President Barack Obama: ‘This law is now helping tens of millions of Americans.’ Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

For years, US president Barack Obama has faced the sneers of political adversaries who called his health care law Obamacare and assailed his effort to(...)

The only people hurt by health reform are Americans with very high incomes, who have seen their taxes go up, and a  small number of people who have seen their premiums rise because they’re young, healthy and affluent

There’s a lot of fuzzy maths in American politics, but Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, recently set (...)

The Affordable Care Act tries to establish more-or-less universal coverage through a “three-legged stool” of policies, all of which are needed to make the system work

My parents used to own a small house with a large backyard in which my mother cultivated a beautiful garden. At some point, however – I don’t remember(...)

“Nobody can make Obamacare work,” declared Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, a couple of weeks ago (when it was already obvious that it was working pretty well). Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom GPO via Getty Images

House Republicans released a deliberately misleading report on the status of health reform last week, crudely rigging the numbers to sustain the illus(...)

Barack Obama’s administration is telling the public that everything will eventually be fixed, and urging congressional Democrats to keep their nerve. Reuters/Larry Downing

It goes without saying that the rollout of Obamacare was an epic disaster. But what kind of disaster was it? Was it a failure of management, messing u(...)

An undated handout photograph of the health insurance marketplace website, the web portal through which Americans are supposed to buy insurance on the new healthcare exchanges. For now, at least, HealthCare.gov isn’t working for many users.

Just now, the big news about Obamacare is the debacle of HealthCare.gov, the web portal through which Americans are supposed to buy insurance on the n(...)

President Barack Obama – there are indications some of the cost-reducing measures contained in the affordable care Act, aka Obamacare, are starting to “bend the curve”, just as they were supposed to. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

Last month the congressional budget office released its much-anticipated projections for debt and deficits, and there were cries of lamentation from t(...)