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Changes to GOP ObamaCare repeal flips some conservatives

A proposed amendment to the GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill appears to be flipping some conservative lawmakers from “no” to “yes.”<p>Rep. David Brat …

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As Zika Season Nears, States Brace for an End to CDC Funding

State programs that track Zika infections and Zika-related birth defects around the country are in jeopardy as public health officials have been told …

Zika Virus

Ask the Right Questions about Healthcare

By Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk<p>Politicians Need to Ask the Right Questions about Healthcare<p>In Healthcare: Mandatory Coverage or …

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Trump Says He May Freeze Subsidies to the Poor Until Democrats Repeal Obamacare

On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he plans to use the powers of his office to jeopardize health-care access for millions of low-income …

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Analysis: Insurer Financial Indicators Show Signs of Stabilizing After Transition to ACA Marketplaces

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House GOP leaders won’t rush health care vote

On a members-only call, Speaker Paul Ryan issues a subtle signal to the White House, which is pushing for a deal before President Trump’s 100-day mark.<p>House GOP leaders during a members-only conference call Saturday vowed to avoid a government shutdown and said they're closer to a deal to repeal …

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Conservative groups open to new Obamacare repeal push

The same groups that encouraged conservatives to buck the president on the last health care bill say they’re ready to see a deal.<p>Updated 04/23/17 10:30 PM EDT<p>Deep-pocketed conservative groups that helped fuel the downfall of the House GOP’s Obamacare alternative are now quietly signaling they won’t …

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Schumer jabs White House over offer to fund Obamacare subsidies in exchange for border wall

Updated 04/21/17 05:35 PM EDT<p>The White House is offering Democrats a dollar-for-dollar deal to fund Obamacare subsidies and the border wall in the upcoming spending bill, according to budget director Mick Mulvaney, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shot it down, with snark.<p>Mulvaney told …

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Trump predicts victory on health care ‘next week or shortly thereafter’

President Donald Trump expressed confidence Thursday in Congress’ ability to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare as well as a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown next week.<p>He also predicted that health care legislation would pass "next week or shortly thereafter.”<p>Lawmakers …

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Loss of Cost-Sharing Reductions in the ACA Marketplace: Impact on Consumers and Insurer Participation

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Pence’s Medicaid experiment confounds expectations on the left and right

The program, which requires enrollees to contribute to their care, has emerged as a national model thanks to Pence's growing influence.<p>SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — When former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence embraced Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion with conservative twists — such as requiring enrollees to contribute …

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Insurers Stem Losses, and May Soon Profit, From Obamacare Plans

In contrast to the dire pronouncements from President Trump and other Republicans, the demise of the individual insurance market seems greatly exaggerated, according to a new financial analysis released Friday.<p>The analysis, by Standard & Poor’s, looked at the performance of many Blue Cross plans in …

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Want to fix Obamacare? Here’s how

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” according to the old saying. When the American Health Care Act failed last Friday, the going got …

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Safety net hospitals decry Medicaid spending cuts planned for Florida

Representatives of hospitals that invest heavily in physician training and care for the indigent held a news conference Monday to protest plans in …

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Pence breaks tie in Senate vote targeting Planned Parenthood funding

Updated 03/30/17 05:02 PM EDT<p>With a rare tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate on Thursday sent a bill to President Donald Trump’s desk giving states permission to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.<p>Pence and Republican …

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With billions at stake, a federal judge just nullified the GOP's most cynical attack on Obamacare

Marco Rubio<p>Moda Health, a small Oregon health insurer, just won a $214-million judgment against the federal government. Normally that wouldn’t be worth reporting, except that in awarding Moda the money, the federal judge in the case dismantled the most cynical attack on the Affordable Care Act that …

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Why Obamacare Defeated Trumpcare

With the collapse of the House health-care bill, the cause of repealing Obamacare, a right-wing obsession for seven years and a day, has died. The …

The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

In 2015, when researchers Anne Case and Angus Deaton discovered that death rates had been rising dramatically since 1999 among middle-aged white Americans, they weren't sure why people were dying younger, reversing decades of longer life expectancy.<p>Now the husband-and-wife economists say they have …

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Trump Concedes Defeat On Plan For Obamacare Repeal

It's a devastating setback for Republicans and their crusade against the health care law.<p>House Republican leaders on Friday pulled their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, signaling defeat on what was supposed to be a major legislative accomplishment for President Donald Trump.<p>The news was …

9 Strategic Mistakes Trump and GOP Made on Health Care

During the phone calls, which came to House Speaker Paul Ryan at all hours, President Trump had one question more than any other: When can you get …

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Trumpcare might be gone but the internet is memeing it to death just in case

House Speaker Paul Ryan, as you may know, has frothed at the mouth over passing a bill to repeal and/or replace Obamacare for as long as much of the American public can remember.<p>Republicans failed to muster enough unity for a vote on that dream on Friday — the second such failure in as many days — …

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Paul Ryan: “Obamacare is the law of the land”

An admission that Ryan probably wasn’t expecting just three months into a full Republican government.<p>It was an admission of defeat that House Speaker Paul Ryan probably didn’t expect to make just three months into a fully Republican government: “Obamacare is the law of the land. … We’re going to be …

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Donald Trump’s answer to Obamacare has failed spectacularly

The US House of Representatives has pulled a bill to repeal and replace “Obamacare”—a key part of Donald Trump’s election campaign—due to lack of support on Friday.<p>“We came really close today, but we came up short,” House speaker Paul Ryan said during a press conference. “This is a disappointing …

On health reform, Donald Trump followed Republican leaders into a ditch

The allegedly masterful dealmaker ended up in a no-win situation.<p>The cancellation of the planned House vote onthe American Health Care Act Friday is a devastating defeat for President Trump, marking the first major legislative setback of his administration.<p>Yet in some ways, it might also come as a …

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Trump Delivers Statement After Republican Leaders Pull Health Care Bill

President Trump spoke from the Oval Office on Friday after Republican leaders made the decision to pull their health care bill that was designed to replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>President Trump has suffered his first big legislative defeat. He was unable to rally …

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Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump went old school on Friday, calling reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times to announce that he had ordered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare pulled from consideration in the House when it became clear there weren't enough votes for …

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The Republicans’ Health Care Defeat

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>The Republican-led House of Representatives just presented President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan with a stunning political defeat by failing to support the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (nytimes.com, March 24).<p>Is this what Mr. Trump calls the “Art of the Deal”? Perhaps his …