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GOP gives up on voting on Obamacare repeal, but bipartisan approaches remain stalled

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WASHINGTON -- As members of Congress searched for a way forward on health care legislation, the rubble from the collapse of the latest Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act continued to impede progress.

Senate Republicans, emerging from their weekly policy lunch, said they would not move ahead with a vote on the most recent repeal ...Read more

Genial Lindsey Graham suddenly turns partisan bulldog on health care

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham has spent years crafting a reputation as a bridge-builder, a "consensus guy," on policy areas that typically polarize the two parties.

Now he's leading one of the year's most polarizing debates, and colleagues and constituents alike are seeing a more partisan side of the South Carolina Republican.

Graham is ...Read more

Q&A: Why Republicans are racing to pass health care by Sept. 30 and what's next for Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are struggling to pass their latest health care overhaul -- a bill written by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisana -- by a Sept. 30 deadline.

But it's not clear they will have the votes, meaning GOP leaders and President Donald Trump may fail again to repeal the Affordable Care...Read more

Senate Republicans sweeten Obamacare repeal bill to win over GOP holdouts as opposition mounts

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans scrambled Monday to salvage their push to roll back the Affordable Care Act, making a series of last-minute changes to their sweeping repeal bill in a bid to woo GOP holdouts.

But the changes -- which funnel more money to the states of several key GOP lawmakers while further loosening patient protections in the ...Read more

McConnell avoided making a promise he couldn't keep

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell never quite guaranteed a floor vote on the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law as the clock ticked toward an end-of-September deadline.

The Kentucky Republican's office was measured last week when asked about the prospects for floor action, with the ...Read more

Updated Senate health bill seeks to sway holdout Republicans

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are circulating an updated version of their latest proposal to overhaul the 2010 health care law. The new draft bill was obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The updated bill, from Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-.S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., would overhaul the 2010 health care law. It appears to seek to address concerns of ...Read more

Poll: Slight majority of americans disapprove of Graham-Cassidy

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WASHINGTON -- A new poll shows that a majority of Americans disapprove of the Republican legislation to replace the 2010 health care law.

CBS News found that 52 percent of Americans polled disapprove of the law being proposed by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Dean ...Read more

If you're traveling to Mexico, think twice about drinking this soda

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Soda contaminated with methamphetamine is to blame for the death of one person and the intoxication of six others in Mexico, according to the attorney general in Baja, Calif.

A 37-year-old man died after ingesting the soda, and six others -- ages 19 to 65 -- have gotten sick, the attorney general said in a Facebook post.

Banner Health in ...Read more

Collins doubts she can vote for health care bill

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WASHINGTON -- The already faltering prospects for the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act worsened Sunday as a prominent Republican moderate said it would be "very difficult" to envision voting for it.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on CNN that she wanted to see an analysis of the Republican bill by the nonpartisan Congressional ...Read more

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

Narrow networks get even tighter when shopping for mental health specialists

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If you've got a plan offered on the federal health law's insurance marketplace and you're looking for a therapist, you may have to look really hard: The average provider network includes only 11 percent of all the mental health care providers in a given market, according to a recent study.

An average marketplace plan's network, the study added,...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

Ideas for improving herb flavor

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Herbs can add a new dimension to your home-cooked dishes. And the fresh taste of spices, such as oregano, thyme and rosemary, can reduce the amount of salt you might otherwise shake into your recipes.

Jen Welper, an executive chef with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, has three tips for getting the most bang out of your basil and other ...Read more


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