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UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017

Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It’s all …


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Trump changes course again, says Obamacare repeal must happen before tax overhaul

President Donald Trump and a top adviser on Wednesday pushed back plans to overhaul the tax code, saying they wanted to prioritize first a renewed effort to repeal the Affordable …


Conservative group’s health care ads target GOP moderates

The conservative Club for Growth is launching TV spots pressuring moderate Republican lawmakers to support the party’s languishing health care overhaul drive, officials of the group said Monday in the …


GOP proposal could shrink health coverage for those with pre-existing conditions

A White House push to let states waive mandatory coverage and rate requirements under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize health insurance gains for millions of adults with pre-existing medical …


GOP health bill in shambles, House commences two-week break

The Republican health care bill remained in shambles Thursday as House leaders threw up their hands and sent lawmakers home for a two-week recess. GOP chiefs announced a modest amendment …


UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017

New GOP health plan could raise premiums; no vote scheduled

Republican leaders prepared Wednesday to send lawmakers home for a two-week recess without voting on their troubled health care bill, as prospects for a quick deal among party factions moved …


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017

White House effort to revive health bill gets mixed reaction

A White House offensive to resurrect the moribund House Republican health care bill got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky for the party to …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Repeal in doubt, what Trump alone can do on ‘Obamacare’

With prospects in doubt for repealing “Obamacare,” some Republicans say the Trump administration can rewrite regulations and take other actions to undo much of the health care law on its …


Charles Krauthammer: Health care fix or single-payer? Stay tuned

Obamacare may turn out to be unworkable, indeed doomed, but it is having a profound effect on the zeitgeist: It is universalizing the idea of universal coverage.


Ryan wary of Trump deal with Democrats if GOP fails on Obamacare

House Speaker Paul Ryan is warning Republicans to unify around a new push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or risk tempting President Donald Trump to cut a …


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

Poll: Americans dislike GOP’s, Trump’s plan on health care

Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don’t like your approach to overhauling America’s health care. If you’re hoping to revive the effort, you may want to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

Senate Democrats offer to work with Trump on health care – but only if he ends attack on Obamacare

Forty-four members of the Senate Democratic caucus have penned a letter to President Donald Trump signaling they are open to working with him on health care – but not before …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Senate, White House pass on House push to revive health bill

Senate Republicans and the White House sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans insisted on …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

Bitter GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda

President Donald Trump is hoping to drive his priorities forward following the crumbling of the Republican health care bill but GOP finger-pointing is rampant, underscoring how tough it will be …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

After health-care bill dies, ads air thanking Republicans for replacing Obamacare

The decision on Friday to abruptly pull the Republican health-care bill was a defeat for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and President Trump, who campaigned on a promise to repeal …


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017

Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Democrats

President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, as aides signaled a greater willingness …


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017

Trump’s path forward only gets tougher after health-care fiasco

The stunning collapse of the Republican health-care bill now imperils the rest of President Trump’s ambitious congressional agenda, with few prospects for quick victory on tax reform, construction projects or …


Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

Amid disarray, Simpson says: ‘I don’t see us coming back to the health care issue’

With Republicans in disarray over a proposed repeal of Obamacare, Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson offered his take on Friday, saying that “legislating is never a pretty process.”


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Too early to say what’s next on health care

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is taking a wait-and-see attitude to any possible changes in the nation’s health care laws after the decision by House leadership to cancel a vote on …


Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year’s sign-up season, according to a …


White House said to plan to blame Ryan if health bill fails

In public, President Donald Trump is standing by House Speaker Paul Ryan over the Obamacare replacement bill.


Are you a winner or loser under GOP health plan? Here’s a guide

The rich and the almost rich would make out well under the House Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The old and the poor, not so much.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

No repeal for Obamacare – a humiliating defeat for Trump

In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly – …


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017

Washington lawmakers say they can’t plan yet for health care changes as GOP hopes to repeal Obamacare stall in Congress

Changes to the Affordable Care Act could be costly to Washington, but lawmakers say there are too many variables to make firm plans yet.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017

Obama defends Affordable Care Act as Republicans look to take first step in repeal

Former President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a robust defense of the law Republicans sought to begin repealing Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017

White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote

Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues …


Biden rallies Democrats against GOP health bill: ‘This is not gonna pass’

Joe Biden was running a little late. The former vice president, a private citizen for the first time since the 1960s, was the special guest at a Democratic rally celebrating …


House health care bill teetering on the brink of failing

The GOP health care bill appears poised for failure with at least 19 Republicans committed to voting “no,” absent additional substantial changes, and several more likely to join them in …