Health Care

This Trump voter is torn between support for the president and an Obamacare plan that saved her life

Kathy Watson was anxious about her health coverage even before she woke up gasping for breath last month and drove herself to the emergency room with a flare-up in her heart condition.<p>After struggling for years without insurance, the 55-year-old former small-business owner — who has battled …

Health Care Law

“Not everybody is going to have health care”: Leaked bill shows Republicans getting closer to an Obamacare replacement — sort of

Paul Ryan and company have finally agreed upon a plan for Obamacare and, surprise, less Americans will be covered<p>Just as Obamacare reaches an all-time high in favorability among U.S. voters, House Republicans are gearing up to introduce their so-called replacement plan that would dismantle the …

Affordable Care Act

Sworn to Secrecy, Drugstores Stay Silent as Customers Overpay - Bloomberg

Eric Pusey has to bite his tongue when customers at his pharmacy cough up co-payments far higher than the cost of their low-cost generic drugs, …

Health

GOP proposal aims to end insurance mandate in 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.<p>Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow …

Health

As support for 'Obamacare' goes up, Trump's backing goes down

Mike Pence spoke to the far-right CPAC audience yesterday, and the vice president spoke with pride about his party’s intentions to destroy the …

Health Care Law

Obamacare Repeal Is Turning into a Big Hot Mess - VICE

Over the past few days, the Trump administration delivered a major blow to transgender rights, set back prison reforms, and revealed disturbing details on the practical implications of its immigration-enforcement measures. But for all this tumult, this week was (again) relatively quiet when it came …

Affordable Care Act

Trump’s Health-Care Nightmare Is Only Just Beginning

Eleven days before Donald Trump took office, I wrote a column with the slightly hedged but still hyperbolic headline “Obamacare Repeal Might Have …

ObamaCare

Kasich on meeting with Trump: If you're on the plane, you want to root for the pilot

Washington (CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich worked to repair ties with President Donald Trump on Friday, offering what he said were candid views on topics like foreign policy and health care during a 30-minute sit down in the Oval Office.<p>The former rivals for the GOP nomination were able to discuss their …

Politics

This Woman Is Sharing the Cost of Her Miscarriage To Make a Point About Health Insurance

Janie Faville, 27, wants to remind people that miscarriages—as devastating as they can be—often come with a price tag. The Kansas City, Missouri, …

Health

Machine learning is the new “plastics” and four more HIMSS17 observations

Assume every EHR company will have a curated app store and sandbox for developer education/pilot testing within a year.

Informatics

Fact-Check: Trump Blasts ‘Fake News’ and Repeats Inaccurate Claims at CPAC

President Trump’s speech on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference followed a familiar pattern: Blast the news media as “dishonest,” repeat a string of falsehood, and wrap up by promising to change the status quo.<p>“I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news,” Mr. Trump …

Fake News

Today in Obamacare: a polling expert explains why the health law is looking more popular

The Friday Interview: Obamacare polling expert Robert Blendon<p><i>Editor’s</i> <i>n</i><i>ote: Today in Obamacare is testing out a new regular feature</i><i>,</i> <i>the Friday Interview. Each week, we</i> <i>plan</i> <i>to sit down with an expert in health policy to get a new perspective on the constantly shifting landscape. This will likely range</i> …

Health

Devastating Leak Reveals Republican Obamacare Replacement Will Be A Death Sentence For Thousands

The House Republican Obamacare replacement plan has been leaked and it as bad as expected. The Republican plan would kill subsidies and Medicaid …

Health

No, Obamacare Hasn't Jacked Up Your Company's Insurance Rates

Can we all agree on one thing, that the Affordable Care Act is forcing small business owners to pay ever-higher costs for their employees’ health insurance? Right? Can’t we?<p>Certainly, Obamacare’s most ardent opponents have no trouble deploying a business owner devastated by premiums increases, …

Health

Dems tap former Kentucky governor to counter Trump speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have tapped former Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, highlighting the Kentucky Democrat's efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to …

Politics

Republicans Want You in a Health Savings Account. So Now What?

If you’ve been watching the debate in Washington over what is to become of our health insurance plans, you know that Republicans already disagree on a whole bunch of things. They’re not sure about what any new plan will cost. They’re not sure how any new tax credits should work or who should get …

Retirement

The GOP's Obamacare plan targets Planned Parenthood — and private abortion insurance coverage

A leaked draft of House Republicans’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act has major repercussions for women’s health.<p>A leaked draft copy of House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was published Friday by Politico. While the language isn’t final, it’s a sweeping plan …

Health

GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican governors are sending a clear message to Congress: Don't scrap the health care law without a viable alternative.<p>Eight Republican governors from all regions of the country are presenting a proposal to the Republican Governors Association meeting in Washington on …

Health Care Law

Boehner’s ’Bamacare Bombshell

John Boehner is right. Yesterday, in a clip played ’round the Interwebs, the former Speaker of the House and well-tanned Congressman scoffed at the …

Health

The best medicine doctors don't tell you about: Column

Food can dramatically affect health, yet physicians aren't trained or paid to talk about it.<p>Food choices are the most important cause of poor health in the United States. Seven out of ten deaths are caused by chronic diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which can be prevented or …

Health

Doctor blows whistle and explains Abbotsford ER overcrowding

As Abbotsford Regional Hospital faces questions about patient deaths, a hospital doctor has come forward to claim that the facility is dangerously …

Health

Democrats slam leaked draft of ObamaCare replacement

House Republicans are circulating a draft ObamaCare replacement plan that would get rid of its core component — subsidies for those with limited …

Health

Recent Warmth Toward Obamacare Persists, WSJ/NBC Poll Shows

Voters’ warmer views of the Affordable Care Act held up in February, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, with supporters narrowly outweighing detractors for a second month.<p>Opposition to the health law often known as Obamacare had outpolled support in every WSJ/NBC survey since the …

Elections

'Defunding' Planned Parenthood Would Really Screw Paul Ryan's District

"There's literally nowhere else to go for family planning," said one of his constituents.<p>WASHINGTON― If House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) succeeds in his plan to “defund” Planned Parenthood while repealing the Affordable Care Act, his own district will be left unable to meet women’s health care …

Health

The FDA’s Restrictions on the Abortion Pill May Be Harming Women

A group of doctors just called the agency out.<p>If you're seeking an abortion, there are two different options depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, according to Planned Parenthood. There's the in-clinic abortion, which is a medical procedure to end your pregnancy. Or, if you're up to …

Abortion

3 tips for using Instagram in your health care practice

Instagram has become tremendously popular with patients.<p>That’s in large part due to its focus on images and videos, rather than text and links to …

Medical Marketing

This is why doctors hate to stop CPR even when they know it’s time

A shrill voice from the overhead speaker pierced through the hospital.<p>“Code Blue. Code Team activated.”<p>As dozens of pagers rang simultaneously, I knew what that announcement meant. Someone had lost their pulse or had a fatal heart rhythm. Without cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the patient would …

Medicine

GOP congressman says fewer people with health insurance is a ‘good thing’

Shhhhhh. You weren’t supposed to say that part out loud.<p>Republican efforts to build a more laissez-faire health system are “doomed to fail,” …

Insurance

What's Next in the Grassroots Fight Against President Trump

Nothing Rep. Leonard Lance said was going over well. Constituents gathered at a town hall in Branchburg, NJ Feb. 22 weren't buying the Republican …

Politics

When (and when NOT) to treat a cut at home and other common medical issues

NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar joins Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager to explain when it’s OK to consult a doctor electronically instead of in person, visit an urgent care center rather than the emergency room, self-prescribe medications, and more.

Kathie Lee Gifford