Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment

April 26, 2017

(CNN)House Republicans are hoping they can revive Obamacare negotiations once again. GOP lawmakers in the House have taken the crucial step of putting their latest hope for a health care compromise on paper, circulating legislative text that could launch yet another round of health care talks just in time for the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. A draft amendment obtained by CNN, first reported by Politico, gives renewed insight into where the GOP may be moving …

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FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

April 26, 2017

… operations officer in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, told CNN. “The FDA’s role is to review and evaluate products for safety and effectiveness, particularly products that are intended for the treatment of a disease like cancer. Cancer requires the supervision of a licensed health care provider.” See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. Nicole Kornspan, a consumer safety officer at the FDA, said in a written …

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WH officials: Busy week, but no health care vote or shutdown

April 24, 2017

(CNN)It’s been a busy weekend inside the West Wing of the White House, with all hands on deck planning for five highly consequential days of President Donald Trump’s administration this week. Conversations with senior administration officials and Republicans close to the White House offer CNN this lay of the land and a reality check: No House vote on health care is expected this week. Despite a flurry of activity last week, there is no expectation of a vote actually happening …

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GOP Rep Tells Mom Her Son On Medicaid Should Just Get A Better Job If He Wants Health Care

April 23, 2017

… said, eliciting loud groans from the audience. Im sorry, health care is much different than a cell phone and Im tired of people using cell phone analogies with health care, the woman responded, before walking away from the microphone. Bill Clark/Getty Images Davidsons metaphor resembled remarks by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who suggested in March that people should not buy iPhones if they wanted the money to pay for health insurance. Consumers do not have the same power to command …

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Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

April 20, 2017

… the success it has seen in the wake of Trumps election, namely the close contests this month in Kansas and Georgia special elections. Americans, she said, are sick of what they are seeing. Allen said her platform focuses on promoting science, advocating for public education, protecting the planet and providing every American with health care. And she stressed the important role women will play in changing the collective mindset in Congress. …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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This Little Detail Could Cause A Government Shutdown

April 19, 2017

… Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined by United Mine Workers representatives and Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), called for a one-year extension of soon-to-expire health benefits for coal miners in December. As Congress considers a continuing resolution to keep the government running, we fully expect that such a vehicle will include the permanent health care fix for our nations retired miners as promised at the end of 2016, the bipartisan duo wrote to McConnell, Senate Minority …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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At raucous town hall, GOP congressman confronts anger about Trump

April 13, 2017

Aurora, Colorado (CNN)Republican Rep. Mike Coffman faced angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night, in an early sign of the political price he and his colleagues might pay for supporting President Donald Trump’s policies, including the repeal of Obamacare. A moderate hailing from a swing district, Coffman fielded more than 40 questions from Coloradans for almost two hours. health care overwhelmingly dominated the at times raucous evening, as the congressman’s constituents …

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House Republicans Were Handed A Historic Opportunity. They’re Blowing It.

April 7, 2017

… health care bill before the Easter break, said Republicans were still on schedule. But all the flexibility on timing wont account for the inflexibility of Ryans conference. Conservatives insist the GOP health care bill eliminate regulations that protect people with pre-existing conditions from being charged more for insurance. Moderates have said they cant go along with that. And Republicans appear to have no way to break those disagreements. And theyre supposed to pass a massive …

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Meadows ‘intrigued’ on Obamacare change after Pence meeting

April 4, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s administration had meetings Monday with two key groups of Republicans, whose split over health care policy caused GOP leaders to pull a plan last month to repeal and replace Obamacare. Emerging from a meeting Monday night with Vice President Mike Pence, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said his group was “intrigued” by an idea the White House floated to give states more flexibility to opt out of Obamacare regulations using a waiver …

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For GOP on health care, there’s no ‘moving on’

March 29, 2017

(CNN)What a fiasco. On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn’t have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a “setback” and that Republicans are “moving on” from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won’t be pretty. “We will be living with …

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Why Trump the deal-maker came off looking incompetent

March 29, 2017

(CNN)A President who admires strongmen tried to strong-arm the Republicans who control the United States House of Representatives. Pass the repeal of Obamacare and replace it with Trumpcare, Donald Trump told the 247 Republicans, or else you’ll be ousted in a primary. When that failed to move them sufficiently he added another threat: Vote with me or you’ll never get another chance at health care reform. The Republicans gathered for an emotional pre-vote caucus in the basement of …

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For once, the outsiders out-lobby the establishment

March 29, 2017

Washington (CNN)It seemed like a just-about-even, all-too-familiar fight: traditional corporate power players staring down scrappier and ultimately hungrier insurgents dead-set on torpedoing the Republican health care bill. In the battles of the past — over the Export-Import Bank, over the debt ceiling and even over Obamacare funding — it was almost always the heavyweight Wall Street-driven wing of the party that was crowned victorious in the internecine fight du jour within the …

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Trump card: White House plays its hand in health care battle

March 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)To make a deal, you have to know when it’s time to walk. President Donald Trump ripped that classic move from his boardroom playbook Thursday night, seeking to splinter the resistance of House Republicans refusing to pass the health care bill that has left his new administration in limbo. After days of trying to charm members of Congress, Trump gave them an ultimatum: If they don’t vote yes Friday, he will move on and saddle them with the shame of failing to repeal …

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GOP health care bill: Inside a district that could make or break the vote

March 24, 2017

Colorado's 4th congressional district (CNN)When it comes to the fate of the GOP’s health care bill, no district is more important than this swath of eastern Colorado. Rep. Ken Buck is one of several Republicans who have said they might vote against their party’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. That has raised tensions in this largely rural district. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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The emotional speech that could unite House Republicans

March 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Brian Mast, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who lost both of his legs, told reporters he recounted his own experience to his colleagues at the closed-door GOP conference meeting Thursday night over the health care bill. The Florida congressman told fellow lawmakers his own personal story about sticking together in combat. “I’ve just never been in a battle that we only had to fire one shot. I’ve never been in a battle with a perfect …

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Freedom Caucus member still a ‘no’ on GOP health bill, despite whip efforts

March 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Rep. Mo Brooks as of Thursday evening remained a holdout on the GOP health care bill, which he decried as a “massive Republican welfare plan.” The Alabama congressman and member of the House Freedom Caucus told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “Erin Burnett OutFront” that he was no closer to supporting the bill after meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Trump team …

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill’s fate

March 23, 2017

(CNN)House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side. The dramatic shift — which would strike at blow at the heart of Obamacare — comes after conservative Freedom Caucus members lobbied President Donald Trump Wednesday to eliminate the provision, which is not in the current GOP health care plan. …

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What it’s like to be singled out by President Trump

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump looked out into a crowd of many unfamiliar faces in a basement room on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, as he delivered a vigorous sales pitch to lawmakers on the Republican health care bill. New to Washington and still learning the ins and outs of Capitol Hill, the President noticed a familiar face in the audience: fellow New Yorker, Rep. Peter King. Seemingly out of nowhere, Trump began to let out a stream of consciousness about how King was a …

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Trump warns GOP: Don’t break your health care promises

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, in an attempt to sell the GOP Republican health care plan, warned Republicans about breaking all those promises to repeal Obamacare they’ve made over the years. The White House is currently unsure that Republicans have enough votes to pass the GOP health care bill. And for a president who fashions himself a deal-maker, the law has become a potent test of Trump’s ability to make it happen. “The American people voted for historic change. …

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To The Women Of The View: Don’t Normalize Tomi Lahren

March 21, 2017

… a place to go get hyped up on nationalist caffeine. Lahren fans will just see their extreme views become more acceptable when they become acceptable enough to air on ABC. You closed the segment saying We dont bite. That might be true, but Lahren has made her career and fame by biting people every, single episode of her show. You had this opportunity not to bite, but to drop some truth. (I was waiting for someone to bring up health care reform, the emoluments clause, or Trumps infidelities and …

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Why The Fed Was Wrong To Raise Interest Rates And Slow Down The Economy

March 21, 2017

… which factor in the drop in employers payments for health care insurance, show even weaker gains. Also, the core personal consumption deflator, the index targeted by the Fed, remains at 1.7 percent with no sign of acceleration. The Fed targets a 2.0 percent average rate for this index, meaning that it should want to see some rise above 2.0 percent to keep to its target. If the Fed makes further hikes in a context where there is little evidence of inflationary risks then it could needlessly …

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Trump credits his Twitter wrath for Kaepernick’s unemployment

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump veered off message Monday night at a campaign-style rally aimed largely at pushing for the Republican health care overhaul to take credit for a completely different issue: keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job. While talking to the crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, about the nation’s urban communities, Trump swerved in midstream and cited a report that NFL owners were avoiding hiring Kaepernick because they did not …

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The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal

March 20, 2017

… the Gibbses might feel better off. But the Secrists, just as surely, would suffer. The American health care Act, the bill that House Republican leaders hope to bring to a floor vote next week, is the proof. If it were to become law,a family like the Gibbses could end up spending less on their health insurance premiums, in exchange for a policy that would cover less. The family would also benefit from substantial new tax breaks the GOP proposal would make available to them. But a family like the …

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