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GOP Targets ObamaCare in New Tax Plan

Leaders say tax package will include repeal of Affordable Care Act mandate

(Newser) - After failing to do away with the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, Republicans will now try to kill two birds with one stone by adding a partial ObamaCare repeal to their tax package, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sen. Mitch McConnell says getting rid of the ACA's mandate... More »

ObamaCare Surprises With Record Enrollment Numbers

More than 200K people signed up on day 1 of open enrollment

(Newser) - Bucking expectations, ObamaCare is off to a record-breaking start. The Hill reports that around 200,000 signed up for health care coverage on the first day of this year's enrollment period, compared to 100,000 last year. Such early enthusiasm is good news for fans of ObamaCare, many of... More »

Voters Could Set Precedent for Medicaid Expansion

If Maine referendum passes, Gov. Paul LePage can't block Medicaid expansion under ACA

(Newser) - On Nov. 7, Maine will take an unprecedented step for a state when it allows residents to vote on expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. Maine is one of 19 states where Republicans have blocked Medicaid expansion available under the ACA. The Maine legislature... More »

ObamaCare Premiums Rise Sharply for 2nd Year in a Row

Most popular plans up by an average of 34%

(Newser) - Premiums for the most popular ObamaCare plans are going up an average of 34%, according to a study released Wednesday that confirms dire predictions about the impact of political turmoil on consumers. Window-shopping on HealthCare.gov went live Wednesday, so across the country consumers going online can see the consequences... More »

Strategy Emerges to Pass New ObamaCare Remedy

Bipartisan deal may get tucked into spending bill, meaning it's that or a shutdown

(Newser) - President Trump seemed to back away even further on Wednesday from his support of a bipartisan deal that would shore up ObamaCare for the near future. In a tweet , Trump said he could "never support bailing out" insurance companies, referring to the deal struck between Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander... More »

2 Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on ObamaCare

Alexander, Murray say they have 'basic outlines' of agreement to restore subsidies to insurers

(Newser) - Two leading senators said Tuesday they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan agreement to resume federal payments to health insurers that President Trump has blocked. Both said in separate interviews that they still have unresolved issues but expressed optimism that a compromise was near, per the AP . The... More »

18 States Sue to Stop Trump's ObamaCare Cut

Trump boasts about health stocks falling

(Newser) - President Trump's move to axe a major ObamaCare subsidy has been taken to court—and it's probably going to be there for years to come, analysts say. The Democratic attorneys general of 18 states and Washington, DC filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday, the day after... More »

Trump's 2nd Move Could Be Crippling to ObamaCare

He's ending crucial subsidies to insurers, but a potential deal to save them is in the works

(Newser) - In a move that analysts say could be a devastating blow to ObamaCare, President Trump is ending one of the health care bill's crucial subsidies. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Thursday night that the federal government will stop "cost-sharing reduction" payments to health insurers, which... More »

Trump: Americans Will Be 'Very Happy' on New Health-Care Move

Executive order would give individuals flexibility to choose cheaper plans, could roil markets

(Newser) - With his ObamaCare repeal repeatedly foiled in Congress, President Trump vowed to use the "power of the pen" to change things instead. On Thursday, he began the process by signing an executive order designed to loosen the rules on how individuals can buy insurance, reports the New York Times ... More »

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 »

Trump Birth Control Decision Could Affect Millions

He's planning to kill ObamaCare's birth control mandate

(Newser) - The "birth control mandate" that has been spawning lawsuits since the early days of ObamaCare could be history as soon as Friday. President Trump, in a move that could affect millions of women, is planning to get rid of the requirement for employers to cover birth control in their... 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 »

Jimmy Kimmel Thanks Susan Collins

She 'put people ahead of party,' he says

(Newser) - "Now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians!" quipped Jimmy Kimmel on his show Monday night after Maine Sen. Susan Collins put what appeared to be the final nail in the coffin of the GOP's latest ObamaCare repeal plan. In an earlier tweet , the host... More »

Senators Throw Sugar on ObamaCare Repeal for Holdouts

With Collins, Murkowski wavering, GOP has less than a week to get health bill passed

(Newser) - Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham aren't giving up on their bill to repeal ObamaCare. They plan to release a revised version Monday that directs more money to states represented by holdout senators, including Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, reports the Washington Post . The GOP has... 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 »

Wary Democrats: 'Bill Is Not Dead Yet'

No celebrations after McCain announces opposition to ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - John McCain's opposition to the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare didn't quite kill the legislation's chances, though it came pretty close. Still, Democrats are taking pains not to declare victory in public or do anything that smacks of gloating, reports Politico . As Democratic Hawaii Sen. Brian... More »

McCain May Have Just Saved ObamaCare. Again

Senator says he can't vote for the newest GOP repeal bill

(Newser) - The latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act may very well be dead after Sen. John McCain announced his opposition to it Friday, the AP reports. "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," CNN quotes McCain as saying in a statement. "I... 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 »

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