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Republicans drop battle to do away with Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.

Republican congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Barack Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other...Read more

UnitedHealth shares up 3 percent as earnings top Wall Street estimates

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Strong performance at the company's health services unit drove better-than-expected first-quarter results at UnitedHealth Group, company officials said Thursday.

Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth is the nation's largest health insurer. The company during the period ending March 31 added more than 1 million people to coverage through ...Read more

Florida governor sues feds over health care money, Medicaid expansion

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid.

"It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal health care dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare," Scott said in a statement.

The announcement ...Read more

Is reconciliation a real challenge to Obamacare?

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WASHINGTON -- Even if some Republicans don't really want to go there, even if it's an exercise in futility, many are convinced the guaranteed-to-be-vetoed process of budget reconciliation promises to put Obamacare at the center of the 2016 debate.

And that, conservatives say, is exactly where they want it.

Reconciliation is the optional ...Read more

A shot in the eye: Researchers may have a cure for colorblindess

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SEATTLE -- For the more than 10 million Americans with colorblindness, there's never been a treatment, let alone a cure, for the condition that leaves them unable to distinguish certain hues.

Now, for the first time, two University of Washington professors have teamed with a California biotech firm to develop what they say may be a solution: a ...Read more

Study: MERS infections more widespread, less deadly than thought

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BONN, Germany -- The viral respiratory disease MERS, first identified in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, is apparently more widespread but less deadly than originally thought, according to a German study.

While the mortality rate for MERS -- an acronym for Middle East respiratory syndrome -- was earlier put at about 30 percent, the international study ...Read more

Scientists debate impact of removing guidelines for dietary cholesterol

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Recently the annual Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report stated that cholesterol was "not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."

Some people celebrated, expecting once again to fill their bellies with unlimited amounts of butter, cheese, sausage and steak. But several notable doctors and scientists balked -- and even protested.

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4 largest states have sharp disparities in access to health care

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WASHINGTON -- The national divide over the Affordable Care Act is beginning to affect Americans' access to medical care and perhaps even their ability to pay medical bills, a new study of the country's four largest states suggests.

Residents of Florida and Texas, which have resisted expanding insurance coverage through the health law, reported ...Read more

Big impact on women if Supreme Court rules against health care tax credits

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WASHINGTON -- Seven months after being diagnosed with breast cancer and later undergoing a double mastectomy, LaDonna Appelbaum of St. Louis recently finished her 16th and final chemotherapy treatment.

Without the $600 monthly tax credit that pays the bulk of her insurance premium under the federal health care law, Appelbaum isn't sure how she ...Read more

Wanting mental health treatment and not getting it

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WASHINGTON -- More than half a million adults who said they wanted help with their serious mental conditions last year couldn't get it because they lacked the resources and weren't eligible for Medicaid to pay for treatment, a new study finds.

Those people -- an estimated 568,886 adults ages 18 through 64 diagnosed with a serious mental illness...Read more