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Preliminary Analysis of Legislation That Would Replace Subsidies for Health Care With Block Grants

<i>As posted on Senator Bill Cassidy’s website on September 25, 2017.</i><p>At the request of the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, the Congressional …

Health Care

Graham-Cassidy — the devastating effect on child health care

The U.S. Senate is primed to vote on yet another measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) This measure has a new name, the …

Health Care

'Millions' May Lose Coverage Under GOP Health Bill, Says CBO Analysis

The proposal the Senate is considering that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will result in millions losing health insurance and a $133 billion reduction in the deficit by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office's report on the Graham-Cassidy legislation.<p>The CBO did not …

Health Care

Appeals court reinstates parts of Texas law aimed at blocking sanctuary-city policies

A federal appeals court has reinstated parts of a controversial new Texas law aimed at blocking local sanctuary-city policies across the Lone Star state.<p>A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay that allows much of the Texas law, known as SB 4, to take effect.<p>A …


Politics Podcast: Trump vs. The NFL

Over the weekend, President Trump repeatedly targeted the NFL, calling on owners to fire or suspend players for protesting police violence against …

Political Science

Podcast: Why Any Tax Cuts Could Be Temporary

Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 32<p>CQ budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak explains why a Senate budget resolution would add between $750 billion and $1.5 …


American Hospital Association CEO Explains His Opposition To Graham-Cassidy Bill

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, about his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy health care reform bill. He says the bill risks losing tens of millions of people's insurance and does nothing to stabilize the insurance market.

Health Care

GOP Health Care Bill Appears Dead After Sen. Collins Declares Opposition

The latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appears to be blocked after Maine Sen. Susan Collins opposed the bill. Her opposition means the bill cannot pass the Senate with only GOP support.

Health Care

Six (Unlikely) Scenarios That Could Change The 2018 Senate Map

Americans inclined to pay attention to these sorts of things have engaged in some distinctly Calvinist political thinking of late: that the Senate …


Newest Graham-Cassidy bill has a pretty sweet deal -- for Cassidy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Republican senators released a new version of their health care proposal Sunday night aimed at winning support from a handful of still undecided senators.<p>But, there was also a pretty sweet deal for the state of Louisiana, home of one of the bill's sponsors Sen. Bill Cassidy.<p>The …


Wisconsin Strict ID Law Discouraged Voters, Study Finds

WASHINGTON — Nearly 17,000 registered Wisconsin voters — potentially more — were kept from the polls in November by the state’s strict voter ID law, according to a new survey of nonvoters by two University of Wisconsin political scientists.<p>The survey, summarized on Monday on the university’s …

Voter ID laws

The Latest: Supreme Court cancels arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):<p>1:40 p.m.<p>The Supreme Court has canceled arguments set for Oct. 10 in the dispute over President Donald Trump's travel ban, after Trump rolled out a new policy Sunday.<p>The unsigned order from the justices Monday …

North Korea

How Every NFL Team Responded To Trump's National Anthem Protest Comments

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Trump expressed his opinion that NFL players who kneel or otherwise take part in protests during the national anthem prior to games should be fired. The president doubled down on those comments over the weekend, tweeting that players "should not be …

Star Spangled Banner

The Latest: LeBron James expands his criticism of Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's criticism of protesting athletes (all times local):<p>2:45 p.m.<p>NBA-All-Star LeBron James isn't taking back calling President Donald Trump "a bum."<p>James referred to Trump as "U bum" in a tweet on Saturday after the president pulled back an …

Donald Trump

The Brazenness of Jared and Ivanka's Personal Email Server

How could two presidential advisers mimic the strategy for which Trump lacerated Hillary Clinton? Only if they believe they are as immune to the usual rules as he is.<p>Late Sunday night, Josh Dawsey of <i>Politico</i> dropped a story that, in any other administration, would have been cause for concern but …

Donald Trump

For Puerto Rico, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria 'looks like a humanitarian crisis'

It’s been five days since Hurricane Maria tore through the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 16 people, damaging homes, roads and fields and leaving millions without power.<p>The Trump administration says it will "continue to do everything it can" to provide assistance.<p>But Frances Robles, who …


Did Trump's EPA chief just say his mission is to dismantle the agency?

Cheriss May/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press<p>Even though Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail to “get rid of” the Environmental Protection Agency “in …

A president shouldn't tell an NFL team what to do, Trump tweeted ... in 2013

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the weekend, President Trump went on a tweet storm directed at players who refuse to stand during the national anthem.<p>One of the posts took aim at the NFL, demanding the league change its policy:<p>"<i>Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem</i> …

Donald Trump

Top doctor, hospital, and insurance groups release joint statement urging the Senate to reject Graham-Cassidy bill

A group of six major doctor, hospital, and insurance groups released a joint statement on Saturday condemning the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, urging the Senate to reject the Graham-Cassidy bill.<p>"While we sometimes disagree on important issues in health care, we …

Health Care

Full Paul Interview: New Health Care Proposal 'A Bad Idea'

In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) explains why he continues to oppose anything short of a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Health Care

Sen. Ted Cruz on Graham-Cassidy: “Right now, they don’t have my vote.”

In an unexpected turn of events, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced Sunday that he does not support the Graham-Cassidy health care bill …


White House Aide Struggles To Defend GOP Bill's Pre-Existing Conditions Loophole

Chris Wallace had him dead to rights.<p>A top Trump administration official ended up conceding on Sunday that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions might end up with higher premiums under the latest effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.<p>On “Fox News Sunday,” host …


New Version of Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Adds Sweeteners for Alaska

WASHINGTON — An updated version of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill circulating among lobbyists and on Capitol Hill on Sunday night has changed to provide more benefits to Alaska, a move to appeal to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has been highly skeptical of efforts to repeal the …


President's criticisms incite more protests at NFL games

President Donald Trump's criticism of players who protest during the national anthem incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday, with more than 100 NFL players sitting or kneeling, others raising their fists and whole teams standing with locked arms to display unity.<p>One team, the Pittsburgh …

Los Angeles Sparks

New travel ban adds North Korea, Venezuela

The Trump administration unveiled new restrictions on travel to the United States from eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, after its ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expired Sunday.<p>The new restrictions take effect Oct. 18 and apply to foreign nationals from …

North Korea

What's Next For The Affordable Care Act?

Julie Rover, chief Washington Correspondent for <i>Kaiser Health News,</i> talks about the state of health care in the U.S. today, and how it could move forward.

Health Care

California would take biggest hit under Senate Republicans' latest Obamacare repeal plan

California, which has used the Affordable Care Act to extend health protections to millions of its residents and cut in half the number of people without health insurance, stands to lose more than any other state under the latest Republican plan to roll back the 2010 law.<p>The GOP plan, which Senate …


A Look At How The Graham-Cassidy Bill Would Affect Kansas

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who is also a physician, speaks to NPR's Michel Martin about his support for the latest health care bill that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care

Supreme Court has option to duck travel ban ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration's announcement on Sunday that it is issuing new travel restrictions on people entering the United States from eight countries could lead to an upcoming Supreme Court case on its previous more controversial ban ending in a whimper rather than a …

Travel Ban