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McCain votes no, derails ‘Skinny Repeal’ in marathon session

McCain votes no, derails ‘Skinny Repeal’ in marathon session

 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the dramatic and decisive “no” vote in the early morning hours that upended the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

July 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Seven years of Republican vows to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act came to a crashing halt Tuesday, when it became clear that the Senate could not muster the necessary votes for any of three separate proposals that have been under consideration. The failure, at least for now, breaks one of the key promises Republicans have made to their voters since 2010, when the ACA first became law.

July 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

The vast majority of older adults receive long-term care at home, not in nursing homes. But few people plan for this expense. Nor do they see long-term care insurance as a viable option — because it’s expensive and is often seen as protection against the cost of nursing home care.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
States have tried versions of ‘Skinny Repeal.’ It didn’t go well.

States have tried versions of ‘Skinny Repeal.’ It didn’t go well.

Premiums rose and insurers fled, leaving consumers who buy their own coverage, because they don’t get it through their jobs, with fewer choices and higher prices.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Unlikely To Get It

Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Unlikely To Get It

Many in this Republican corner of California are looking to the GOP majority in Congress to bring some relief from high premium prices. But for most of them, prices would jump even more under the main proposals the party has served up so far, and fewer services would be covered,

July 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who knew Senate health bill debate could be so complicated?

Who knew Senate health bill debate could be so complicated?

Budget reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours. While that 20-hour clock starts running as soon as the Senate votes to proceed to the bill, the debate can be paused. In other words, the Senate can recess for the night, then come back the next day and the clock would resume where it left off the day before. The 20 hours does not include time spent voting on amendments.

July 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare

5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare

The White House can take a number of behind-the-scenes steps to sabotage the exchanges and hasten their undoing. Already, it’s deploying some of those tactics. Here’s a look at five ways the White House is already working to weaken the health law, and what that means for consumers.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate parliamentarian upends GOP hopes for health bill

Senate parliamentarian upends GOP hopes for health bill

The official rules keeper in the Senate Friday tossed a bucket of cold water on the Senate Republican health bill by advising that major parts of the bill cannot be passed with a simple majority, but rather would require 60 votes. Republicans hold only 52 seats in the Senate.

July 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged

Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged

While health savings accounts can be good for people of a certain income level,they do little for the needs of the poor, who not only stand to gain very little from the tax advantages but who also are unlikely to have thousands of dollars to contribute to such plans.

July 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

The latest Senate health proposal reins in costs by effectively splitting the individual insurance market, with healthy people diverted into stripped-down plans and chronically ill individuals left with pricey and potentially out-of-reach options.

July 17, 2017 | By | Reply More