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Donald Trump Is Screwing Up the GOP’s Obamacare Message

House Speaker Paul Ryan wishes Donald Trump would stop talking about Obamacare. Above, the two appear at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Nov. …

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Trump Health Secretary Pick’s Longtime Foes: Big Government and Insurance Companies

ROSWELL, Ga. — It was 1 in the morning, and the orthopedic surgeon on call was preparing to operate on a woman whose foot had been shattered in a car wreck, after hours of tending to other patients. The woman’s husband, Jeff Anderson, asked him, “Are you too tired to do this?”<p>“He looked me straight …

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Health Law’s Repeal Could Sharply Increase Uninsured and Raise Costs, New Report Says

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year and could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, …

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Report: Repealing Obamacare without replacement would hike premiums 20%, leave 18 million uninsured

Repealing Obamacare without a replacement would result in higher costs for consumers and fewer people with insurance coverage, according to a report Tuesday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.<p>In the first year, insurance premiums would jump by 20% to 25% for individual policies …

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Repealing Obamacare would leave 32m without health coverage, analysis finds

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would also double cost of insurance premiums over next decade, though estimate doesn’t account for a replacement plan<p>A Republican plan to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act would leave 32 million people without health coverage and double the cost of …

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We now know precisely how devastating Obamacare repeal could be.

The Congressional Budget Office reports that, without a replacement, repealing the Affordable Care Act will leave 18 million more Americans without …

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Trump transition team asks CNN to retract story about Tom Price

President-elect Donald Trump's transition is formally asking CNN to retract an article about Rep. Tom Price, Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.<p>In the story, CNN Senior Political Reporter Manu Raju reports that last year Price purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer …

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GOP’s new Obamacare-repeal debacle: CBO report suggests 32 million Americans will lose health insurance

Premiums may spike by 25 percent, but GOP complains that its (nonexistent) replacement plan is being ignored<p>The congressional GOP’s message on Obamacare repeal does not make sense. It’s at war with itself, completely incoherent, self-defeating and ridiculous. I will allow House Speaker Paul Ryan, …

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'We are not going back': California Democrats protest GOP efforts to dismantle Obamacare

Democratic leaders on Monday urged Californians to fight GOP efforts to dismantle Obamacare, saying lives and jobs were at stake.<p>“We are not going back. Understand that,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said of Republican efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, President …

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Donald Trump's Plan to Replace Obamacare Is a Crock of Nonsense

This would be great, if it made any sense whatsoever.<p>So after the Republican party realized that their initial plan of repealing the Affordable Care Act and telling the country to fuck off for a while until they could figure out how to replace it got a terrible response from a public that, y'know, …

Poll Shows What The Public Does And Does Not Know About Obamacare

NPR and the polling firm IPSOS have a new poll out that suggests the public might not be as enthusiastic about repealing Obamacare as their representatives are.

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Democrats Rally In Dozens Of Cities To Oppose Obamacare Repeal

With little power left in Washington, Democrats set out on Sunday to make a big statement against GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act with rallies in dozens of cities.<p>It's also a step for the party toward regaining its footing after grassroots efforts in 2016 failed to keep the White …

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The Convoluted Process for Dismantling Obamacare

In the early hours of Jan. 12, the Senate took the first step in the convoluted process of dismantling and replacing the 2010 health care law. To …

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House GOP Group Launches Digital Campaign for Health Care Plan

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care …

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Rand Paul raises 'big question' of Medicaid rollback

Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that "the big question" over repealing Obamacare will be whether Medicaid expansion is also rolled back, not committing to keeping the expansion in place.<p>The Kentucky Republican, who along with President-elect Donald Trump has come out strongly in favor of a …

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Republicans move to spend billions on Obamacare — before they kill it

Most concede they can't 'pull the rug out' from people until they replace it.<p>On their way to killing Obamacare, Republicans are leaning toward funding up to $9 billion in health care subsidies this year to keep the program afloat — even though they sued the Obama administration to stop those exact …

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Trump's Medicare Promise Faces First Test

Backed by health insurers, a coalition of two million seniors is launching a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to make sure the incoming Donald Trump administration doesn’t sway from its election promise against cutting Medicare benefits for seniors.<p>The first test of Trump’s Medicare pledge …

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Donald Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Is Dividing America’s Doctors

Tom Price is “actually fairly extreme.”<p>A small but vocal minority of doctors have cited the “fundamental pledge” they made to protect their patients as reason to oppose Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services.<p>Price has mounting …

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GPs should do more to take pressure off A&E departments, says May

Prime minister wants surgeries to offer a seven-day service, but is accused of trying to scapegoat family doctors for chaos in NHS hospitals<p>Theresa May is urging GP surgeries to make more effort to provide a seven-day service as she seeks to deflect blame for the deepening crisis in the NHS.<p>With …

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Obamacare Repeal Moves a Step Closer to Reality

The House approves a budget resolution granting Congress the authority to scrap most of the health law with simple majority votes.<p>Republicans in Congress can now repeal most of the Affordable Care Act with a simple majority vote.<p>The House on Friday passed a budget resolution allowing Congress to …

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The Limits of Using Reconciliation to Repeal Obamacare

The Senate rule may be the best hope for the GOP in rolling back the Affordable Care Act, but it still might not be an easy task.<p>In the early hours of Thursday morning, Senate Republicans began the formal legislative process of repealing—and perhaps replacing—the Affordable Care Act. In a 51 to 48 …

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Candidate Trump said he wouldn't cut Medicaid, looks like another lie

Popular vote loser Donald Trump swore in the campaign that he wouldn't cut critical social insurance programs—Medicare, Social Security, and …

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Obamacare saved my dad’s life — and then he voted for Donald Trump

Children, not parents, are supposed to engage in risky behaviors. But what do we do with parents we can’t control?<p>Standing at my desk wearing my 3-month-old son asleep on my chest in his BabyBjörn, I call my parents to ask if they voted for Donald Trump. It isn’t planned — neither my wearing my son …

Obamacare Repeal Is Moving Forward. When Will Changes Affect Consumers?

Senate Republicans took a major first step in repealing Obamacare this week. Consumers, though, should keep in mind that many steps remain before any changes will affect individuals with health insurance.<p>If you’re one of the estimated 20 million Americans who gained coverage through the health law, …

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The Biggest Changes Obamacare Made, and Those That May Disappear

It looks like the beginning of the end for Obamacare as we know it.<p>After years of vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as it is formally known, Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have now passed a bill that will make it easier to gut the law.<p>Because they are using a special …

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Senate takes major step toward repealing Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday took their first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, approving a budget blueprint that …

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Obama challenges GOP to offer a “demonstrably better” health plan. It sounds simple. It isn’t.

Sarah Kliff and I interviewed President Obama this morning about Obamacare (you can watch the whole interview here). During the conversation, Obama made this promise to Republicans: “I am saying to every Republican right now, if you in fact can put a plan together that is demonstrably better than …

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Will Republicans Ever Replace Obamacare?

Vice President–elect Mike Pence speaks on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in Washington. Also pictured are Sens. Cory Gardner, John Barrasso, and John …

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