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UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Washington insurance commissioner calls GOP plan to replace Obamacare ‘a step backward for millions’

Healthcare providers, state regulators and insurance companies were busy Tuesday analyzing the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.


House GOP health bill gives big tax cut to the rich

The House Republicans’ health care bill adds up to big tax cuts for the rich. The bill would cut more than 20 taxes enacted under President Barack Obama’s heath law.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 11:14 a.m.

Obamacare 101: What’s in the House Republicans’ replacement plan?

House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and – just as important – replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is pretty complex. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

House GOP releases health care bill replacing Obamacare

House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government’s health care role and is expected …


House GOP readies legislative push to repeal Obamacare

House Republicans, despite stiff political headwinds, are readying an ambitious push this week to begin moving legislation to replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, a crucial test of …


Amy Goodman: Cancer survivor takes on Trump over ACA

Among the guests in the chamber was a remarkable 26-year-old African-American woman, Ola Ojewumi. She is alive today, she says, because of the Affordable Care Act.


Groups demanding ‘full repeal’ of Obamacare could derail health care rollback

An array of conservative lawmakers, organizations and activists are demanding a swifter and more aggressive remake of the Affordable Care Act than many Republicans are comfortable with, raising questions about …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

Washington and Idaho reaction to Trump’s speech: A call to dream big or full of empty promises

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers likes President Trump’s call to dream big. Sen. Patty Murray says his speech was full of empty promises.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …