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Q&A: Why Republicans are racing to pass health care by Sept. 30 and what's next for Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are struggling to pass their latest health care overhaul -- a bill written by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisana -- by a Sept. 30 deadline.

But it's not clear they will have the votes, meaning GOP leaders and President Donald Trump may fail again to repeal the Affordable Care...Read more

Senate Republicans sweeten Obamacare repeal bill to win over GOP holdouts as opposition mounts

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans scrambled Monday to salvage their push to roll back the Affordable Care Act, making a series of last-minute changes to their sweeping repeal bill in a bid to woo GOP holdouts.

But the changes -- which funnel more money to the states of several key GOP lawmakers while further loosening patient protections in the ...Read more

McConnell avoided making a promise he couldn't keep

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell never quite guaranteed a floor vote on the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law as the clock ticked toward an end-of-September deadline.

The Kentucky Republican's office was measured last week when asked about the prospects for floor action, with the ...Read more

Updated Senate health bill seeks to sway holdout Republicans

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are circulating an updated version of their latest proposal to overhaul the 2010 health care law. The new draft bill was obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The updated bill, from Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-.S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., would overhaul the 2010 health care law. It appears to seek to address concerns of ...Read more

Poll: Slight majority of americans disapprove of Graham-Cassidy

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WASHINGTON -- A new poll shows that a majority of Americans disapprove of the Republican legislation to replace the 2010 health care law.

CBS News found that 52 percent of Americans polled disapprove of the law being proposed by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Dean ...Read more

Study defines benefits of earlier, more frequent mammograms

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When the Transportation Security Administration imposed stricter screening guidelines on flights into the U.S. this past July, people yowled about the longer lines and extended delays that those extra measures might cause. But, said U.S. security officials, the risk/benefit ratio was clear: Increased screening is worth the inconvenience.

A ...Read more

BP meds affect bleeding from kidney stone

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been urinating blood for several weeks. An X-ray revealed a kidney stone; however, I am in no pain at all. The stone is said to be between my kidney and bladder. I take blood pressure medicine and an aspirin a day. The problem is this: If I don't take my medications, the bleeding stops, then when I do take them, the ...Read more

Collins doubts she can vote for health care bill

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WASHINGTON -- The already faltering prospects for the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act worsened Sunday as a prominent Republican moderate said it would be "very difficult" to envision voting for it.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on CNN that she wanted to see an analysis of the Republican bill by the nonpartisan Congressional ...Read more

California would take biggest hit under Senate Republicans' latest Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- California, which has used the Affordable Care Act to extend health protections to millions of its residents and cut in half the number of people without health insurance, stands to lose more than any other state under the latest Republican plan to roll back the 2010 law.

The GOP plan, which Senate leaders want to bring to a vote ...Read more

California Republican won't say if he supports Graham-Cassidy health care bill

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Orange County, Calif., Rep. Ed Royce was noncommittal about his stance on the controversial Graham-Cassidy health care bill designed to roll back provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

"I have not looked at the details in it," Royce said as he arrived at an event at his Yorba Linda campaign office. "We'll see if something passes out of the ...Read more

Trump says McCain 'let down' Arizona and Graham in opposing health care bill

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump Saturday criticized Sen. John McCain for delivering an apparent fatal blow to the latest Republican health care legislation, saying the Arizona Republican "let down" his state and the bill's sponsor by announcing his opposition.

In a series of early-morning Twitter posts, Trump also indicated that he isn...Read more

Uncertainty over health care's future hobbles entrepreneurs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Stinson Dean is used to taking risks. The entrepreneur from Independence, Mo., says coping with the ups and downs of the market is an inevitable part of his business.

But when he started his company about a year and a half ago, he laid down a firm rule.

"One of the things I wasn't willing to risk was the health of my family...Read more

Graham's health care overhaul imperiled after McCain says no

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham's quest to fulfill his party's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appeared all but doomed Friday after his close friend, Sen. John McCain, said he would oppose the effort.

The sudden shift in momentum was jarring. Graham, R-S.C., had left Washington on Wednesday, confident he and his allies ...Read more

GOP health bill's changes go far beyond pre-existing conditions

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The latest GOP effort to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act is getting a lot of attention, even if its passage seems unlikely. But there is far more to the measure than its changes to rules regarding pre-existing health conditions.

In fact, the bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., would disrupt the ...Read more

McCain delivers a potentially fatal blow to GOP effort to repeal Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., dealt a critical blow to Republicans' last-ditch attempt to roll back the Affordable Care Act on Friday, announcing he will not vote for sweeping repeal legislation that GOP leaders plan to bring to the Senate floor for a vote next week.

"We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a ...Read more

State Medicaid directors eye Graham-Cassidy with concern

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WASHINGTON -- State Medicaid directors voiced their opposition Thursday to the latest effort in the Senate to repeal the 2010 health care law.

The National Association of Medicaid Directors, a group that represents the directors of all 50 states, urged Senate Republicans to reconsider their support of the new repeal bill sponsored by GOP Sens. ...Read more

Healthcare.gov could be crippled under latest GOP Obamacare repeal proposal

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WASHINGTON -- A federal health exchange the government spent over $1 billion to create would likely be made obsolete by the recent GOP proposal to gut the 2010 health law.

Policy experts say the Department of Health and Human Services would still be required to maintain healthcare.gov under the proposal from Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of ...Read more

Nutrition News: Whole Grains For Cancer Prevention

Health / Nutrition News /

A new report from the American Institute of Cancer Research finds five habits that can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer:

--Eating whole grains and foods containing fiber reduces risk

--Excess body fat is one of the strongest factors that increases risk

--Consuming processed meats and high amounts of red meat increases risk

--Drinking two...Read more

Fahr disease is a rare brain condition

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about Fahr disease? I had an MRI, and I read the term on the report and was concerned because I hadn't been told about it. I asked my provider about it, and he told me that it usually is diagnosed when someone is young. I am soon to be 80 years old. His advice was that if it had not shown up before now, it ...Read more

Why belly fat increases cancer risk and what to do about it

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

From Mike Biggs (in "Mike & Molly") to Dan Conner (in "Roseanne") and Doug Heffernan (in "King of Queens"), TV is loaded with loveable, belt-bulging, big guys. And while we may find these men make great company for a half an hour, truth is they're risking life and limb by carrying around that front-loaded belly fat.

Fat lodged around your ...Read more