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GOP bill’s changes in rules could undermine health of neediest

An under-the-radar provision in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would require the millions of Medicaid enrollees who signed up under the Obamacare expansion to renew their …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017

Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

Time for talk running out, President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned wavering House Republicans that their jobs were on the line in next year’s elections if they failed to back …


Senate GOP holdouts split into rival camps on Obamacare overhaul

The House is racing to find enough votes for its health-care bill this week, but even if it passes, prospects in the Senate have only darkened.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers defends health care changes in telephone ‘town hall’

Changes to health care have to come in phases, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tells callers.


Trump keeps his fans on sideline as Ryan health bill languishes

President Donald Trump talks a lot about how bad he thinks Obamacare has been for the country, but he has so far mounted a lukewarm defense for the replacement plan …


UPDATED: Sun., March 19, 2017

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017

Hundreds attend pro-Obamacare vigil in Spokane park

Several hundred people gathered Saturday evening for a vigil held in Cowley Park to protest Congressional Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.


Krauthammer: GOP grapples with health care dilemma

The idea that you can eradicate Obamacare root and branch is fanciful. For all its catastrophic flaws, Obamacare changed expectations.


GOP holds detonator to Obamacare

The ACA has definitely deteriorated since the Trump administration and the new GOP Congress assumed power. And no wonder: They sabotaged it.


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017

Sgt. Greg Moore’s widow urges Idaho lawmakers to keep Affordable Care Act

The widow of Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore is urging Idaho lawmakers not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a “comparable replacement,” saying the law enabled her to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017

Inslee slams ‘Trumpcare,’ but Washington Senate health care leader says wait for final plan

Washington’s governor and insurance commissioner say “Trumpcare” care will knock many state residents off health, but the state Senate Health Care Committee chairwoman said it’s too soon to say what …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

McMorris Rodgers: CBO report ‘not whole story’

The Congressional Budget Office report that suggests 14 million people could lose health insurance under the House GOP plan “doesn’t tell the whole story,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

CHAS fears new GOP plan would unravel years of Spokane health progress

CHAS Health saw its patient load grow by 50 percent as low-income Spokane residents gained health insurance under Obamacare. The proposed GOP replacement would require CHAS to cut back services, …


The GOP’s dramatic change in strategy to pass its health-care law

To get the Affordable Care Act passed, Democrats used a big-tent approach, convening health-care groups that did not normally talk to each other while cutting deals and strong-arming key industry …


Paul Ryan won’t guess at coverage loss as he, other GOP leaders press case for health-care act

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Sunday that he doesn’t know how many Americans would lose coverage under his proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act, which is under fire …


GOP acts fast on health care, aims to avoid ire Democrats faced

It took former President Barack Obama and his Democrats more than a year to pass the Affordable Care Act, a slow and painstaking process that allowed plenty of time for …


Republicans blast CBO ahead of its cost estimate on Obamacare replacement bill

WASHINGTON – The Congressional Budget Office is a nonpartisan and unelected wing of Congress tasked with determining the cost of bills, and the agency operates as a budget referee on …


Cruz pushes Obamacare repeal gambit that could roil U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – Ted Cruz is pushing a novel strategy to blow up Obamacare, but it just might blow up the Senate too. The Texas senator is unhappy with what many …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017

Inslee: ‘Trumpcare’ could push 600,000 off health insurance in Washington

The House Republicans’ proposed changes to the nation’s health care system could knock 600,000 Washington residents off their current medical insurance, Gov. Jay Inslee said.


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017

Here are all the factions opposed to the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan

WASHINGTON – The long-promised GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is facing opposition from all sides, and a constellation of conservative and moderate Republicans have attacked the legislation, even …


Big differences between GOP health care bill, Obama-era law

At first glance, the health care bill from House Republicans appears to have similarities to the Obama-era law, such as tax credits, protections for people with health problems, and the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017

GOP pushes health bill through panels in marathon sessions

WASHINGTON – Determined House Republicans won early victories Thursday on divisive legislation to undo former President Barack Obama’s health care law, winning approval in key committees after marathon all-night sessions …


Dana Milbank: GOP under siege for health-care plan

Democrats panned it because it’s a cheap knockoff of Obamacare. Many Republicans panned it for the same reason.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017

Industry players sharply criticize GOP health plan

Major associations representing physicians, hospitals, insurers and seniors all leveled sharp attacks against the House GOP’s plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, as some Republicans publicly questioned whether …


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017

Ryan pushes for unity as House panels debate GOP health bill

House Republican leaders are forging ahead with a health care plan that scraps major parts of the Obama-era overhaul.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017

Conservative backlash threatens to sink new GOP health bill

A powerful conservative backlash threatened to sink the new Republican health care bill less than 24 hours after its launch, even as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders began trying …


House GOP health bill gives big tax cut to the rich

The House Republicans’ health care bill adds up to big tax cuts for the rich. The bill would cut more than 20 taxes enacted under President Barack Obama’s heath law.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017

Obamacare 101: What’s in the House Republicans’ replacement plan?

House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and – just as important – replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is pretty complex. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that …


Trump White House sends mixed signals on House health bill

With a single word – “our” – in a single tweet, President Donald Trump appeared to embrace a House GOP-crafted bill that would replace the 2010 health care law. But …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017

House GOP releases health care bill replacing Obamacare

House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government’s health care role and is expected …