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Pence, Obama in dueling meetings at Capitol on health care

Hardening battle lines for the brawl to come, President Barack Obama urged congressional Democrats to “look out for the American people” in defending his legacy health care overhaul, while Vice …


GOP plans swift Obamacare repeal with no replacement in place

The first major act of the unified Republican government in 2017 will be a vote in Congress to begin tearing down Obamacare.


Multiple factions complicate GOP plan to repeal Affordable Care Act

Republicans are united on repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, but ideologically and practically speaking, they’re in different camps over replacing it. Getting the factions together won’t be easy.


Froma Harrop: Blue states can handle Obamacare repeal

Should Obamacare go down, states could replace it with a Romneycare-like plan or something more along the lines of single-payer. And the blue states would have more money to do …


Inslee to McMorris Rodgers: Don’t repeal Obamacare

Gov Jay Inslee asks Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to back away from plans to repeal Obamacare.


‘Obamacare’ holding its own: 6.4M signed up so far

“Obamacare” seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year’s pace.


Inslee among Democratic governors warning Congress on Obamacare repeal

Democratic governors Wednesday warned top Republicans in Congress that repealing the Obama health care law would stick states with billions of dollars in costs for providing medical care to residents …


Deadline Friday for Jan. 1 health insurance coverage

Washington residents have until late Friday to sign up for a health or dental plan through the state’s health exchange if they want coverage to begin Jan. 1.


Ramesh Ponnuru: Full ACA repeal lacks support

What Republicans have not faced is that they don’t have the votes to repeal Obamacare. Calling a bill that doesn’t repeal Obamacare’s central provisions “repeal” is no escape from that …


Study: Repealing Obama health law cuts taxes for wealthy

Republicans may be handing wealthy Americans a big tax cut by repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to a study released Thursday that spells out potential economic pitfalls …


Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab

WASHINGTON – Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to a study …


GOP’s timetable for getting repeal to Trump may be ambitious

Republicans in Congress are so eager to repeal the federal health law that some have vowed to get a bill to President-elect Donald Trump’s desk on the day he takes …


Health insurers get 1.6 percent of $6 billion they’re owed for costly ACA customers

Hundreds of insurers selling health plans in Affordable Care Act marketplaces are being paid less than 2 percent of nearly $6 billion the government owes them for covering customers last …


Trump, GOP speed toward Obamacare repeal, but few are eager to follow

WASHINGTON – As they race to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act, President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are leaving behind nearly everyone but their base voters and …


Without Obamacare, 52 million Americans could be denied insurance

One in four non-elderly adults has a medical condition, ranging from diabetes to pregnancy to severe obesity to arthritis, that would make them uninsurable under the health coverage rules that …


GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal path worries health care industry

One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it’s not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without …


Leading cancer group calls on GOP to slow Obamacare repeal push

One of the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations Thursday urged congressional Republicans not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without first offering a replacement, joining the growing list of voices …


Study: ‘Obamacare’ repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.


Keeping people insured top concern of Spokane health care execs if Trump repeals Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act has helped more than 750,000 Washington residents get health insurance coverage, and that’s a gain health care providers hope to see continued in the Trump Administration.


Hospital industry warns of ‘crisis’ if health law is repealed

The nation’s hospital industry warned President-elect Trump and congressional leaders on Tuesday that repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost hospitals $165 billion by the middle of the next decade …


Carl P. Leubsdorf: Trump, GOP may clash on proposals

In each area, Trump could confront significant differences with congressional Republicans, who developed their own legislative proposals in hopes of having a GOP president to help enact them.


In 2015, health care tab grew at fastest rate in 8 years

The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, …


Obama’s health care law can’t keep pace with medical spending

Public and private spending for U.S. health care increased to $3.2 trillion in 2015 or nearly $10,000 per person, according to a government report released Friday.


Obamacare poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law

As Republicans start to make changes in health care, potentially revamping Medicare and Medicaid as well, the politics of the issue could turn against them. “They are going to go …


McDermott on Trump pick Tom Price: ‘Can’t give fox keys to the hen house’

Retiring U.S Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington expressed concern Monday about President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services Secretary, Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.


GOP eyes lightning strike on Obamacare to kick off Trump era

Congressional Republicans are considering a lightning-strike rollback of Obamacare early next year to kick off the Donald Trump era, but first they have to agree on a plan limited enough …


Dr. Kenneth Krell: Medicaid expansion still makes sense for Idaho

Now is the most efficacious time for Idaho to expand Medicaid. Get the working poor and disabled on the rolls this year so any continued program designed by Congress will …


Interest spikes in long-acting birth control following presidential election, threat to Obamacare

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, which operates a dozen clinics in Eastern Washington, saw a 76 percent increase in appointments seeking a long-acting reversible contraceptive method in …


Consumer Confidential: Trump embraces cool parts of Obamacare – not the part that makes it work

When it comes to health care, President-elect Donald Trump made it clear that he’s all in favor of dessert but doesn’t want any Brussels sprouts.


Republicans can no longer get by with “repeal and replace” mantra on Obamacare

Republicans have not explained how they will pay for pre-existing health problems as they push toward repeal of the Affordable Care Act.