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Last-ditch GOP effort to replace ACA: 5 things you need to know

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WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts in Congress to "repeal and replace" the federal Affordable Care Act are back from the dead. Again.

While the chances for this last-ditch measure appear iffy, many GOP senators are rallying around a proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., along with Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron ...Read more

Graham seizes the spotlight, but his health bill's prospects still uncertain

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham had just finished a day as the star of the Senate, the man dozens of reporters chased and the vice president wanted as his travel companion.

So as the work day ended, a tired but exhilarated Graham stood in a Senate elevator, the doors closing between him as another pack of reporters struggled to hear one final...Read more

White House, Republican leaders join new push for Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Republican leaders have joined a revived push to roll back the Affordable Care Act as lawmakers faced a critical deadline next week and efforts to reach a bipartisan compromise appeared to collapse.

But it was still unclear Tuesday evening whether Trump and his Senate allies would secure the votes to ...Read more

Key Republican says no deal on bipartisan Obamacare fix bill

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WASHINGTON -- A crucial GOP senator says that after weeks of effort, there's not enough agreement among lawmakers to advance a small package of bipartisan changes that would stabilize Obamacare's health insurance markets.

"We have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a ...Read more

In stark contrast to Obamacare plans, premiums for job-based coverage show modest rise

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Family health insurance premiums rose an average 3 percent this year for people getting coverage through the workplace, the sixth consecutive year of small increases, according to a study released Tuesday.

The average total cost of family premiums was $18,764 for 2017, according to a survey of employers by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the ...Read more

Q&A: What would the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal Obamacare do?

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are rushing to vote by the end of next week on a new bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

The latest bill -- authored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La. -- has been put together so quickly that the independent Congressional Budget Office said it will not have time to fully evaluate ...Read more

McConnell in difficult spot with latest health care push

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is counting on an 11th-hour attempt to repeal the 2010 health care law and change directions on a disappointing year for Republicans.

Having put health care on the back burner after lacking the votes this summer, McConnell has thrown his weight behind a proposal from GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of...Read more

Trump's deadline on 'Dreamers' reverberates through health industries

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Karla Ornelas said she has "always had the idea of being a doctor, I've never seen myself doing anything else." The third-year pre-medical student at the University of California, Davis said she plans to become a family medicine physician and work in California's Central Valley, where there is a great need for doctors and especially bilingual ...Read more

Ryan says House would vote on Graham-Cassidy if Senate passes it

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Monday that the House would bring up a health care measure sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy for a vote if it were to pass the Senate.

"It would be our intention to bring the matter through," Ryan said at a news conference from a Harley Davidson facility in Wisconsin, where he was ...Read more

Lindsey Graham tries to beat the clock and odds on health care

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham's journey to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that started as a lonely crusade has in just one week picked up both followers and steam -- but prospects for winning congressional approval remain murky.

Despite a handful of Senate GOP co-sponsors and high-profile endorsements from governors and ...Read more

With deadline near, Republicans' last push to roll back Obamacare gains strength

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WASHINGTON -- A last-ditch Republican push to roll back the Affordable Care Act appeared to pick up momentum Monday even as opposition from leading patient advocates and health care organizations mounted, setting the stage for another potentially dramatic Senate vote on the future of the 2010 law, often called Obamacare.

Prospects for the new ...Read more

Graham pushes his health care plan—and his state's governor keeps his distance

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WASHINGTON -- As Sen. Lindsey Graham races against a rapidly approaching congressional deadline for selling his health care proposal, his own state's governor is refusing to offer support.

"I'm studying it," South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters in the state's capitol on Monday morning.

McMaster confirmed he has had several ...Read more

Why the unpopular individual mandate is likely to endure — for now

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WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act's requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law's most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place -- at least for now.

In a letter sent late last month, the governors urged ...Read more

It would be a really good idea to get a flu shot this year

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Companies and pharmacies are already reminding people that it's time to get a flu shot, and the push may be more warranted this year.

A particularly bad flu season was reported in Australia, which has served as a rough measuring stick for the flu season that follows in the Northern Hemisphere.

From Jan. 1 to Aug. 19, 2016, the Australian ...Read more

Bernie Sanders, the man with single-payer clout

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WASHINGTON -- The seismic shift in support for Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to transform the U.S. health care system into a single-payer program indicates the reach the Vermont independent has within the Democratic Party.

At the same time that his onetime presidential foe Hillary Clinton is reminding people of the party's devastating loss last ...Read more

GOP sees offensive opening on health care for 2018

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WASHINGTON -- As more and more Democrats come out in favor of some form of "Medicare for all" legislation, Republican campaign strategists are salivating.

In much the same way the GOP has tried to tie all Democrats to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in attack ads, they're planning to tie all Democratic incumbents and challengers to different...Read more

How to treat warts

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Can an untreated wart on my hand spread to another person? Is treatment for it necessary if it's small and doesn't bother me?

A: If left untreated, it is possible for warts to spread and for the virus that causes warts to be passed to another person. Fortunately, most adults have developed immunity to the viruses that cause ...Read more

Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single-payer health plan

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Like passengers leaping for a departing train, leading Democrats are scrambling to support single-payer health insurance, a system that would represent a huge expansion of government control over health care and which the party's presidential nominee declared last year would "never, ever" come to pass.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., whose support ...Read more

Bipartisan effort to stabilize health insurance markets is coming down to the wire

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WASHINGTON -- Despite broad support from consumer advocates, state officials and health care leaders across the country, a bipartisan effort in Congress to stabilize health insurance markets and control rising premiums is being threatened by resurgent political fighting over the Affordable Care Act.

With time running out before millions of ...Read more

Facts on the opioid epidemic

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The opioid epidemic continues to affect thousands in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from prescription opioid medications -- drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine -- have more than quadrupled since 1999. Deaths from illicit drugs, such as heroin, also continue to be a major ...Read more