House Republican leaders are set to make a move on Friday that “would take a risky double-barreled attack on President Obama’s health-care law, making it the cornerstone fight over government funding due to expire Sept. 30 and the effort to lift the Treasury’s borrowing authority,” Paul Kane and Ed O’Keefe reported for The Post.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has said he plans to take out any health-care provisions from the bill and send it back to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
So there you have it, a scheduled smackdown to shut down the ACA.
Meanwhile, government officials – federal and state -- are moving ahead to figure out how to get the new health care marketplaces up and running by Oct. 1.
If you’re interested in taking a side trip away from the fight among Republicans and Democrats and want some guidance on the new health care plans, read the series of Post articles by reporters who are following the administration’s efforts to implement Obamacare.
-- The Post’s Lena H. Sun took a look this week at what you need to know to choose a plan.
— Here’s a time line that may help you.
— Sarah Kliff of The Post’s Wonkblog has been hard at work chronicling how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system in her excellent Health Reform Watch feature.
-- Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby from Kaiser Health News walk you through how the health law’s online exchanges work and what you need to know to get started.
-- If you missed it, here is the link for the transcript of the online chat in which Appleby and Carey, senior correspondents at Kaiser Health News, answered questions about navigating the health insurance exchange.
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Among the uninsured are 19 million young adults. As I wrote recently, there is concern that not enough young healthy adults will buy insurance to help offset the cost of those who are older and sicker and will need a lot of health-care services. Some experts believe these concerns are overstated. They note that insurance plans in the new marketplace will cover a core set of benefits, such as hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance-use disorder services, and prescription drugs.