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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

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

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

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

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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

Rural hospitals brace for damage from repeal of health care law

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CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. –– Judy Keller has always relied on Highlands Hospital for medical care, just as her parents did before her. When she walks through the halls, she recognizes faces from the community and even from her days as a schoolteacher. The 64-bed hospital, she said, is a mainstay of this rural Southwest Pennsylvania town.

"This ...Read more

The latest in memory care? Minnesota creatives use art to connect with dementia patients

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Something happened when Brant Kingman handed his mother a colored pencil.

In the three years since Polly Penney, 87, was diagnosed with dementia, she had lost much of her short-term memory and some of her language. So she would ask Kingman the same question again, then again. Out of "absolute out-of-my-mind frustration," Kingman, an artist, ...Read more

Obamacare replacement preoccupies GOP as budget votes near

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans' struggle to take the first step toward repealing and replacing the health care law using a fiscal 2017 budget resolution intensified Wednesday, as they debated how soon to roll out a replacement and defended their coordination with their incoming president.

President-elect Donald Trump suggested in a ...Read more

Helping your child with bed-wetting

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Dear Mayo Clinic: My son is 8 and wets the bed a few times each week. We have tried a variety of things to help prevent it from happening, including stopping beverages two hours before bedtime and using a mattress pad with a bed-wetting alarm. Should we take him to see a specialist? Don't kids usually outgrow bed-wetting by this age?

A: Bed-...Read more

Obama's landmark health care law becomes a question mark

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MANSFIELD, Ohio -- When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, he achieved what presidents and members of Congress had long tried and failed to do -- to provide near-universal health insurance to Americans.

Democrats were jubilant. Those in Obama's inner circle, like Bob Kocher, an adviser to the president on health care...Read more

Republicans are set on repealing health care law, despite some senators' qualms

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans vow to take a major step toward dismantling President Barack Obama's health care plan by the end of the week, despite worries from some members that there's not yet a plan to replace it.

Echoing House Republican leaders who have vowed a hasty repeal if not a speedy replacement plan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...Read more

Fewer Americans paid Obamacare tax penalty in 2016

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WASHINGTON -- About 6.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $470 for not having health insurance in 2015 -- 20 percent fewer than the year before, according to data released Tuesday by the IRS.

The IRS collected $3 billion, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a letter to members of Congress.

The individual mandate is the most ...Read more

Trump demands swift Obamacare repeal as GOP splits over timing

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump said Republicans should repeal Obamacare immediately, even as a breakaway group of five moderate Senate Republicans is trying to delay the effort until March.

Trump told The New York Times in an interview that repeal should happen as early as next week and that "the replace will be very quickly or ...Read more

Democrats and their allies won't let Obamacare go down without a fight

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WASHINGTON -- Energized by Republican moves to roll back the Affordable Care Act, leading patient advocates, consumer groups, labor unions and Democratic officials are mobilizing a nationwide campaign to defend it and protect millions of Americans who depend on the law and other government health programs.

The campaign, which is quickly ramping...Read more