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ADWATCH: Ads attacking health plan miss some facts

President Barack Obama’s health care initiative is getting toxic on the campaign trail. With the country sharply divided over the sweeping new insurance law, Republicans and their allies are taking to the airwaves to attack it as elections near, often resorting to exaggeration and omissions to make their points. Democrats…

Some insurers stop writing new coverage for kids

Some major health insurance companies will no longer issue certain types of policies for children, an unintended consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, state officials said Friday. Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said several big insurers in his state will stop issuing new policies that cover children…

Got a pre-existing condition? Now you can pay through the nose

The Obama administration is launching a special coverage program for uninsured Americans with medical problems this week, the most ambitious early investment of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. But here’s the catch: Premiums will be a stretch for many, even after government subsidies to bring rates close to what…

Insurers agree to fix loophole that would allow them to reject sick kids

If you can’t beat them, join them. After nearly a year battling President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over the health care overhaul, the insurance industry says it won’t block the administration’s efforts to fix a potentially embarrassing glitch in the new law. In a letter to Health and Human…

Obama: Greedy health insurers show why reform is urgently needed

US President Barack Obama on Monday launched a new political assault on price-hiking insurance companies, seeking to build support for his last-ditch bid to pass a historic health reform bill. Obama headed to Philadelphia to crank up his personal advocacy effort for the reforms, which are facing fateful tests in…

HHS warns of double-digit spike in health premiums

HHS says proposed double-digit premium increases in Calif. may signal new health care trend RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR AP News Feb 18, 2010 07:06 EST Eye-popping health insurance premium increases of up to 39 percent are not an exception but a worrisome sign of the times, the Obama administration said in a…

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