Republicans set low expectations for health bill cost study 

HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump’s promise of “insurance for everybody.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said he […]

President Trump meets with Congressman Brady, other House committee chairmen responsible for clearing health care overhaul

Washington, March 10 – President Donald Trump met with the House chairmen and women whose committees are aiding the drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Trump thanked the leaders for their devotion, leadership and diligent work in shepherding Republican health care legislation through their panels. Both the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee cleared the legislation earlier […]

Follow Senator Cruz’s formula for healthcare repeal (with one twist)

Three weeks ago, United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for the repeal of Obamacare first and then a deliberative and rational discussion about an appropriate healthcare finance system to replace the failed program. “What I think is critical at the outset is that we honor the promise we’ve made to voters for six years running […]

Congressman Brady: Obamacare about “kicking people who weren’t politically popular,” GOP replacement moves forward in House committees

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the GOP health care drive. After nearly 18 hours of […]

Republican governors complain about GOP health care plan 

THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press ALISON NOON, Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican governors complain that a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law would force millions of lower-income earners off insurance rolls or stick states with the cost of keeping them covered. Governors, especially those from political battleground states, […]

House GOP health bill adds up to big tax cut for the rich 

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republicans’ health care bill adds up to big tax cuts for the rich. The bill would cut more than 20 taxes enacted under President Barack Obama’s heath law, saving taxpayers nearly $600 billion over the next decade. The bulk of the money would go to the […]

Facing strong pushback, GOP leaders advance health care bill 

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of key conservatives and Democrats, House Republican leaders are forging ahead with a health care plan that scraps major parts of the Obama-era overhaul. The House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee will convene what are […]

Trump idea to expand health care competition faces hurdles 

JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Allowing insurers to market health care policies across state lines is one of President Donald Trump’s main ideas for bringing down costs. It’s an idea that former United States Senator Don Nickles proposed back in the 1980s but liberal Democrats who were […]

Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda 

ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump’s presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his maiden speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. […]

Former House speaker predicts ‘Obamacare’ won’t be repealed 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of “Obamacare” is “not going to happen.” The Ohio Republican, who was forced out by conservatives in 2015, said he started laughing when he heard President Donald Trump and Republicans promise swift action on undoing and replacing the health law. […]