27,000 May Die Next Year Because Republican Governors, Lawmakers Refuse to Expand Medicaid

By Ethan Rome – Executive Director, Health Care for America Now A majority of Republican governors and state legislators, driven by relentless political opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have rejected billions in federal funding, denied millions needed health … Continue reading

HCAN Report Reveals Human, Economic Costs of States’ Rejection of Expanded Medicaid Funding

GOP Governors, Lawmakers Sacrifice Thousands of Lives, Raise Out-Of-Pocket Costs for People With Private Plans, Destabilize Hospitals By Forgoing $426 Billion in Committed Federal Funds Washington, D.C. – Governors and lawmakers in 25 states who reject federal support to expand … Continue reading

Lives and Livelihoods Lost: The High Cost of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

Download the full report: Lives and Livelihoods Lost: The High Cost of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives 16 million uninsured Americans access to non-emergency health care for the first time by offering more than $800 billion … Continue reading

Two Republican Governors Back Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Michigan Gov. Rick Synder signed into law his state’s expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare Monday, while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signaled his intent to implement his own expansion, albeit with some stipulations. Between the two states, almost one million people … Continue reading

GOP Governors’ Refusal to Fully Participate in Medicaid Will Increase Their Constituents’ Private Health Insurance Premiums

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said, “No, thanks,” to federal Medicaid funds available under the Affordable Care Act – many billions of dollars that would provide health care to their poorest and least healthy … Continue reading

Medicare, Medicaid Turn 48 Years Old

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act, creating Medicare and Medicaid.  At the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., Johnson gave the first Medicare card to former … Continue reading

The fight for Obamacare

Fighting back and winning by implementing Obamacare is the first step towards a better America. Making Obamacare the law of the land was a huge achievement. We still have a lot of work to do. Obamacare is our test. Its … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Hospitals Gearing Up For Obamacare Enrollment Drive

Millions of Americans walk through the doors of a hospital for medical care every year. Starting this fall, many of them will walk back out with something new: health insurance. Hospitals are part of a huge nationwide education, outreach and … Continue reading

Arizona Wins as Gov. Jan Brewer Defeats Misguided Resistance to Obamacare, Extends Medicaid to 300,000

HCAN: It’s Time for Governors in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Maine and Other States to Do the Decent, Smart Thing and Use Generous Federal Funding to Cover Millions of Americans Washington, DC – Here is a statement from Ethan Rome, … Continue reading

Forbes: The Great American Hospital Pricing Scam Exposed-We Now Know Why Healthcare Costs Are So Artificially High

For years, there has been a general awareness that hospitals throughout the nation engage in some very peculiar pricing mechanisms. Yet, until this morning, we never knew just how outrageous hospital price disparities could be—not only when comparing prices on a … Continue reading