FROM Noam Levey
Senate votes to proceed with debate on GOP health care bill John McCain made a dramatic return to the Senate floor today, after being diagnosed last week with a brain tumor. His vote helped get the Republicans to the 50 “yes” votes they needed. With Vice President Mike Pence on hand to cast the tiebreaking vote, Senate Republicans have passed the resolution to allow debate to begin on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
The death of the Senate health care bill, and where the GOP goes from here The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare is dead -- for now. Several senators have come out against the idea to immediately repeal the current health care law. So now what? Will Republicans suffer politically in next year’s midterm elections? What does this mean for their agenda and their party?
After CBO report, what the chances Senate GOP health care bill will pass? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he will delay the vote on the Senate GOP health care bill until after the July 4th recess. Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the Senate GOP health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans without health insurance by the year 2026. The big question is just how many Republicans are willing to vote for the bill.
How the Senate health care bill would change Obamacare The Senate Republicans’ health care bill mirrors much of what the House passed in May, which would mean overhauls to President Obama’s signature health law. It includes big changes to Medicaid, which covers poor and disabled people, and repeals the individual mandate. Democrats were quick to criticize it. Republicans say the Senate bill could still change.
How the GOP health care bill affects you The health care bill still has a way to go before it becomes law, but many Americans want to know what its effects will be on their coverage and health. How will it affect people with pre-existing conditions? What does it do to the essential benefits that Obamacare guaranteed, as well Medicaid expansion?
Republicans take to Capitol Hill to dismantle Obamacare The President went to Capitol Hill this morning with a message for Democrats: “Don't rescue the Republicans” when it comes to repealing Obamacare. After the meeting, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced, "We're here today to warn the American people that the Republican plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid, repeal the ACA will make America sick again." But House Speaker Paul Ryan voiced reassurance. "We want to make sure that as we give relief to people through Obamacare, we do it in a transition that doesn't pull the rug out from anybody during that transition period." Noam Levey, national health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times , says the devil will be in the details.
What's next for 'repeal and delay' of Obamacare? Next month when Congress returns and President Elect Donald Trump is sworn in, a vote to repeal Obamacare is likely one of the first items on the agenda. The emerging plan is called "repeal and delay" because lawmakers would call a vote in January to roll back insurance coverage but allow a lengthy period to develop a replacement. Noam Levey, healthcare reporter for the Los Angeles Times , has been following the story.
Obamacare Subsidies at Risk for Millions of Americans June is the month for major decisions from the US Supreme Court, and no case is being watched more closely by more people than King v. Burwell . At stake is continuation of the Affordable Care Act. And it all comes down to four little words. The Court may give Republicans what they've been demanding: a ruling that strikes at the heart of Obamacare. But the GOP can't agree on what to do when millions of Americans lose subsides for health insurance and the industry is thrown into chaos. There's no contingency plan from the Obama White House either, and politicians of both parties are worried about taking the blame in next year's elections. Possible options include an end to individual and corporate mandates — along with coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Does Obamacare Have a Shaky Future? This year's open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is about to close, with almost 10 million people having signed up so far. Some six million could be in for a big surprise as the US Supreme Court might decide they're not entitled to subsidized health insurance after all. Most of them don't even know they might lose the new coverage they couldn't afford on their own. Now Republicans — who've failed to repeal Obamacare in Congress — could face a hornet's nest of angry constituents if the Court guts the law for them. Both sides are jockeying for political advantage as the Court prepares to hear arguments and make a decision.
Will Obamacare Be There for Consumers on January 1? The number of people signed up for insurance coverage under Obamacare may be less than the administration hoped, but it still adds up to a quarter-million customers who expect to get new coverage on January 1. But, not so fast. Some of those who weathered the bug-ridden websites and spent hours on hold with insurance companies may find they don't have coverage next week after all. Noam Levey is Congressional and health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times .
Improved Healthcare Website: Mostly Sunny or Partly Cloudy? The White House claims it made the self-imposed deadline of November 30 to get the Affordable Care Act website up and running. But not everything is well with healthcare.gov . Noam Levey is congressional and health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times .
President Obama's Healthcare 'Fix' President Obama spent almost an hour with reporters today, announcing a change in Obamacare . Conceding that his personal credibility is on the line because his promises about the Affordable Care Act didn't come true, he's telling insurance companies they can re-issue those cancelled policies people liked, even if they didn't comply with new rules for benefits. Will that smooth the way for a program mired in computer problems and political controversy?
Obama Steps Up Obamacare Push A 21-hour filibuster by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has failed, but Republican protests against Obamacare continue on Capitol Hill. Obsession with the Affordable Care Act may leave less than a day to decide whether to shut down the government on Tuesday of next week. But even if that were to happen, Obamacare enrollment would begin on that same day. We hear how the options will differ from state to state. The campaign to persuade uninsured people to sign up is already under way, and so is the campaign to persuade them not to. Particular targets are the young and the healthy. Will medical insurance be more affordable? Will there be enough doctors?
Does Obamacare Have a Future? Obamacare is designed for millions of uninsured Americans. Republican opposition to implementing it is unprecedented in political history — with one faction threatening a government shut-down. Others warn that's going too far. Even Democratic supporters are worried that starting a massive and complex new program will look like a " train wreck " to voters in next year's elections. With the October 1 "roll out" just a few weeks away, we look at some unexpected problems. Will they be offset when benefits start to flow? Are there political risks for both parties: Democrats, for giving the government too much power; Republicans, for taking their opposition too far?
Contraceptives, Obamacare and Religious Freedom Religious organizations are fighting some mandates of the Affordable Care Act , but it's not about cost. It's about moral objections to contraception. Obamacare requires employer-provided insurance to pay for contraceptives, including the morning after pill, so women can get them for free. For the past year, religious organizations, family-owned businesses and others have claimed that violates their religious freedom. After lawsuits and public outcry, the Administration has offered exemptions it says will serve women's health needs and religious liberty at the same time. We update a controversy that might end up in the US Supreme Court.
States Still Divided on Obamacare "Obamacare," the Affordable Care Act , is the biggest expansion of America's social safety net since 1965. It still faces challenges, but the President's re-election means that repeal is less likely than ever. Meantime, the first of many deadlines for implementation comes the day after tomorrow. That's when states have to decide if they'll create so-called "exchanges," new marketplaces where uninsured Americans can buy subsidized coverage. How deeply rooted is the continued opposition? What are the prospects for affordable coverage for 30 million uninsured Americans?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.