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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

Trump seeks ‘Obamacare’ demise, but sign-up season gears up

Consumers can now begin previewing 2018 plans and premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, even as President Donald Trump continues his push to dismantle the Obama-era law.


Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid “Obamacare” turmoil

The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over “Obamacare” undermine coverage gains that drove the nation’s …


Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal

Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear …


Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over “Obamacare.” For consumers, it offers a potential respite …


Report: Medicaid enrollments, costs begin to stabilize

States are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that one of the major pillars …


Trump’s health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major “Obamacare” health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and …


Bipartisan health care deal once again possible

The prospects for a bipartisan deal to reform some aspects of Obamacare may have come full circle since early September, from possible to impossible to possible again.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Montana insurance providers allowed to file rate increases

Federal regulators are allowing two companies offering health insurance through the individual market in Montana to file rate increases after President Donald Trump’s decision last week to end certain payments …


‘I’ve got to stay,’ Pelosi says, to defend Obamacare

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday that she has remained atop her caucus primarily to defend the Affordable Care Act from attempts by President Donald Trump and congressional …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Trump’s health care end run reflects frustrations

Frustrated over setbacks in Congress, President Donald Trump wielded his rule-making power Thursday to launch an end run that might get him closer to his goal of repealing and replacing …


McConnell promises to speed pace on judicial nominees

The Senate’s top Republican, facing increasing pressure from conservative groups, is promising to upend a longstanding Senate tradition in order to speed the confirmation pace on a backlog of President …


State losing millions over delay in checking Medicaid applications, audit says

The backlog in processing applications for expanded Medicaid coverage is costing the state millions, state audit report says.


Ex-Obama officials begin health insurance sign-up campaign

Former Obama administration officials are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act.


Obamacare rates set to rise as Trump’s opposition fuels turmoil

A day after Republicans failed yet again to repeal Obamacare, confusion sowed by President Donald Trump’s opposition to the law is roiling the health-insurance market.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Republican leaders: Senate won’t vote on Obamacare repeal

Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly final attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline.


McConnell: Debate over nation’s health care will continue

The partisan battle over the country’s health care system will “certainly continue,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. But he stopped short of saying whether the chamber will vote …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Sen. Collins’ opposition essentially kills GOP health care drive

The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama’s health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill

Republican opposition to the last-ditch GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the teetering effort to scrap …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal all but dead; McCain deals the blow

Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican …


McCain to oppose Obamacare repeal, possibly dooming GOP effort

Sen. John McCain said Friday he’ll vote against the GOP-only Obamacare repeal proposal, becoming the second Republican to oppose the measure and possibly dooming the ability of party leaders to …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Washington, Idaho could see losses under new Senate health care bill

Between Washington and Idaho, more than 850,000 people could lose health care coverage in 10 years under the latest Senate proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare, a research group estimates.


Obama: GOP’s efforts to repeal health care ‘aggravating’

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called repeated Republican efforts to repeal his signature health care law “aggravating” as he urged people not to be discouraged by unsteady progress as …


Jimmy Kimmel: Senator ‘lied right to my face’ on health care

Jimmy Kimmel sharply criticized U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on his late-night show, saying the Louisiana Republican “lied right to my face” by going back on his word to ensure any …


Trump pressing GOP senators to act on new health proposal

With time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders are engaged in a frantic search for votes in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Washington senators: Don’t jam through new Trumpcare plan

Democratic senators from Washington call for bipartisan health care reform,


Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that’s given …


Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

Senate Republicans are revving up a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law. Though the effort faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to …