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Repealing Obamacare without replacement would leave 18 million uninsured, report says

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WASHINGTON -- Repealing Obamacare without a replacement would result in higher costs for consumers and fewer people with insurance coverage, according to a report Tuesday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

In the first year, insurance premiums would jump by 20 percent to 25 percent for individual policies purchased directly or ...Read more

UnitedHealth sees potential in 'next phase' of health reform

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MINNEAPOLIS -- With speculation swirling about how Republicans might replace the federal health law, the chief executive of UnitedHealth Group offered no specifics Tuesday but said he sees the potential for health care changes focused on state-based markets, flexible Medicaid programs and well-structured high-risk pools.

Even so, the nation's ...Read more

Going Skiing This Winter? Ready, Set, Snow!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Answering my reader email can be a slippery slope. Especially when it's from a 29-year-old English teacher from Florida asking me for some pre-ski training advice:

"Dear Marilynn: I'm looking forward to some downhill skiing this winter. I've been running all summer and fall -- averaging about 25 miles a week -- and I feel pretty good. What ...Read more

An App for Insomnia

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In Christopher Nolan's 2002 thriller "Insomnia," Al Pacino plays a detective who accidentally shoots his partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. His guilt, plus the never-setting Alaskan sun (that's where he's investigating the case), rob him of sleep, even when he's past the point of exhaustion.

But you don't need nagging guilt and the ...Read more

Be cautious about long-term proton pump inhibitor use

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Like thousands of people, I have experienced heartburn for years. Chewable antacid tablets provide temporary relief. Extended use of ranitidine and famotidine gave me partial relief, but I still required regular use of antacid tablets. But starting omeprazole gave me immediate and complete relief. I'm sure results are different ...Read more

Trump lays down a marker to judge his health care plan

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WASHINGTON -- "We're going to have insurance for everybody," President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post in an interview over the weekend, setting down a marker by which the health care plan he has promised can be judged.

In the interview, published Monday, Trump would not say how he would accomplish that goal and also meet his other ...Read more

Take a Facebook Break

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the movie "The Social Network," a fictional depiction of the founding of Facebook, tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, remarks, "We lived on farms, we lived in cities, and now we're going to live on the Internet!"

Turns out, living on Facebook isn't as healthy as living on a farm -- not by a long shot. Two recent ...Read more

Even the best medication and treatment have limitations

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Your recent response to a woman who, later in life, experienced "people talking to me" was that she was having auditory hallucinations and that she should go to a doctor right away, "as there is very effective treatment to stop the voices and get your life back."

If there really is such treatment, what is it? My son, diagnosed ...Read more

Know where Obamacare repeal will be felt the most? Miami

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WASHINGTON -- Perhaps nowhere in America would so many people be as personally affected by the Republican-led repeal of Obamacare than Miami.

Three congressional districts -- all represented by Republicans -- have among the highest number of Affordable Care Act enrollees in the country, posing a bit of a wrinkle as those House members followed ...Read more

Republicans take first steps to repealing Obamacare, but the hard part comes next

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led Congress passed a plan Friday to start the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, but the road ahead remains unclear.

House Republicans approved the budget blueprint, 227-198, following a similar party-line vote earlier this week in the Senate, which sets a month-end timetable to draft a repeal bill. But ...Read more

House GOP group launches digital campaign for health care plan

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WASHINGTON -- An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across 28 congressional districts.

American Action Network, a conservative nonprofit advocacy organization, is launching its first digital campaign ...Read more

Nutrition News: Say Yes to Calcium

Health / Nutrition News /

Say Yes to Calcium

Because nutrition is a science, it is always being researched. Sometimes the findings can be confusing -- do calcium supplements increase the risk of heart disease? Research findings over the past few years have gone back and forth.

Last October, a widely reported study in the Journal of the American Heart Association once ...Read more

Are symptoms due to leak in silicone breast implants?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I received silicone-gel breast implants a few years ago. After six months or so, I began to have strange symptoms, including joint pain, fatigue and terrible hives. The condition got worse over time, and neither an allergist nor a dermatologist could conclusively diagnose a reason for the symptoms. The surgeon who implanted them...Read more

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In director John Hughes's 1989 movie "Uncle Buck," Buck (John Candy) is the last person you'd trust to baby-sit your kids. But a family emergency puts him in charge of his nephews and niece. Eight-year-old nephew Miles grills Buck about his credentials:

"Do you have a house?"

"Apartment," replies Buck.

"Own or rent?" asks Miles.


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Why some men need to get mammograms, and even consider a mastectomy, too

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CARLOTTE, N.C. -- Earlier this year, Dr. Jason Dranove had a mastectomy to prevent breast cancer.

Yes, you read that right.

It's rare, but males can develop breast cancer and have surgery to remove breast tissue.

Dranove, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Levine Children's Hospital, chose to have the operation after a medical discovery ...Read more

Republican states still face big health care costs as Obamacare is unwound

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WASHINGTON -- States that fought and shunned the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, hoping to avoid the cost of covering millions of working-poor families, will be left with substantial growth in the program even after the Republican-led Congress unwinds the law.

From Florida and Texas to Georgia and North Carolina, enrollment in ...Read more

Health law sleepers: 6 surprising health items that could disappear with ACA repeal

Health / Health & Fitness /

The Affordable Care Act of course affected premiums and insurance purchasing. It guaranteed people with pre-existing conditions could buy health coverage and allowed children to stay on parents' plans until age 26. But the roughly 2,000-page bill also included a host of other provisions that affect the health-related choices of nearly every ...Read more

Senate adopts budget opening door for Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate early Thursday took a first step toward repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law by adopting a fiscal 2017 budget resolution following a seven-hour voting session.

Senators voted 51-48 to adopt the budget resolution, with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky casting the only Republican vote against it. The chamber ...Read more

Pressure on House to back Obamacare repeal bid after Senate vote

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WASHINGTON -- The pressure is now on U.S. House Republicans to complete the first step toward repealing Obamacare after a razor-thin Senate vote showed the contentiousness surrounding efforts to undo President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

The House plans to vote as early as Friday on a budget resolution that would set the ...Read more

Pharmacy, doctor must monitor switch from brand-name to generic thyroid meds

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 81-year-old father takes 100 mcg of Synthroid. Due to the high cost of insurance, and the need to change his Medicare policy, we are trying to lower his prescription costs. One way is to get the generic. His doctor told us today that the Food and Drug Administration allows a 40 percent variability in the generic, so he must ...Read more