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Spin Control Affordable Care Act archive

MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016

Washington Obamacare increases below U.S. average

Washington health insurance rates will go up an average of 13.6 percent next year, state officials said Wednesday. But the average increases for insurance bought through the state exchange under the Affordable Care Act will be less than that, and far below the national average.

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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

Obamacare blamed for reduction in dump service 

Boundary County, Idaho, is cutting the number of hours people can drop off garbage for the county landfill because of health care reform, the county said in a news release today. Here's how the news release put it: "Due to increased expenses of the Federally...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 15, 2013

Medicaid expansion adds adults to dental care 

OLYMPIA – A quarter-million adults in Washington will gain dental coverage over the next two years as the state expands its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act and re-establishes programs dropped in budget cutbacks. Starting Jan. 1, current Medicaid recipients who lost coverage after...

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MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

GOP gov candidates split over health care reaction 

OLYMPIA -- In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have a split in their party's candidates for governor. Attorney General Rob McKenna, by far the GOP frontrunner for governor, joined one of the key lawsuits that because...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012


Cowan: Stop bickering over health care law

As his Republican opponent continues to call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic congressional candidate Rich Cowan said it's time to "put aside the partisan bickering."" Cowan's likely opponent in November, four term Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, was one of the...

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Inslee: Time to move forward 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee said his GOP opponent was "wrong from the beginning" to join the lawsuit challenging the federal health care reform law. A couple hours earlier, Inslee's chief Republican rival, Attorney General Rob McKenna had defended his decision to join the lawsuit...

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Obama on the Obamacare decision

President Obama looked pretty happy when he took to the microphone earlier this morning to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act. For those who didn't see that, but wonder what he had to say, a transcript is...

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McKenna: We won on Commerce Clause argument

Attorney General Rob McKenna did his best to count victories this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the lawsuit he joined to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And he said other Republicans should drop talk of a wholesale repeal of the law because...

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire holds a press conference to discuss how Washington benefits from the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act (Jim Camden)

Gregoire: A great day. . . but not for McKenna

Gov. Gregoire discusses health care ruling. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire "couldn't be more happy and relieved" by the Supreme Court's majority decision that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional. The decision is good for state residents with pre-existing medical conditions, for young adults who...

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Press conferences coming on Obamacare decision 

Gov. Chris Gregoire is holding a press conference at 10:30 a.m. in Olympia on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. She's already released a statement that she's pleased. Attorney General Rob McKenna is holding a press conference at 11:30 a.m. in...

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McKenna: Part of the checks and balances

OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna was among the original plaintiffs challenging the Affordable Care Act and this morning defended the lawsuit, despite the loss, as part of the nation's "series of checks and balances". “While we’re disappointed that this close decision did not find...

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Gregoire: Perserverance paid off

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire said she believed the Affordable Care Act would withstand the legal challenge but was "extremely pleased" the Supreme Court agreed with some of the points highlighted in a brief she and others in the state submitted in support of the...

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McMorris Rodgers: Constitutional but unworkable 

Even if the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, it's still unworkable, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers insisted. The Eastern Washington Republican was sent to the court as one of the GOP spokespersons to address the gathered media hordes....

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