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Congressional Budget Office debunks GOP’s cynical health care lies: Medicaid will be slashed, premiums will rise

More bad news for Mitch McConnell: Health care bill would leave 22 million uninsured, drive up costs for the poor<p>Late on Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the Senate’s version of health care legislation, immediately debunking nearly all the Republican …

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From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor.<p>That's the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is why it's become the focal point of the battle in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>President Obama expanded Medicaid under his …

Health Care

Bernie Sanders’ plan to save Obamacare

Sen. Sanders hits the road to turn the GOP health bill into a referendum on Medicaid — not the “ACA.”<p>ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Shortly after he finished his rib-eye steak and baked potato on Saturday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was interrupted by his Outback Steakhouse waitress. “I just wanted …

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American Medical Association Slams Senate GOP Health Care Bill

"We sincerely hope that the Senate will take this opportunity to change the course of the current debate," the doctors' group says.<p>The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest doctors’ group, opposes the Senate health care bill, the organization announced in a letter to Senate leaders …

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SENATE HEALTH CARE bill ‘on brink of defeat’ – W.H. warns on Syria -- LIPPMAN/HARRIS on how Trump has disrupted D.C. social rituals – HATCH’s dueling fundraisers

Driving the Day<p><b>BULLETIN</b> at 5:46 a.m. <b>-- “</b>BRUSSELS (AP) - EU fines Google record 2.42 billion euros ($2.7 billion) for breaching competition rules in online shopping service.”<p><b>Good Tuesday morning. BUZZ IN THE CAPITOL --</b> If Senate Republicans pass their health care bill Friday, House GOP leadership is …

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How the House and Senate bills would change "Obamacare"

Here is a rundown of the main elements of the Affordable Care Act, which ones would be wiped out and which could survive under the House and Senate …

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Working Toward the Same Ends for Different Reasons

A better understanding of moral reasoning could help Americans to better cooperate on improving the country even amid deep disagreements.<p>The moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt has shown that the moral foundations that undergird the political beliefs of conservatives and liberals are different from …

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Different CBO Score, Same Result

The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is as indefensible in the Senate as it was in the House.<p>The Senate legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act was drafted in secret under the guidance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Now the Congressional Budget …

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House Repeal Bill Critic Cotton Mum on Senate Version

Sen. Tom Cotton is holding his health care cards close to his chest.<p>After waging an aggressive and extensive public war against the House health care …

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Budget office sees 22 million fewer covered with Senate bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rebellious Republican senators are forcing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to scramble to rescue the party's health care bill before debate even begins. The dissension is swelling after Congress' nonpartisan budget referee said the high profile measure would leave 22 million more …

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Elizabeth Warren Tries to Win Back Voters in Trump Country

Massachusetts senator telling voters that GOP poised to deliver ‘knockout blow’ to working class<p>LOWELL, Mass.—Sen. Elizabeth Warren is traveling to Trump-friendly areas of her state hoping to connect with his backers and provide a road map for her party to win back working-class voters.<p>Ms. Warren’s …

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Toddler’s Staggering Hospital Bill Shows Just What’s At Stake In Obamacare Battle

Alison Chandra says if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, her family may face a devastating choice: bankruptcy or her son's life.<p>When it comes to healthcare, politics is “always personal.” That’s the message from one New Jersey mom who, as lawmakers wrangle this week with an Affordable Care Act …

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How health care costs are linked to foreclosures

Sudden medical debt is a leading cause of bankruptcy, according to many studies<p>The Senate’s planned vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act this Thursday has turned this week into a frenzy of debate and deal-making among senators and Republican leaders. With the CBO score forthcoming—a review of …

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The cruel reality of high-speed health care legislating

Four days ago, Senate Republicans got their first glimpse at their leadership’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.<p>Three days from now, Senate Republicans are expected to vote on that plan.<p>Let that sink in for a moment: We are already more than halfway through the Senate Republicans’ …

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Why Are 'Pro-Life' Republicans Pushing a Bill That Will Kill Tens of Thousands?

If "pro-life" were anything but a slogan meant to restrict women's rights, GOP senators would not be supporting this legislation<p>Here's a dark fact: …

Health Care

Protesters Rail Against GOP’s Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort

Angry constituents and lawmakers reacting to the latest Republican effort to dismantle Obamacare assembled Monday outside the offices of elected officials, staging a sit-in, a die-in, and livestreaming an impromptu rally on the steps of the United States Capitol.<p>The protests came as the …

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Trumpcare Is the Perfect Document of the GOP: Pro-Birth, Anti-Woman, Anti-Child

A baker’s dozen of white male Republicans will have successfully placed abortion care out of reach for the majority of American women if the Senate …

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Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.<p>The federal-state program for low-income people has …

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What Americans Don’t Like About Obamacare

We now know Republican senators’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. And while GOP senators are struggling with the question of whether they can …

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The good news/bad news for Senate Republicans

<b>The good news:</b><p>$321 billion in net deficit reduction ($202 billion more than the House).<br>• Average premiums would go down starting in 2020.<br>• The markets …

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The CBO just undermined a big GOP talking point on the Senate health bill

Some areas still won’t have insurance providers on individual exchanges.<p>Republicans are speeding their health care bill through the Senate, releasing the text last week and preparing to vote as soon as this week. When asked why the rush, one of the first answers GOP leaders often give is that …

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How Republicans justify ignoring public attitudes on health care

In theory, polling on issues and legislation matters because it offers policymakers a guide to public attitudes. Elected officials in the United …

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The GOP's 'Better Care' act: The worst parts of health care now even worse

Over the last few years, Republicans correctly identified the thing Americans hate most about the health insurance system: out-of-pocket costs. …

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Opinion: Wanted — Three Senate Republicans to End the Mean Season for Health Care

GOP plan is a cure worse than the disease<p>In a January 2010 speech at Hillsdale College, Paul Ryan decried Barack Obama’s efforts to expand access to …

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Here's What Happens To Breast Cancer Diagnoses When Medicaid Is Rolled Back

A study of women in Tennessee offers a glimpse.<p>Senators stand poised to vote on the Republican health care bill this week, which in its current form would slash the budget for Medicaid, the government program that cares for millions of uninsured Americans. The bill also would leave 22 million more …

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Senate Healthcare Bill Could Increase Premature Deaths In US, Report Claims | International Business Times

Ever since President Donald Trump introduced the Senate healthcare bill, there were rumors that an increased number of people stand a chance of …

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GOP donors close checkbooks, frustrated with lack of progress on taxes, health care

As Republicans struggle to agree on pivotal parts of President Donald Trump’s agenda, including tax reform and health care, some frustrated GOP donors are closing their wallets until lawmakers get their act together.<p>At least one influential donor, Doug Deason, has told congressional Republicans …

Health Care

SF’s elderly, poor would pay more for insurance in Senate plan

The Senate health care bill introduced last week would keep in place the general structure of the federal subsidies that, in California, go to about 1.5 million residents who buy insurance on Covered California.<p>However, the Better Care Reconcilation Act would change the eligibility requirements to …

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Health Bill Seen as GOP’s Last Chance to Repeal Obamacare Taxes - Bloomberg

Congressional Republicans’ dash to undo Obamacare is about fulfilling a seven-year promise to voters. But it’s also about seizing what may be the …

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Senate leaders try to bolster GOP health-care bill with incentive for consumers

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican leaders worked Monday (June 26) to modify the GOP plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, adding a provision that …

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