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Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Scaliacare: Supreme conservatives intervene again

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they'll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They'll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work.

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Guest opinion: Montana should invest in federalism

The American experiment of federalism, and the proper role of the states versus the federal government, continues to evolve. Even though many of us are cautiously optimistic after this election that the federal government will improve, given the federal government's past inability to properl…

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Guest opinion: GOP needs to support funding for better public health

Health issues were big news in The Billings Gazette recently, even before the Ebola and enterovirus D68 outbreaks. In October a front page headline announced: “Poverty hinders Montana’s access to health care.” The lead article on Sept. 30 stated: “Feds give $14.9M to Montana for health care …

October 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Daines, Zinke get support in new MSUB poll

Daines, Zinke get support in new MSUB poll

Montana Republican candidates show strong leads in U.S. Senate and House races, according to a poll released Friday by Montana State University Billings.

October 17, 2014 10:33 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Reasons to celebrate anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid

In 1965, almost half of America’s seniors had no health insurance. For the men and women who survived two World Wars and the Great Depression, retirement often meant insecurity and hopelessness. Our nation’s seniors reached their most medically vulnerable years with few, and sometimes no hea…

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Guest opinion: ACA benefits add up to healthy gains for Montanans

The Affordable Care Act is working and the evidence continues to mount.

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Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings

Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings

Expanding Medicaid rolls would likely create thousands of jobs in the Billings area, but would also cost taxpayers millions, a University of Montana health care economist said in Billings Thursday.

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Gazette opinion: Health care reform thrives close to home

Gazette opinion: Health care reform thrives close to home

A dozen new doctors ceremoniously donned white coats when Billings Clinic launched Montana’s first internal medicine residency last week.

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SBA Official: 'Obamacare' won't kill jobs

New federal health insurance laws won’t be the job killers that critics fear, a U.S. Small Business Administration official said Thursday in Billings.

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Legislators, health care lobbies, governor's office discussing Medicaid-expansion plans

HELENA — A coalition of health care and business lobbies, state lawmakers and Gov. Steve Bullock’s office has been quietly discussing options to expand Medicaid in Montana, hoping to craft a compromise on the politically charged topic.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Stakes in ACA debate higher than health care

WASHINGTON — You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally.

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Media should report on ACA success stories

Plane crashes make major headlines, but you never hear about the thousands of successful landings which happen every day because media focus on anomalies, and not the norm. Such has been the case with ACA “Obamacare” success stories.

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Guest opinion: Made in Montana ideas ensure ACA will work for families

One of my favorite Montana entrepreneurs is Wheat Montana’s Dean Folkvord. I’m not sure whether Dean voted for Barack Obama, but I doubt it. The thing about Dean though is he has a sharp pencil and he does what’s best for his business and his customers. That’s how Wheat Montana blazed the tr…

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Guest opinion: Healthy reasons for young to get insured this month

With the March 31 deadline fast approaching to sign up for the health insurance exchange in Montana and Wyoming on healthcare.gov, there is a blitz of editorials and ads by Affordable Care Act critics targeted to get young people not to sign up.

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Guest opinion: Ailing Obamacare will fail within 3 years

Since 1990, culminating with Obamacare, progressives progressively destroyed health insurance. How? By switching definitions. Old definition: Insurance is fixed, smaller payments to protect yourself from future potential unforeseen catastrophic events. The potential future loss multiplied by…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Must the Obamacare debate be stupid?

WASHINGTON — One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.

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State officials on tour to promote, demystify health insurance exchange

State officials on tour to promote, demystify health insurance exchange

The only time a hotel clerk has had to tell Anna Whiting Sorrell to keep it down was the night that the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on Nov. 7, 2009.

February 04, 2014 9:49 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr: U.S. better off than 5 years ago, but not where Obama hoped

WASHINGTON — It was a bittersweet briefing that told us exactly where the Obama administration finds itself at the dawn of its sixth year.

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Guest opinion: Montanans must weigh costs of being uninsured

Changes often bring frustration and confusion, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been no different. Despite the long implementation time frame, the federal exchange — Healthcare.gov (the online market place for Montanans) — was not ready. This added frustration and confusion.

January 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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