Health care reform - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Health care reform Progress reducing US uninsured rate comes to a halt WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years of progress reducing the number of Americans without health insurance has come to a halt, according to a government report out Tuesday. More than a factoid, it shows the stakes in the Republican drive to roll back the Affordable Care Act. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 28.6 millio... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:54:00Z Senate moderates hold bipartisan health care talks WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderate senators from both parties met Monday to explore whether they can work on bipartisan legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. The evening session came as Republican senators have begun closed-door meetings aimed at crafting a GOP bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-05-16T01:00:00Z A DIY resistance tries to keep the fight against Trump fresh GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Stationing herself outside a bank building and holding a sign in the unforgiving midday sun, Katie Farnan was multitasking, as usual. She's a mother of two young children and works for a nonprofit firm but also has a third job: Chair of the town hall committee of the activist group Indivisible Front Range Resistance. And at... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:54:00Z Chao on infrastructure: Trump plan out in weeks WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Monday that the Trump administration's infrastructure plan will be out in a few weeks and will call for $200 billion in taxpayer money to generate $1 trillion in private investment. "These funds will be used to leverage $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years," Chao told the U.S. C... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:29:00 GMT 2017-05-15T15:29:00Z Polar opposites Trump, McConnell need each other now WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had just headlined a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was booed by home-state voters far more enamored with the president than with their longtime GOP senator. Now the two were flying back to Washington aboard Air Force One, and as Trump dined on lasagna, he and McConnell talked ... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:42:00Z GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak' MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — After campaigning on repealing the health care law and voting to gut it, an Iowa Republican is cautioning constituents fearful of losing coverage that the House GOP replacement is just "a tweak of Obamacare" that would have gone further had he had his way. Two-term Rep. Rod Blum, who represents a swing district that includes Dubu... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:05:00 GMT 2017-05-12T16:05:00Z Senate conservatives: Ease Obama health care law protections WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law as Senate Republicans try fashioning legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. Their ideas include erasing Obama consumer protections, such as barring higher premiums for people with pre-existin... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:22:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:22:00Z NJ Republican Faces Angry Crowd at Town Hall A Republican who headed the effort to revive the health care overhaul passed by the GOP-led U.S. House of Representatives faced jeers and insults from... Thu, 11 May 2017 15:37:00 GMT 2017-05-11T15:37:00Z Republican who revived health bill faces onslaught of anger WILLINGBORO, N.J. (AP) — A Republican who headed the effort to revive the health care overhaul passed by the GOP-led U.S. House faced jeers and insults Wednesday as anger boiled over among voters at a town hall in a heavily Democratic part of his district. Rep. Tom MacArthur faced hundreds of angry voters for nearly five hours, seeking to both sell and de... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:33:00Z McConnell asks all senators to join all-male health group WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invited all Republicans on Tuesday to join with what's been an all-male working group of GOP senators to craft a health care bill, after facing criticism that women were being excluded. "McConnell stood up and said, 'Please come and participate,'" Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said in an inter... Tue, 09 May 2017 22:37:00 GMT 2017-05-09T22:37:00Z The Latest: Female senators will be included in health group WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican health care overhaul in Congress (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Female senators will apparently be included in the Republicans' all-male working group on health care after all. GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia says Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear Tu... Tue, 09 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-09T21:25:00Z Health care fight shifts to Senate, where GOP wants a reboot WASHINGTON (AP) — It took blood, sweat and tears for Republican leaders to finally push their health care bill through the House last week. Don't expect the process to be less arduous in the Senate, though more of the angst in that more decorous chamber will likely be behind closed doors. No one expects a new bill to be written quickly, but Senate Majorit... Mon, 08 May 2017 23:20:00 GMT 2017-05-08T23:20:00Z The Latest: Senate at bat in dealing with health care law WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on health care legislation (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Now it's the Senate's turn to tackle health care legislation. And while Senate Republicans are already saying their bill will be different from the House's, the process will probably be just as tense and complicated. A lot of the drama is likely to play out behind closed doors. ... Mon, 08 May 2017 20:40:00 GMT 2017-05-08T20:40:00Z Trump pushes Senate Republicans to act on health care bill BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down," as the contentious debate over overhauling the U.S. health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is potentially weeks, if not months, away. Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill t... Mon, 08 May 2017 04:10:00 GMT 2017-05-08T04:10:00Z Obama urges Congress to show 'courage' on health care BOSTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama, in his first public comments about the ongoing debate over his signature health care plan, implored members of Congress on Sunday to demonstrate political courage even if it goes against their party's positions. Obama briefly returned to the spotlight as he accepted the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage... Mon, 08 May 2017 04:07:00 GMT 2017-05-08T04:07:00Z The Latest: New ads target 24 House members over repeal vote BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on health care legislation (all times local): 11:45 p.m. A health advocacy group is launching a six-figure advertising campaign this week targeting 24 Republican House members who voted to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. Save My Care says the campaign will include a mix of TV ... Mon, 08 May 2017 04:01:00 GMT 2017-05-08T04:01:00Z The Latest: Obama asks Congress to show courage BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Barack Obama receiving the Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy presidential library (all times local): 10 p.m. Former President Barack Obama is calling on members of Congress to show courage in the debate over the future of health care in America. The Democrat s... Mon, 08 May 2017 02:50:00 GMT 2017-05-08T02:50:00Z The Latest: Health care bill meets GOP skeptics in Senate WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the Republican health overhaul (all times local): 5 p.m. Senate Republicans are wasting no time showing they have little use for the House bill to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. In the wake of passage of the House health care bill, Americans are expr... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:05:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:05:00Z GOP revs up to 'Eye of the Tiger' for vote, Dems sing bye WASHINGTON (AP) — Like boxers before a big fight, Republicans pumped themselves up with the pounding music of Survivor's 1980s anthem "Eye of the Tiger" and Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" before passing a bill to dismantle Democrat Barack Obama's health care law. Hours later, when lawmakers filled the House chamber Thursday afternoon... Fri, 05 May 2017 12:03:00 GMT 2017-05-05T12:03:00Z Last-minute bargaining keyed passage of GOP health care bill WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was ready to celebrate. On the day House Republicans narrowly passed a bill to overhaul former President Barack Obama's health care law, the famously image-conscious new president wanted to seize the moment. He delayed a trip to his hometown of New York, followed the vote closely on television and quickly bused in his fellow Republica... Fri, 05 May 2017 07:22:00 GMT 2017-05-05T07:22:00Z The Latest: CA's governor, GOP lawmakers spar on health bill WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the health care bill in the House (all times local): 5:05 p.m. All 14 Republicans in California's congressional delegation voted for the health care bill, including three singled out before the vote by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown called out Reps. David Valadao (vahl-ah-DAY'-oh), ... Thu, 04 May 2017 21:22:00 GMT 2017-05-04T21:22:00Z The Latest: Democrats predict backlash for GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional action on the GOP health care bill and the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill (all times local): 12:10 a.m. Democrats say House Republicans up for re-election next year will face a public backlash if they vote to approve a GOP health care bill. Majority Leader Kev... Thu, 04 May 2017 04:12:00 GMT 2017-05-04T04:12:00Z Urged on by Trump, Barletta eyes US Senate run against Casey HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is encouraging Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a prominent crusader against illegal immigration, to challenge Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in next year's election, a Barletta campaign consultant said Wednesday. Trump spoke to Barletta about running during a conversation earlier this week, c... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:03:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:03:00Z Health bill gains new life as 2 GOP moderates meet Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — A pair of moderate Republicans who'd been holdouts against the GOP health care bill said Wednesday they were now backing the high-profile legislation after winning President Donald Trump's support for their proposal for reviving the languishing measure. The conversions of Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Billy Long, R-Mo., could breathe ne... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:20:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:20:00Z Backed by GOP leaders, moderate offers health bill revision WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Republican moderate who had announced his opposition to the party's health care bill said Tuesday he's crafting an amendment with the backing of GOP leaders that could gain crucial support for the languishing measure. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., said the proposal would provide $8 billion over five years to help people with p... Wed, 03 May 2017 03:08:00 GMT 2017-05-03T03:08:00Z The Latest: GOP moderate offers health care amendment WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican efforts in Congress to pass spending legislation and a health care bill (all times local): 10:25 p.m. An influential Republican moderate who'd announced his opposition to the GOP health care bill says he's working with party leaders on an amendment that could pick up crucial votes for the stalled measure. ... Wed, 03 May 2017 02:27:00 GMT 2017-05-03T02:27:00Z The Latest: Trump to speak with Putin by phone Tuesday WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 11:10 p.m. President Donald Trump wants legislative wins and is poised for one or two. But his recent comments on one bill raise questions about how closely he follows the details. His recent description of the health care bill suggested he was ... Tue, 02 May 2017 03:13:00 GMT 2017-05-02T03:13:00Z Pushing for victories, Trump shows disconnect with House GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could be on the verge of marking two significant legislative accomplishments at the start of his presidency. Yet he's displayed a curious disconnect with Republicans on Capitol Hill, raising questions about how deeply he is delving into the specifics of legislative sausage-making. In interviews and Tweets, Trump ha... Mon, 01 May 2017 23:18:00 GMT 2017-05-01T23:18:00Z Chaffetz returning to Capitol ahead of health care vote WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz is returning to the Capitol, weeks earlier than expected following surgery last week in Utah. Chaffetz had said he would be away from the Capitol for up to four weeks following surgery to remove screws and pins from a foot he shattered 12 years ago. A spokeswoman said Monday that C... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:09:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:09:00Z The Latest: Trump says he's had tougher gig than presidency WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 11:05 a.m. President Donald Trump says he's had tougher jobs, but acknowledges the presidency is "always a challenge, like life itself is a challenge." Trump tells CBS' "Face the Nation," ''I've had things that were tougher, although I'll let yo... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:25:00 GMT 2017-04-30T15:25:00Z