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McConnell will bring bipartisan health care bill if Trump says he will sign

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he would bring the Alexander-Murray bipartisan health care bill to the floor if President Donald Trump said he would sign it.<p>"I'm not certain yet, what the president is looking for here but I'll be happy to bring a bill to the floor if I know …

Health Care

Rate of people without health insurance rises for first time since 2014

The percentage of people who do not have health insurance rose to 12.3 percent in the third quarter of the year, the first such rise since ObamaCare …

ObamaCare

The Left's Laffer Curve?

Megan McArdle says there is "a growing frustration among reputable conservative economists that the promises of health care cost control have turned …

Health Care

Tough decisions loom for Dems on ObamaCare

Congressional Democrats have to decide how badly they want an ObamaCare deal.Senate Republicans are open to renewing the insurer payments that …

Health Care

Hatch Deals Blow to Bipartisan Health Care Bill

Prospects dim after opposition from Senate Finance chairman<p>Utah Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch has dealt an emerging bipartisan health care bill a …

U.S. Congress

Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened.

The wild card for 2018 rates is the president of the United States.<p>Back in May, the UPMC Health Plan in Pennsylvania said it would need to increase its health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace by 8 percent, on average, in 2018.<p>It was an entirely unremarkable number that …

Health Care

Trump Open to Fixing Obamacare, Pretends It Is ‘Dead’

The most attention-generating aspect of Donald Trump’s brief comments to the media today will be his “The Buck Stops Over There” exercise in …

Health Care

Donald Trump unwittingly admits he’s sabotaging health care

Trump’s recent orders are designed to systematically destroy the health care system in the U.S.<p>If President Donald Trump didn't want the American public to believe that his recent executive actions against the Affordable Care Act weren't a deliberate attempt to sabotage it, he probably shouldn't …

Health Care

Trump’s Obamacare attack heralds new health-care battles on Capitol Hill

President Trump’s decision Thursday to cut off crucial health-care subsidies has once again revived the long-running debate over the Affordable Care Act, increasing the potential for a government shutdown in December and making the issue central in next year’s midterm elections.<p>The move to end …

Health Care

​Trump takes a sledgehammer to the ACA

President Trump left little doubt yesterday that he intends to do as much damage as he can to the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets. And he can …

ObamaCare

Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again

WASHINGTON — President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, …

Health Care

Epic legal battles shaping up over Trump's scrapping of Obamacare subsidies

President Donald Trump's move to cut off critical Obamacare subsidies will almost surely be tied up in the courts for years as Democratic-led states seek injunctions, while insurers seek to recover payments they say they’re owed.<p>It's impossible to predict whether a judge might order the …

Health Care

Trump to Stop Paying Obamacare Cost-Sharing Subsidies

Schumer and Pelosi: ‘American families will suffer just because President Trump wants them to’<p>The administration will stop reimbursing health …

ObamaCare

Trump’s acting like Obamacare is just politics. It’s people’s lives.

Fewer people will have insurance — and the government will spend more.<p>Donald Trump has long predicted the implosion of Obamacare. He just took a huge step to fulfilling his own prophecy.<p>The White House announced late Thursday morning it would cut off a key Obamacare subsidy that makes copayments …

Health Care

Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces

President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision coincides with an executive order on Thursday to allow …

ObamaCare

Trump will pull Obamacare subsidies in another attack on health law

The move is a new threat to the law’s insurance markets.<p>The Trump administration has decided to cut off crucial Obamacare subsidies that help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans, a serious attack on the stability of the health care law’s insurance markets.<p>President Donald Trump has …

Health Care

The striking new evidence that expanding health coverage reduces crime

<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>It seems like we spend all of our time debating whether health insurance actually improves people's …

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Trump administration narrows Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate

The Trump administration issued rules Friday that immediately carve broad exceptions to the Affordable Care Act’s promise of no-cost contraceptive coverage, touching off fresh lawsuits and renewed debate about the proper scope of religious liberty.<p>The rules significantly widen the range of …

Rights & Freedoms

Congress is exploiting its own neglect to bargain over CHIP's renewal

Last weekend, nine million children lost federal funding for health care in America<p>Intense debate over the failed Graham-Cassidy bill to overturn …

Health Care

Squeezed again: Americans burdened by Obamacare now face even higher costs under Trump

Jim Hansen and his wife considered themselves fortunate when they retired five years ago.<p>The Denver couple, both electrical engineers, were healthy. They’d socked away an ample nest egg. And they found health insurance that, if not cheap, seemed reasonable for two people in their late 50s.<p>Then, the …

ObamaCare

Senate GOP effort to unwind the ACA collapses Monday

The latest Republican effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act collapsed Monday as a third GOP senator announced her opposition and left the proposal short of the votes needed to pass.<p>While one top Republican senator held out the possibility that the Senate might still vote on the bill, others …

U.S. Congress

Poll: Americans favor ObamaCare to Graham-Cassidy

Americans favor ObamaCare to the Graham-Cassidy health care legislation by more than 20 points, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post …

Elections

HHS plans hours-long shutdowns of ObamaCare site during enrollment period

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning hours-long maintenance shutdowns of the federal ObamaCare exchange during the next open …

Health Care

What Are the Potential Effects of the Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill? Past Estimates Provide Some Clues

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How Graham-Cassidy Stacks Up, in One Chart

Comparing the Senate GOP's latest plan, and the House-passed option, to current law<p>Senate leaders are considering an attempt next week to pass a …

Health Care Law

State Medicaid Directors Say Graham-Cassidy ‘Fails to Deliver’

Group that represents Medicaid directors in all 50 states says bill shouldn’t be rushed<p>State Medicaid directors voiced their opposition Thursday to …

Health Care

Why McCain screwed the GOP on Obamacare repeal — again

His friendship with Lindsey Graham was less important than his grievances with the process.<p>Not even 24 hours after John McCain dramatically tanked a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare in late July, his best friend, Lindsey Graham, started working feverishly in private to try again.<p>Graham — who’s …

John McCain

Here's Christie's reaction to Republicans' last-ditch Obamacare repeal

SOMERSET -- Gov. Chris Christie announced Wednesday he's against Republicans' latest effort in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying …

ObamaCare

Many Louisiana health care stakeholders oppose Bill Cassidy's plan | NOLA.com

Louisiana organizations that represent hospitals, health clinics and retired people have all come out against U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's proposal for …