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While Republicans praised new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price as having a “thorough understanding of health care policy and the damage that Obamacare has caused,” others continued to speak out against him. “This guy is a wrecking ball,” Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said. “He is not a secretary. He is going into this agency to destroy it.”
In remote parts of Montana, the Affordable Care Act has meant better health care for Native Americans and more job opportunities.
La planificación familiar, Planned Parenthood y hasta el consumo de tabaco podrían verse rápidamente afectados por medidas que podría tomar el flamante secretario de Salud.
El presidente Donald Trump propone cambiar drásticamente el vínculo entre el gobierno federal y los estados, a la hora de repartir el dinero para gerenciar el programa que ayuda a las familias de bajos ingresos a tener seguro de salud.
Opinion writers offer a variety of views on the latest health policy developments.
House committees weigh measures that would restructure Medicaid eligibility and would transform the program into a block grant system that would give states more control and perhaps less funding. But some Republican senators from states that have expanded Medicaid under the health law held a meeting this week to discuss their views about possible changes. News reports also look at Medicaid developments in Kansas and Missouri.
Hundreds are turning out to town hall meetings — taking a page from Republicans’ playbook when the Affordable Care Act was passed — to get answers on the future of the health law.
The state chose not to expand Medicaid and has been struggling for years to come up with a system that makes sure people have access to affordable health care. Meanwhile, a new study examines why the Affordable Care Act succeeded in some states and not others.
The report, which did not take into account any replacement efforts, found California would have the highest number of job losses at 334,000, followed by Florida at 181,000, Texas at 175,000, then Pennsylvania with 137,000. In other news, some doctors organizations are staying quiet on repeal plans for now, and insurers are struggling with the uncertainty surrounding their industry at the moment.
Initial enrollment is about 4 percent lower than last year, but it still illustrates the risk Republicans face as they begin moving to dismantle the law. Media outlets report on news out of Minnesota and California as well.
A study of five states looks at the market conditions that make or break the health insurance marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act.
After a tough fight by Democrats, Senate Republicans confirmed Rep. Tom Price’s nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services. He will have the authority to upend some current practices.
Republicans’ delay in finding common ground to repeal and replace the health law raises risks that coverage could shrink and rates rise even more, the industry says.
Opinion writers offer their takes on what Republican lawmakers might do with Obamacare and the challenges it will involve.
The concerns about job losses are being raised in Arizona, too. Also, news outlets report on health law developments in Florida and California.
Groups who spoke out against the passage of the legislation are now lobbying in support of maintaining certain provisions. Meanwhile, patient advocates worry about the sickest Americans not being guaranteed coverage.
As time goes on, instead of there being a groundswell of support for a single bill, alternatives are mushrooming. In other news, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus says he may be willing to continue in 2018 the “insurer bailout” payments and cost-sharing reduction payments for consumers that Republicans have been trying to kill.
Leading conservative lawmakers say it is not acceptable to slow down dismantling the health law.
New advocacy groups like Indivisible California weigh strategies for long-haul political activism, including protests.
In an interview with Kaiser Health News, Michael Botticelli outlines his concerns about how GOP efforts to dismantle the health law’s coverage expansions could jeopardize treatment for people in need.