Page Views On kynect In First Week

Nearly 7,000 Kentuckians and families now have affordable health insurance thanks to the state’s online health exchange Kynect. 

The Governor’s office reports that more than 175,000 people have clicked on the web site since its launch October 1st and more than 3.1 million webpages have been visited.

More than 155,000 people conducted prescreenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid. More than 22,000 applications for health care coverage have been started and nearly 15,000 have been completed.  The report also states that 209 small businesses have started applications to provide health insurance for employees.  

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ACA
6:41 am
Mon October 7, 2013

2nd Lawsuit Filed Over TN Health Adviser Rules

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A library assistant and a home health aide have filed a federal lawsuit over Tennessee's rules for people who advise others about the new health insurance exchange.

The women and their union, Service Employees International Union Local 205, ask for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the rules from being enforced.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Governor Beshear Tells Opponents Of Affordable Care Act To 'Get Over It'

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Kentucky’s Democratic governor is chiding Congressional Republicans for their efforts to defund or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear spoke in Washington Thursday at a health care forum sponsored by the National Journal and the American Medical Association. Beshear said Republicans attempting to stop or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act are hurting people who need health insurance. 

“Look, the Affordable Care Act was proposed by the president, approved by Congress, and upheld by the United States Supreme Court," said Beshear. "It is the law of the land. So, to those more worried about political power than Kentucky’s families, I have a simple message for them: Get over it, and get out of the way so I can help my people.

"Back home in Kentucky, we cannot afford to waste another day, or another life.”

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