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by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that forty-two percent don't know it's the law; large numbers believe it has been repealed by the US Supreme Court or the Congress.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.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.