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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 »

House Republicans' Plan to Replace ObamaCare Leaked

Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act is at its most popular in 7 years

(Newser) - House Republicans want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and individual mandate, according to a leaked draft of a bill to repeal ObamaCare. The bill, which was obtained by Politico , would give money to states to cover some people with pre-existing conditions and replace... More »

Pence: ObamaCare 'Nightmare' Is About to End

'This is our time,' he tells CPAC

(Newser) - "Men and women of the conservative movement, this is our time," Vice President Mike Pence told the CPAC conference Thursday night. He promised that "America's ObamaCare nightmare is about to end" and slammed "liberal activists" for protesting at town hall meetings, NPR reports. "This... More »

Boehner Says ObamaCare Repeal 'Not Going to Happen'

New poll shows the ACA is still getting more popular with voters

(Newser) - John Boehner could only laugh when he heard Republicans talking about quickly repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. “Republicans never ever agree on health care," Politico quotes the former house speaker as saying Thursday. Despite President Trump saying to expect a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare... More »

Health Secretary Confirmed With No Democratic Votes

ObamaCare foe Tom Price passed in 52-47 vote

(Newser) - A man who wants to do things to ObamaCare that the Hippocratic oath might forbid him doing to a patient is now the top health official in America. Tom Price, a longtime Republican congressman from Georgia, was confirmed as the next Department of Health and Human Services secretary early Friday,... More »

ObamaCare Is the ACA, but Many Don't Know It

One-third of Americans, to be exact: poll

(Newser) - Ask some if they want ObamaCare repealed and they'll say yes, but ask those same people if they want the Affordable Care Act repealed and they may have a different answer. That despite the two being one and the same, the New York Times reports, a fact that apparently... More »

Conservatives Fret Amid Shift to 'Repair and Replace'

Push to repeal slows down dramatically on Capitol HIll

(Newser) - How goes President Trump's plan to immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare? It seems to be getting gummed up in the realities of DC politics. Trump himself acknowledged Sunday in an interview on Fox News that things might stretch into 2018. "It's very complicated," he said. "... More »

GOP Lawmakers Worried About Political Fallout of 'Trumpcare'

Recording of private GOP meeting reveals 'disarray'

(Newser) - An audio recording of a private Republican meeting this week reveals that GOP lawmakers are "in disarray" and "far from agreement" when it comes to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. According to the Washington Post , lawmakers expressed concerns they wouldn't... More »

Trump Move Threatens 'Keystone' of ObamaCare

Individual mandate could be in jeopardy

(Newser) - President Trump's first executive order, issued Friday , went after ObamaCare, though the practical implications remain unclear. Trump instructed federal agencies to "waive, defer, grant ­exemptions from or delay" any aspects of the law that would "impose a financial burden." Some coverage of what that might... More »

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