Affordable Care Act

The old saying goes, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." But the Affordable Care Act has added a new wrinkle.

For many policyholders, the ACA has introduced a good deal of uncertainty about their tax bills. That has led to surprise refunds for some and higher-than-expected tax payments for others.

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday he is signing up his family for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House.

Cruz formally launched his presidential campaign on Monday, and his wife, Heidi Cruz, began an unpaid leave of absence from her job as a managing director in the Houston office of Goldman Sachs. That meant the family would soon lose access to health insurance through Mrs. Cruz’s job, triggering a need for the Cruz family to find a new policy.

Texas Has High Stakes in Lawsuit Over Health Law

Feb 11, 2015

When former Gov. Rick Perry declined to create an insurance marketplace in Texas under the Affordable Care Act, he put his foot down with dramatic flair. 

For Perry, accepting federal money to create a state insurance exchange would have meant acquiescing to yet another of the Obama administration’s “brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state,” he wrote in a scathing letter in 2012 to the president’s then-health czar, Kathleen Sebelius. 

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, "repeal and replace" has been the rallying cry for Republicans who opposed it. But now that most of the law's provisions have taken effect, some health experts are pitching ways to tweak it, rather than eliminate it.

An ideologically diverse panel at the National Health Policy Conference on Monday presented different ideas to make the law work better. But the panelists agreed on one thing: The Affordable Care Act is too complicated.

More than 900,000 Texans have signed up for health insurance so far this year – about 200,000 more than last year. The deadline for signing up for a health plan on is Sunday, and some groups in south Texas are making a big push to get Latinos to enroll.