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Zachary Tracer

Obamacare's Pocketbook Problems Made Worse in GOP Health Bill

Concern about patients spending too much of their own money on health care has driven the debate over repealing and replacing Obamacare. But the latest Senate Republican health bill does little to address those fears and may exacerbate them.

Explaining Medicaid’s Starring Role in the U.S. Health Debate

The biggest single change called for by the Republican health-care bill that may be voted on by the U.S. Senate this week is its reduction in federal spending on Medicaid, the program for poor and disabled Americans. The bill is being championed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and backed by U.S. President Donald Trump as a way to "repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Senate bill, like one passed in May by the House of Representatives, would roll back Obama

Senate GOP Health Proposal Would Leave 22 Million Uninsured

Senate Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare will increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million, raise costs for many people currently enrolled in private insurance and slash Medicaid by billions of dollars, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.

Why Insurers Are Getting Antsy About Obamacare: QuickTake Q&A

U.S. President Donald Trump says Obamacare, the health-insurance system created by his Democratic predecessor, is collapsing and needs to be replaced. Democrats say Trump is sabotaging Obamacare by scaring insurers away. As proof, both sides point to double-digit premium increases and the departure of a string of national insurers from the individual-policy market under Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Cuomo Takes Steps to Keep New York Insurers in Obamacare

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced steps on Monday to encourage insurers to keep selling health plans in the state’s Obamacare exchange, as the companies withdraw from other markets amid uncertainty surrounding the health law.

GOP Obamacare Repeal Effort Hits Latest Obstacle With CBO Score

Changes Republicans made to their health bill to help pass it through the House would undermine insurance markets and result in millions more people without insurance, the Congressional Budget Office said, an assessment that will likely complicate the GOP’s effort to repeal Obamacare.

Aetna Is Latest Health Insurer to Quit Obamacare Markets

Aetna Inc. will leave the few remaining states where it had been selling Obamacare plans next year, making it the latest health insurer to pull out of the health law as Republicans attack the program as failing and work to dismantle it.

GOP Health Plan Relies on Cutting Payments to Doctors, Hospitals

A Republican health-care plan to lower insurance premiums would need to cut payments to hospitals and doctors to the same level as federally-set Medicare rates and would require billions of dollars in extra government spending to meet its goals, according to an independent analysis of the policy.

To Revive Health Bill, GOP Adds an Obamacare-Like Subsidy

At the prodding of the White House, House Republicans made a last-minute addition to their Obamacare replacement bill Thursday aimed at protecting high-cost patients as lawmakers leave Washington for their two-week spring break.

Trump Says GOP Must Pass Health Bill or Risk Losing Seats

Republican leaders trying to gain party support for their bill to replace Obamacare made changes to limit Medicaid enrollment and phase out some taxes earlier, but the head of a House conservative group said there still aren’t enough votes to pass the measure.

Republicans Move Ahead on Health Repeal Despite Weak Support

House Republicans are pushing toward a vote next week on their bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with their own programs, even as holdouts resist pressure from House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump to give the proposal enough support to pass.

Trump Would Slash Research in Cut to Health Budget

President Donald Trump is proposing big cuts to biomedical research as part of a budget to reduce discretionary spending at the Department of Health and Human Services by 23 percent -- a move likely to provoke outcry from lawmakers, research groups, drugmakers and patients.

Obamacare Bill's Burden on Poor Brings Out Critics on All Sides

Avik Roy says the Republican Obamacare replacement bill would make health insurance unaffordable for the poor. Robert Laszewski calls it a “mind-boggling” approach that could collapse the individual market. Seth Chandler warns it could put care out of reach for older Americans.

Republicans Unveil Health Care Bill to Bridge Gaps in Party

Republicans unveiled their long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, proposing to phase out key parts of the law over several years as they try to break a stalemate between moderates and conservatives in their party.

GOP Governors Forming Plan to Keep Obama Medicaid Expansion

A group of Republican governors is preparing a compromise plan for their peers in Congress who want to roll back Obamacare’s Medicaid benefits, asking them to preserve the law’s expansion of coverage to millions of poor people.

Trump May End Obamacare Insurance Requirement, Conway Says

The Trump administration may stop enforcing the Obamacare requirement that most Americans carry health insurance even before Congress repeals the law, Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to the new president, said in interviews broadcast on Sunday.

Trump Said to Discuss Veterans’ Care Overhaul With Hospital CEOs

President-elect Donald Trump met at his Florida resort on Wednesday with leaders of top U.S. nonprofit hospital systems to discuss overhauling health care for veterans, including by allowing them to more readily visit hospitals outside the Veterans Affairs system.

GOP Wants Trump to Trim ACA Benefits, Say Congress Aides

Facing a years-long wait before they can fully implement a planned repeal of Obamacare, Republicans lawmakers are exploring how the Trump administration can quickly trim required health insurance benefits under the law and lower the cost of health plans, said key GOP congressional aides.

Adding Up the Clinton and Trump Health-Reform Proposals

If Democrats keep the White House come November, millions of Americans could gain health-care coverage. If Republicans take it back, millions could become uninsured. A new study ran the numbers under the proposals of both U.S. presidential candidates.

Obama Targets Drug Costs in Health Section of Final Budget

President Barack Obama proposed $375 billion in spending cuts to U.S. health programs in his fiscal 2017 budget, including deep reductions to rates the U.S. pays drugmakers for their products, and changes to how doctors and hospitals care for patients.

Final Obamacare Enrollment Hits 12.7 Million, U.S. Says

About 12.7 million people signed up for individual health insurance or renewed policies under the Affordable Care Act, as enrollment accelerated during the final deadline week for most people to buy 2016 Obamacare coverage.

Trump Says He’ll Save Health Care But Offers Few Specifics

In new book “Crippled America,” GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says he has a simple solution for the U.S. health system: lock experts in a room, keep them there until they’ve figured out how to provide everyone with affordable care. Calls for repeal of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act Doesn’t say how he’d pay for a program ensuring everyone care, or for existing Medicare program for elderly and disabled Says cuts to Medicare are “off the table” “We can’t let Americans go without he