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Rival Senate factions push competing agendas as health care measure hangs in balance

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WASHINGTON -- Heading into a week of intense jockeying and arm-twisting over the Senate's polarizing health care plan, the rift appeared to widen Sunday between moderates who consider the measure too punitive and conservatives who want to see the sweeping bill toughened up before agreeing to back it.

President Donald Trump, who made the repeal ...Read more

GOP's health care bills threaten huge disruptions across the system

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans, who for years blasted the Affordable Care Act for disrupting Americans' health care, are now pushing changes that threaten to not only strip health coverage from millions, but also upend insurance markets, cripple state budgets and drive medical clinics and hospitals to the breaking point.

President ...Read more

Rep. Maxine Waters speaks out on GOP health care bill at packed town hall meeting

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LOS ANGELES--To illustrate why she believes everyone should have access to comprehensive health care, Rep. Maxine Waters said she and her 12 siblings never saw a physician or a dentist their entire childhood.

"I was born at home in St. Louis back in the day when it was hard for minorities to get into hospitals," she said.

To soothe cavities, ...Read more

Senate repeal bill would let many drop health coverage, and insurers don't like it

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WASHINGTON -- Insurers are fretting about the Senate Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act because it would repeal the individual mandate but -- unlike the House bill -- not provide an incentive for people to retain coverage.

Abolishing the health care law's mandate with no penalty for coverage lapses would destabilize the ...Read more

Nevada Sen. Heller 'will not support' draft Senate GOP health bill

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dean Heller came out in opposition Friday to draft legislation released Thursday that would overhaul the U.S. health insurance system.

"This bill that's currently in front of the United States Senate is not the answer. It's simply not the answer. In this form, I will not support it," the Nevada Republican said at a news ...Read more

Poll: Most Americans unaware GOP plans would make deep funding cuts to Medicaid

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Congress is moving fast toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, with an eye on revamping Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income people. But most Americans say the program -- which Republicans call a "broken system" -- is working well on the national level and within their states.

That's according to a monthly tracking poll ...Read more

The 'Wait and See' caucus vs. the 'Not Yet' quartet

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WASHINGTON -- The divisions among Senate Republicans on their health care bill to change the U.S. health insurance system can be summed up as the interests of the "Wait and See" caucus versus the "Not Yet" quartet.

Four members on Thursday, just hours after the text of the draft was posted online, said they are "not yet ready" to vote for the ...Read more

Trump says Senate GOP health care holdouts are 'four good guys'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump called four conservative holdouts who could wreck Senate Republican leaders' health care bill "good guys," saying there is a "narrow path" to win their support and pass the measure.

Hours after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other GOP leaders briefed senators on then released a "discussion draft...Read more

Let the political jockeying begin as Republican senators deal on Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- Get ready for drama-filled days of mock hand-wringing, political jockeying and backroom brinkmanship as the Senate GOP health care plan heads toward a hoped-for vote next week.

No sooner did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveil the long-awaited Obamacare overhaul Thursday than Republican senators started openly ...Read more

GOP fights with itself over new health care plan

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are in for a rough, if not impossible time passing their latest health care plan to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

A draft carefully crafted in secret and designed to appeal to the GOP's conservative right and moderate wings managed to do neither when its details were finally ...Read more

Sen. Rand Paul is a quick 'no' on Senate health bill. Why he may not get to yes

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WASHINGTON -- Now that Senate Republicans have unveiled their health care bill, the party looks to corral its more skeptical members who feel the legislation doesn't do away with enough provisions created under the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose two Republican votes if he's is going to get ...Read more

Senate unveils secretive plan to repeal health care law

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a sweeping draft bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including a drastic reduction in federal health care spending that threatens to leave millions more Americans uninsured.

The legislative outline, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's team wrote largely behind closed doors,...Read more

Senate health bill could leave millions uninsured and increase costs for sick, seniors

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would likely cause millions of Americans to lose their Medicaid and private insurance marketplace coverage. It also could make coverage more expensive for many sicker, older and low-income individuals.

The closely guarded draft of the Senate legislation was released ...Read more

Health care still up for negotiation, Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's first public reaction to the Senate's draft health care bill was to call it the starting point for more discussion.

"A little negotiation, but it's going to be very good," the president told reporters at an unrelated White House event in the East Room on Thursday, when asked if it had "enough heart."

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Senate Obamacare repeal bill largely an entitlement overhaul

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WASHINGTON -- A draft of the Senate counterpart legislation to overhaul the U.S. health system unveiled on Thursday would make drastic changes to the Medicaid program, but largely retain the existing federal tax credit structure from the 2010 health law that help individuals afford insurance, among other provisions.

The proposal is part of the ...Read more

Senate unveils secretive GOP Obamacare repeal plan, with a vote likely next week

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a sweeping plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including a drastic reduction in federal health care spending that threatens to leave millions more Americans uninsured.

The legislative outline, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's team wrote largely behind closed doors, hews ...Read more

Sleep apnea: the serious sleep disorder

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Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.

The main types of sleep apnea are:

-- Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.

-- Central sleep apnea,...Read more

Scorching summer temperatures create health concerns

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Many parts of the U.S. have hit dangerously high temperatures this week, especially in the Southwest. The National Weather Service estimated temperatures might hit at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Arizona and Southern California.

But no matter where you are, it's important to remember the signs, symptoms and treatment for heat-related ...Read more

Senate Republicans brace for release of health bill Thursday

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are beginning to learn the details of the health-care bill they may be asked to vote on next week, with senators saying the measure envisions a more gradual transition away from Obamacare than the House-passed version.

Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina said the draft bill, which GOP leaders plan to ...Read more

Republican health care push gets wind in its sails with special election wins

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveils his health care proposal Thursday with a little boost -- a pair of Republican victories at the ballot box that he can use to convince wavering senators.

McConnell is still in pursuit of 50 votes to pass the Senate's repeal and replacement of the 2010 law known as Obamacare, and two ...Read more

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