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New Senate GOP health care bill teeters on the brink

Republican leaders unveiled a new health care bill Thursday in their increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” They immediately lost two key votes, leaving none to spare as the party’s own divisions put its top campaign pledge in serious jeopardy.

McConnell says limited bill needed if GOP health bill dies

A bill focused on buttressing the nation’s insurance marketplaces will be needed if the full-fledged Republican effort to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s health care law fails, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday.

Democrats say they’ll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

Democrats plan to slow the Senate’s work, force votes and make late-night speeches in an effort to focus attention on how Republicans are crafting legislation revamping the nation’s health care system behind closed doors, a senior Democratic aide said Monday.

GOP health plan could be costly for those with coverage gaps

Under the Republican health care plan now making its way through Congress, people who go without insurance for even just a couple of months could face sharply higher premiums if they try to sign up again for coverage. Some might find themselves priced out of the market.

Newly insured fret over gains made under U.S. health care law

Republican efforts to replace the law are expected to increase the number of uninsured and may derail the steady push to bring people back into the health care system, which many doctors and health policy researchers see as essential to reducing some costs and improving quality of life.

Congress ignoring Medicaid’s vital role

Most of the early Senate talk has centered on pre-existing conditions, deductibles and premiums. Improving coverage is important, but senators cannot ignore Medicaid.

Dan Heyman: My arrest as a reporter struck a chord

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – For someone like me who is constantly checking email on my phone, one odd thing about getting put in jail is how suddenly you’re almost totally cut off. I was arrested last week after asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question about the American Health Care Act while he walked toward a meeting in the West Virginia State Capitol. He didn’t respond, so I asked a few more times, holding my phone out to record the reply he didn’t make. The criminal complaint accused me of a misdemeanor – “willful disruption of governmental processes” – and said I was “aggressively breaching the secret service agents.”

Fact Check: Will health insurance premiums really keep going up?

Advocates for the House Republicans’ health-care overhaul plan frequently say or suggest that premiums would go down under the proposal. There is, in fact, a line in the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act that, at first glance, might suggest premiums will decline by 10 percent. But, as we have frequently explained, the reference in the report is compared to current law – the Affordable Care Act.