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Michael Hiltzik: Mitch McConnell says it out loud: Republicans are gunning for Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare next

All Washington seems to be buzzing over a single question: Is Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., deliberately trying to throw the election to the Democrats? At the root of the debate are interviews the Senate majority leader gave to Bloomberg and Reuters last week. McConnell identified “entitlements” – that’s Washington code for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – as “the real drivers of the debt” and called for them to be adjusted “to the demographics of the future.”

Modest premium hikes as ‘Obamacare’ stabilizes

Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year’s midterm elections.

Ramesh Ponnuru: The new health care debate divides the right

America’s health-care debate is entering a new phase. Liberals, inspired by self-described socialists such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, are excited about the possibility of “Medicare for All.” Republicans have at the same time largely abandoned efforts to enact major reforms of health care. This new phase of the debate is full of opportunity for Republicans, and peril for conservatives.

U.S. clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

The U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, an unexpected outcome after President Donald Trump’s repeated tries to take apart the Obama-era coverage expansion, according to a major government survey released Tuesday.

Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to read his essay on the attacks in front of a school assembly just a few days later.

Idaho says so far, feds aren’t pushing back on insurance rules that skirt Obamacare

Idaho has caught national attention as health care experts try to make sense of the state’s rogue move – letting health insurance companies sell plans that don’t follow federal law. The executive order signed in early January by Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little would let insurers bring new plans to market that break the rules of the...

Idaho to insurers: Give us plans that don’t follow Obamacare

Concerned about soaring health care costs, Idaho on Wednesday revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheap policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the AP reports. It’s believed to be the first state to take formal steps without...

‘Obamacare’ sign-up tally dips slightly to 8.7M

More than 8.7 million people signed up for coverage next year under the Obama-era health care law, the government reported Thursday, as the program that President Donald Trump has repeatedly pronounced “a disaster” exceeded expectations.