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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Obamacare insurance sign-ups climb amid steep price hike

Steep premium increases on Washington’s and Idaho’s health insurance exchanges haven’t stopped people from signing up for coverage this year.


‘Obamacare’ sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace

Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace, according to government data released Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

Republicans began pushing a broad tax cut for businesses and many individuals through the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, a measure complicated by a late addition – repeal of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top 600k in first week

Despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to take down “Obamacare,” more than 600,000 people signed up for coverage the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017

In election glow, Democrats see health care as a winning issue

Emboldened by election wins, Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care, particularly widening Medicaid access for more low-income people.


ACA signups spike at open enrollment’s start

Under the first few days of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, the numbers of participants has surged compared to the past, according to federal officials who asked for …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017

House GOP revises tax bill, makes it less generous

House Republicans on Friday quietly made changes to their far-reaching tax overhaul: Now its tax cuts would be less generous for many Americans.


Free ‘Obamacare’ for older, poorer in nearly all counties

Older people with low incomes nearly everywhere would have access to free “Obamacare” health coverage next year, according to a study Thursday that found the Trump administration’s efforts to undercut …


Jay Ambrose: Trump helps recovery from Obama

Yes, Trump is an embarrassment a day, but much of what he has done has been hugely needed, such as rolling back many of the Obama administration’s record numbers of …


Shawn Vestal: Sen. Murray crafts humane, bipartisan fix for Obamacare. As such, it faces an uphill batlle.

When it comes to health care legislation, Patty Murray lives squarely in the congressional minority. Not the Democrats. The grown-ups.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Trump seeks ‘Obamacare’ demise, but sign-up season gears up

Consumers can now begin previewing 2018 plans and premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, even as President Donald Trump continues his push to dismantle the Obama-era law.


Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid “Obamacare” turmoil

The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over “Obamacare” undermine coverage gains that drove the nation’s …


Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal

Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear …


Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over “Obamacare.” For consumers, it offers a potential respite …


Report: Medicaid enrollments, costs begin to stabilize

States are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that one of the major pillars …


Trump’s health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major “Obamacare” health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and …


Bipartisan health care deal once again possible

The prospects for a bipartisan deal to reform some aspects of Obamacare may have come full circle since early September, from possible to impossible to possible again.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Montana insurance providers allowed to file rate increases

Federal regulators are allowing two companies offering health insurance through the individual market in Montana to file rate increases after President Donald Trump’s decision last week to end certain payments …


‘I’ve got to stay,’ Pelosi says, to defend Obamacare

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday that she has remained atop her caucus primarily to defend the Affordable Care Act from attempts by President Donald Trump and congressional …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Trump’s health care end run reflects frustrations

Frustrated over setbacks in Congress, President Donald Trump wielded his rule-making power Thursday to launch an end run that might get him closer to his goal of repealing and replacing …


McConnell promises to speed pace on judicial nominees

The Senate’s top Republican, facing increasing pressure from conservative groups, is promising to upend a longstanding Senate tradition in order to speed the confirmation pace on a backlog of President …


State losing millions over delay in checking Medicaid applications, audit says

The backlog in processing applications for expanded Medicaid coverage is costing the state millions, state audit report says.


Ex-Obama officials begin health insurance sign-up campaign

Former Obama administration officials are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act.


Obamacare rates set to rise as Trump’s opposition fuels turmoil

A day after Republicans failed yet again to repeal Obamacare, confusion sowed by President Donald Trump’s opposition to the law is roiling the health-insurance market.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

Republican leaders: Senate won’t vote on Obamacare repeal

Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly final attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline.


McConnell: Debate over nation’s health care will continue

The partisan battle over the country’s health care system will “certainly continue,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. But he stopped short of saying whether the chamber will vote …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017

Sen. Collins’ opposition essentially kills GOP health care drive

The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama’s health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill

Republican opposition to the last-ditch GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the teetering effort to scrap …