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Insurers see double-digit Obamacare price rises in many states next year

By David Morgan and Caroline Humer (Reuters) - U.S. consumers eligible for Obamacare health plans could see double-digit price hikes next year in states that fail to draw large numbers of enrollees for 2014, including some states that have been hostile to the healthcare law, according to insurance industry officials and analysts.

South Carolina lawmakers fail in attempt to undo Obamacare

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina lawmakers failed to derail implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law in the state when a measure was defeated in the Republican-controlled Senate. Last year, the state House passed a bill that nullified the law by calling for criminal penalties for anyone who sought to enforce it. Late Wednesday night, however, Senators voted 33-9 to defeat an amendment regarding the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Some companies are seeing higher costs because of law, while others are saving money

The health care overhaul affects businesses both big and small in ways that are as wide-reaching as the law itself. Wal-Mart, the largest U.S. private employer, expects $330 million in additional health care costs this year in part because it thinks more employees are signing up for its insurance to meet the law's requirement that most Americans have coverage.

Obamacare campaign highlights sports injuries to enroll young people

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the clock running down on Obamacare enrollment, the administration sought to persuade young people to sign up for health coverage on Tuesday by telling them how much it hurts not be insured - that is, how much it can hurt the wallet. Take the humble ankle sprain, one of the most common injuries among young adults under the age of 25. Treating it can cost $2,290. Then there's the broken arm: On average $7,700. And people without health insurance get to pay full freight.

House Obamacare vote sets stage for new campaign attacks

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a bipartisan deal to spare doctors from a looming Medicare pay cut but included a provision to undermine Obamacare, which critics said was a non-starter in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

House GOP holds 51st anti-Obamacare vote as president declares health care program stable

WASHINGTON - Despite a disastrous start and relentless Republican opposition, President Barack Obama said Friday that enrolment in his signature health care program is high enough to make it stable for the millions who have signed up. "We look forward to seeing more and more people take advantage as some of the politics of the thing get drained away, as people start feeling more confident about the website," the president told WebMD in his latest, less-than-conventional attempt to spread the gospel about the law known by his name.

Obama says enough people signed up to make U.S. healthcare law work

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, aiming to allay concerns about the viability of his signature healthcare law, said on Friday enough people have enrolled to make its insurance marketplaces stable. "Well, at this point, enough people are signing up that the Affordable Care Act is going to work," Obama said in an interview with the medical website WebMD. "The insurance companies will continue to offer these plans."

GOP takes aim at Obamacare to fund Medicare

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans said on Wednesday that they are pushing a plan to delay for five years the penalties for failing to buy health insurance under Obamacare, and to use the savings to spare doctors from a steep cut in Medicare payments.

Republican wins Congress seat in 2014 'Obamacare' test

Republican David Jolly won a special congressional election in Florida, in an important early test of President Barack Obama's health care reforms as lawmakers gear up for November's mid-term elections. "We had a big win last night in Florida," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Wednesday, crediting the outcome to his party's focus on job creation as well as opposition to the health care law known as "Obamacare." Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a race to replace Republican Bill Young, who died in October after four decades in office.

Obamacare sign ups hit 4.2 million

A further 940,000 Americans registered for President Barack Obama's health care plans in February, bringing to 4.2 million the number of people who have signed up so far, officials said Tuesday. The White House also geared up for what it said would be "surge of enrollment" for the system, now a malfunctioning website that hampered the key law's roll out has been fixed, before a March 31 deadline.
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