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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 …


UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017

White House to Senate: Pass health bill now or else

The White House stepped up demands Sunday for revived congressional efforts on health care and suggested senators cancel their entire summer break, if needed, to pass legislation after failed votes …


UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017

GOP fears political fallout after health care ‘epic fail’

Weary Republicans in Washington may be ready to move on from health care, but conservatives across the United States are warning the GOP-led Congress not to abandon its pledge to …


‘Time to move on’ from health care, Senate GOP leader says

The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law has led to finger-pointing but also has left the party with wounded leaders and …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Liberal groups plan protests around the country Saturday to save Obamacare

WASHINGTON – The bookend to a tumultuous week on Capitol Hill is scheduled to unfold Saturday evening on Freedom Plaza, where hundreds of people are expected to protest attempts to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Sue Lani Madsen: Poor lifestyle choices crippling health care

Finally. Let’s declare the political theater phase of health care reform over.


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

GOP blame-a-thon over health bill crash, but no clear path

The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident …


Goodman and Moynihan: Resistance to ACA repeal rolls on

The effort to kill Obamacare is not complete. Expect vigorous protests throughout August, led by the activists of ADAPT and their allies.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Senate rejects measure to partly repeal Affordable Care Act, dealing GOP leaders a major setback

Senate Republicans suffered a dramatic failure early Friday in their bid to advance a scaled-back plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, throwing into question whether they can actually repeal …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Republican senators fail in bid to repeal Obamacare

After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated Wednesday they don’t have the stomach to repeal “Obamacare” when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject …


Trump is the anti-Boy Scout

A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Trump neither exhibits nor extols any of these traits.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

McCain return doesn’t alter Northwest votes on Obamacare changes

Washington and Idaho senators welcome back John McCain, vote opposite ways on latest Senate motion for health care changes.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

Senate opens ‘Obamacare’ debate at last but outcome in doubt

With Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, the Senate voted by a hair Tuesday to start debating Republican legislation to tear down much of the Obama health care …


Robert J. Samuelson: Health care debate emotional, not rational

What we want as individuals (unlimited care) may not be good for the larger society (overspending on health care).


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

McCain making dramatic Senate return for crucial health vote

John McCain will make a dramatic return to the Senate for a make-or-break vote on Republican health care legislation Tuesday just days after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, giving an …


Obamacare vote nears with key details still missing

As the Senate hurtles toward a potential vote next week to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers still don’t know what legislation they will consider or what impact …


GOP and Dems start talking about compromise health bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will move next week on a measure to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but, predicting failure, other senators are already talking about areas of compromise …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote; it’s an uphill climb

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain’s …


McConnell prods senators on health care bill, amid dim odds

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spurred Republican senators Thursday to resolve internal disputes that have pushed their marquee health care bill to the brink of oblivion. Yet the GOP’s reeling effort …


Outside view: Obamacare needs repair, not repeal

Trump is apparently indifferent to the pain that sabotaging the individual health insurance market would cause millions of Americans. Congress must therefore act responsibly.


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Democrats, Sen. Murray take Trump to task for handling of opioid crisis

A group of Democratic Senators, including Patty Murray, D-Wash., accused the Trump administration of delaying much-needed action to fight opioid addiction in a


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid U.S. of Obamacare

Lecturing fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House Wednesday and told them face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him …


With GOP plan dead, Washington Democrats call for bipartisan health care bill

Washington Democrats say the Senate should seek bipartisan health care fixes now that the Republican bill is apparently dead.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Collapse of Obamacare repeal campaign ups pressure on Republicans to work with Democrats

Congressional Republicans, their campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in shambles, face mounting pressure to work with Democrats to make fixes to the 2010 health care law …


Trump suggests Republicans will let ACA market collapse, then rewrite health law

President Trump predicted Tuesday morning that Republicans may wait for the federal insurance market to collapse and then work to broker a deal to rewrite the nation’s landmark health-care law.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017

Two more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now

The latest GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare was fatally wounded in the Senate Monday night when two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the legislation strongly backed …


Health plan hinges on the young, but they’re a tough sell

Julian Senn-Raemont isn’t convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad’s plan in a couple of years – no matter what happens in the …