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Majority Of Americans Oppose Republican Health Care Bill According To New Poll

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose the American Health Care Act.

Republicans Face Health Care Blowback At Town Halls

Republicans are finding that their constituents aren’t very happy about the passage of the American Health Care Act.

Momentum On GOP Health Care Reform Bill Set To Slow Down Significantly In The Senate

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The American Health Care Act may have sailed through the House, but the Senate is another story.

Today in Poor Arguments (Health Care Edition)

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From a column in the NYT, What the Republican Health Plan Gets Right I learn from my patients every day about the benefits, limitations and contradictions of their health insurance. One charming 60-year-old with severe seasonal allergies insists on seeing me every few weeks this time of year, even though I tell her she doesn’t need to […]

Measles Cases Soar In Minnesota Thanks To Anti-Vaccination Activists Targeting Somali Immigrants

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Thanks to anti-vaccination activists spreading false propaganda, measles cases are hitting record highs among the Somali immigrant community in Minnesota.

House GOP Passes American Health Care Act On Party Line Vote

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By the barest of margins, the House passed its bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, but the future of that bill is highly uncertain.

Jim Comey Explains Himself

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F.B.I. Director James Comey testified yesterday on the reasons he chose to publicly speak out just days before the 2016 election about the reopened Clinton email investigation.

House To Vote On Obamacare Repeal Bill Today

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After failing twice in a month, House Republicans apparently think they have the votes to pass their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

House Republicans Making Yet Another Push To Repeal And Replace Obamacare

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House Republicans are making yet another push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but they once again may not have the votes.

House Drops Plan For Immediate Vote On Health Care Reform

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Once again, the GOP punts on ‘repeal and replace’ because they don’t have the votes.

Passage Of Republican Health Care Bill Looking Less Likely

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The Freedom Caucus may be mollified, but moderate Republicans and the Senate aren’t. Meaning that repeal and replacement of Obamacare is becoming less likely.

House Freedom Caucus Backs Health Care Reform Bill That Republicans Haven’t Revealed Yet

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The House Freedom Caucus is apparently getting behind a revised version of the GOP’s plan to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, but the GOP hasn’t revealed what the new plan entails.

White House Pushing Congress To Revisit Failed Effort To Repeal And Replace Obamacare

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Faced with the fact that it has little to show for its first 100 days in office, the Trump Administration is pressuring Congress to come up with a new health care reform bill before the end of next week.

Republicans Claim That Obamacare Repeal Is Still On The Table, Don’t Believe Them

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Republicans are saying that repealing the PPACA isn’t off the table, but practically speaking it probably is.

Trump Fails The Leadership Test

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The failure of the AHCA shows that Donald Trump doesn’t know the slightest thing about leadership or how to be President.

Republican Obamacare Replacement Bill Pulled From House Floor

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A major legislative defeat for Paul Ryan, the House GOP, and President Trump.

Republican Obamacare Replacement Heads To An Apparent Final Showdown

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The Trump Administration has issued an ultimatum, but the fate of the American Health Care Act is still very much up in the air.

House Republicans Struggling To Get Votes To Pass Obamacare Replacement Bill

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With a vote tentatively scheduled for this evening, House Republicans appear to lack the votes to pass the American Health Care Act.

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part II

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Part Two in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan. This post examines several ideas advanced by conservatives, and the reasons they aren’t complete answers to the problems we face.

Congressional Budget Office Score Is Bad News For GOP’s American Health Care Act

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The Congressional Budget Office delivered some bad news yesterday to House Republicans on their replacement for Obamacare.

This Health Care Proposal is a Train-Wreck

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Via the NYT,  The G.O.P.’s High-Risk Strategy for Health Law Repeal: Under the proposed House legislation, individuals would no longer be subject to a penalty if they go without health insurance, a politically popular change that would be retroactive to 2016. But they would still enjoy the protections of the Affordable Care Act: Insurers would have to […]

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part I

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Part One in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan.

Policy Analysts From Left, Right, And Center Criticize House GOP Obamacare Replacement

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Health care policy analysts seem united in their assessment of the House GOP’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act, and it’s overwhelmingly negative.

Republicans Introduce Obamacare Replacement That Leaves Much To Be Desired

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Whether you call it TrumpCare, RyanCare, or GOPCare, the Republican replacement for the PPACA isn’t very impressive.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

Repealing Obamacare Proving To Be Harder Than GOP Thought

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Repeal and replace is likely to take longer than many Republicans thought it would, but that shouldn’t be surprising.

Key Republicans Pushing To Have Obamacare Replacement In Place Before Voting On Repeal

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With repeal of the Affordable Care Act now likely sooner rather than later, key Republicans are urging the party to have a replacement in place before repeal is voted on.

Should Presidential Candidates Be Required To Undergo Independent Medical Reviews?

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Much like their predecessors, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have released only limited information about their health. It may be time for that to change.

Supreme Court Looking For Way To Work Around 4-4 Tie In Obamacare Birth Control Cases

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The Supreme Court appears to be looking for a way to resolve an issue that has been mired in controversy for six years now.

Does Being A National Leader Shorten Your Lifespan? Maybe, Maybe Not

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A new study suggests that being a national leader may shorten your expected lifespan.

Nurse Kaci Hickcox Sues Chris Christie For Civil Liberties Violations During Ebola Quarantine

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The nurse who was detained by New Jersey officials in a quarantine despite not displaying any symptoms of Ebola is suing Chris Christie and others for civil liberties violations.

Anti-Vaccine Paranoia Infects The Republican Race For President

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There was far too much pseudoscience in evidence during the Republican Debate on Wednesday.

Mitch McConnell: Republicans Don’t Have The Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

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Mitch McConnell spoke a truth that many conservatives are likely not going to want to accept.

Majority Supports SCOTUS Decisions On Obamacare And Marriage, According To New Poll

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A new poll shows that solid majorities of Americans support the Supreme Court’s decisions on Obamacare subsidies and marriage. It’s a different story for Republicans.

The Politics Of Obamacare After King v. Burwell

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In the wake of the latest Supreme Court decision, the Affordable Care Act seems to have become even more firmly established than it was before last week, and the prospect of repeal has become even less likely.

A Look At The Remaining Legal Challenges To Obamacare

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There are still legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act pending after King v. Burwell, but they aren’t quite as substantial as what we’ve seen over the last five years.

It’s Now Illegal For Some Adults In Hawaii To Buy Tobacco

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If you’re under 21 in Hawaii, you’re still technically an adult but you can’t buy tobacco.

California May Be About To Eliminate Most Exemptions For Mandatory Vaccination

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A proposed California law would require all students who attend public school to be vaccinated, with limited exemptions for medical reasons.

Silly Legislative Tricks

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Via The Hill:  House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. […] Babin’s potential legislation would only let the federal government provide healthcare to the Supreme Court and its […]

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies In 6-3 Vote

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The era of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act is over.

The Politics Of King v. Burwell

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As early as tomorrow, the Supreme Court could issue its ruling in the latest Obamacare case. Depending on the ruling, Republicans could find themselves in a political firestorm.

Thanks To Vaccination, Rubella Has Been Eliminated From The Western Hemisphere

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Vaccination has eliminated a disease that used to be a serious threat from the Americas.

Senate Republicans Preparing To Fix Obamacare If SCOTUS Strikes Down Subsidies

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Senate Republicans are working on legislation to fix the PPACA’s subsidies if the Supreme Court rules against the Federal Government in June.

Have Republicans Given Up In The Fight Against Obamacare?

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Five years after it became law, the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appears to be over.

Uninsured Americans Drop Below 12% Of The Population

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A new survey suggests that fewer Americans lack health insurance than at any time since that number was first measured.

Supreme Court Appears Divided In Latest Obamacare Case

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Once again, the Supreme Court appears to be sharply divided on the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

House Votes To Repeal Obamacare Again

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The House voted to repeal the PPACA for the 56th time, but it’s clear that this vote will end up being a pointless as all the others.

F.D.A.’s Mandatory Menu Labeling Regulations Won’t Work, Could Hurt Consumers

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The Food & Drug Administration’s new regulations requiring calorie and other information on menus in restaurants and elsewhere won’t work, could limit consumer choice, and may not be Constitutional.

Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

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Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

The House Lawsuit Against Obama; Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

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The House of Representatives has filed its lawsuit against the President. As expected, it doesn’t amount to much.

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