Stories tagged: Obamacare
MONDAY, 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 …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 10:48 A.M.
McConnell intends to replace ‘Obamacare’ without Democrats
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans intend to overhaul health care and the tax code this year without Democratic help.
THURSDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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, …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3:12 P.M.
Trump administration ushers in changes to Obama health law
The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama’s health law less burdensome for some people.
WEDNESDAY, 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: TUESDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017
Dana Milbank: GOP downgrades health care ‘disaster’
For seven years, ACA opponents vowed to make its repeal their top concern. Now they have unfettered control of the government and they aren’t even talking about repealing.
FRIDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 7:08 A.M.
Senate approves Price as HHS secretary over intense Democratic opposition
Tom Price won Senate confirmation early Friday to be Health and Human Services secretary, overcoming bitter opposition from Democrats who have criticized the Georgia congressman’s calls to repeal the Affordable …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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: FRIDAY, 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: FRIDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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.
TUESDAY, 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: TUESDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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: TUESDAY, 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.
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 9:56 A.M.
Trump’s biggest campaign promises face ‘Day 1’ test
As a candidate, Donald Trump made a slew of “Day One” promises that any president would find daunting. He declared that repealing and replacing his predecessor’s health care law would …
FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 5:41 P.M.
Trump takes first steps in a new era of conservatism
Freshly sworn in to office, President Donald Trump set about Friday trying to deliver the change he promised as he took the helm of the vast executive branch bureaucracy and …
THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 2:20 P.M.
Republican governors balk as Congress races to kill Obamacare
Republican governors, while remaining publicly committed to ending Obamacare, are telling their congressional delegations that repealing the health-care law without an adequate replacement would ravage budgets and swamp hospitals with …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 10:42 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Obamacare “saved the farm,” and Spokane man wonders: What now?
John Hancock is keeping a close eye on the Obamacare clock. Hancock has 14 months until he reaches age 65 and qualifies for Medicare. A self-employed consultant who relies on …
THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 5 A.M.
Former hospital association CEO Rich Umbdenstock: ‘You can’t lay all of the problems on Obamacare’
As a Republican-controlled Congress and the Trump Administration start discussing plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the former chief executive of the American Hospital Association has some advice to …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 6:02 P.M.
HHS nominee Price sees ‘access’ to coverage as health reform goal
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services and one of Congress’s most vehement critics of the Affordable Care Act, told …
TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 10:20 A.M.
CBO: Premiums, uninsured up under 2016 GOP health law repeal
Premiums and the number of uninsured would soar under a Republican bill Congress passed last year scuttling President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, lawmakers’ nonpartisan budget analyst estimated Tuesday in …
TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017
Robert J. Samuelson: Too soon to judge Obama legacy
If Obama had done nothing else, rescuing the economy would ensure a successful presidency. But he did do other things, and we shouldn’t forget the historic significance of having an …