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Shawn Reed: Don’t roll back progress on health care

The AHCA would mean we roll back the clock to patients relying on the ER – the one place they cannot be turned away – when the management of a …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Health care dominates at highly charged Coeur d’Alene town hall with Raul Labrador

Rep. Raul Labrador defended his vote for the Republican health care law to a mostly skeptical crowd that filled the 500-capacity Lake City High School auditorium Friday evening in Coeur …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 7:10 p.m.

GOP health victory may be fleeting as wary Senate awaits

Senate Republicans wasted no time on Friday showing they have little use for the House bill to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act amid fears among Americans that …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Health care bill narrowly prevails in House, faces an uncertain fate in Senate

House Republicans narrowly passed legislation Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, the first step toward delivering on a yearslong campaign promise despite mounting concerns from health care groups …


Stop the politics, work on health care

Trying to debate the ever-shifting plan is a fool’s errand, because the sole goal appears to be political survival.


Inland Northwest Trump supporters: President is working hard, needs more time to reach goals

As Donald Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, local supporters said he’s accomplished a lot that isn’t being recognized in the media and should have …


GOP shuts out doctors, experts, Democrats as they work on Obamacare repeal

President Donald Trump and House Republicans, in their rush to resuscitate a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act, are increasingly isolating themselves from outside input and rejecting entreaties to …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 3:32 p.m.

Trump’s ‘Obamacare’ fixes don’t impress insurers

The Trump administration released limited fixes Thursday for shaky health insurance markets, but insurers quickly said those actions won’t guarantee stability for millions of consumers now covered. The industry is …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 11:14 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers is busy taking down protections for consumers on pizza and privacy

The harshest critics of our congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, deride her as a do-nothing who has risen to leadership in a do-nothing legislative body – one that so far can’t …


Michael J. Fox speaks out against cutting health care

Michael J. Fox is speaking out on efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicare.


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Trump’s path forward only gets tougher after health-care fiasco

The stunning collapse of the Republican health-care bill now imperils the rest of President Trump’s ambitious congressional agenda, with few prospects for quick victory on tax reform, construction projects or …


Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 10:41 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Too early to say what’s next on health care

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is taking a wait-and-see attitude to any possible changes in the nation’s health care laws after the decision by House leadership to cancel a vote on …


White House said to plan to blame Ryan if health bill fails

In public, President Donald Trump is standing by House Speaker Paul Ryan over the Obamacare replacement bill.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

Washington lawmakers say they can’t plan yet for health care changes as GOP hopes to repeal Obamacare stall in Congress

Changes to the Affordable Care Act could be costly to Washington, but lawmakers say there are too many variables to make firm plans yet.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

Obama defends Affordable Care Act as Republicans look to take first step in repeal

Former President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a robust defense of the law Republicans sought to begin repealing Thursday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers defends health care changes in telephone ‘town hall’

Changes to health care have to come in phases, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tells callers.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Idaho Senate kills $10 million plan to pay for care for those who can’t afford insurance

A proposal to spend $10 million next year to provide health care to 15,000 of the most chronically ill members of Idaho’s health coverage gap population failed in the Idaho …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Hundreds attend pro-Obamacare vigil in Spokane park

Several hundred people gathered Saturday evening for a vigil held in Cowley Park to protest Congressional Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.


Froma Harrop: Blue states can afford subsidies

The House bill would vaporize the taxes that pay for Obamacare. Half the value of these tax cuts would go to million-dollar-plus incomes.


Krauthammer: GOP grapples with health care dilemma

The idea that you can eradicate Obamacare root and branch is fanciful. For all its catastrophic flaws, Obamacare changed expectations.


AHCA is ill-considered; start over

This bill introduces unnecessary disarray, not only in the individual insurance market, but with Medicaid and Medicare.


GOP’s health reform plan threatens Medicare

Little noticed in the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is a tax cut that would benefit the wealthy and undercut Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older Americans …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Inslee slams ‘Trumpcare,’ but Washington Senate health care leader says wait for final plan

Washington’s governor and insurance commissioner say “Trumpcare” care will knock many state residents off health, but the state Senate Health Care Committee chairwoman said it’s too soon to say what …


White House tries to salvage GOP health care proposal as criticism mounts

The White House launched an intensive effort Tuesday to salvage support for the Republican plan to revise the Affordable Care Act, even as a growing number of lawmakers weighed in …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: CBO report ‘not whole story’

The Congressional Budget Office report that suggests 14 million people could lose health insurance under the House GOP plan “doesn’t tell the whole story,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

CHAS fears new GOP plan would unravel years of Spokane health progress

CHAS Health saw its patient load grow by 50 percent as low-income Spokane residents gained health insurance under Obamacare. The proposed GOP replacement would require CHAS to cut back services, …


The GOP’s dramatic change in strategy to pass its health-care law

To get the Affordable Care Act passed, Democrats used a big-tent approach, convening health-care groups that did not normally talk to each other while cutting deals and strong-arming key industry …


This Obamacare rule keeps you out of the hospital. Will it survive?

The Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act removes the individual insurance mandate at the heart of Obamacare and phases out the Medicaid expansion that accounts for millions of the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

Inslee: ‘Trumpcare’ could push 600,000 off health insurance in Washington

The House Republicans’ proposed changes to the nation’s health care system could knock 600,000 Washington residents off their current medical insurance, Gov. Jay Inslee said.