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CBO: Trump's Health Strategy Would Hike Costs 20% in 2018

If president stops ObamaCare subsidies, premiums will rise dramatically for 'silver' plan

(Newser) - People buying individual health-care policies would face higher premiums, and some may be left with no insurance options, if President Trump makes good on his threat to stop ObamaCare payments to insurers. That's the conclusion of a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the AP reports. More... More »

GOP Senator Backtracks After Odd Comments on McCain's Tumor

Ron Johnson implied tumor might have been factor in McCain's repeal vote

(Newser) - A GOP senator is backtracking after controversial comments about John McCain Tuesday. Speaking about the Senate's failure to pass a bill repealing ObamaCare on the AM560 radio show Chicago's Morning Answer, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said, "I'm not gonna speak for John McCain—he has... More »

Lawmakers Ready to Defy Trump on ObamaCare Subsidy

Bipartisan push underway to try to stabilize insurance markets

(Newser) - With the Republican plan to replace ObamaCare in retreat, the next phase of the fight hinges on the wonky-sounding factor of "cost-saving reduction payments." As the New York Times explains, these are subsidies paid by the federal government to insurers to defray costs for lower-income policy holders. President... 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 »

Trump Calls for Rule Change in Senate

Although the change he suggests would not have saved 'skinny repeal' bill

(Newser) - President Trump's proposed solution after the failure of the GOP health care bill Friday: Change Senate rules so that only 51 yes votes, not 60, are needed for legislation to pass. Trump has made this pitch before, though it would not have saved the GOP's health care bill... More »

McCain 'No' Vote Sends GOP Back to Square One

'Skinny' repeal fails with 49-51 vote

(Newser) - The Republican "skinny" ObamaCare repeal plan was defeated in a dramatic late-night Senate hearing early Friday, with Sen. John McCain and two other Republicans voting against it. With Vice President Mike Pence on hand to cast a deciding vote if necessary, the bill failed in a 49 to 51... 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 »

9 Republicans Vote Against ObamaCare Repeal Measure

It sank with 43-57 vote

(Newser) - A broad measure to repeal and replace ObamaCare failed in the Senate as widely expected Tuesday. The measure included the Senate's unpopular "Better Care Reconciliation Act," along with proposals like Sen. Ted Cruz's plan to allow insurers to sell plans that do not meet federal coverage... 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 »

McCain Returns Tuesday for Health Care Vote

Arizona senator was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week

(Newser) - Senate Republicans will try to move ahead on Tuesday with their plan to ditch ObamaCare, and the task just got a little easier: John McCain will return for the vote. His office announced Monday night that the Arizona senator will be on Capitol Hill just a week after being diagnosed... 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 »

GOP Plan to Repeal ObamaCare Looks Doomed

3 Republican senators balk, one more than Mitch McConnell could afford

(Newser) - And just like that, Mitch McConnell's plan to repeal ObamaCare with a two-year delay appears to be doomed. McConnell announced the revised strategy Monday night, and he could afford only two GOP defections. Already, he's got three: Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine,... More »

Trump: 'We Were Let Down' by a Few GOP Defectors

'We will return!' he promises on health care

(Newser) - The collapse of the GOP's health care plan in the Senate quickly brought President Trump to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize the Republican defectors who torpedoed the bill. "We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans," he tweeted , without naming names. "... 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 »

Republican ObamaCare Replacement Collapses

McConnell admits defeat after losing 2 more votes

(Newser) - The "replace" part of the Republican effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed Monday night, leaving the GOP in disarray. After Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran announced that they would not support the ObamaCare repeal bill currently before the Senate, leaving the GOP without enough votes to even... 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 »

McCain's Health Issue Sidelines Senate's Health Care Vote

Senator's blood clot surgery leaves GOP short of votes to advance ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - More bad news for the Senate GOP's health care bill: Mitch McConnell will delay it again after John McCain's announced absence following surgery left Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation. McConnell issued his statement not long after McCain's office disclosed that he had undergone surgery... 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 »

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