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A Lesson From Kentucky: It May Be Hard To Get Rid Of Obamacare, But You Can Rebrand It

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Gov. Matt Bevin swept into office on promises that he would kill Obamacare in Kentucky. But one in three residents were on Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act. So he simply tweaked it instead. Meanwhile, CNN goes to the county that leads the nation in health law enrollees, and finds a population that wants it gone without a trace.

Individual Mandate May Be On Chopping Block, Trump Aide Hints

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Kellyanne Conway says the president may stop enforcing the individual mandate, but estimates show that getting rid of it could cause premiums to spike 20 percent. Conway also reiterated that people will not go without coverage under the administration’s new plan.

Trump’s Plan To Convert Medicaid Into Block Grants Would Saddle Lawmakers With Tough Decisions

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Kellyanne Conway, an aide to the president, says Donald Trump wants to move toward block grant funding so states have the flexibility to cut waste from their programs. But if Congress decides to take that route, it will have to rule on questions such as what to do about inflation or if drug prices go up and how much each state will receive. Meanwhile, not all Republican governors are happy about possible repeal of the health law.

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.

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.

A Conundrum For Both Sides Of The Aisle: Covering Sick People Costs A Whole Lot Of Money

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As Republicans navigate their way through crafting a replacement plan for the health law, they are going to run into the same question that plagued the Democrats: how to pay for the sickest Americans. Meanwhile, media outlets cover the other issues Republicans face as they tackle the latter part of repeal and replace.

For One Pa. Couple, Voting For Trump Meant Relief From ‘Insane’ Insurance Costs

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The Schultzes made too much money for subsidies to help them, but not enough to be able to afford the high cost of health insurance when premiums spiked this year. In other health law news, lobbyists scramble to take advantage of the new landscape as repeal looms, rural hospitals prepare to be hit hard if there’s no replacement in sight, and Tim Kaine wants to rebrand Obamacare.

The Worst That Could Happen: Industry Braces For Repeal’s Possibly ‘Devastating’ Consequences

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It’s “going to be like that slow-moving tsunami that we know is coming, and we can watch it and try to prepare for it — but in the aftermath of the tsunami, there’s devastating loss that we never could have planned for,” said Heidi Gartland, vice president for community affairs and government relations at Cleveland-based University Hospitals Health System.

Hospitals To Bear Financial Brunt Of Obamacare Alternative Policy Experiments

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USA Today reports on the impact rural hospitals have already experienced in states that did not expand Medicaid, and on the expected challenges facilities will face nationwide with future health care changes. The Connecticut Mirror looks at how those anticipated change could also affect the uninsured.

Republicans To Focus On Access Instead Of Universal Coverage In Repeal Plans

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While many health law advocates are focusing on the millions of people who will be vulnerable to losing coverage if the legislation is dismantled, Republicans say their focus is on making sure people who want insurance can get it — not making sure everyone has it. Meanwhile, Harry Reid warns that people will die if the law is rolled back, and the 27 percent of Americans younger than 65 who have preexisting conditions make their voices heard on social media.