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States … like Congress … are divided on replacing Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans say they'll insure more Americans than President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act and do it more cheaply -- by giving power to the states.

But just like the political divide that cleaves Congress, the states seem likely to look at the latest health care proposal with a partisan eye. In Republican-led ...Read more

The impact of Trump's order to weaken health care law: a Q&A

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday aimed at defanging the Affordable Care Act, giving heads of federal departments more power to delay or grant exemptions from regulations associated with the law.

Its immediate effect remains unclear. Here are some of the most important questions:

Q: What does the executive ...Read more

Why Kentucky couldn't kill Obamacare: A lesson for Congress

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ATLANTA -- As congressional Republicans meet this week to gut Barack Obama's signature health-care law, they can look for guidance to Kentucky, where a big political promise met with reality to force the type of compromise national lawmakers might face.

The result: a taxpayer-funded insurance program that looks a lot like Obamacare.

President ...Read more

Congressional Republicans try to find health care compromise

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump wants Congress to move quickly this week to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but congressional Republicans are far from a consensus on a repeal-and-replace effort that won't leave millions of their constituents without insurance.

Monday, two senators who have cautioned colleagues to delay repeal until they...Read more

Trump adviser says health-law requirement to have insurance will end

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NEW YORK –– The Trump administration plans to end the Affordable Care Act's requirement that most people have health insurance, an adviser to the president said.

Kellyanne Conway, in an interview with NBC, appeared to indicate that the law's requirement that most employers offer coverage to their full-time workers would also end. Trump ...Read more

Montana Republicans loathe Obamacare, but are they ready to dump it? Not so fast

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HELENA, Mont. -- Back in 2015, being a Montana Republican meant despising Obamacare -- and your loathing of it better have been a pre-existing condition.

House Speaker Austin Knudsen qualified. He voted against the state's decision to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2015. When he ran for re-election last year, he ...Read more

Here's what Trump's executive order really means for Obamacare; a question and answer

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WASHINGTON--In one of his first official actions, President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday that directed federal agencies to use their authority to relieve individual Americans, businesses, state governments and others from "burdens" placed on them by the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump administration and its Republican ...Read more

Here's why you shouldn't get a massage after drinking alcohol

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Don't schedule that relaxing Saturday-morning massage the day after partying.

Why? Think of what happens right after you get a massage. Usually, the therapist will offer you water.

That's because when you get a massage, you often feel dehydrated.

So coming to a massage hung over, when your body may already feel that way, isn't your best bet. ...Read more

In first Oval Office appearance, Trump takes symbolic step on health care law

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump took a symbolic step aimed at his predecessor's signature achievement Friday night, directing federal agencies to take steps to "ease the burden of Obamacare."

Trump signed the executive order during his first public appearance in the Oval Office. The White House did not immediately provide details about the...Read more

If GOP defunds Planned Parenthood clinics, health centers can't handle patient flood

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WASHINGTON -- Contrary to recent claims by House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, R-Wis., experts say the nation's community health centers don't have the staffing or funding to handle the estimated 400,000 people who could lose access to care if Planned Parenthood's federal Medicaid funding is shuttered.

Ryan wants to cut the group's federal funding...Read more

What are early signs of Alzheimer's disease?

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You're deep in a conversation with a friend and suddenly you can't remember an acquaintance's name.

You can see her face. That name is almost, almost there. But not quite.

Blushing, you laugh, call it "a senior moment" and move on. Five minutes later, that person's name comes to you. You might overlook it, but then you might wonder, "Am I ...Read more

Democrats hope their unity can foil GOP drive to undo Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats aiming to thwart the undoing of Obamacare are using a strategy that served them well before: They're standing back and letting Republicans whirl in their own discord.

In a narrowly divided Congress, Democrats are united in demanding that Republicans come up with a replacement health care plan on their own. ...Read more

Advocacy group pushes for changes in US food assistance program

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As policymakers and health officials sound the alarm on the nation's obesity epidemic, a team of researchers want to improve health outcomes among the most vulnerable Americans by overhauling the federal food assistance program.

In articles published as a supplement Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than a dozen ...Read more

Republican senator would let states keep Obamacare if they want

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy is making an offer to Democrats he hopes they won't refuse: If their states like Obamacare, they can keep it.

A doctor who worked for decades in charity hospitals and clinics before joining Congress, Cassidy plans to introduce soon an updated version of his health care plan aimed at giving states ...Read more

Repealing Obamacare without replacement would leave 18 million uninsured, report says

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WASHINGTON -- Repealing Obamacare without a replacement would result in higher costs for consumers and fewer people with insurance coverage, according to a report Tuesday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

In the first year, insurance premiums would jump by 20 percent to 25 percent for individual policies purchased directly or ...Read more

UnitedHealth sees potential in 'next phase' of health reform

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MINNEAPOLIS -- With speculation swirling about how Republicans might replace the federal health law, the chief executive of UnitedHealth Group offered no specifics Tuesday but said he sees the potential for health care changes focused on state-based markets, flexible Medicaid programs and well-structured high-risk pools.

Even so, the nation's ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: busting flu vaccine myths

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If you are hesitating to get your annual influenza vaccine, Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, wants to bust some myths about the flu vaccine that may help you make your decision.

Myth: The vaccine gives you the flu.

False. "The easy answer is it's simply not true," says Poland. "I think what people are ...Read more

Trump lays down a marker to judge his health care plan

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WASHINGTON -- "We're going to have insurance for everybody," President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post in an interview over the weekend, setting down a marker by which the health care plan he has promised can be judged.

In the interview, published Monday, Trump would not say how he would accomplish that goal and also meet his other ...Read more

Home remedies: a case of the common cold

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The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It's usually harmless, although it might not feel that way. Children younger than six are at greatest risk of colds, but healthy adults can also expect to have two or three colds annually.

Most people recover from a common cold in a week or 10 days. Symptoms...Read more

Know where Obamacare repeal will be felt the most? Miami

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WASHINGTON -- Perhaps nowhere in America would so many people be as personally affected by the Republican-led repeal of Obamacare than Miami.

Three congressional districts -- all represented by Republicans -- have among the highest number of Affordable Care Act enrollees in the country, posing a bit of a wrinkle as those House members followed ...Read more