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Decoding The Charged Buzzwords Emerging In Health Law Debate

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Stat offers a glossary of the terms and messaging both sides are using — from “repair and rebuild” to “make America sick again.” In other news, Republicans still don’t appear to have a detailed replacement plan as Donald Trump is about to be sworn into office; nearly 50 percent of Americans say they favor the health law; a health care giant sees hope in “replacement”; and a transparency database may be on the chopping block.

Price’s Health Record, Instead Of His Stocks, Under Fire From Democrats

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Critics of the HHS nominee say that he has a long career of trying to take health care away from millions of Americans. Meanwhile, NPR offers a look at his stock portfolio. In other news, a pharma CEO and campaign donor wanted a study that questioned the safety of one of his drugs removed from a government website — so he turned to Price for help.

After Capitalizing On Antipathy Against Health Law, E&C Chairman Now Focusing On ‘Repair And Rebuild’

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Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has taken over the Energy and Commerce Committee, a role in which he’ll be required to steer Republicans’ efforts to replace the health law. Meanwhile, incoming Vice President Mike Pence says Donald Trump is getting “very close” to a health care plan, and Republicans look to avoid any YouTube moments that could undermine their messaging for replacement.

Medicaid Sets Managed Care Rule Blocking Billions In Funding For Safety Net Providers

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The payments are made to Medicaid managed care plans, which pass them on to doctors, hospitals and clinics that treat a disproportionate share of Medicaid or uninsured patients with complex or costly cases. Federal officials have said the payments are not actuarially sound. Also, Tennessee and North Carolina officials consider future Medicaid policies.