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HHS Deletes LGBT Resources From Obamacare Site

Just in from the Democratic National Committee: Today, the Sunlight Foundation reported that the Trump-Pence administration’s Department of Health and Human Services removed and altered language from its website on the provision of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination in health care services.  The move limits access to information and resources that protect women and LGBTQ people, particularly transgender ...

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Trump Suspends Obamacare Payments To Insurers

The New York Daily News reports: The Trump administration announced Saturday it will temporarily suspend a program meant to stabilize Obamacare markets by halting billion of dollars in payouts to insurance companies. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — known by the abbreviation CMS — will temporarily stop so-called “risk-adjustment payments” used to steady Obamacare health insurance premiums. ...

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Lindsey Graham To Attempt Obamacare Repeal Again

Gotta keep the base riled up no matter what: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday he is working on a new version of his ObamaCare repeal and replacement bill, and has not given up on efforts to repeal ObamaCare despite Republicans’ failure last year. “I haven’t given up,” Graham said. “Will there be another effort to replace ObamaCare with a ...

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Midterms: Dems Run On GOP’s Obamacare Sabotage

Politico reports: Democrats are confidently running on Obamacare for the first time in a decade. They’ve got a unified message blaming Republicans for “sabotaging” the health law, leading to a cascade of sky-high insurance premiums that will come just before the November midterm elections. They’re rolling out ads featuring people helped by the law. And Tuesday, they’re starting a campaign ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Unveils Plan To Lower Drug Prices

CNN Money reports: President Donald Trump will lay out his vision for lowering drug prices in a long-awaited speech on Friday. The president plans to provide a blueprint on how he will make prescription medication more affordable, according to senior administration officials. It will seek to increase competition and improve the negotiation of drug prices, as well as reduce consumers’ ...

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Amazon Partners On Non-Profit Health Care Company

The Washington Post reports: Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost.” The business giants offered few details Tuesday and said that the project is in the early planning stage. “The ballooning ...

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Head Of Planned Parenthood Steps Down [VIDEO]

Vogue reports: Cecile Richards is stepping down from her position as president of Planned Parenthood after more than a decade at its helm. Richards, 60, has become the de facto face of the reproductive rights organization, and has navigated major wins (such as getting 55 million women covered for birth control under the Affordable Care Act) and major obstacles (like ...

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HHS Unveils “Religious Freedom” Division For Health Workers Who Want To Refuse LGBT Patients [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: The Trump administration announced on Thursday a new division within the Department of Health and Human Services devoted to “conscience and religious freedom.” Social conservatives and religious liberty leaders have anticipated conscience and religious freedom protections to come out of HHS, and the work of the new division, which will fall under the purview of the Office ...

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2017 Obamacare Enrollments Robust Despite Trump

Talking Points Memo reports: The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that despite the Trump administration’s many attempts to undermine and weaken the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in the federal health care marketplace nearly reached last year’s total of 9.2 million, clocking in at 8.8 million. Considering that the Trump administration cut the length of the open enrollment ...

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STUDY: Obamacare Markets Are Stabilizing

The Hill reports: A new analysis of health insurers’ financial data finds that ObamaCare markets are “stabilizing” and insurers are regaining profitability. The study from the Kaiser Family Foundation contrasts with Republican arguments that ObamaCare markets are in a “death spiral” and “collapsing,” frequently cited as showing why the law needs to be repealed. “Early results from 2017 suggest the ...

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Rand Paul: Health Insurance Should Be $1/Day [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Friday morning he believes consumers should be able to buy health insurance for $1 per day. “What I’d like to do is legalize inexpensive insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should,” Paul said in an interview on MSNBC. “The insurance ...

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Obama Blasts Senate Trumpcare Bill As A “Massive Transfer Of Wealth” To The Richest People In America

From President Obama’s personal Facebook page: The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with ...

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Trump Admits House-Approved Trumpcare Bill Is “Mean” (But Was Still Totally Worth That Rose Garden Party)

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that the House-passed health care bill is “mean” and urged them to craft a version that is “more generous,” congressional sources said. The president’s comments, at a White House lunch with 15 GOP senators, came as Senate Republican leaders’ attempts to write their own health care package have been ...

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NYC Launches First-Ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill Of Rights, Program To Be Supported With Transit Ads

Via press release: To kick-off Pride Month, the de Blasio Administration today published and distributed New York City’s first-ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, which details health care protections on local, state and federal levels to empower LGBTQ New Yorkers to get the health care they deserve. It also reiterates that medical providers and their support staff are legally ...

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CBO: 23 Million To Lose Coverage Under Trumpcare

CNBC reports: The current Republican bill to repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare will lead to 23 million more Americans not having health insurance coverage by 2026 if it becomes law, the Congressional Budget Office projected Wednesday. That is only 1 million fewer uninsured people than the 24 million people more uninsured that had been projected for an earlier ...

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Miss USA: Health Care Is A Privilege [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: The new Miss USA is a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and she knows a thing or two about dropping a bomb. Pageant winner Kara McCullough sent heads shaking Sunday night when she said affordable health care in America is a “privilege” instead of a “right.” McCullough, 25, who started the day ...

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Kimmel Rips Critics Of His Healthcare Plea [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Kimmel, 49, revealed last Monday that his son underwent surgery on his heart three days after he was born, and will require another procedure when he’s a little bigger in three to six months. During his monologue, Kimmel asked all politicians to come together to ensure healthcare for all Americans, especially those who have pre-existing health conditions. ...

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Paul Ryan Scrambles To Salvage Latest Obamacare Repeal Attempt, Trump To Meet With GOP Skeptics

The Los Angeles Times reports: The latest version of the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act teetered on the verge of failure Tuesday as the conversation among Republicans on Capitol Hill shifted to soul-searching and recriminations over what went wrong in their long campaign to end Obamacare. Though House leaders say they have not given up ...

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Hillary Clinton Praises Jimmy Kimmel’s Heartbreaking Defense Of Obamacare, Interviewing Now On CNN

CNN reports: Democratic politicians on Tuesday praised late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue about his son’s heart surgery and plea for health care access in the United States. The tweeted responses came as Republican leaders continue to try and push an Obamacare repeal and replace bill through the House. “Watch and prepare to tear up,” Hillary Clinton tweeted Tuesday ...

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House GOP Plots To Fast-Track Health Care Vote For Saturday Now That Freedom Caucus Is Onboard

Yahoo Finance reports: House Republican leaders are considering holding a quick vote on their embattled health care bill after a group of conservative holdouts endorsed a revised version. Facing White House pressure to pass the bill, the Republican vote-counting team is trying to gauge support for a vote Saturday, according to a Republican aide familiar with the process. But it’s ...

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