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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal all but dead; McCain deals the blow

Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican …


McCain to oppose Obamacare repeal, possibly dooming GOP effort

Sen. John McCain said Friday he’ll vote against the GOP-only Obamacare repeal proposal, becoming the second Republican to oppose the measure and possibly dooming the ability of party leaders to …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017

GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017

Washington, Idaho could see losses under new Senate health care bill

Between Washington and Idaho, more than 850,000 people could lose health care coverage in 10 years under the latest Senate proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare, a research group estimates.


Obama: GOP’s efforts to repeal health care ‘aggravating’

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called repeated Republican efforts to repeal his signature health care law “aggravating” as he urged people not to be discouraged by unsteady progress as …


Jimmy Kimmel: Senator ‘lied right to my face’ on health care

Jimmy Kimmel sharply criticized U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on his late-night show, saying the Louisiana Republican “lied right to my face” by going back on his word to ensure any …


Trump pressing GOP senators to act on new health proposal

With time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders are engaged in a frantic search for votes in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017

Washington senators: Don’t jam through new Trumpcare plan

Democratic senators from Washington call for bipartisan health care reform,


Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that’s given …


Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

Senate Republicans are revving up a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law. Though the effort faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Five governors urge Congress to bolster Obamacare markets for 2018

Five governors – critics and backers of the Affordable Care Act – called on Congress Thursday to bolster the insurance exchanges created under the law, challenging President Donald Trump’s argument …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

GOP ability to dismantle health law expires at month’s end

Senate Republicans will soon run out of time to rely on the barest of their majority to dismantle the Obama health law.


Trump administration slashes funds for health care sign-ups

Affirming its disdain for “Obamacare,” the Trump administration on Thursday announced sharp cuts in programs promoting health care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act for next year.


Congress must stabilize health insurance market

The reality is that the ACA will remain the law for the forseeable future, so the responsible course is for Congress to stabilize the individual insurance market.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Dems target swing-district House GOP on health care

Democrats used a bus emblazoned with the words “Drive for our Lives” to gin up opposition to vulnerable House Republicans who voted against Obamacare with the aim of upending the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Poll: Most say time to stop trying to repeal ‘Obamacare’

Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: Stop trying to scuttle the Obama health care law, and start trying to make it more effective. That’s the resounding word from …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017

Trump suggests Senate GOP leader must deliver or step aside

President Donald Trump escalated a stunning feud against his top Senate partner Thursday, suggesting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might have to think about stepping aside if he doesn’t deliver on …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Trump bridles at criticism from GOP Senate leader McConnell, fires back

President Donald Trump hit back in an escalating fight with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday over who is to blame for the Republican Party’s failure to repeal Obamacare.


Brain tumor affected McCain’s Obamacare vote, GOP senator suggests

Sen. Ron Johnson suggested that fellow Republican Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor and the after-midnight timing of the vote were factors in the Arizona lawmaker’s decisive vote against the GOP …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Caretaker for Obamacare? Trump’s health care role may shift

With Republicans unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, President Donald Trump’s administration may find itself in an awkward role as caretaker of the Affordable Care Act, which …


Undertaker or caretaker? Trump’s shifting health law role

With Republicans unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, President Donald Trump’s administration may find itself in an awkward role as caretaker of the Affordable Care Act, which …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017

Matt O’Brien: No upside to ACA sabotage

If Trump can’t get rid of all of Obamacare, it seems like he’ll settle for getting rid of the parts of it that make it work.


Sue Lani Madsen: Healthcare – moving on

Declaring healthcare political theater over last weekend may have been premature. A recent column on new bipartisan efforts in Congress referred to Republican reform proposals as “a circus of half-truths …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Court complicates Trump’s threat to cut ‘Obamacare’ funds

President Donald Trump’s bold threat to push “Obamacare” into collapse may get harder to carry out after a new court ruling.


As Trump mulls cutting off Obamacare aid, Senate begins bipartisan approach

Even as President Donald Trump renews his threat to undermine the Affordable Care Act, senior Republican and Democratic senators announced plans Tuesday to begin work on a new bipartisan effort …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Idaho health insurers plan big rate hikes after Trump threatens to halt payments

Uncertainty from the federal government has caused health insurers to propose steep rate hikes for Idahoans who buy plans on the state-based exchange for coverage in 2018, state officials said …


Ryan Zinke: ‘Laughable’ to suggest he threatened Alaska senators

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said it is “laughable” to suggest he threatened Alaska’s U.S. senators over a vote by one of them involving health care.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Poll: Americans want to move on from Obamacare repeal

A majority of Americans want members of Congress to ditch health care reform efforts and focus their attention elsewhere, according to a Reuters/Iposos poll conducted after the Senate Republicans’ effort …


Will Trump ‘let Obamacare implode’ by ending health payments?

The White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law, signaling that President Donald Trump stands ready to end required payments …