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Groups demanding ‘full repeal’ of Obamacare could derail health care rollback

An array of conservative lawmakers, organizations and activists are demanding a swifter and more aggressive remake of the Affordable Care Act than many Republicans are comfortable with, raising questions about …


Pressure on GOP to revamp health law grows, along with rifts

President Donald Trump declared Monday that “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Yet the opposite has long been painfully obvious for top congressional Republicans, who face mounting …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

Trump answers to Obamacare changes don’t satisfy Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

President Trump told the nation’s governors that reforming Obamacare was surprisingly complicated, Gov. Jay Inslee says.


Trump: ‘Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated’

President Donald Trump promised the nation’s governors Monday that his yet-to-be-revealed replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act would give states greater flexibility and thanked some Republicans in the room …


Trump urges insurers to work together to ‘save Americans from Obamacare’

President Donald Trump met with major health insurers Monday morning, in the midst of intensifying public pressure to preserve the law and political divisions over how to best dismantle and …


Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

Democrats, GOP spar over Medicaid reform at govs’ meeting

Tensions emerged Saturday between Democratic and Republican U.S. governors over a GOP-led proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid, with Democrats saying the changes would take away people’s health coverage …


Draft GOP lawmakers’ health care bill revamps Obama’s health care law

A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry …


GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Sue Lani Madsen: Lower reimbursement, more bureaucracy not a prescription for good health under Medicare

As long as health care reform is underway, there will always be a column topic. Barely six months passed between President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act and the …


Trump fact check: 20 million people on Obamacare is not ‘very few’

President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor’s health care law covers “very few people,” as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That’s only true if you consider more …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017

Washington must fight Trump on its key issues, Murray says

Sen. Patty Murray says the state must be ready to fight Trump on key state issues.


White House may go it alone on health care replacement

The White House declined Wednesday to rule out that President Donald Trump will push his own plan to replace the Affordable Care Act rather than pursue one course with congressional …


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: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

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.


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 …


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: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

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.


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: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017

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 …


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.


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 …


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: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

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 …


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: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

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: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

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 …


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.


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: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017

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 …