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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 …


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 …


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 …


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Though “Obamacare” still divides Americans, a majority worry that many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation’s long-running political standoff over health care.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: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

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.


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 …


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 …


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: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017

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 …


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: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

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 …


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 …


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 …


In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.


Digital ad campaign for GOP health care plan being launched

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across …


Inslee decries efforts to repeal federal health care law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the Republican effort in the U.S. Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act is morally irresponsible.


Senate adopts budget opening door for Obamacare repeal

The Senate early Thursday took a first step toward repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law by adopting a fiscal 2017 budget resolution following a seven-hour voting session.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017

Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal ‘Obamacare’

The Senate early Thursday passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans …


Trump’s Health and Human Services pick faces calls for probe of stock trades

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s top health official is facing calls for investigation of whether his stock picks were guided by insider knowledge gleaned as a senior …


Limbo puts health care in harm’s way

If congressional Republicans are determined to proceed, they need to announce a definitive strategy soon. If they don’t have a better way, they need to say so, and then find …


Trump pushes GOP leaders for fast action on health care

President-elect Donald Trump pushed Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and follow up with a replacement. Speaker Paul Ryan, after talking with …


Push for swift Obamacare repeal splits GOP ahead of key vote

House Republican leaders said Tuesday they would push ahead with their swift repeal of Obamacare, even as a breakaway group of five moderate Senate Republicans is trying to delay a …


GOP hesitancy grows on health law repeal without substitute

Growing numbers of Republicans showed discomfort Monday over obliterating President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul without having a replacement to show voters. Hoping to capitalize on the jitters, Democrats staged …


Steven Pearlstein: Difficult tradeoffs in Obamacare repeal

Apparently Trump is unaware that the man he has tapped to dismantle Obamacare, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, wants to steer us all into such “high deductible” insurance plans, with …


Uncertainty over the fate of health care reform has legislators playing a waiting game

While they work through debates over budgets, taxes and policies this year in their respective state Capitols, officials in Olympia and Boise will have to keep one eye on Washington, …


Obamacare poll: Only 1 in 5 Americans supports GOP ‘repeal and delay’ strategy

The Republican plan to immediately do away with the Affordable Care Act and come up with a replacement later is out of sync with what most Americans want, according to …


Cancer death rate projected to be 25 percent lower than 25 years ago, report says

In the year to come, an estimated 1,688,780 in the United States are expected to get a cancer diagnosis, and cancer will claim the lives of a projected 600,920.


Paul Ryan: Obamacare replacement will begin this year

Lawmakers will act this year on bills not simply repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law but replacing it as well, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.


Loss of Obamacare could affect 750,000 Washington residents

Washington has about 750,000 residents who get health insurance because of Obamacare. How Congress repeals or revises the system would affect them, the health care system and the state’s economy.


Analysis: With Obamacare, GOP faces the ‘Pottery Barn rule’: You break it, you own it

Democrats have an emerging strategy to defend the Affordable Care Act from Republican assault, daring their opponents to defy the “Pottery Barn rule”: They’re about to break the health-care system, …