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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Here's What's in the Senate GOP's Health Care Bill

And why 4 GOP senators say they won't vote for it—yet

(Newser) - Senate Republicans on Thursday finally unveiled their answer to the House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and Vox has an explainer of what's in it. Some major sticking points: The Better Care Reconciliation Act will ask poor and middle-class Americans to pay more for less... More »

Obama Defends ObamaCare, Avoids Criticizing Trump

He calls for political 'courage'

(Newser) - Former President Obama continued his gradual re-emergence into public life with a speech Sunday night that hit two familiar notes: He defended ObamaCare and avoided any direct criticism of President Trump. In picking up a Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library, Obama praised members of Congress... More »

Voting Without CBO Estimate Is Potentially Risky for GOP

Republicans say they'll pass ObamaCare replacement on Thursday

(Newser) - House Republicans promise to call a vote on their plan to replace ObamaCare on Thursday, but the Hill notes that lawmakers will cast those votes without an official estimate of how much the plan costs or how it will affect coverage for Americans. That is, the Congressional Budget Office hasn'... More »

House Will Hold Vote on GOP Health Care Plan Thursday

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says they have the votes to pass it

(Newser) - House Republicans will vote on a bill to repeal major portions of ObamaCare. That's the word Wednesday night from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who told reporters "yes" when asked if they have sufficient votes. Leaders have spent days scrambling to round up the votes for their legislation, the... More »

As Key Republican Defects on Health Bill, Obama Praises Kimmel

He praises host for moving monologue

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel's emotional plea in support of ObamaCare won praise from its namesake Tuesday, with former President Obama thanking the late-night host for sharing the story of how his newborn son, Billy, had to undergo open-heart surgery last week. "Well said, Jimmy," Obama tweeted . "That's... More »

Did Jimmy Kimmel Just Doom the GOP's Health Bill?

Debate over pre-existing conditions threatens to torpedo ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - The Republicans' new attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare is suddenly in serious trouble, reports CNN , with the White House engaging in a furious push to win over wavering lawmakers. One sticking point is coverage of pre-existing conditions, with one blogger arguing that Jimmy Kimmel's emotional plea on Monday... More »

CBO: Millions to Lose Coverage Next Year Under GOP Health Bill

Congressional Budget Office says 14M will lose coverage next year

(Newser) - Nonpartisan analysts project that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law, the AP reports. The estimate is a blow to Republicans. Monday's estimate by the Congressional Budget Office says there would be 24 million more... More »

Another Victory for Health Care Repeal After 28 Hours of Debate

Bill passes 2nd committee

(Newser) - 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 despite Democratic protests and intense opposition from doctors and consumer groups. The GOP scored triumphs in the Ways and Means and... More »

Hospitals, Doctors Slam GOP Health Bill

Meanwhile, measure clears House Ways and Means Committee in 23-16 vote

(Newser) - The GOP's replacement plan for ObamaCare isn't getting a universal thumbs-up , but it cleared one of its first hurdles early Thursday, the Hill reports. In a session that lasted more than 16 hours and went past 4am, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the measure in a... More »

Chaffetz: Poor May Have to Choose Health Care or iPhone

'Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone ... they should invest it in their health care'

(Newser) - House Republicans' replacement for ObamaCare is taking heat from the left and the right , and one of their own is now getting roasted over his attempt at defending the nascent plan, reports Politico . Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, appeared on CNN Tuesday morning. When... More »

ObamaCare Replacement Could Be a Tough Sell for GOP

Moderates, conservatives find plenty to dislike

(Newser) - House Republicans rolled out their plan for replacing ObamaCare on Monday—but the "American Health Care Act" may not be much more popular with some GOP lawmakers than the Affordable Care Act before it. House conservatives haven't committed to backing the plan yet, Politico reports, and four GOP... More »

House GOP Releases ObamaCare Repeal Bill

Committees plan to begin voting Wednesday

(Newser) - House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unraveling former President Barack Obama's health care law, a package that would scale back the government's role in health care and likely leave more Americans uninsured, the AP reports. House committees planned to begin voting on the 123-page legislation... More »

No One Can Find 'Secret' ObamaCare Repeal and Replace Bill

Republicans are trying to keep it from leaking

(Newser) - As of Thursday, a new version of House Republicans' ObamaCare repeal and replace bill is available for review by members and staffers on the House Energy and Commerce panel, but they'll have to do a bit of work to see it: There's just one copy, kept in a... More »

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