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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 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 under the proposal from Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of ...Read more

Nutrition News: Whole Grains For Cancer Prevention

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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

States embracing Obamacare lose $180 billion under Senate bill

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WASHINGTON -- States that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare would be hard-hit by spending cuts called for in Republican senators' latest bill to repeal and replace the health law, while states that didn't expand the program stand to benefit.

The thirty-two states that increased their Medicaid coverage for low-income people would lose $180 ...Read more

Analysis: Why Ryan has stepped into the senate health care debate

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan doesn't like to meddle in Senate affairs -- except when he does.

Throughout July when the Senate was working through various proposals to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, Ryan frequently declined to comment on what the other chamber was considering.

But now as the Senate prepares to ...Read more

What is the trick to setting an A1C goal for diabetes treatment?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My elderly sister, 73, has Type 2 diabetes, and is taking 500 mg of metformin twice a day.

After two years on metformin, her fasting glucose level is only 125 mg/dl and A1C only 6.8 percent. If she continues taking medication, will her fasting glucose level ever get to around 85 mg/dl and her A1C get to 5 percent? She wants to ...Read more

Why so many sore knees?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"After years of war, my ancestors gave up their barbaric practices and bent the knee to their new kings," says Roose Bolton at one point in the saga, "Game of Thrones." In that tale, defeated factions repeatedly bend their knee as an act of submission to a victor. But all that up-and-downing doesn't seem to cause the characters any joint trouble...Read more

No proven way to prevent celiac disease

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Is there anything I can do now to prevent my 1-year-old from getting celiac disease?

A: At this time, there is no proven way to prevent celiac disease. But if your child is considered to be at high risk for the disease due to family or medical history, there may be some steps you can take to lower that risk or to identify the ...Read more

GOP's new repeal bill would likely leave millions more uninsured, analyses suggest

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WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act would likely leave millions of currently insured Americans without health coverage in the coming decades, and strip benefits and protections from millions more, a growing number of independent studies suggest.

Health care safety nets in dozens of states stand to lose ...Read more

Obama says Republican health care plan would inflict 'real human suffering'

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WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act would inflict "real human suffering" on millions of Americans, former President Barack Obama said Wednesday, speaking out in public defense of his signature health care reform effort.

The law has led to major increases in the number of Americans with health care ...Read more

Trump endorses Graham-Cassidy, knocks Rand Paul

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump formally threw his weight behind a health care overhaul sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, and criticized another high-profile Republican for opposing it.

Trump used a pair of Wednesday morning tweets to call the bill "GREAT!" and touted its plan to provide federal "Money direct to ...Read more