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Senate health care deal in doubt as Trump says he’s opposed

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception. Sens. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, and Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, announced their accord Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and five days after Trump said he was halting federal subsidies to insurers. Under the lawmakers’ agreement, the payments would continue … Read the referenced story here: Senate…

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Trump’s Order on Health Care Is Flat-Out Disgusting

Eleanor Clift, The Daily BeastLike so much of what President Trump says, the words he chooses to speak don’t tell the whole story. Who could oppose more “choice” in health care coverage, especially when it’s better care and comes at lower cost, as the president proposes? The executive order that Trump signed Thursday promises voters the moon, or at least a down payment on the great health care he touted during the campaign. But if implemented, it would further undermine the Affordable Care Act, which is the law of the…

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Trump Won States Most Affected by End to Health Care Subsidies

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. Nearly 70 percent of those benefiting from the so-called cost-sharing subsidies live in states Trump won last November, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The number underscores the political risk for Trump and his party, which could end up owning the blame for increased costs and chaos…

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Pro-Trump states most affected by his health care decision

AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. Nearly 70 percent of those benefiting from the so-called cost-sharing subsidies live in states Trump won last November, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The subsidies are paid to insurers by the federal government to help lower consumers’ deductibles … Read the referenced story here:…

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Trump to issue stop-payment order on health care subsidies

AP Photo/Evan Vucci WASHINGTON (AP) — In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. Before sunrise Friday morning, Trump went on Twitter to urge Democrats to make a deal: “The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding,” he wrote. “Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!” The Department of Health and Human Services had … Read the referenced story here: Trump…

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A Health Care Plan That’s Universal and Bipartisan

Ed Dolan, New York TimesMore important, what we should be asking is not whether we want single-payer health care but whether single-party health care reform will get us to universal access. The Democrats-only A.C.A. was a step forward, but one with deep technical flaws. Republican-only efforts to repeal and replace the A.C.A., had they been enacted, would have only worsened the problems of high costs and gaps in coverage. … Read the referenced story here: A Health Care Plan That’s Universal and Bipartisan

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Health Care and ‘The Virtue of Selfishness’

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” The novelist Anatole France’s mischievous observation came to mind when the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the Republican cut-taxes/gut-Medicaid bill and its defenders went into a continuous loop talking about “freedom.” Conservatives are fond of saying that freedom isn’t free. This is entirely true, especially when it comes to health care. Republicans speak of…

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