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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 »

Senate Rejects Proposal to Repeal ObamaCare

Proposal would have given Congress 2 years to come up with a replacement

(Newser) - The Republican-run Senate has rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement, the AP reports. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats Wednesday in a 45-55 vote defeating the plan. It was the second self-inflicted setback the GOP has... 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 »

Senate Voting on Health Bill This Week—but Which One?

Sen. John Thune says a bill will be up for a mostly procedural vote

(Newser) - The Senate will move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill—but it's not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace ObamaCare or simply repeal it, the third-highest ranking Republican senator said Sunday. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said Senate Majority... 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 »

Major Insurance Groups Call Out GOP Health Bill

Rare joint statement calls Ted Cruz provision 'unworkable'

(Newser) - Two of the insurance industry's most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate GOP health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is "unworkable in any form," delivering a blow to party leaders' efforts to win support for their legislation, the AP reports. The... 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 »

Number of Uninsured Has Jumped by 2M in 2017

Uptick is 'statistically significant' as coverage gains start to erode, analysts say

(Newser) - The number of US adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. The new numbers highlight what's at stake as Congress returns to an unresolved debate over Republican proposals to roll... 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 »

Ted Cruz May Have Solved GOP Health Care Problem

Cruz amendment being considered by CBO

(Newser) - Ted Cruz could be the one to push an ObamaCare repeal and replacement through the House and Senate, the Hill reports. A GOP aide says the Congressional Budget Office is looking at two versions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act—one of which contains an amendment by Cruz that is... More »

Revised Senate Plan May Keep Tax on Wealthy

And more money would go to the opioid problem

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell still hopes to get a revised health care plan to the CBO on Friday so it can be assessed over the holiday break, and one compromise in the works would keep in place a tax on the wealthiest Americans. Details on that and other key points, as McConnell... More »

McConnell Plans Quick Revision on Health Care

He hopes to have new version to CBO by Friday

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell's reputation as a master wheeler-and-dealer on Capitol Hill may have taken a hit over the GOP's in-limbo ObamaCare alternative, but he's got a plan to rebound quickly. The Washington Post reports that the Senate majority leader intends to submit a revised version to the Congressional... More »

Republicans Delay Vote on Senate Health Care Bill

Mitch McConnell says he'll hold vote after July 4 recess

(Newser) - There will be no vote on Senate Republican's health care bill this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to delay a vote on the bill until after the July 4 break, CNN reports. "We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable... More »

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