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Trump: Executive Order Will Deliver 'Great, Great, Insurance'

He plans to loosen ObamaCare restrictions

(Newser) - "Since Congress can't get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people - FAST," President Trump tweeted Tuesday. Trump says he will probably sign an executive order this week that will loosen restrictions on... More »

Senate GOP Won't Vote on ObamaCare Repeal

Republicans lacked the votes to pass Graham-Cassidy

(Newser) - Senate Republicans announced Tuesday they will not hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ObamCare, Bloomberg reports. The decision marks the most recent failure of the GOP's seven-year effort to end the Affordable Care Act. The bill was sunk when senators Susan Collins, John McCain, and Rand... More »

Protesters in Wheelchairs Dragged From Health Care Hearing

Hearing was suspended for 15 minutes

(Newser) - Protesters, including some in wheelchairs, were removed from a Senate hearing on the latest GOP bill to repeal ObamaCare Monday afternoon, Mother Jones reports. Politico says they were "dragged out" by Capitol Police. Demonstrators, who were organized by the disability rights group ADAPT and most of whom were in... More »

Cruz Joins Opposition to Republican Health Care Bill

'Right now, they don't have my vote'

(Newser) - The GOP's path to passing its most recent attempt to repeal ObamaCare continued to get narrower—perhaps closing altogether—on Sunday. “Right now, they don’t have my vote,” Politico quotes Sen. Ted Cruz as saying during a panel discussion Sunday. “And I don’t think... More »

GOP Senator's Opposition to Health Care Bill Firms Up

Collins says 'very difficult' to see voting for Graham-Cassidy

(Newser) - It now sounds like Sen. Susan Collins is doing a little more than "leaning against" the GOP's newest ObamaCare repeal effort. "It's very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill," CNN quotes the Maine Republican as... More »

A Relentless Kimmel Goes After Health Care Bill Again

Late-night host also skewers President Trump's intentions on health care reform

(Newser) - The Jimmy Kimmel - Bill Cassidy dust-up over health care circled back to Kimmel Thursday , the third night in a row that the late-night host has taken on the Louisiana senator over the latter's bill with Sen. Lindsey Graham to replace ObamaCare. Per EW , Kimmel addressed President Trump at... More »

Some States Will Be Big Winners Under ObamaCare Repeal Bill

But there will be 31 losers, according to federal report

(Newser) - There will be some big winners and plenty of losers under the latest effort at ObamaCare repeal, according to a Trump administration internal report. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services predicts that reallocation of funding in the bill from Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham will cause... More »

GOP Health Care Bill Author Swings Back at Jimmy Kimmel

And more on the Graham-Cassidy bill

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel's blistering monologue on Tuesday night against the latest GOP plan to repeal ObamaCare called out one of its authors by name, and now Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy is swinging back. What he and Lindsey Graham conceived would take the money ObamaCare spends on Medicaid and insurance subsidies,... More »

John McCain Is Not Your Health Care Hero

McCain gets the headlines, but others made those headlines possible

(Newser) - Democrats need to take the right lesson from Friday's dramatic rescue of the Affordable Care Act: You can be grateful for Sen. John McCain's vote, but he's not your hero. The Atlantic reports McCain is a man of principle, but those principles are "process, decorum, and... More »

There's a Flaw in McCain's Logic

Op-ed: By saving the health bill, he undermined his whole argument

(Newser) - John McCain got a hero's welcome on Tuesday when he returned to the floor of the Senate to cast a crucial vote to allow Republicans to take up health care reform. His colleagues gave him a standing ovation, given that he'd received a diagnosis of brain cancer less... More »

Alaska Senator Is Latest to Incur Trump's Wrath

Trump disappointed with Lisa Murkowski's 'no' votes Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a motion to proceed on the healthcare debate passed the Senate 51-50, but that doesn't mean he's willing to overlook the two votes from Republicans in opposition. In a tweet Wednesday, Trump singled out Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—who cast... More »

1 Vote Down, More to Come on ObamaCare Repeal

GOP sets sights on 3 components of the Affordable Care Act

(Newser) - Despite their successful vote Tuesday, Republican senators may not end up with the Affordable Care Act repeal the GOP has been promising for seven years, reports NBC News as it runs down the next steps in the process. The next vote is expected to be on the 2015 version of... More »

GOP Motion on Health Care Reform Passes 51-50

John McCain returned to Washington to cast deciding vote

(Newser) - Just a week after their efforts appeared dead, Senate Republicans have taken a successful step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, Politico reports. According to Mediate , a motion to proceed on the healthcare debate passed the Senate 51-50 on Tuesday with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Sen. John... More »

Premiums Would Double Under GOP ObamaCare Repeal: CBO

And 32M would lose insurance by 2026, according to CBO score

(Newser) - The Congressional Budget Office has scored the Senate GOP bill to repeal the ACA without replacing it with anything—and it's not good. If the ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act is passed, 17 million fewer people would be insured by next year, NBC News reports. That would increase to 32... More »

Trump Threatens, Pressures GOP Senators on Health Care

'He wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?'

(Newser) - President Trump treated 49 Republican senators to lunch Wednesday while threatening and pressuring them to get something done on health care, Reuters reports. According to the Hill , the pressure started with Sen. Dean Heller, who opposed the GOP health care bill and was seated next to Trump at the lunch.... More »

Inside the GOP Health Care Collapse

2 senators worked together to seal bill's fate

(Newser) - President Trump said it had to happen —but it isn't going to happen. The Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed Monday night after two more GOP senators announced their opposition, leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell without enough votes to move the legislation forward, and leaving... More »

What McCain's Recovery Could Mean for Health Care Bill

Speculation flying on how senator's absence after surgery could affect ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - Despite the hopes of Senate Republicans that John McCain would be back in Washington sooner rather than later following his surgery last week, some doctors are warning that recovery could take much longer than the week or so originally anticipated, the New York Times reports. On Friday, the longtime Arizona... More »

5 Changes in the GOP's Revised Health Care Bill

And one big thing that's mostly unchanged

(Newser) - President Trump said he'd be "very angry" if senators fail to repeal ObamaCare as promised, and GOP leaders have just taken a step in their quest to quell that anger. The second draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act was released on Thursday with revisions aimed at getting... More »

More Democrats Sign On to 'Single-Payer' Idea

Sanders readies his own plan for insurance system reviled on the right

(Newser) - Senators are back at work Monday, and their No. 1 priority remains trying to craft an alternative to ObamaCare. The problem is that Mitch McConnell's task of getting the necessary 50 votes seems to have gotten only more difficult over the holiday break, and that's raising a slew... More »

McConnell Signals a Shift in Fight to Kill ObamaCare

He talks about shoring it up instead of replacing it

(Newser) - The holiday break doesn't seem to be helping Mitch McConnell's effort to get enough conservatives and moderates on board to pass the GOP's ObamaCare alternative. At a town hall in Kentucky, he likened the task to trying to twist a Rubik's cube in just the right... More »

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