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  • In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

    It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday. The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially affecting not only the millions who could lose coverage through deep […]

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  • House Republicans repeal Obamacare, hurdles await in U.S. Senate

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal Obamacare, handing Republican President Donald Trump a victory that could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads into a likely tough battle in the Senate. The vote to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, which enabled 20 million more Americans […]

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  • GOP Health Bill Could Expose People With Pre-Existing Conditions to ‘Whims’ of State Legislatures

    Two-year-old Ryan Lennon Fines is sitting on his family’s couch flipping through a picture book of emergency vehicles. He’s looking for the motorcycle, but first he stops on the page with an airplane. “That’s an air ambulance,” his father Scott Fines tells him, “you’ve been on one of those.”     When Ryan was born […]

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  • Jimmy Kimmel makes a very personal case for protecting coverage for preexisting conditions

    Fighting back tears, comedian Jimmy Kimmel opened his Monday night show by talking about the recent birth of his son Billy — and how an alert nurse detected a heart defect in the baby just hours after birth. After emergency consultations, a team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles carried out a delicate surgery to save the newborn. And since the personal is […]

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  • What Changed in the Health Repeal Plan to Win Over the Freedom Caucus

    A month after pulling their health care overhaul bill from the floor, House Republicans are growing increasingly confident that they may have found a way to pass it. An amendment drafted by Tom MacArthur, a New Jersey congressman, would keep much of the American Health Care Act in place. But it would set up a […]

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  • House GOP members are floating a new health plan. Here’s what’s in it.

    House Republicans are floating a new amendment to their health care bill — one that would likely cause even more Americans to lose coverage than the last version.  Leaders of the staunchly conservative Freedom Caucus and the more moderate Tuesday Group have reportedly hashed out a proposal that would let some states ditch key Obamacare […]

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  • Drug Deaths Increase Among Middle-Aged, White Missourians

    New research from the Hospital Industry Data Institute finds that drugs caused more than three-quarters of the increase in the overall mortality rates for Missouri white males since 1999. In 2015, populationwide, white males ages 25 to 55 had a drug-induced death rate 43 percent higher than the expected rate, while non-white males had a […]

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  • In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails

    House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday in a major defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” the […]

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  • How The GOP Bill Could Change Health Care, In 8 Charts

    After years of trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Republicans finally got their chance with the election of President Trump. The House GOP made haste coming up with a bill, releasing the American Health Care Act on March 6. It’s a partial repeal of Obamacare — it includes substantial changes […]

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  • 5 ways the House GOP Obamacare bill would affect Missourians

    When House Republicans unveiled their Obamacare replacement plan last week, it unleashed a fierce partisan debate in Washington. Republicans say their proposal would “rescue” Americans from the failures of the Affordable Care Act, which they have blasted as a one-size-fits-all law that forced consumers to purchase expensive insurance plans they didn’t necessarily need and often could not […]

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