Tough decisions loom for Dems on ObamaCare

Congressional Democrats have to decide how badly they want an ObamaCare deal. Senate Republicans are open to renewing the insurer payments that President Trump canceled last week, but, in return, they want to expand a program that allows states to waive Affordable Care Act regulations. That asking price could be hard for Democrats to swallow. While Democrats want to protect […]

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Partisan clash on Obamacare raises specter of government shutdown

Democrats accused President Trump of trying to sabotage the nation’s health-care system through his decision to halt payments to insurers meant to shore up the system, while Republicans countered Sunday that Trump is just pushing for a hard bargain. Trump’s decision, announced Friday after months of criticizing the payments as an insurance industry bailout, will throw in doubt the private insurance […]

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Trump’s Obamacare attack heralds new health-care battles on Capitol Hill

President Trump’s decision Thursday to cut off crucial health-care subsidies has once again revived the long-running debate over the Affordable Care Act, increasing the potential for a government shutdown in December and making the issue central in next year’s midterm elections. The move to end insurer subsidies could propel premiums an average of 20 percent higher next year for those […]

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Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare

President Trump, after failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, will act on his own to relax health care standards on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance and may take steps to allow the sale of other health plans that skirt the health law’s requirements. The president plans to sign an executive order “to promote health care choice […]

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The key players in Republicans’ last-ditch effort to kill Obamacare

It wouldn’t be 2017 if congressional Republicans weren’t a few votes shy of passing legislation to kill Obamacare. And it wouldn’t be 2017 if there weren’t dual cases to made that they might actually succeed — and that the likelihood of success looks extremely thin. The advent of the so-called Graham-Cassidy plan means the GOP has another chance to rebound from its […]

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GOP Senators oppose Obamacare repeal without replacement

As divisions between the two main ideological camps within the GOP widened Tuesday, Republicans were scrambling to contain the political fallout from the collapse of a months-long effort to rewrite Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment. President Trump predicted Tuesday morning that Republicans may wait for the federal insurance market to collapse and then work to broker a deal to rewrite […]

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How the Senate health bill compares to House, ‘Obamacare’

The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.The bill’s impact on personal health care costs would be uneven: Premiums would likely […]

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