September 2010: President Obama at an event in Falls Church, Va., where he answered questions about his health care plan.
Dennis Brack/pool/Getty Images
October 30, 2013 One of the president's most famous promises — "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" — isn't true for everyone now that the Affordable Care Act is going into effect, say nonpartisan truth squads.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as she was sworn in prior to the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday.
Alex Wong/Getty Images
October 30, 2013 The Health and Human Services secretary was on the hot seat at a House hearing. Her testimony followed another hearing Tuesday at which an Obama aide apologized for HealthCare.gov's troubles and was peppered with questions about Americans who have had their health insurance canceled.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/241791725/241837306" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, during her testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
October 29, 2013 "I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," the chief of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tells Americans. She also promises it will be fixed and running smoothly by the end of November. Republicans have their doubts.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/241613298/241634053" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Health insurance that lasts less than a year may look like a deal, but there could be hidden costs.
October 29, 2013 Plans offering coverage that lasts 364 days can cost half as much as those that are in force for a year. But the savings may be illusory for people who need care for injuries or illnesses because the coverage can be skimpier.
Gone is the smiling young woman who used to grace HealthCare.gov. Now it's time to get down to work.
October 28, 2013 After yet more problems over the weekend, HealthCare.gov, the federal site for people to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act, seems to be making incremental improvements. Probably the best news on the health care front is that premiums for Medicare will not increase next year.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/241412538/241449500" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
October 24, 2013 Republicans are framing their central question about the troubled Affordable Care Act website this way: Are White House officials clueless or are they liars? A Democratic lawmaker, meanwhile, accuses the GOP of holding a "monkey court."
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/240454774/240463504" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
"There's no sugarcoating it: The website has been too slow," President Obama said at the White House on Monday. Obama said the health care system's online problems are being addressed.
October 21, 2013 "There's no sugarcoating it: The website has been too slow" and confusing, President Obama said Monday. But he says the Affordable Care Act is working for Americans and that the problems will be fixed.
People wait to visit with volunteer counselors at Insure Central Texas in Austin on Oct. 1.
Eric Gay/The Associated Press
October 21, 2013 The Obama administration projected that within the first month of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, half a million individuals or families would sign up. Nearly three weeks in, the actual number of enrollments looks to be much smaller. Technical issues have been a big factor.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/236999257/238899499" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Tim Hebert, an insurance broker in Fort Collins, Colo., says he expects that the health care law will wind up being good for his business.
Kara Donahoe/Courtesy of Tim Hebert
October 3, 2013 When the federal health law first passed, insurance brokers feared they'd lose out to the new online marketplaces. But as millions of people start looking into buying insurance, brokers say they're still needed when the purchasing decisions get complicated.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/226822907/228930279" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Health care delivery is expected to change, with more care provided by nurse practitioners and fewer people having a doctor for life.
September 30, 2013 The traditional doctor-patient relationship in which a single doctor gets to know you over years will become a luxury. Those who want a personal physician will have to pay extra for that service. Doctors who chafe at working for big organizations will opt out and charge patients retainer fees.
An ambulance makes its way through revelers in Cardiff city center in Wales in 2010. New measures in the city have reduced injuries caused by violence.
Matt Cardy/Getty Images
September 19, 2013 People who show up wounded at a hospital often don't tell police. When a hospital in Cardiff, Wales, shared that information without naming names, the toll of violence dropped, and the city saved $11 million a year on health care and policing. Other British cities are adopting the program.
Increased use of generic drugs caused a slight drop in the price of prescription drugs in 2012.
September 19, 2013 Though the Obama administration says that the nation is entering a new era of lower health care spending, an analysis from the agency that oversees Medicare says probably not. Those economists say that health spending will escalate as the economy improves, as it has in past economic recoveries.
He's back! Unabashed wonk and former president Bill Clinton detangles the health care law.
Danny Johnston/Associated Press
September 4, 2013 With less than a month until the launch of the new health care exchanges, polls show people are still mightily confused about how the Affordable Care Act works. So the Obama administration is bringing out the big guns, including former president and explainer-in-chief Bill Clinton.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/218987055/218995963" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Republicans need to pitch their own ideas on healthcare, not just object to the president's, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says.
Jonathan Ernst /Reuters /Landov
August 15, 2013 The former House speaker, who isn't ruling out another bid for the GOP presidential nomination, says his fellow Republicans can't just be negative and "tear down our opponent."
We'd all like a medical genius like TV's Dr. Gregory House to rescue us from a life-threatening crisis. But what can he do to prevent diabetes?
July 3, 2013 The American health system is well-suited to fixing acute problems. But chronic issues, such as diabetes and obesity, have proved challenging. Prevention could reduce the risks, yet the approach hasn't taken hold. Here's a leading medical thinker's take on why, and how to fix things.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor