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There Is Still Time to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act (Deadline Jan. 31)

There Is Still Time to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act (Deadline Jan. 31)

Let your friends and family, who may need coverage because they don’t get health care benefits through their jobs or Medicare, know that there's still time to enroll at Healthcare.gov or their state marketplace. The deadline is Jan. 31.

Working America can also help them learn more about their health care coverage options.  

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After Late Night Vote, Republican Plan to Repeal the ACA Without Replacement Advances

After Late Night Vote, Republican Plan to Repeal the ACA Without Replacement Advances

In the early hours of last night, Senate Republicans pushed forward with their reckless plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Shortly after 1 a.m., while most Americans were sleeping, Republican legislators passed a resolution containing a measure that initiates the process to repeal the ACA. The vote was 51–48, along party lines. Democrats used the amendment process to try to improve the resolution, with more than 160 amendments being offered but rejected. The House could vote on the bill as early as Friday.

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Emergency Physicians: 'Cadillac Tax' Leads Patients to Delaying Necessary Care

Photo courtesy the World Bank on Flickr

In a new poll, 70% of emergency physicians say that patients with health insurance are delaying seeking emergency medical care because of high deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance. Supporters of the so-called Cadillac Tax on expensive health care plans say increases in out-of-pocket requirements are a good thing that will lead to a decrease in unnecessary care. But research suggests the tax, which goes into effect in 2018 as part of the Affordable Care Act, also will result in people who are sick getting fewer health care services they need to get healthy or manage their illnesses.

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Thanks to Obamacare, Health Insurance Company Execs Are No Longer Receiving Taxpayer Giveaways for Exorbitant Pay

Thanks to Obamacare, Health Insurance Company Execs Are No Longer Receiving Taxpayer Giveaways for Exorbitant Pay

Runaway executive pay at health insurance companies will no longer be subsidized by taxpayers, thanks to a little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. The provision, which lowered the tax break for executive pay to $500,000 for health insurers, yielded the federal government about $72 million in additional revenue in 2013, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), “The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay.” 

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and Media Matters have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as well as other resources, have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy:

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McDonnell, Scott Move the Right Way on Medicaid

Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

McDonnell, Scott Move the Right Way on Medicaid is a cross-post from Working America's Main Street blog

Over the past week, we’ve had a big and welcome surprise. Two of the loudest opponents to ensuring more people get health care coverage through Medicaid have been Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell and Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott. Now, both have moved—grudgingly—in the direction of accepting the Medicaid funds allocated to states.

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Now That the Election Is Over, the Real Battles in the States Begin

Photo of Rick Snyder courtesy Michigan Municipal League

While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013.  The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.

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