Stories tagged: Affordable Care Act
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
800 pack Spokane town hall to address Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ staff
Cathy McMorris Rodgers wasn’t at the town hall scheduled for her Tuesday evening, but that didn’t stop 800 people from packing into the auditorium on the main floor of the …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Pressure on GOP to revamp health law grows, along with rifts
President Donald Trump declared Monday that “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Yet the opposite has long been painfully obvious for top congressional Republicans, who face mounting …
Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
Draft GOP lawmakers’ health care bill revamps Obama’s health care law
A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry …
Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 3:01 p.m.
GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes
Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:25 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Lower reimbursement, more bureaucracy not a prescription for good health under Medicare
As long as health care reform is underway, there will always be a column topic. Barely six months passed between President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act and the …
Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:25 a.m.
Trump fact check: 20 million people on Obamacare is not ‘very few’
President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor’s health care law covers “very few people,” as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That’s only true if you consider more …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Washington must fight Trump on its key issues, Murray says
Sen. Patty Murray says the state must be ready to fight Trump on key state issues.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
In phone-in town hall, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers defends Trump
“The Trump way is to get things done under budget and ahead of schedule,” U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Inslee, Washington Republicans spar over how to react to Obamacare changes
Legislative Republicans accuse Gov. Jay Inslee of trying to scare people with the possible effects of repealing Obamacare. Inslee says they should get Republicans in Washington, D.C., to sign a …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
GOP leaders unveil Obamacare replacement outline
Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:37 a.m.
Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains, study finds
A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 7:20 a.m.
Following Trump order, IRS shifts on health care mandate
The IRS says it’s following President Donald Trump’s executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines. Trump …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 11:26 p.m.
Only 8.8 percent in U.S. lacked health insurance, a record, CDC reports
The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 4:44 p.m.
Demonstrators target Trump and defend health care law outside McMorris Rodgers’ office
Demonstrators took to the streets outside Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office Monday to protest the repeal of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. But discord with President Donald Trump …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
Tom Price becomes leader of crusade to roll back Obamacare
Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price gives President Donald Trump his desired point man for replacing Obamacare. Now what? Price won approval of the Senate, 52-47, around 2 a.m. Friday, and …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 7:20 p.m.
Price has long opposed government role in health care
Tom Price – congressman, orthopedic surgeon, warrior against government intrusion into medical care – was three minutes into a speech condemning the Affordable Care Act when he asked his hotel …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
With Obamacare in jeopardy, more than 12 million still sign up
A count by the Associated Press shows that more than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under “Obamacare.” That’s as the new Trump administration and …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Republicans’ repeal mantra for Obamacare may have a new slogan: Repair
Republicans who have been promising their constituents for years that they would repeal President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care plan are now offering a less drastic approach: Repair it.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Final Obamacare enrollment figures lag under Trump
Enrollment in Obamacare health plans sagged markedly after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to new federal data that show sign-ups slowed in the final two weeks of the 2017 open …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Fixing coverage mandates a good first step in reforming Obamacare
Consumer-driven, patient-focused health care is the goal as Republicans methodically work through the process of reforming the reform. But it’s hard to feel like the consumer is driving anything in …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017
Spin Control: ‘Alternative facts’ abound in Washington political debates
Accusing someone of “alternative facts” seems to be just a slightly nicer way of calling them a liar.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
ACA repeal could cost Idaho $20M per year
Indigent care costs in Idaho could jump by more than $20 million per year if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the administrator of the state’s Catastrophic Health Fund program …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Obamacare enrollment period ending amid uncertainty about President Trump’s impact on it
The Affordable Care Act’s fourth open-enrollment season draws to its scheduled close at midnight Tuesday amid uncertainty over how much actions by the Trump administration to undercut the law might …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 1:37 p.m.
Deadline nears to sign up for health insurance for 2017 on Washington exchange
Anyone who currently lacks health insurance but wants to be covered for 2017 has until 11:59 p.m. Tuesdsay to sign up on the state’s Health Benefits Exchange. Plans bought before …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Trump states hit hardest if Obamacare cost-sharing help ends
The constituents with the most to lose if congressional Republicans cut funding to Obamacare overwhelmingly live in the parts of the country that President Donald Trump won in last year’s …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
First health care repeal deadline missed by Congress
The four authorizing committees in the House and Senate that were directed to mark up their portions of a bill to repeal the health care law officially missed the deadline …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Obamacare: Many are worried about potential health care loss, poll shows
Though “Obamacare” still divides Americans, a majority worry that many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation’s long-running political standoff over health care. A new …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 5:54 p.m.
Gonzaga changes insurance policy for pregnant women after federal investigation
Gonzaga University has changed its health insurance policy after a nonprofit law firm alleged the school was illegally denying maternity care to dependents of employees.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers and other Washington Republicans in Congress tell Inslee Obamacare must change
Republicans in Washington’s congressional delegation defended possible changes to Obamacare, saying it is too expensive and is cutting insurance options for some rural residents.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 1:14 p.m.
Addy Hatch: Don’t revive lifetime cap on health insurance
Booting people from private insurance only shifted the cost to taxpayers, as most people who hit the lifetime cap fell back on government programs like Medicaid.