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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

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

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

Living with cats and cockroaches may reduce kids' asthma risk

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Kids living in houses with cats, mice and cockroaches may have a lower risk of asthma, new research from Washington University shows.

The researchers looked at 442 kids living in the inner cities of St. Louis, Baltimore, Boston and New York City. They analyzed dust taken from the kids' homes to measure the concentrations of cockroach, mouse and...Read more

Bemoaning budget cuts, navigators say feds don't appreciate scope of the job

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The Trump administration says many of the organizations that help people enroll in health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces don't provide enough bang for the buck, sometimes costing thousands of dollars to sign up each customer. So, it is cutting their funding, some by as much as 90 percent, the government told the groups last week.

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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


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