Bertha Coombs is a reporter for CNBC, covering financial markets, business news stories and health care throughout the business day. She is based at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square.
Her health care coverage at CNBC has ranged from covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failed launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, to how cancer researchers are using IBM's Watson to improve cancer care, and how doctors are using mobile technology to treat patients in their own homes. She also covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the impact of the financial crisis of 2008, and reported on the oil markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange.
Before joining CNBC, Coombs was a reporter and anchor for the pioneering online business network, Yahoo Finance Vision, and served as a freelance reporter for the former CNNfn financial network. Prior, she served as a reporter for ABC News One, and a substitute anchor for "World News Now" and "World News This Morning."
She began her career in general news, with previous reporting and anchoring positions at WABC-TV in New York, WPLG-TV in Miami and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.
Coombs is a graduate of Yale University and was awarded the Leo Beranek Reporter Training Fellowship at WCVB-TV in Boston. Born in Havana, Cuba, she speaks fluent Spanish.
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A Republican push to repeal and replace Obamacare has slowed amid concerns over large numbers of people losing health coverage.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said they plan to introduce legislation as early as next Tuesday.
The growth rate of health care spending is expected to jump this year, CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports.
This is occurring even as the Trump administration issues new rules to try to stabilize the Obamacare exchanges.
In the wake of Humana's comment, President Donald Trump tweeted that the insurer's decision was another example of Obamacare's failure.
Last week, a federal judge blocked the deal, saying it would lead to higher prices and reduced competition.
Humana releases its guidance after calling off its merger with Aetna. Also, Cigna sues Anthem, seeking reverse termination fee. CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports the latest on Anthem responding by saying Cigna does not have the right to terminate the deal.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports the latest on Aetna and Humana ending their merger agreement after a court sided with the Justice Department objections to the combination.