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House Committee Approves ‘Trumpcare’ Bill Without Knowing Its Cost

Although the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t scored the Republican plan, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that repealing the ACA’s taxes will cost roughly $600 billion through 2026 and nearly $700 billion through 2027. More than half of the tax-cut benefits would flow to people earning more than $1 million a year.

March 10, 2017
Paul Ryan, ACA, Obamacare

GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Would Steer More Financial Assistance To The Wealthy

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee are expected to vote on GOP repeal measures that would provide flat tax credits to all who purchase individual health insurance, regardless of their income.

March 7, 2017
ACA, Obamacare, Health Care, Supreme Court, Anniversary, Economy, Top News

Taking The Pulse Of Obama’s Health Care Law At Age Five

Five years on, the split feelings on Obamacare “has come to define not only the politics of the law but also its implementation.”

March 23, 2015
Obamacare, Republicans

Supreme Court Case May Devastate Hospitals In 34 States

Take a detailed look at the disaster that the Supreme Court could cause by gutting Obamacare.

March 16, 2015

A Separate Peace: GOP Governors And The Medicaid Expansion

Some GOP governors are trying to expand Medicaid — without enraging their right-wing bases.

February 18, 2015

Police Killings Increase Calls For Independent Investigations

Eric Garner’s death could spark a big change in the criminal justice system.

December 17, 2014

U.S. Health Care Spending Up In 2013, But At Record Low Growth Rate

Health care costs are growing at historically low levels.

December 3, 2014

‘Epidemic Of Fear’ Has Driven Ebola Debate, Experts Say

As the last of the American patients being treated for Ebola are deemed free of the disease, experts reflect on how the nation reacted to the public health scare.

November 11, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Fewer Than 10 Million Expected To Enroll Under Health Law In 2015

Find out what this means for Obamacare’s future.

November 10, 2014

Doctor Hospitalized In New York With Ebola After Returning From West Africa

Learn more about the latest case of Ebola in America.

October 24, 2014

New Ebola Case In Dallas Shows Risk To Health-Care Workers

Get the latest on Ebola in Texas.

October 13, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

HHS Says 700,000 Have Lost Insurance Coverage Since May

Find out what this means for Obamacare’s future.

September 19, 2014

States That Decline To Expand Medicaid Give Up Billions In Aid

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — If the 23 states that have rejected expanding Medicaid under the 2010 health-care law continue to do so for the next eight years, they’ll pay $152 billion to extend the program in other states — while receiving nothing in return. This exodus of federal tax dollars from […]

September 5, 2014

WHO Declares Ebola A Worldwide ‘Public Health Emergency’

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau The Director-General of the World Health Organization on Friday declared the West African Ebola outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” and called for both affected and unaffected countries to implement a coordinated international response that features a wide range of new safety measures, including travel restrictions for […]

August 8, 2014

A North Carolina Mayor Treks 273 Miles To Help Rural Hospitals

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Only four days after the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, N.C., closed its doors for good on July 1, Portia Gibbs suffered a heart attack in neighboring Hyde County, which has no doctors or hospitals. Residents of Hyde, a sprawling, rural county in eastern North Carolina, had long […]

July 29, 2014

U.S. Faces Worst Measles Outbreak In 20 Years

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After declaring in 2000 that measles had been eliminated from the U.S. through a successful vaccination program, government officials now say the number of confirmed cases has reached a 20-year high as people who get the disease abroad bring it back to America. Unvaccinated residents in the U.S. […]

May 29, 2014
affordable health care and Medicare for all

Medicare Advantage Payments Won’t Be Cut Next Year

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration reversed itself on Monday, announcing that private health plans that provide Medicare benefits will receive a slight increase in government payments next year, rather than the reduction that was proposed earlier. Congressional Democrats, many facing tough re-election campaigns, recently joined Republicans in asking that the […]

April 8, 2014

Many Newly Insured Still Face Health Coverage Upheaval

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As procrastinators rushed to buy health insurance Monday by the Affordable Care Act’s official enrollment deadline, new research estimates that about half of those with subsidized coverage obtained from federal or state marketplaces will lose it within a year because of changes in their incomes or other […]

March 31, 2014

Health Insurance Enrollment Efforts Enter Their Final Month

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After a horrendous start and months of playing catch-up against a barrage of political attacks, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have hit the homestretch in their six-month effort to educate and enroll millions of Americans in health insurance. March 31 is the last day to buy […]

February 28, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

So Many Changes To The Health Law, But Are They All Legal?

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After President Barack Obama bowed to critics in November and allowed people with canceled health insurance policies to keep their coverage for another year, the White House quickly hit the spin cycle. In a telephone briefing with reporters that same day, senior administration officials said their “enforcement […]

February 24, 2014