FROM Louise Radnofsky
Health Insurers Ask for Hefty Rate Hikes Some of the biggest health insurance companies in the country are proposing hefty bumps in the rates they charge customers. Regulators in some states can reject or downsize rate hikes -- setting the stage for a debate this summer on whether the Affordable Care Act is to blame for rising costs. That's according to Louise Radnofsky, health-policy reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
Obamacare Gives an Extension and Admits (Another) Error HealthCare.gov closed Sunday for most users of the Affordable Care Act. But for some others, the deadline will be extended. It's all about taxes and misinformation sent to some 8000,000 people, as Louise Radnofsky reports in the Wall Street Journal .
A New Trove of Data on Medicare Doctors Payments for Medicare totaled $77 billion in 2012. But 1% of all the doctors involved got 14% of the payments. Three hundred forty-four physicians got more than $3 million each. That's according to statistics released for the first time after Dow Jones intervened in a federal lawsuit. Louise Radnofsky reports for the Wall Street Journal , owned by Dow Jones.
What Will Obamacare Mean for You? Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act begins in just six months, but many Americans who might benefit don't even know it. Many others are confused — and for good reason. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that forty-two percent don't know it's the law; large numbers believe it has been repealed by the US Supreme Court or the Congress. President Obama says the 85 percent who already have health insurance won't be affected, but last week he conceded the roll-out might not be so smooth. What's being done to prevent a possible "train wreck" as Obamacare rolls out? What questions are being asked? What's being done to provide at least some answers before enrollment begins. We talk to the woman in charge of telling consumers what they need to know.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.