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Top Senate Democrat serves notice to GOP, Trump on priorities

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is threatening political payback if congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump try to undo President Barack Obama’s major legislative achievements.


Washington, Idaho enrollments up from Obamacare

Enrollment for health care plans through state exchanges is up in Washington and Idaho.


Republicans find repealing Obamacare is easier said than done

Key Republicans in Congress are cautioning that replacing Obamacare will be a difficult and lengthy process that won’t happen in the first days of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.


Early sign-ups for Obamacare are steady, but no surge

The Obama administration says a little over 1 million people renewed coverage or signed up for the first time through HealthCare.gov around the start of open enrollment.


Blue Cross funneling thousands of Kootenai County customers into new restricted health care network

Blue Cross of Idaho is moving some of its health insurance customers in Kootenai County to a network care model next year in an effort to lower costs. About 7,000 …


Charles Krauthammer: GOP should meld Trumpism with Reaganism

One of the principal tasks for the now-dominant GOP is to craft a governing agenda that actually alters lives and prospects.


What Donald Trump’s win could mean for the average consumer

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump proposed sweeping changes that could have huge implications for the average American’s finances. Since winning the election, Trump has yet to release many specifics …


Obamacare’s future in critical condition with Trump’s victory

For the past six years, no law has served as a larger GOP whipping post than the Affordable Care Act, and the Republican sweep Tuesday of political Washington has imperiled …


Republicans likely to heed Trump’s call to repeal Obamacare

Congress is all but certain to seek to repeal parts of the health care overhaul, unwinding the signature achievement of the Obama administration and delivering on one of the Republican …


5 questions to ask before choosing a health plan

It’s open enrollment season, the time of year when we need to sort through confusing options and try to predict how often we’ll get sick next year.


Froma Harrop: Health care before reform was crazy

Clinton would let Americans ages 55 to 64 buy in to Medicare. She should keep moving down the age ladder until everyone’s getting Medicare – and America has one efficient …


ACA not on life support

If our politicians are interested in solutions rather than point-scoring, there are fixes they can consider.


Clinton’s promise to ‘fix’ Obamacare rate hikes unlikely to happen with GOP-held House

Hillary Clinton promised to fix problems with Obamacare that led to average rate hikes of 25 percent next year for mid-level health plans before subsidies.


Washington health insurance premiums have smaller increases than plans in Idaho or through federal exchange

Health insurance premiums through Washington’s state exchange see smaller average increase than in Idaho or through the federal exchange.


Analysis: Health insurance premium hikes may carry heft at polls

It was ostensibly the news Senate and House Republicans had been waiting for: Two weeks before Election Day, the public gets word that the average premium in Obama’s health insurance …


Q&A: New sign-up season; new woes for Obama health law

President Barack Obama is leaving the White House in a few months, but the troubles of his namesake health care law continue to make headlines. With premiums rising by double …


Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes on healthcare.gov

WASHINGTON – Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. …


Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s ‘achievements’ already dead

With just four months left in the Obama presidency, its two central pillars are collapsing before our eyes.


Michael Gerson: ACA implicated if Trump wins

The Affordable Care Act has come to embody and summarize declining trust in political institutions. The law was passed in a partisan march, without a single Republican vote.


Obamacare remains an issue in race for Washington’s Insurance Commissioner

Four-term incumbent Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler faces a challenge from Republican Richard Schrock.


Uninsurance rate drops to the lowest level since before the Great Recession

About 4 million Americans gained health insurance last year, decreasing the nation’s uninsured rate to 9.1 percent, the lowest level since before the Great Recession, according to new federal figures.


Oregon Health Authority requests major funding increase

The Oregon Health Authority is requesting a more than 50 percent increase in its state funding next year as sources of federal funding dry up.


Overhauling health care law on Hillary Clinton’s agenda

With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama’s health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. If Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House, …


Medicaid estimate renews cost concerns over ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON – A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President …


Affordable Care Act helping more poor patients get to the doctor

Even as the Affordable Care Act remains a political flash point, new research shows it is dramatically improving poor patients’ access to medical care in states that have used the …


Consumer Confidential: Does ACA cover annual physical?

Jim Bailey and his wife went in recently for their annual physicals. They came away with hundreds of dollars in charges for co-pays and tests. Bailey, a 78-year-old Southern Californian, …


House Republicans propose changes to health care law

House Republicans are unveiling new proposals to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law, as Speaker Paul Ryan sought to showcase a GOP governing agenda amid the tumult …


Feds will use tax penalty data to find uninsured millennials

With time running out for the Obama administration to prove the success of the Affordable Care Act, officials are aggressively targeting a group that could help turn things around: young …


Many red states struggle to care for addicts due to stance on Obamacare

Even as they race to control a spiraling heroin and prescription opioid crisis, doctors, public health officials and community leaders in many states are struggling to get care to addiction …


Obamacare implementation not big factor on frequency of doctor visits, study says

The odds that you’ve seen a doctor in the last year vary quite a bit depending on where you live – but so far, the way your state has implemented …