Health Care

The Senate health bill is a recipe for a death spiral

That’s according to a former Republican congressional aide.<p>There is a lot to digest with the Senate’s health care bill. But let’s zoom in for a moment on the individual market that the bill envisions.<p>The Senate bill would keep the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurers have to cover …

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Obama: 'This Bill Will Do You Harm'

The former president issued a warning about the Republican plan to replace his signature health-care law. The Senate is planning to vote on it as early as next week.<p>On Thursday, Senate Republicans released a draft version of their Obamacare replacement, the American Health Care Act. The bill looks …

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Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America.<p>It uses a budget gimmick to comply with Senate rules against adding to the federal government's long-term debt.<p>Senate Republican …

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Recipe for disaster: How not to cook up healthcare reform

In case anyone was wondering what would happen if a handful of fairly wealthy, well-insured men gathered in a room and quietly tried to reinvent the $3-trillion U.S. healthcare system without any input from medical experts, patient advocates or others who know what they’re talking about, the U.S. …

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The Senate GOP health bill in one sentence: poor people pay more for worse insurance

It’s not complicated. Just cruel.<p>There are a lot of moving parts in the health bill Senate Republicans just released, but the bigger picture is straightforward. Health care expert Larry Levitt condensed it to fewer than 140 characters:<p>That’s it. That’s what this bill does. In fact, it does it over …

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Republicans Have All the Power and No Ideas

After winning control of government, the only plan the GOP has is to cut taxes for the rich and take healthcare from the poor.<p>Since 2008, the story of American politics has been the Republican Party's long, vicious struggle to regain power and cling onto it by whatever means necessary.<p>The Tea Party …

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Senate Leaders Unveil Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, who have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act for seven years, took a major step on Thursday to achieve that goal as they unveiled a bill to end the health law’s mandate that nearly everyone have health care, remake and cut the Medicaid program and create a …

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This Is What Happens When People With Diabetes Lose Medicaid

Before the Affordable Care Act, many patients had to ration insulin and spend time in the ER.<p>In 2003, Jose Sanchez was a recent graduate just starting out in the world, hustling to get his graphic design business off the ground. Then, one day, his life changed.<p>“I went to take a nap and then I …

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How the Republican Health Care Bill Will Affect Trans Americans

The Republicans' replacement health care bill is currently being jammed through the Senate—to the horror of 1.4 million trans people living in the United States who could be left without health insurance.<p>Jordan,* a kindergarten teacher who lives in Seattle, has spent months side-eyeing the calendar …

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“There will be deaths”: Atul Gawande on the GOP plan to replace Obamacare

Gawande just reviewed the research on what taking health insurance away means for Americans.<p>As the GOP inches closer to repealing and replacing Obamacare, there’s no shortage of claims flying around about the impact giving people health insurance — or taking it away — has on American …

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The Senate health bill is out. Here's your speed read

You can read it here, and a summary here. The highlights:<p>Ends the Affordable Care Act's mandates and most of its taxes.<br>• Phases out its Medicaid …

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History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through the Senate

<i>“Twenty-five days of consecutive session on a bill that was partisan in the sense that Republicans were angry with it, but we still had the courage of our convictions to have a debate on the floor.”</i> <b><br>— Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), remarks on the Senate floor, June 19, 2017</b><p>To …

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Not Even Republicans Are Thrilled With the Senate GOP Health Care Bill

Now that the bill's been unveiled, some GOP senators are bemoaning the process while others say it doesn't go far enough<p>The Senate was once hailed as …

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NBC News/WSJ Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Disapproves of House Health Care Bill

Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.<p>This new poll comes as Senate Republicans unveil their own health care legislation on Thursday. While the Senate bill shares some similarities to the House …

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Senate Democrats react with horror to health care bill

"The Republicans' health care plan will literally cost American lives.," says Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D.-Conn<p>Senate Democrats are appalled by the draft of the Obamacare repeal bill unveiled earlier on Thursday by Senate Republicans.<p>In a speech on the Senate floor shortly after the discussion draft …

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The New Health Care Bill Would Mean Big Cuts For Opioid Addiction Treatment

Many people addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin — some 2.6 million nationwide — will face tougher odds of recovery under a draft Senate health care bill released on Thursday, according to addiction experts.<p>In the midst of a nationwide overdose epidemic, the draft Senate bill offered …

Addiction

Trump Is ‘Very Supportive’ of Senate Health Care Bill

President breaks silence after spokeswoman signaled hands-off approach<p>President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday evening that he is “very supportive” of …

Health Care Law

The Senate GOP's backdoor Obamacare rollback

By expanding a little known waiver, the GOP bill enables states to opt out of almost every major Obamacare regulation—with almost zero federal oversight.<p>Buried deep in the 142 pages of the Senate’s new health care bill is an immense reform that could pave the way for a new rollback of parts of the …

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Senate GOP Health Bill: How to Know if You’re Getting Screwed

The Senate's proposed bill repeals all taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act, paying for the cuts by cutting billions from Medicaid.<p>The most important thing to know about the Senate Republicans' new health care bill is that it looks a lot like the House Republicans' health care bill—the one …

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‘Meanness at the core:’ Obama jumps back into political fray to slam Trump, GOP on health care

The text of the Senate’s 142-page Obamacare repeal bill had been public for just a few hours Thursday when the nation’s most influential private citizen weighed in — Barack Obama.<p>The plan is “not a health care bill,” Obama declared in a 939-word message to his nearly 53 million followers on …

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Sanders: GOP health care bill is barbaric

Sen. Bernie Sanders tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that the Republican health care bill is the "most harmful piece of legislation" he has seen in his life.

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What To Expect in the Senate Health Care Bill

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>Here’s what to expect in the Senate health care bill<p>At 9:30 am ET, Senate Republicans will unveil the draft of their highly anticipated health care …

Politics

Here's How Much Obamacare Premiums Will Increase in 2018

Uncertainty about the ACA's future is driving costs up.<p>As the Senate prepares to unveil its replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, states are …

Health

Healthcare Franchises May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered

Discover four key reasons you should get into the healthcare franchise business.<p>People have been asking me what the big trends in franchising are shaping up to be “the next big thing” for the near future. I have been keeping an eye on the various categories within franchising for over two decades …

Small Business

Why the GOP sticks with an unpopular health bill, in one revealing quote

“We won.”<p>Congressional Republicans keep pushing forward on a health care bill that, by all measures, is very unpopular. A Quinnipiac poll late last month found that only 20 percent of the public support the American Health Care Act.<p>The Republican plan polls much worse than the Affordable Care Act, …

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Wall Street loves Senate GOP health care bill

Health care companies' stocks soared Thursday after Senate Republicans released the text of their bill to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act …

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A Simple Guide To The GOP Health Care Bills

Here's how they'd change Obamacare.<p>Senate Republicans released their draft health care bill Thursday, unveiling a proposed rollback of Medicaid expansion and funding while ensuring hefty tax cuts for the wealthy and health care companies. Among other things, the bill reduces the number of …

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Here’s What You Need to Save for Health Care in Retirement - Bloomberg

One of the hardest expenses to plan for in retirement could be the biggest: health care. It will pay to err on the high side.<p>U.S. retiree health-care …

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Old McConnell Has a Plan

Senate Republicans released a 142-page proposal that would dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act.<p>Today in 5 Lines<p>Senate Republicans released a 142-page proposal that would dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act. Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee said in a joint …

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Here's how Singapore provides high-quality health care at low costs

After weeks of closed-door meetings, Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a draft of their plan to overhaul the US health system.<p>As the debate in the United States continues, we looked at another country that some commentators admire as a model for its ability to maintain high-quality care, …

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