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  • Medicare Advantage Riding High as New Insurers Flock to Sell to Seniors

    Health care experts widely expected the Affordable Care Act to hobble Medicare Advantage, the government-funded private health plans that millions of seniors have chosen as an alternative to original...

  • Number of the Day: $132,900

    The cap on Social Security payroll taxes will rise to $132,900 next year, an increase of 3.5 percent. (Earnings up to that level are subject to the Social Security tax.) The increase will affect...

  • An insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, California

    Clarifying the Drop in Obamacare Premiums

    We told you Thursday about the Trump administration’s announcement that average premiums for benchmark Obamacare plans will fall 1.5 percent next year, but analyst Charles Gaba says the story is a...

  • A Chinese investor monitors share prices at a securities company in Shanghai November 12, 2003. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV/File Photo

    A Fiscal Hawk’s New Plan to ‘Avert a Debt Crisis’

    The national debt rose by more than $1 trillion in fiscal 2018, and yet lawmakers have evinced little concern about it ahead of this year’s elections, instead pushing tax cuts and spending increases...

  • FILE PHOTO - The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare", outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi

    Average Premiums for Benchmark Obamacare Plans Will Drop in 2019

    The average premium for benchmark silver plans on Obamacare exchanges will fall by 1.5 percent next year, the Trump administration said Thursday. The decline is the first for this benchmark since the...

  • Pentagon Grounds All F-35s

    The U.S. Defense Department grounded all F-35 jets on Thursday, on the heels of a crash on September 28 in South Carolina. Investigators examining the loss of an F-35B, the Marine Corps’ version of...

  • President Trump speaks during a meeting with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

    Photo of the Day: Kanye West at the White House

    This is 2018: Kanye West visited President Trump at the White House Thursday and made a rambling 10-minute statement that aired on TV news networks. West’s lunch with the president was supposed to...