GOP ready to try pushing new health bill through Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s ready to unwrap his latest bill repealing much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Another top Republican says the measure will likely keep a pair of tax hikes on wealthier Americans that Obama’s statute imposed to help finance its expanded coverage. McConnell, R-Ky., said […]

Senate GOP leaders hope for health care vote next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders are hoping to stage a climactic vote on their health care bill next week, though internal rifts over divisive issues like coverage requirements and Medicaid cuts leave the timing and even the measure’s fate in question. “We need to start voting” on the GOP bill scuttling much of President Barack […]

2 GOP senators suggest bill to repeal health care law ‘dead’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The initial GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation’s health law is probably “dead” and President Donald Trump’s proposal to just repeal it appears to be a “non-starter,” two moderate Republican senators indicated Sunday as their party scrambled to salvage faltering legislation. “We don’t know what the plan is,” said Sen. […]

GOP may keep Obama tax on wealthy in bid to save health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republicans may try preserving a tax boost on high earners enacted by President Barack Obama in a bid to woo party moderates and rescue their sputtering push to repeal his health care overhaul. The break from dogma by a party that has long reviled tax boosts — and most things […]

Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils ‘Obamacare’ repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a delay for any voting at a […]

Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative

COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (AP) — Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republicans. Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch […]

GOP’s challenge: finding votes for Senate health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law. Now comes his next challenge — persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. McConnell released the bill Thursday after […]

Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say. After weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans, Senate Majority Leader […]

GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ official budget analyst is projecting that the House Republican health care bill would produce 23 million more uninsured people and costly, perhaps unaffordable coverage for the seriously ill. Now Republicans in the Senate have to decide how to make their version different. The […]

Aetna becomes latest insurer to flee ACA exchanges

TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the immediate future of the law has grown hazier with the nation’s third-largest health insurer saying that it will completely divorce itself from state-based insurance exchanges. Aetna says it won’t sell individual coverage in Nebraska and Delaware next year after projecting […]