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Senate Bill Would Effectively Eliminate Medicaid Expansion by Shifting Hundreds of Billions in Expansion Costs to States

Like the House bill, the Senate health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled June 22[1] would effectively eliminate the …

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The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act

It would be a big mistake to call the legislation Senate Republicans released on Thursday a health care bill. It is, plain and simple, a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy by destroying critical federal programs that help provide health care to tens of millions of people.<p>The Senate majority leader, …

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Will The Senate Pass Its Health Care Bill?

We’ve seen this movie before. Republicans, after a secretive drafting process, finally unveil a health care bill. But the initial reaction is tepid, …

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – May 2017: The AHCA’s Proposed Changes to Health Care

With House Republicans passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Senate …

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Senate Democrats go searching for GOP Obamacare bill

Senate Democrats are struggling against an invisible enemy — the GOP’s still-secret Obamacare repeal plan. So on Tuesday, three of them decided to take a field trip to hunt for it.<p>Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Brian Schatz of Hawaii headed across the Hill to the …

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How Did Health Care Get to Be Such a Mess?

The problem with American health care is not the care. It’s the insurance.<p>Both parties have stumbled to enact comprehensive health care reform because they insist on patching up a rickety, malfunctioning model. The insurance company model drives up prices and fragments care. Rather than rejecting …

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Senior Trump officials to huddle on drug price executive order Friday

House Republicans are teeing up another set of Obamacare repeal bills today, and Senate GOP leaders are not confident their Obamacare repeal bill will be ready for a vote before the Fourth of July recess. But first, senior administration officials are planning to meet Friday to discuss a …

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AMA Says Trumpcare's Medicaid Caps A 'Disaster' For Patients

The American Medical Association came out against funding caps for patients covered by Medicaid health insurance for the poor saying such a proposal would hurt their patients.<p>Per capita funding caps are a key idea Republican U.S. Senators are evaluating as they consider the American Health Care …

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EpiPen maker faces revolt over exec's $98 million pay package

EpiPen maker Mylan is racing to put down a revolt from shareholders outraged by a $98 million pay package for its former CEO.<p>Institutional Shareholder Services, a shareholder advisory firm, took the rare step of urging investors to oust all of Mylan's existing directors.<p>ISS chastised the Mylan …

Governance

Senate GOPers Stick To Extraordinarily Secretive O'Care Repeal Process

The lack of transparency around Senate Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare—an effort that will affect millions of people’s health coverage and …

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Democrats Stick to Health Care Message Amid Russian Intrigue

Party sees health care as more salient campaign issue<p>Despite the daily drip about Russia and the Trump administration, national Democrats who hope to …

Trump, Pence to meet with GOP senators on ObamaCare repeal

President Trump and Vice President Pence will meet with 13 GOP senators on Tuesday to discuss the status of ObamaCare repeal efforts in the upper …

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How Medical Bills Harm Us All

What is the proper place of profit in the provision of health care? The inquiry is not a fresh one. “Let me not even bring charges against their …

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Trump is in free fall, but the GOP is going to try to ram through Trumpcare anyway.

Last week was Infrastructure Week in the White House, but you wouldn’t have known that if you paid attention to, well, anything that happened in …

Liberal POV

Nearly 2M fell off Obamacare coverage rolls through mid-March

The number of Americans insured under Obamacare fell by nearly 2 million people between Jan. 31 and mid-March, according to new CMS data that found about 10.3 million still were covered through health law exchanges.<p>The decline reflects customers failing to pay premiums after they selected plans …

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Fearing public outcry, Senate Republicans aim to keep health care bill secret until last possible minute

Mitch McConnell and Senate GOP colleagues are being pulled in two different directions over Trumpcare<p>The Republican leadership in the Senate is caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to health care legislation.<p>The GOP has spent the better part of 10 years getting its base whipped up …

Before Repeal and Replace, Kentucky Is Dismantling Health Law

Gov. Bevin reverses course on state’s once-ambitious model, saying cuts will save essential programs<p>WHITESBURG, Ky.—As Congress works to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health law, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is already at work unwinding some of its provisions in his state.<p>Mr. …

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Why Republicans might let their health care bill fail

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's top campaign promise of repealing Obamacare remains unfinished as the President heads into Washington's sweltering summer months.<p>With the Republican Party's most pressing undertaking stuck in limbo, GOP senators and aides are beginning to wonder about one undesirable outcome: …

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The Senate’s three tools on health care: Sabotage, speed and secrecy

<i>Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2015 to 2017.</i><p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a problem when the American Health Care Act arrived from the House last month. What to do with a bill that is clogging your agenda but only 8 …

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Republicans Know Their Health-Care Plan Is Garbage. They Might Pass It Anyway.

Not long ago, a Senate Republican aide made a devastating confession to reporter Caitlin Owens about the GOP health-care law: “Best to get it over …

ObamaCare

Republicans’ Secretive Plan for Health Care

While many Americans make sense of James Comey’s testimony on his meetings with President Trump, Republican senators are quietly moving toward something that has been their party’s goal for nearly eight years: dismantling the Affordable Care Act. The question, of course, is how they plan to replace …

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Don't count on White House to fund Obamacare subsidies

The spotlight may still be on Jim Comey, but a lot's happening in health care. Let's get to it.<p><b>GOP NEARING DECISION ON OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES —</b> The long-running saga of billions of dollars in disputed Obamacare subsidies may be inching toward a conclusion — although not fast enough to save the …

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Medicaid for all gets a major boost: Lawmakers in several states are poised to pass the landmark health care model

Proposal to allow anyone to purchase Medicaid coverage within the Silver State is being closely watched<p>At the federal level, health care legislation appears to be stalled. Republicans can’t agree on what they want to do while Democrats also don’t agree — and even if they did, they have no power to …

Pennsylvania ACA rates will soar if Trump and Congress make changes

Pennsylvania consumers who buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are in line for some price shock next year — if the Trump …

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Republicans, stoking insurer panic, cite uncertainty as a reason to pass health-care bill

After Senate Republicans wrapped up their health-care meeting with Vice President Pence, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), one of the body’s few physicians, told reporters that the party got a new sense of urgency after Anthem, an insurer in Ohio’s Affordable Care Act exchange, announced that it was …

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Graham: 'I Just Don't Think' GOP Can Put Together Obamacare Repeal Bill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday said he does not think Republicans can put together a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before the end of the …

Elections

Foreign-born doctors, many in underserved areas, are worried about their jobs

Just a few months ago, the future appeared promising and certain for Sunil Sreekumar Nair. A British citizen, he was completing a residency in internal medicine at a Brooklyn hospital and had accepted a job in a hospital near Fort Smith, Ark., a rural area with a severe shortage of doctors.<p>Then the …

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America's Health-Inequality Problem

When it comes to health disparities, the U.S. is outranked only by Portugal and Chile, a new study finds.<p>The U.S. has one of the largest income-based health disparities in the world, according to a new paper out in the journal <i>Health Affairs</i>. Among the poorest third of Americans studied, 38.2 …

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New York tells insurers to sell Obamacare — or else

<i>This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to</i> <i>get VoxCare in your inbox here</i><i>.</i><p><b>New York takes steps to safeguard Obamacare</b><p>New York is sending a clear message to its health insurance …

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