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Affordable Care Act

Since Republicans have plans to repeal the federal health law, should consumers still sign up for next year's coverage? And if the health law marketplaces disappear, might Medicare eligibility be expanded? Here are answers to some recent questions from readers.

It sounds like Republicans plan to repeal the health law in January once Donald Trump is sworn in. Since open enrollment goes until the end of January, should I just wait and see what happens before signing up?

Americans continue to be divided along partisan lines over Obamacare, with an overwhelming percentage of Democrats favoring it and an equal share of Republicans having unfavorable views, according to a newly released Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

But when it comes to an actual gutting of Obamacare, there's doesn't appear to be a lot of support.

The number of people who have trouble paying their medical bills has plummeted in the past five years as more people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and gotten jobs as the economy has improved.

A report from the National Center for Health Statistics released Wednesday shows that the number of people whose families are struggling to pay medical bills fell by 22 percent, or 13 million people, in the past five years.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised over and over in recent months that he will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, when he reaches the White House.

"Obamacare is a disaster. You know it. We all know it," Trump said at a debate last month. "We have to repeal it and replace it with something absolutely much less expensive."

Election Stress, Future of Obamacare, SCOTUS

Nov 9, 2016
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Now that the election is over, the stress may be relieved for some. Today we take a look at the common anxiety induced over this election season. We will also discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act now that we have a new president and what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for the Supreme Court.

Survey: Ohio's Uninsured Rates Continue Falling

Aug 20, 2015

A new survey shows that Ohio's uninsured rates for children and adults have each dropped by about half since 2012.

tylenol, pills
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Acetaminophen, Tylenol's active ingredient, is a well-known headache reliever, but a new study found it may also blunt emotional pain--and pleasure. We'll discuss how America's most popular drug reduces fevers, joy and sorrow, and why it matters. 


The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday challenging whether the federal government can pay subsidies to people in Ohio and other states that don’t have state-created health insurance marketplaces set up after the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark health insurance law.

So what could the ruling mean for Ohio?

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Mar 27, 2014

10:00 Four years ago, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Its goal was to expand insurance coverage and reduce health care costs. With the deadline to sign up for coverage just a few days away, we'll take a look at the ACA's successes and failures-- why some say it's making our country healthier, and others think we're headed for disaster. Guests

11:00 In the winter, it can be hard to kickstart your car's engine. But if you've tried to get out of bed on a January morning, you've probably had trouble kickstarting yourself. This hour we'll talk about how to fill your body with nutritional high-test. We'll also learn how to help kids with anxiety and depression, and more on the rollout of Obamacare. Guests

10:00 When a doctor gives you a prescription, you usually go to the pharmacy to get it filled. But research shows you could skip the pharmacy and go straight to the gym. This hour we'll talk about exercise as both prevention and cure. We'll also discuss the diet and fitness stories making headlines in 2013, and Obamacare's ever-changing deadlines. Guests

11:00 Kids are taught to share from an early age, but there's one thing they should keep to themselves: germs. This hour we'll learn why so many fall victim to the "back-to-school plague," and how to stay healthy through the year. We'll also discuss a promising vaccine that could help the 3.3 billion people at risk for malaria. And a look at what measures of ObamaCare are already in play. Guests

Ohio Is Major Player In Health Care Litigation

Mar 27, 2012

Ohio is a major player in the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of the new national health care law. The justices today resume 3 days worth of oral arguments over whether it’s okay for the federal government to order virtually everyone to have medical insurance. Since Ohio is one of the 26 states that are officially challenging the law, activist groups for and against it have been rallying their supporters.