Health Care

Six Ways to Tell If Trump Is Sabotaging Obamacare

The president appears to be rooting for the Affordable Care Act to fail. Here’s a guide to determine whether he’s laying the groundwork.<p>With the president pulling the vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, both the media and health experts have correctly zeroed in what may be the …

Affordable Care Act

Opinion: How are people going to pay for long-term care?

Although immediate Medicaid cuts are off the table with the failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the basic economics underlying the Medicaid program have not changed.<p>Medicaid currently pays for more than half of long-term care expenses. This outcome reflects the fact that older people …

Medicaid

Price: Trump administration plans to undo parts of Affordable Care Act

In his carefully calibrated testimony before House appropriators, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made one thing clear Wednesday: The administration is still intent on dismantling parts of the Affordable Care Act even if Republicans lack the votes to rewrite it.<p>Time and time again, …

Government

AP SPIN METER: Was Trump joking on health care?

WASHINGTON (AP) — To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care.<p>Since the Republicans' coverage bill died in the House last week, marking the defeat of Trump's first major legislative initiative, the …

Politics

Washington won’t decide Obamacare’s future this year. Topeka will.

Obamacare isn’t shrinking. It’s actually expanding.<p>If you want to keep up with the future of Obamacare, you'd be better served following the news from Topeka, Kansas, than the news out of Washington.<p>This is not a joke! My favorite news publications right now are the <b>Kansas City Star</b> and the <b>Lawrence</b> …

Affordable Care Act

What to expect from the major changes coming to popular Medigap plans

Phil Moeller reports on the trends in Medigap policies and answers your questions on aging and retirement. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters<b>Editor’s</b> …

Telehealth

We need more doctors and nurses. Maybe this online Harvard Med School course can help

The U.S. is facing a major shortage of medical professionals—by some estimates, we will be short 90,000 doctors and more than a million nurses by 2025.<p>Harvard Medical School says it wants to help. <b>Today the institution unveiled a certificate program called "HMX Fundamentals," delivered entirely</b> …

Medical School

Paul Ryan: ‘I Don’t Want’ Trump to Work with Democrats on Health Care

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan , the top Republican in Congress, said he does not want President Donald Trump to work with Democrats …

Paul Ryan

Republicans who went against the GOP's health care bill are winning praise back home

BUCKNER, Kentucky (AP) — One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."<p>That won over Mary Broecker, president of the Oldham County Republican Women's Club and a strong …

U.S. Congress

Patients Sarcastically Laud the State of Healthcare in North Memorial’s Amusing Ads

Hey, Doc, it hurts when we do this. And by this, we mean attempt to use our nation’s impossibly impersonal, ridiculously complicated healthcare …

Medical Marketing

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.<p>Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump's handling …

Health

We asked 18 states if they're expanding Medicaid now that Obamacare is here to stay

The failure of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare doesn’t just preserve insurance coverage for the 22 million or so people who have gained coverage under the legislation. It could mean that millions more will gain coverage in the future.<p>That’s because 18 states have still refused to adopt the …

Government

Udemy cofounder Eren Bali just raised $6.5 million for his newest startup

It’s no secret that communications between patients and their doctors and pharmacists is anything but seamless. The same is true for communications between doctors and the labs and insurance companies with which they work. Carbon Health, a San Francisco-based startup, is aiming to create a …

Startups

A New Study Just Debunked One of Tom Price's Favorite Talking Points About Obamacare

One of Tom Price’s go-to criticisms of the Affordable Care Act is that it does not, in fact, provide people much in the way of care. The law has …

Affordable Care Act

I thought my career as a doctor was over. It was the arts that saved me

I used to ignore my creative side, but after I was signed off work with depression and anxiety, I made space for the things I loved<p>As a hospital doctor I am used to working under pressure, and had always felt I thrived on it. But when I took time out of clinical training to pursue a PhD, I found I …

Mental Health

WATCH: Samantha Bee hits Donald Trump, Republicans for blaming everyone but themselves for health care disaster

How does a president who says he's a dealmaker excuse his not being able to make a deal with his own party?<p>What happens when you have two branches of Congress and can’t even muster enough votes to repeal the law you’ve been trying to repeal since it was enacted? You blame the other party. That’s …

Republican Party

3 Top Health Insurance Stocks to Buy in 2017

There has been plenty of uncertainty in the air for health insurers lately. Republican efforts to replace Obamacare left the companies wondering how they would be impacted.<p>Now that the attempt to pass new healthcare reform legislation has failed, several health insurance stocks could be solid …

Investing

Big Pharma's lobby is blaming America's soaring drug costs on middlemen

Americans are feeling exposed to high prescription costs, with some people spending as much on life-saving medications as they do on their mortgage payment.<p>Drug companies, which bear the brunt of the heat over this, have been trying to convince people that they're not the problem. Sure they've been …

Business

With Trumpcare dead and Obama gone, progressives are putting Medicare for All back on the table

Inside the renewed left-wing push for single-payer.<p>Single-payer health care appears to be experiencing a surge in popularity among Democrats in Congress.<p>During the last two years of Barack Obama's presidency, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) could only find 62 other House Democrats willing to co-sponsor …

U.S. Congress

'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin says the Department of Veterans Affairs "is on a path toward recovery."<p>"We have a clear mandate to do better, [and] to make sure that we're honoring our mission to serve our veterans," Shulkin told NPR's <i>Morning Edition</i>.<p>Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. …

Veterans

4 ways to help care for your aging parents, spouse with tech

When it comes to caring for an aging parent or spouse, many want to help their loved one stay independent as long as possible.<p>Nearly 90% of people over 65 want to stay at home as long as they are able, according to a research report by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the AARP …

Dementia

Samantha Bee Goes Off on Trump’s Health Care Fail: ‘I’m a Grower, Not a Shower’

The ‘Full Frontal’ host opened her show this week by taking a look back at Donald Trump’s first major failure as president.<p>“Let’s check in with the winning, shall we?” Samantha Bee said at the top of Wednesday’s <i>Full Frontal</i>.<p>It’s been close to a week since President Donald Trump and House Speaker …

Satire

Following Healthcare Failure, State Republicans Move to Expand Medicaid

Several red and purple states are making a surprising push to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, including Kansas, Virginia, and Maine. Following the collapse of the House Republican healthcare plan last week, some conservative lawmakers are saying it may be the best way forward.<p>Kansas' …

Medicaid

How Popular Is Trump? Republican Support Drops After Health Care Bill Collapses

After days of infighting and growing concerns from constituents, Republican walked away from a bill that would overhaul the country’s health care …

Elections

Paul Ryan on Russia probe, health care bill "growing pain"

Despite mounting calls for House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, …

U.S. Congress

The bizarre lawsuit that could still blow up the ACA insurance markets

With the collapse of the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is stuck implementing a law he detests. He has predicted that “ObamaCare will explode,” and in his frustration he will be sorely tempted to do everything in his power to make that prediction come true.<p>He may have his …

Government

Panicked Trump Backers Plan Media Blitz Highlighting His Greatest Hits

Strangely, there’s no mention of the whole health-care fiasco.<p>The past two months have not gone particularly well for <b>Donald J. Trump.</b> On Monday, Gallup reported that the president’s approval rating had fallen to a historic low of 36 percent, a dismal new level of unpopularity well below anything</b> …

Donald Trump

After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

The House Freedom Caucus is resurgent.<p>The group of roughly 36 hardline conservatives was at the leading edge of Republican opposition during the Obama years. It wasn't clear how relevant they would be with a Republican in the White House.<p>But in helping to kill the White House-backed GOP health care …

U.S. Congress

Trump, conservatives try to put aside bitterness to cut tax deal

Raw feelings and mistrust could pose an obstacle to President Donald Trump and hard-line conservative lawmakers in his Republican Party as they seek to rebound from defeat on health care legislation by launching into an overhaul of the U.S. tax code.<p>Trump has accused the Freedom Caucus lawmakers of …

U.S. Congress

Fact check: Medicaid’s doctor participation rates

In seeking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has said “one out of every three physicians in this nation aren’t seeing Medicaid patients.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said “more and more doctors just won’t take Medicaid.”<p>It’s a common criticism …

Medicaid