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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

People signing up for Obamacare at faster pace than last year as Republicans work to dismantle it

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WASHINGTON -- While Republicans lay the groundwork for rolling back the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans are still signing up for Obamacare health plans, new federal data show.

As of Dec. 24, more than 11.5 million people had enrolled in a health plan through one of the insurance marketplaces created by health law, including ...Read more

Ryan says Obamacare repeal, replacement will happen 'concurrently'

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday that Republicans will offer a replacement plan for Obamacare at the same time they repeal the 2010 health care law.

"It is our goal to bring it all together concurrently," the Wisconsin Republican said.

"We're going to use every tool at our disposal -- through legislation, through regulation -- ...Read more

From Oreos to Apples: a Savvy Guide to Raising Healthy Eaters

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Pillow fights are nothing but fun -- joyful, energizing and giggle-producing. Food fights with your kids, on the other hand, are stressful, crazy-making and can result in eating disorders down the line.

"No carrots, no cookies!" "Too full for broccoli but room for chocolate cake?" "OK! No dessert for you," ad nauseum...

"I've tried ...Read more

Getting a Bang Out of Dietary Magnesium

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

The 2015-2016 New Year's fireworks display in Manila, Philippines, was the largest ever: 810,904 fireworks lit up the night sky for more than an hour. The pyrotechnics were fueled in part by magnesium, an element that creates an intense white light when ignited.

If you want to light up your nutrition and get a healthier bang for your buck, you,...Read more

Irrational belief in alleged affair could be delusional disorder

Health / Keith Roach /

CORRECTION: Dropped words "person with untreated delusional disorder" were restored to the second paragraph of the first answer.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I have been married for over 50 years. A few years ago, she began accusing me of having an affair with a much younger woman, with whom I have never shared a private moment or conversation ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: identifying meningitis

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It's the height of flu season but not all symptoms of the flu virus point to influenza. Sudden fever and headache also may be symptoms of early meningitis, which often mimics the flu.

"Meningitis is a syndrome that refers to inflammation in the area that surrounds the brain," says Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh. He ...Read more

5 nutrition tips to maximize your workouts

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Did you know when and what you eat can have an impact on your workout? Eating and exercise are connected.

According to Dr. John M. Murphy, Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, you can maximize the effectiveness of your workouts by using a few tips:


If you exercise in the morning, get up early enough to finish ...Read more

Obamacare boosted community health centers' reach. now what?

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For the patients and the employees of Mary's Center, a community health center that serves Washington, D.C., and its Maryland suburbs, the 2010 health law had a big impact on business. The facility has always promised care to anyone who walks through its doors. But since Obamacare's implementation, the patient population and the quality of care ...Read more

Breakaway Senate Republicans push to delay Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- A breakaway group of five moderate Senate Republicans pushed Monday to delay a bill repealing Obamacare until March -- potentially enough pressure to force the party's leadership to comply.

The step is the latest sign of some Republicans' growing uneasiness about their leadership's plan to repeal the law with no consensus on a ...Read more

UnitedHealth division buying surgery center group for $2.3 billion

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The health care services business at UnitedHealth Group is acquiring for $2.3 billion an Illinois-based company that operates surgery centers and surgical hospitals, according to a deal announced Monday.

It's the latest move by United, which is the nation's largest health insurer, to provide health care directly to patients ...Read more

Obamacare tax on wealthy sparks battle over fairness

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats are squaring off in a fight over tax fairness as the GOP develops a timetable for repealing the 3.8 percent surtax on investment income under the health care overhaul.

GOP lawmakers have long argued for elimination of the surtax, or the net investment income tax, that applies to income such as interest, ...Read more

Bounce Back From a Bone Bruise

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) confronts a disheartened Captain Kirk (William Shatner) on his birthday and delivers a "Bones bruise" that's designed to get the captain going again: "Jim ... get back to your command. Get back ... before you really do grow old."

It took Kirk a while to ...Read more

Laser treatments 'probably not effective' against nerve damage

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Due to diabetes and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, I have nerve damage to both feet. I was on was Lyrica, and I had to switch to gabapentin 300 mg because of the cost of Lyrica: It was approximately $1,000 for a three-month supply. I also take Metanx. I would like your input on laser treatments for my nerve damage and ...Read more

Family history and risk of peripheral artery disease

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I often get leg cramps and am wondering if I should get screened for peripheral artery disease, since my father had it. Are there other symptoms of peripheral artery disease I should be looking for?

A: Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, affects the arteries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the leg muscles. Leg cramping when...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: DASH into the new year

Health / Nutrition /

We dashed through December. Now might be a good time to DASH through 2017. DASH is the acronym of the top-rated diet for healthy weight loss for the 7th year in a row, according to the US News and World Report (with input from a panel of health experts).

It's interesting that DASH -- which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension -- ...Read more