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By Alan Katz | The policies and politics surrounding health care reform in a Donald Trump world.

Health care bill debate and vote: What happens now

<b>(CNN) —</b> The House Rules Committee cleared Friday morning the Republicans' health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare out of committee by a vote of 9-3, setting up for a final floor vote later in the day.<p>The committee set up the parameters for the debate for the House floor vote:<p>It will be …

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CBO releases new score for ObamaCare repeal bill

The CBO find that the latest version of the healthcare plan contains significantly less deficit reduction than the original bill, but would lead to …

Why are Republicans moving so fast on health care?

White House press secretary Sean Spicer promised that the Republican effort to replace Obamacare wouldn’t be “jammed down people’s throats” in the way he said the Affordable Care Act was in 2010. Republicans would observe “regular order” in Congress, moving the legislation through committee and …

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Obamacare repeal in jeopardy as Trump offers 11th-hour concessions

'Everybody's frustrated,' says one lawmaker.<p>Updated 03/23/17 11:17 AM EDT<p>The Republican plan to replace Obamacare — backed vehemently by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan — continued to bleed support from moderate House members Thursday morning just hours before an expected vote.<p>An …

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Health Law Presents a Painful Choice for a Divided G.O.P.

WASHINGTON — For the House Republicans who have never served under a Republican president — roughly two-thirds of them — Thursday’s vote on a measure that would repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is a legislative fantasia, the culmination of seven years of campaign promises …

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill's fate

<b>(CNN) —</b> House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side.<p>The dramatic shift -- which would strike at blow at the …

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Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrambling to nail down votes for the House health care bill, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment.<p>Lawmakers emerging from a meeting late Wednesday …

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Conservatives claim votes to stop GOP Obamacare repeal

A Freedom Caucus spokeswoman says more than 25 members are opposed. It takes only 22 GOP lawmakers to block the bill.<p>Updated 03/22/17 03:11 PM EDT<p>House conservatives say they have the votes to bring down a Republican plan to replace Obamacare, threatening a core piece of President Donald Trump's …

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President Trump Puts Pressure on Conservatives for Health Care Overhaul as Voting Nears

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump and House leaders revved up pressure Wednesday on balky conservatives and other Republican lawmakers as crunch …

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Don’t count on ‘third prong’ of GOP health overhaul

House Republicans hope to follow up Obamacare repeal with a batch of additional legislation. But those bills are likely to die in the Senate.<p>House Republicans chasing the final votes to repeal much of Obamacare are promising hard-liners they'll fix the rest of the health care system with another …

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Trump, GOP leaders lack votes to pass Obamacare repeal

With less than 48 hours to go before a vote, the president and senior House Republicans are scrambling to corral wayward members.<p>Updated 03/21/17 06:29 PM EDT<p>Despite a frantic lobbying effort, President Donald Trump and House GOP leaders are still short of the votes they need to pass their …

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Better Health Care for Less Money? It's Not Easy

"America spends more on health care than other rich nations, but has lower life expectancy." If I had a nickel for every time I have been informed this by an email, seen it in a headline, heard it in conversation, or watched it scroll across my social media feed, I would be able to personally fund …

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GOP Health Plan Has Its Own Financial Stick To Prod People To Buy Insurance

The Affordable Care Act's tax penalty for people who opt out of health insurance is one of the most loathed parts of the law, so it is no surprise that Republicans are keen to abolish it. But the penalty, also called the individual mandate, plays a vital function: nudging healthy people into the …

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Freedom Caucus: We won't formally oppose health bill

<b>FREEDOM CAUCUS: WE WON'T FORMALLY OPPOSE BILL —</b> House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Monday night that Republican leaders are successfully picking off its members on Obamacare repeal — a sign that the repeal bill may get enough support on the House floor Thursday.<p>The hard-line …

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AP Interview: McConnell warns Republicans on health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned fellow Republicans Tuesday of political consequences if they oppose health care legislation coming up for a vote in the House this week.<p>"I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we've made to …

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Trump tries to rally support for healthcare bill

| WASHINGTON<p>President Donald Trump tried to rally Republican lawmakers behind a plan to dismantle Obamacare on Tuesday as U.S. stock markets showed their worst one-day performance since the November election.<p>Trump is trying to win the first major legislative battle of his presidency. Pressure is …

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Republicans change health care bill in search for votes

<b>(CNN) —</b> House Republican leaders released a package of amendments Monday evening to modify the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare -- the culmination of days of negotiations and closed-door meetings to win over critics and skeptics of the proposal.<p>The amendments mark efforts by GOP leaders and …

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How The GOP Bill Could Change Health Care, In 8 Charts

After years of trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Republicans finally got their chance with the election of …

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There are still more than 60 Republicans with major concerns about the GOP’s health care bill

<b>By Amber Phillips,</b> 2017, <i>The Washington Post</i>To get their version of an Obamacare replacement through Congress and onto President Donald Trump’s desk, …

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What's likely to change in the GOP bill to repeal Obamacare

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Under fire from all sides, House Republican leaders have agreed to make changes to their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.<p>The legislation, known as the American Health Care Act, is currently being reworked to give states more flexibility under Medicaid and to help older …

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Ryan: more help for older people needed in GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people hard hit by the plan.<p>A Congressional Budget Office analysis last week concluded that older people would likely pay higher premiums under the proposal to repeal …

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Why our health care costs so much — and why fixes aren't likely

Practically everyone knows health care in the United States is expensive — the most expensive in the world by seemingly every measure. But judging by …

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Animated map shows which states are the biggest winners and losers from 'Trumpcare'

House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Analysts show that each state will be affected differently. Under the AHCA, many states that participate in the federal exchange would see a decrease in premium tax credits available to …

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Republicans at odds over how to overhaul Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House GOP health care bill has competition from other Republicans, a group of governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. They're hoping GOP senators will find their ideas more persuasive.<p>It's a gradual approach, with …

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6 Changes Republicans Want to Their Health Care Bill — And Whether They’ll Happen

The clock is running out to repeal Obamacare, and divisions within the GOP are deeper than ever.<p>Few Republicans are happy with the bill written by …

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How Trump Tried to Close the Deal on Health Care

The president won over a group of conservatives by agreeing to push the Medicaid provisions in Paul Ryan’s bill further to the right. But key hardliners say the changes don’t go far enough.<p>Republican leaders are desperate for President Trump to use his vaunted dealmaking skills to sell skeptical …

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Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects wobbly. House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes …

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