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Murray makes big concession in bipartisan health talks

Sen. Patty Murray has agreed to a key demand of Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which could …

Health Care

The last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill is gaining steam

<b>GRAHAM-CASSIDY HAS LEGS —</b> The last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill is gaining steam.<p><b>— It's getting a hearing on Monday.</b> "Senators have expressed a strong desire to examine the details of the Graham-Cassidy proposal through a public hearing," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said in a …

Health Care

Obamacare Repeal Is Closer Than You Think

Another repeal-and-replace option is gaining traction among Republicans on Capitol Hill, and anti-repeal activists may be too busy celebrating ‘Medicare for All’ to notice.<p>A renewed push among Republican lawmakers to repeal and replace Obamacare is gaining steam on Capitol Hill—and progressive …

Politics

Can the Graham-Cassidy bill even pass?

Two GOP Senate titans are clashing over the fate of an ACA stabilization bill. But first: As the budget reconciliation window winds down, momentum to pass a last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill heats up.<p><b>CAN GRAHAM-CASSIDY PASS? —</b> The Senate bill to repeal-and-replace parts of Obamacare doesn't have the …

Health Care

Corker pressed as reelection challenges mount

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate votes down Paul's bid to revoke war authorizations GOP braces for Bannon primary attacks GOP …

Elections

Lamar Alexander prepared to trade insurance funds for state flexibility

Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said Thursday that appropriating funds to insurers to help …

ObamaCare

Senators to Introduce Bipartisan Perkins Extension

A bipartisan group of senators will today introduce legislation that would extend the Perkins Loan program, which is set to expire Sept. 30, for …

Rob Portman

Hearings Done, Senate Health Panel Now Seeks Common Ground On Stabilizing Marketplaces

The committee's chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), says he hopes to have a bipartisan bill by early next week that would give insurers more …

Health Care

Gingrich and Daschle: Senate and House making key steps to fix health care

If the last eight years have taught us anything, it should be that fixing our broken health insurance system won’t be easy — it will require multiple …

Health Care

Lamar Alexander's ACA balancing act

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander is trying to thread a <i>very</i> thin needle as he searches for a bipartisan bill stabilizing the Affordable …

Health Care

Analysts see Trump threats to insurers boosting premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts expect average premiums for individually purchased health insurance to grow 15 percent next year, largely because it's unclear if President Donald Trump will let federal subsidies to insurers continue.<p>The Congressional Budget Office estimate …

Business

Trump Says He Applauds Last-Ditch Obamacare Repeal Proposal

President Donald Trump let Republican senators working on an eleventh-hour effort to repeal Obamacare know he is rooting for them, without explicitly …

Business

Last-Ditch GOP Effort to Repeal Obamacare Unveiled in the Senate

WASHINGTON — A group of Republican senators are making a late push to repeal and replace Obamacare this month even as some colleagues seem ready to move on or even work with Democrats to patch up the law.<p>The bill, backed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and …

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Obamacare Heavyweight Anthem Considers Retreating From More States

Anthem Inc. said it may pull back from more state Obamacare markets even as U.S. lawmakers debate steps to shore up the health law.<p>The health insurer …

Health Care

Republicans make last-minute pitch for Obamacare repeal plan

It's a day of dueling health care plans on Capitol Hill. Sen. Lindsay Graham, who's leading the Republicans' last-minute effort to repeal and replace …

ObamaCare

Word on the Hill: Kaine and Alexander’s Bipartisan Jam

Free fries, and kickball for Harvey recovery<p>Music lovers can catch Sen. <b>Tim Kaine</b>, D-Va., on the harmonica and Sen. <b>Lamar Alexander</b>, R-Tenn., on the …

Politics

STATEMENT: CAP Slams Latest Senate Republican Effort to Repeal the ACA

Washington, D.C. — <b>Topher Spiro</b>, vice president for Health Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the below statement following the …

Liberal View

Alexander: Major differences still remain for compromise ObamaCare bill

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderDems worry GOP pulling health care negotiations in partisan direction …

Health Care

Congress revisits Obamacare, this time with a bipartisan twist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was wrestling with healthcare again on Tuesday, as lawmakers from both parties considered some approaches beyond simply repealing and replacing Obamacare.<p>The widened healthcare discussion appeared unlikely to yield dramatic changes soon, but marked a shift …

Politics

GOP split over fixing or gutting Obamacare as deadline looms

Senate Republicans are divided over whether to bolster the health law or take one last stab at repealing it before the end of the month.<p>Republicans are paralyzed over what to do about health care, caught between a bipartisan effort to shore up Obamacare and the opportunity to take one last swing at …

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Hatch: ACA proposals look like a “bailout”

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch this morning poured some cold water on the emerging bipartisan effort to stabilize the Affordable Care …

Health Care

Dems worry GOP pulling health care negotiations in partisan direction

It's unclear whether Republicans and Democrats on the Senate's Health Committee will be able to reach a deal by the end of the week on a bill to …

ObamaCare

TRUMP hosting Dems at the W.H. for tax reform dinner -- ALEXANDER, PORTMAN and SHAHEEN break bread -- Russia probe: loyalty test for Trump staffers -- KATY TUR’s new book is out -- B'DAY: Matt Lewis

Driving the Day<p><b>THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR SOMETHING ABOUT URGENCY IN WASHINGTON,</b> remember this: the House comes in tonight at 6:30 p.m., and is gone by noon on Thursday. The week was cut short by Hurricane Irma, but still …<p><b>L.A. TIMES MEXICO BUREAU CHIEF KATE LINTHICUM: (@katelinthicum):</b> “After a …

Politics

Experts say new, cheaper set of ACA plans wouldn't change much

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander has made it clear that he's interested in letting people older than 30 buy "copper," or catastrophic, …

Health Care

Lawmakers Enthusiastically Reject Trump’s Proposal To Cut NIH Funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bipartisan bill last week providing $36.1 billion for the health institutes. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) …

Health Policy

Governors Ask Congress to Help Stabilize Health Care Market

Chief executives add voice to congressional debate<p>Governors are calling for multiyear funding for cost-sharing payments and for federal assistance to …

Health Care

What the Senate has in mind for the ACA's "innovation waivers"

The Senate HELP Committee this week is scheduled to resume its hearings on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act, and it's already clear Chairman Lamar …

Health Care

Hatch: "Obamacare bailout" would be "short-sighted"

Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch blasted an "Obamacare bailout" today in a Washington Post op-ed, an obvious reference to the HELP Committee's …

Health Care

Trump's ‘Republicans, Sorry’ Tweet Casts Doubt on GOP's Obamacare Repeal Plan

Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are still pushing their plan to repeal Obamacare. It appears the president has moved on to tax cuts.<p>“Republicans, …

Business

The Ground Has Shifted on U.S. Health Care

Americans are no longer content with a system that leaves some people uninsured. Now Congress should build the system voters want.<p>Congress's failed effort to undo Obamacare this year revealed an important political shift in the U.S.: Americans are no longer content to let people go without health …

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