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Trump tells GOP: Support this health bill or lose your seats

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WASHINGTON -- Hoping to shore up support for the revised GOP health care bill, President Donald Trump hit Capitol Hill on Tuesday, using his special blend of humor and hubris to get wary Republicans to rally around the troubled legislation.

With a full House vote scheduled for Thursday on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump took ...Read more

This news may be hard to swallow: Prenatal vitamins with DHA won't boost your kids' IQ

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Researchers have some bad news for moms who used DHA supplements while they were pregnant in hopes of boosting their baby's brains:

It didn't work.

At age 7, kids whose mothers took DHA scored no higher on an IQ test than kids whose moms swallowed capsules that were DHA-free.

The results are the latest findings from a study assessing the ...Read more

Senate leader McConnell: 'We're not slowing down' on Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate is moving forward with an aggressive timeline to pass legislation repealing the 2010 health care law next week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky insisted Tuesday, despite concerns within his party over the measure.

His chamber would take up the legislation if the House advances it Thursday, McConnell said. ...Read more

Welcome to the GOP's Obamacare war room: Coffee, pastries not included

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WASHINGTON -- Each weekday morning, groggy aides pile into House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's conference room and suit up for battle.

No pastries. Bring your own coffee. The niceties are limited.

The sunny space belies the daunting work as the Capitol office is transformed into a Republican war room for the GOP's Obamacare overhaul.

...Read more

Trump warns GOP: Vote for Obamacare repeal or lose your seat

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday bluntly laid out the political stakes for Republicans if their bid to overhaul the health care system falters out of the gate, saying failure would imperil the rest of their agenda and ultimately their congressional majorities.

His remarks to a closed-door meeting of House Republicans at the ...Read more

Prevention Is Bipartisan. So Why Aren't We Talking About It?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

America's super-expensive and poorly ranked health care system is under scrutiny. You may have noticed.

The Affordable Care Act is turning out to be a hard thing to kill. One reason may be its name and the idea behind it. When it comes to our personal well-being, who doesn't love affordability and care?

Congress will take the time it takes ...Read more

Smoking while pregnant damages fetal auditory development

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In "The Simpsons'" episode "The Last Temptation of Krusty," a less-than-graceful Homer decides he's going to be just like the outspoken clown and tell it like it is: "Marge, you're getting a little fat around the old thighs," he says. Marge retorts. "Oh, knock it off, Homer."

Well, if you're pregnant and smoking -- and according to a recent ...Read more

A1c is better screening test for diabetes

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My A1c test on blood sugar is always higher (prediabetes) than my fasting glucose test (normal) on the same visit to the doctor. Which result should I believe?

My latest test at a doctor's office showed that my A1c is 6.2 percent, and fasting glucose is 88 mg/dL. The A1c pretty much remained at 6.2 percent level, while the ...Read more

GOP bill's changes in rules could undermine health of neediest

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An under-the-radar provision in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would require the millions of Medicaid enrollees who signed up under the Obamacare expansion to renew their coverage every six months -- twice as often as under current law.

That change would inevitably push many people out of coverage, at least ...Read more

Disabled fear Medicaid cuts will diminish their independence

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WASHINGTON -- The current debate over Medicaid has Anastasia Somoza thinking about the Willowbrook State School, the infamous Staten Island institution for people with developmental disabilities that New York state ordered shut down in 1983, the year Somoza was born.

After touring the facility in 1965, U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy famously ...Read more

In deep-red western North Carolina, revered congressman leads charge against GOP bill

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HIGHLANDS, N.C. -- In this corner of Appalachia, poverty takes a back seat to art galleries, country clubs, golf course communities, five-star restaurants and multimillion-dollar houses.

From this perch, Rep. Mark Meadows, a real estate entrepreneur who capitalized on the area's transformation into a prosperous retirement and vacation community...Read more

Calm and steady opposition from House Freedom Caucus on health care

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WASHINGTON -- The House Freedom Caucus will not take a formal position against the House GOP health care bill before the chamber votes on it Thursday, but the group's chairman said he believes enough conservatives will vote "no" to sink it.

"I've been on the record that we have had enough votes to make sure that this does not pass, and nothing ...Read more

In bid to get votes, House Republicans prepare changes to bill rolling back Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Scrambling to round up votes to roll back the Affordable Care Act, House Republican leaders were making a series of last-minute changes late Monday to their Obamacare repeal bill ahead of this week's vote.

The changes, which senior GOP leaders hope will sway wary conservative and moderate lawmakers, are aimed at building momentum ...Read more

Trump team steps in to help House Republicans make a deal on health care bill

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his inner circle are furiously courting the leaders of two key conservative factions in the House as dozens of Republicans still have serious concerns about the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"Frankly, I don't know that we are overly confident that the votes are there to move ...Read more

Medicaid cuts in GOP health bill could reduce services for elderly, disabled

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WASHINGTON -- Vital health care services for more than 17 million of the nation's most vulnerable citizens could be on the chopping block if the Republican health care bill becomes law.

If Medicaid home and community-based services are cut for children with special needs and adults and seniors with disabilities, many would end up in costly ...Read more

'What does it mean?' West Virginians weigh GOP health care plan

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Diane Hughes took the microphone, looked down at the paper in front of her and said, "I'm nervous and I don't like politics, but here it goes."

Hughes was among the West Virginia residents gathered at the Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center here on Thursday for a town hall meeting on the Republican plan to overhaul the ...Read more

Advocacy group targets 29 Republicans ahead of health care vote

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WASHINGTON -- An advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is launching a final push to pressure 29 Republicans to support the GOP health care plan ahead of an expected vote later this week.

Some of those lawmakers have indicated they won't support the bill.

The six-figure digital campaign comes from American Action Network, the issue...Read more

Weighty matters

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Inheritances can be surprising: In 1992, a 17-year-old waitress named Cara Wood, working in a diner in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was left half a million dollars as a reward for her kindness to one customer, a childless widower! Then there was the Portuguese aristocrat who chose to divvy up his estate among 70 total strangers he picked out of a phone ...Read more

Essential thrombocythemia comes with bleeding risk

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, I was diagnosed with essential thrombocythemia. The recommended treatment is the drug hydroxyurea because I turned 60 this past year and have a mutation in the JAK 2 gene. If I had not turned 60, the recommended treatment would be aspirin alone. Currently, I am taking the recommended 81-mg aspirin dose daily. I have a ...Read more

Ryan is confident that House will pass health care law

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Sunday that he felt "very good" about the prospects for the House passing pass the Republicans health care bill, even as changes were being made to lure votes, such as providing more help for older Americans.

"We're still having conversations with our members," Ryan, R-Wis. said on "Fox News Sunday...Read more

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