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Q&A: Why Obamacare isn't a job killer

As the debate over the Affordable Care Act boiled over in Washington, D.C., this summer, a working paper written by Stanford economists threw cold …

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Centrist lawmakers plot bipartisan health care stabilization bill

A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats plan to unveil a slate of Obamacare fixes Monday they hope will gain traction after the Senate’s effort to repeal the law imploded.<p>The Problem Solvers caucus, led by Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), is fronting the effort to …

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If you could ‘design’ your own child, would you?

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review. A team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University is reported to “have broken new ground both in the number of embryos …

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Consensus Is Health Law Can Be Fixed. Now the Hard Part.

Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired?<p>The seven-year-old law has survived Supreme Court decisions and aggressive attempts to extinguish it by Republicans in Congress and the White House. But even people who rely on its coverage agree that it …

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Trump is readying his nuclear option on Obamacare

The problem of cost-sharing reductions, explained.<p>Obamacare’s biggest challenge right now has nothing to do with the for-now failed Republican bid to repeal and replace it. It’s President Trump’s threats to undermine obscure but important payments that help millions of Americans afford their health …

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Behind Legislative Collapse: An Angry Vow Fizzles for Lack of a Viable Plan

WASHINGTON — The closing argument was a curious one: Vote yes, Republican leaders told the holdouts in their conference. We promise it will never become law.<p>After seven years of railing against the evils of the Affordable Care Act, the party had winnowed its hopes of dismantling it down to a menu …

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Murkowski not swayed by intense pressure from Trump administration on health care

To a smattering of gasps and applause from his rapt colleagues, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the clinching vote to kill his party’s seven-year bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act.<p>Directly behind the spot where he cast that vote, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) had watched McCain enter the …

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What’s next for the Affordable Care Act now that repeal has failed?

The Affordable Care Act has reshaped the nation’s health-care landscape in a way the country has not seen since the passage of Great Society programs in the 1960s. For more than seven years, it has been the foundation for a slew of new regulations and a massive redistribution of funds within the …

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Now Trump May Try to Kill Obamacare Slowly

Obamacare survived another day after Senate Republicans failed to repeal the health law in a dramatic overnight vote. The White House could now try …

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Tracking the Senate Floor Debate on Health Care Repeal

<b>Update, July 28th, 3:00 PM:</b><p>Last night’s vote — and the months of debate that preceded it — show that the American people don’t want to move backwards …

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Trump warns senators against voting to extend 'Obamacare nightmare'

President Donald Trump on Monday warned that any Republican who refuses to vote to move forward on the GOP's health care bill on Tuesday is siding with the "Obamacare nightmare" and against the welfare of America.<p>“The question for every senator, Democrat or Republican, is whether they will side …

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Cities Fear Obamacare Repeal, Warm to Single-Payer

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>America’s mayors, a mostly liberal bunch, are moving left on health care as Republicans in Congress try to shift to the right.<p>The endless saga to repeal and replace …

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A key problem for the repeal-replace effort? It’s not 2014 anymore.

To hear President Trump tell it, Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster that’s left America reeling. While making the case for Republican senators to back the party’s overhaul of the law, Trump made his view clear.<p>“Any senator who votes against starting debate is telling America that you are fine …

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John McCain to return to Senate for pivotal health care vote

It’s a boost for Republican leaders.<p>Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will return to Washington on Tuesday despite recently being diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced Monday evening, just in time for a critical vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.<p>That means Senate …

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Thousands flock to free medical clinic, as Washington dithers on health care

WISE, Va. — The sick and the disabled pour out of these mountains every summer for their one shot at free health care, but this year was supposed to hold hope for a better solution.<p>Donald Trump won the White House in part on a promise to fix the nation’s costly and inefficient health-care system. …

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Former Sen. Nelson: GOP ‘Just Can’t Quite Pull it Together’ on Health Care

Says it’s ‘day of reckoning’ for seven years worth of promises to repeal Obamacare<p>Former Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska said he’s not surprised …

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Health Care in a Time of Sabotage

Is Trumpcare finally dead? Even now, it’s hard to be sure, especially given Republican moderates’ long track record of caving in to extremists at crucial moments. But it does look as if the frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act has failed.<p>And let’s be clear: The reason this assault failed …

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These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Five years ago, the Affordable Care Act had yet to begin its expansion of health insurance to millions of Americans, but Jeff Brahin was already stewing about it.<p>“It’s going to cost a fortune,” he said in an interview at the time.<p>This week, as Republican efforts to repeal the law …

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Don’t get distracted: The GOP’s cruel health-care plan isn’t dead yet

Focus, America, focus. The most urgent task right now is to make sure a stake is driven through the heart of the Republican effort to gut Medicaid and balloon the ranks of the uninsured.<p>I know that the Russia investigations are charging ahead, with Capitol Hill appearances by members of President …

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'I don't even know what we're proceeding to next week.' Obamacare vote nears with key details still missing

As the Senate hurtles toward a potential vote next week to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers still don’t know what legislation they will consider or what impact it could have on health coverage for tens of millions of Americans.<p>Senate GOP leaders have said senators may be …

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Trump pivots from Obamacare repeal to ordering Republicans to 'let it fail'

Frustrated president still lacks major legislative achievements six months into tenure as Republican defections in Senate doom replacement healthcare bill<p>Donald Trump said Republicans should “let Obamacare fail”, after the dramatic collapse of efforts to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable …

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Team Trump Used Obamacare Money to Run PR Effort Against It

The administration is tasked with overseeing the health care law. Instead, it has made a major social media push to undermine it.<p>The Trump administration has spent taxpayer money meant to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act on a public relations campaign aimed at methodically strangling …

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Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care

Trump is uninformed, underprepared, and unclear — and this is is the result.<p>The blame in the Senate’s health care omnishambles is attaching to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and understandably so — he wrote the bill, he designed the process, he owns the result. But the absence of President Donald …

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Medicaid shows its political clout

The fight to protect health care entitlement is driving the Obamacare repeal struggle in the Senate.<p>Medicaid may be the next “third rail” in American politics. Resistance to cutting the health care program for the poor has emerged as a big stumbling block to Obamacare repeal, and Republicans touch …

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GOP health care bill collapses

Senate Republicans will shelve their bill to replace Obamacare, dealing a major blow to Trump's agenda.<p>President Donald Trump's top legislative priority was dealt a potentially fatal blow Monday night as two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the party's health care …

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Trump wishes ‘crusty’ Sen. John McCain a speedy recovery: ‘We need his vote’

President Trump and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) haven't always had the warmest relationship. But as the senator recovers from surgery that will keep him out of Washington for at least a week, the president offered his well wishes — if only because he'll need McCain's vote to pass the Senate's …

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With 2 more defections, the Senate health care bill just died — for now

Four Republican senators oppose the current bill.<p>Two more Senate Republicans came out against the party’s revised health care bill Monday evening. The Senate push to repeal and replace Obamacare is now short of the votes it would need to advance on the Senate floor, leaving the current version of …

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States may see federal Medicaid funding decline up to 39 percent under repeal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Senate's Obamacare repeal bill would result in reductions in federal Medicaid funding to states ranging from 27 percent to 39 percent by 2036, according to a presentation made at the National Governors Association summer meeting here.<p>The estimates — developed by the …

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Senate delays healthcare vote as McCain recovers from surgery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday.<p>McCain's absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass the …

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