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Implementing Obamacare

Obamacare, the biggest change in the nation’s health-care system in decades, is upon us.

With the health-insurance marketplaces scheduled to open for enrollment Oct. 1, millions of Americans, and officials at all levels of government, are trying to figure out what the sweeping Affordable Care Act means for them. On Jan. 1, the law goes into full effect.

Over the coming months and years, The Washington Post will follow the administration’s efforts to promote the legislation and examine the implementation of the law at the federal and state levels, as well as the continued political fight in Congress.

Check back regularly for the latest news on the health-care overhaul.


Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda

(Rebecca Vassie / Associated Press)

The American neurosurgeon leaned in to take a selfie with his patient, chuckling with excitement when she raised her hands. That was a good sign the day after Michael Haglund and his Duke University team opened the patient’s skull to remove a tumor.

Why that one Democratic Obamacare ad didn’t signal a new trend

There’s little evidence Obamacare’s becoming a central Democratic talking point heading into the fall campaign.

Is medical marijuana the answer to America’s prescription painkiller epidemic?

States allowing medical marijuana had lower overdose rates for painkillers, researchers find.

States with medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer prescription overdose deaths

States with medical marijuana had 1,729 fewer overdose deaths in 2010.


Obamacare has growing support, even if its name does not

(Michael Orrell / AP)

Polls suggest that Americans have warmed to the particulars of the Affordable Care Act, if not its moniker.

Wonkbook: The policies that could help America’s veterans

A look at Obama’s latest move to help America’s veterans

Why a Southern Democrat in a close race is running an Obamacare spot

The move is a rare one for a southern politician in a tough reelection battle.


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