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GOP Struggling to Find Votes for ObamaCare Repeal

Freedom Caucus could kill off bill

(Newser) - With a vote due Thursday on the GOP's replacement for ObamaCare, the conservative House Freedom Caucus is threatening to become the legislation's death panel. The hard-liners say revisions to the repeal-and-replace bill unveiled on Monday don't go anywhere near far enough on the repeal side and are... More »

350K Sign Petition to Nix Health Subsidies for Congress

Daniel Jimenez says politicians should have same offerings as American people

(Newser) - What's good for the goose should be good for the governmental gander. That's the position of Daniel Jimenez, a 30-year-old from Portland, Ore., who thinks that in the wake of the GOP's recently introduced American Health Care Act , members of Congress should have to pick from the... More »

GOP on Damage Control Over 'Awful' Health Bill Score

Paul Ryan points out the good bits

(Newser) - The Republican Party was on damage control Monday after the release of a Congressional Budget Office report warning that 14 million people would lose coverage under the House's plan to replace ObamaCare, Politico reports. As some moderates backed away from the plan, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price... More »

One CBO Number Could Doom GOP Health Plan

Cost may be bigger factor than estimate on how many will lose coverage in GOP plan

(Newser) - How much will it cost and how many people will lose insurance? Expect answers to those questions to dominate when the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office releases its official assessment of the GOP plan to replace ObamaCare. It could come as early as Monday. Related coverage:
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Price: Under GOP Health Plan, No One Takes Financial Hit

'I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially'

(Newser) - In a letter to lawmakers on Wednesday, the American Hospital Association expressed its concern that the GOP's new health care bill "could lead to tremendous instability for those seeking affordable coverage." In a Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price insisted... 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 »

Trump: Ballot 'Bloodbath' if GOP Health Plan Fails

But conservatives hate it

(Newser) - House Republicans have laid out their alternative for ObamaCare, and it continues to take heat from both moderates and conservatives. A look at the latest coverage:
  • How many might lose coverage under the new plan? The Congressional Budget Office has not weighed in yet, but Standard & Poor's estimates
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GOP Leaders to Members: Block Repeal if You Dare

Bill may be set in motion quickly to force a vote

(Newser) - President Trump will lay out details of his plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, reports Reuters , but he acknowledged Monday that things are moving more slowly than he'd hoped. "I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Obama, Democrats to Meet in Bid to Save ObamaCare

Strategy session Wednesday, as GOP promises quick repeal

(Newser) - President Obama looks genuinely worried about the fate of ObamaCare: He will meet Wednesday morning with House and Senate Democrats to plot strategy on how to prevent Republicans from killing it, reports Politico . The problem for Democrats is that there may not be much they can do in the near... More »

Trump Said ObamaCare Would End. Here's How

It won't be repealed overnight

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make getting rid of ObamaCare a priority—but he's not going to be able to simply summon the Affordable Care Act to the boardroom and tell the law it's fired. Instead, experts say repealing and replacing the ACA is a process that... More »

Clinton Announces Very Sanders-like Health Care Plan

It's believed to be another step toward a Sanders endorsement next week

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton proposed making a public option insurance plan available to residents in every state and doubling funding for community health centers in an announcement Saturday, USA Today reports. Reuters calls the move evidence as to how much influence the campaign of Bernie Sanders has had on her positions. Clinton... More »

'Huge' Win for House GOP in ObamaCare Lawsuit

Federal judge says administration spending on health care subsidies is unconstitutional

(Newser) - In what Politico labels a "huge win" for the House GOP, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the Obama administration is making unconstitutional federal expenditures to maintain the president's ObamaCare law, the AP reports. At issue: $175 billion in so-called "cost-sharing" reimbursements that the government doles out... More »

SD Needlessly Dumps Thousands Into Nursing Homes: DOJ

Feds may sue the state

(Newser) - The Justice Department may be gearing up to sue the state of South Dakota after a report released Monday found thousands of people with disabilities that could potentially be managed at home are being relegated to nursing homes or other long-term-care facilities instead, the New York Times reports. This most... More »

John Stossel Has Cancer, Laments 'Socialist' Hospital's Customer Service

'Bureaucrats don't care if you sleep'

(Newser) - Fox News host John Stossel has lung cancer. But don't worry, his doctors tell him he'll be fine. No, Stossel has something else on his mind in an opinion piece published Wednesday on Fox News. "I get excellent medical care here. But…I have to say the... More »

Whistleblower Wins $51M in Medical Device Kickback Case

Ex-compliance officer for Olympus says doctors, administrators got grants, trips

(Newser) - A whistleblower who worked for Olympus Corporation of the Americas for 20 years will receive $51 million from the company after it admitted to a scheme of bribery and kickbacks and agreed Tuesday to pay $646 million in fines, CNNMoney reports. John Slowik was named the company's compliance officer... More »

Health Care for Native Americans 'Horrifying'

Advocates tell horror stories at Senate hearing

(Newser) - "Don't get sick after June" is a common refrain in the Native American community—mainly because the Indian Health Service federal agency is "severely underfunded," says a rep for an advocacy group, per NBC News . In fact, witnesses at a Senate hearing Wednesday pleading for funds... More »

How Sanders Would Pay for Universal Health Care

He says tax hikes, even on middle class, would save money in long run

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders unveiled a single-payer health care plan just before Sunday night's debate that he calls "Medicare for All." He lays it out here , declaring that it's about time health care becomes a guarantee for all Americans, "not a privilege." Some related reading:
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