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Obamacare vote nears with key details still missing

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WASHINGTON -- As the Senate hurtles toward a potential vote next week to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers still don't know what legislation they will consider or what impact it could have on health coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

Senate GOP leaders have said senators may be voting to simply repeal major planks...Read more

GOP and Dems start talking about compromise health bill

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will move next week on a measure to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but, predicting failure, other senators are already talking about areas of compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said there was a "good chance"...Read more

Revised GOP health care bill would still leave millions more without insurance, new report concludes

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may have as much as $99 billion to spend to woo GOP senators wary of the party's legislation rolling back the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

But it remains unclear if that will be enough to preserve health insurance ...Read more

Amid Trump's shifting health care stances, a recurring infatuation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday again appeared to change his stance on just which path he wants Republican senators to take on health care. But he has long been infatuated with the notion of House and Senate Democratic leaders asking -- begging, even -- for his help on health care.

This week, the president and his aides have ...Read more

McCain diagnosis puts health care effort in more jeopardy

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WASHINGTON -- Abrupt news that Arizona Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer sent shock waves through an all-Republican meeting late Wednesday on the health care effort. Amid words of concern and encouragement for their GOP colleague, lawmakers acknowledged the difficulty his extended absence would place on the effort to overhaul the ...Read more

Conservatives plot payback for Obamacare repeal failure

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WASHINGTON -- With the effort to repeal the 2010 health care law on the brink of failure, conservatives are warning that the Republican base will abandon the party. And some are already turning on GOP senators holding up the process.

Three GOP senators have said they would not support moving forward with an effort to repeal much of President ...Read more

Trump touts Cruz plan in push to revive stalled health repeal

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NEW YORK -- The Trump administration pressed its case to revive the Senate's stalled health overhaul using a rosy estimate of the effects of an amendment offered by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz designed to win over wary conservatives.

The estimate said Cruz's proposed amendment to the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would offer ...Read more

Senators, not Trump, being blamed for GOP's struggle on health care

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's personal intervention could revive the seemingly dead Republican push to repeal and replace Obamacare. But even if it doesn't, he's unlikely to take the fall for its collapse.

Instead, Republican senators are taking aim at their own for the bill's malaise -- particularly the handful of senators who have ...Read more

CBO says repealing Obamacare without replacement would leave 32 million more Americans without coverage

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WASHINGTON--Senate Republicans' proposal to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement would leave 32 million more Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to an updated analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

At the same time, it would double health care insurance premiums by 2026, ...Read more

4 arrested protesting health care policy outside GOP senators' offices

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WASHINGTON -- Four people protesting Republican health care policies were arrested Wednesday outside the offices of Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts after continuing to sit and chant in Senate hallways.

"Health care is a human right, not just for the rich and white," yelled Kansas State University professor Brandon Irwin, as police ...Read more

As health care debate rages, consumers ask, 'What about me?'

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WASHINGTON -- The rollercoaster health care debate in Congress is having an unsettling effect on consumers who count on individual marketplace health insurance for themselves and their loved ones. Many others simply don't understand what's at stake. Here's a quick explainer on what it all means for consumers.

Question: I keep hearing that the ...Read more

Senate health care failure prompts Republican soul searching

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell employed an iron fist over the Republican health care effort, keeping top lieutenants in the dark about key decisions and withholding detailed policy information from the conference as a whole until just before it was released publicly.

Now with the seven-year effort to gut the 2010 health ...Read more

Trump controls key funding in health care fight

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WASHINGTON -- If President Donald Trump wants to "let Obamacare fail" as he says, there's a ready way for him to give it a push.

So far, the Trump administration and House Republicans have agreed to keep frozen a case in a Washington appeals court over appropriations as part of a push to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. The case is ...Read more

Health care in US is costly and not always the most effective. Why?

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Despite repeated attempts by Senate Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the health care debate in Washington appears to have collapsed -- for now.

The United States has much room for improvement when it comes to health care, experts said. "The U.S. spends more on health care, but we don't have the same health outcomes" as other ...Read more

Can Democrats exploit congressional Republicans' failure on Obamacare?

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WASHINGTON -- For the first time since November, Democrats are feeling good.

The GOP's quest to repeal and replace Obamacare has collapsed. Its unpopular president is under investigation by a special counsel. And the rest of the Republican Party's legislative agenda is, at best, on shaky ground.

Now, Democrats are brimming with a new optimism ...Read more

McConnell's new tactic on Obamacare repeal could devastate health insurers

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans faced another stunning defeat Tuesday as three senators rejected the latest effort to uproot Obamacare, even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to hold a vote.

The latest setback came just hours after the collapse of Republican legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, forcing McConnell to switch ...Read more

Trump: 'Let Obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he was "disappointed" to lose his latest attempt to rewrite President Barack Obama's health care law and went into immediate damage control.

"Let Obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier," he told reporters during a brief public appearance with Vice President Mike Pence and others at the White House on ...Read more

Critics from all sides hammer McConnell

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing mounting criticism from politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle after the collapse of the Republican health care overhaul bill.

Before the bill was pulled Monday night, Sen. Ron Johnson told a local newspaper that McConnell's conflicting statements to different members of...Read more

UnitedHealth Group second-quarter earnings surge 30 percent

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MINNEAPOLIS -- On the same day congressional Republicans realized their latest efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would come up short, UnitedHealth Group reported that its second-quarter income surged by 30 percent, prompting the company to boost its full-year guidance on earnings per share.

The company, based outside the ...Read more

A nice dinner at the White House, then suddenly the Republican health care bill was dead

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WASHINGTON -- Senators were just wrapping up dinner at the White House -- an upbeat chat with President Donald Trump about next steps for health care once they passed the long-promised Republican Obamacare overhaul.

And then the news broke -- with barely a heads-up to GOP leadership -- that two more Republicans had announced their opposition to...Read more


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