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Skyrocketing Prescription-Drug Prices Are a More Intractable Problem than the White House Realizes

Michael D. TannerKeeping track of Donald Trump’s shifting policy positions could make even the most balanced of observers dizzy.Take, for example, …

Republicans propose giving U.S. states option to keep Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican senators said on Monday that U.S. states should be allowed to stay in the Obamacare medical insurance program if they like, with one also saying she was confused by President Donald Trump's broad but unspecific executive order targeting the program.<p>Trump and …

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Re-balancing medical and social spending to promote health: Increasing state flexibility to improve health through housing

Although the United States spends considerably more of our GDP on medical services than other developed nations, our health outcomes are no better, …

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House G.O.P. Leaders Outline Plan to Replace Obama Health Care Act

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders on Thursday presented their rank-and-file members with the outlines of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, leaning heavily on tax credits to finance individual insurance purchases and sharply reducing federal payments to the 31 states that have …

E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance

WASHINGTON — Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency have been calling their senators to urge them to vote on Friday against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency, a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent …

Today in Obamacare: Paul Ryan yet again promises the GOP plan is right around the corner

Could he be right this time?<p>For weeks, the word in Washington has been that Republicans are hopelessly divided on Obamacare repeal, with no solutions in sight.<p>But on Thursday morning, Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he and House Republicans would at long last release their Obamacare …

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Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich

Republicans in Congress have been saying for months that they are working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in the Trump era. Now we have the outline of that plan, and it looks as if it would redirect federal support away from poorer Americans and toward people who are wealthier.<p>A white …

Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, study claims

Government refutes verdict that NHS and social care cuts may have caused 30,000 excess deaths in England and Wales 2015<p>An unprecedented rise in mortality in England and Wales, where 30,000 excess deaths occurred in 2015, is likely to be linked to cuts to the NHS and social care, according to …

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GOP may boost Medicaid spending in order to slash the program

Republicans determined to cut Medicaid may first have to pour more money into it to keep the peace between Republican governors who expanded health care for low-income people under Obamacare and those who resisted.<p>It’s all part of the GOP’s long-term plan to dramatically revamp the health care …

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Transforming healthcare to a value-based payment system

Transforming<p>healthcare to a value-based payment system<p>A marathon, not a sprint<p>While the U.S. presidential election may have created uncertainty for healthcare stakeholders and policy makers, the cost and quality challenges that have long faced providers, payers and patients remain a critical issue. …

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Florida GOP official calls booing town hall attendees ‘children’

A county GOP executive in Florida on Saturday called booing attendees at a town hall “children” after he made the claim that the Affordable Care Act …

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Why Republicans are suddenly talking about repairing not replacing Obamacare

In the past six years, Republican congresses voted more than 60 times to repeal Obamacare. And repeal of Obamacare was the leading issue on the …

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Medicaid Matters: The GOP Attack On 74 Million Americans

There is good news in the battle over health care – GOP members of Congress are getting pummeled in their districts for trying to take away their …

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Obamacare Brought Jobs To Indian Country That Could Vanish With Repeal

Since its founding in the 1950s, the Indian Health Service has provided medical care for many Native Americans. But the service has been chronically underfunded, so often pays for care only if someone is in immediate danger of losing life or limb. In recent years, the Affordable Care Act created …

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Health Insurers Face 'Massive Confusion' As GOP Wavers On Obamacare

Premiums for Obamacare plans sold by New Mexico Health Connections could rise as little as 7 percent next year, said Martin Hickey, the insurance company's CEO. Or they might soar as much as 40 percent, he said.<p>It all depends on what happens in Washington. Such is the vast uncertainty about how the …

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What Worked For Obamacare And What Didn't? Lessons From 5 States

Ask anyone about his or her health care and you are likely to hear about doctors, hospitals, maybe costs and insurance hassles. Most people don't go straight from "my health" to a political debate, and yet that is what our country has been embroiled in for almost a decade.<p>A study published Thursday …

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Trump’s Immigration Order Could Make It Harder To Find A Psychiatrist Or Pediatrician

In the week since President Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, …

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'Obamacare' sign-ups show slippage in preliminary report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says about 9.2 million people signed up for coverage this year through HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving most states.<p>The preliminary numbers out Friday don't include figures from 11 states that run their own health insurance markets, so the final …

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We have a vaccine for six cancers, so why are less than half of kids getting it?

A vaccine can curb the risk of six HPV-related cancers, but adoption of them has been slow and surprisingly low<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Early in our careers, few of us imagined a vaccine could one day prevent cancer. Now there is a vaccine that keeps the risk of …

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Trump Says Health Law Replacement May Not Be Ready Until Next Year

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump said in an interview that aired on Sunday that a replacement health care law was not likely to be ready until either the end of this year or in 2018, a major shift from promises by both him and Republican leaders to repeal and replace the law as soon as …

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U.S. proposes 0.25 percent hike in Medicare Advantage payments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Wednesday proposed an increase of 0.25 percent on average in payments to health insurers who offer Medicare Advantage insurance, which provides health benefits to more than 18 million elderly or disabled people.<p>Enrollment in these plans grew by about 7 …

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How Trump's "Gag Rule" On Abortion Funds Will Lead To More Abortions

A misinformed, short-sighted policy will only reinforce the poverty cycle in poor countries and have the opposite of its intended effect.<p>Two days after large numbers of people across the globe joined Woman’s Marches, U.S. President Donald Trump reinstated the "global gag rule," which cuts off all …

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Republicans face anger over Obamacare repeal during town halls

Obamacare supporters showed up in huge numbers to voice concerns over repeal.<p>Updated 02/04/17 07:28 PM EST<p>ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Two Republican lawmakers representing reliably conservative districts on opposite ends of the country on Saturday faced down heated questions from Obamacare supporters who …

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The GOP Has No Obamacare Bill. It Does Have a New Buzzword.

Congressional Republicans may have made little measurable progress in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. What they have <i>definitely</i> doneis …

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Hundreds of doctors and nurses urge the Cleveland Clinic to stand up to Trump

Hundreds of medical professionals are calling on the prominent Cleveland Clinic hospital system to cut its perceived ties to President Trump in light of a contentious executive order that has temporarily banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering or returning to the United …

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Groups Join Forces to Protect Job-Provided Health Insurance

Republicans are ramping up their consideration of a controversial policy to reduce tax breaks for employer-sponsored health insurance, drawing …

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Medical group urges protection for doctors, patients after U.S. travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The largest U.S. physician group urged President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday to protect international doctors and seriously ill patients from an executive order that suspends travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.<p>In a letter addressed to Homeland …

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How Trump’s immigration ban threatens health care, in 3 charts

Over the past few days, our inboxes have been flooded with letters from doctors and medical researchers whose lives have been shaken up by President Donald Trump’s executive order, which, among other things, restricts immigrants and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering …

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CBO confirms Republicans own the health care system and if Obamacare collapses, it will be their fault.

For years now, but with more urgency since winning the election, Republicans have claimed that the Affordable Care Act marketplaces are collapsing. …

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