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washington – minnesota stands to lose billions of dollars in federal funding if senate republicans are successful next week in their latest bid to dismantle the affordable care act.supporters of the so-called graham-cassidy bill say it returns control of health care policy to the states. but many minnesota health officials counter that it endangers care of seniors and people with disabilities and would lead to even more costly premiums in the individual market."people won't be able to afford to get coverage and at the end of the day more people will go without the medical care that they need," said jim schowalter, ceo of the minnesota council of health plans. "this takes us back several steps."like other states, minnesota under the proposal would get a federal health care block grant, with






the latest: trump says it's 'ok' if health bill doesn't pass


washington — the latest on the republican legislation overhauling the obama health care law (all times edt):4:35 p.m.president donald trump says that if the health care bill fails to pass in the senate, he won't like it — but "that's ok."trump spoke tuesday at a gathering of senate republicans after their leaders shelved a vote on their prized health care bill until at least next month.trump says, "this will be great if we get it done and if we don't get it done it's going to be something that we're not going to like and that's ok and i can understand that."he adds, "i think we have a chance to do something very, very important for the public, very, very important for the people of our country."___4:30 p.m.add three more names to the list of republican senators saying they oppose the gop h






the latest: health care debate shifting over to senate


washington — the latest on health care legislation (all times local):___4:40 a.m.the contentious debate over overhauling the health care system shifts to the senate and a moderate republican, sen. susan collins of maine, says the senate will not take up the house bill and will instead start from scratch .some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the house last week. they cite concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to medicaid.president donald trump is urging senate republicans to "not let the american people down." trump's budget director, mick mulvaney, also says the version that gets to the president will likely differ from the house measure. such a scenario would force the






latest health repeal bill in senate could cost minnesota billions


washington — minnesota stands to lose billions of dollars in federal funding if senate republicans are successful next week in their latest bid to dismantle the affordable care act.supporters of the so-called graham-cassidy bill say it returns control of health care policy to the states. but many minnesota health officials counter that it endangers care of seniors and people with disabilities, and would lead to even more costly premiums in the individual market.“people won’t be able to afford to get coverage and at the end of the day more people will go without the medical care that they need,” said jim schowalter, ceo of the minnesota council of health plans. “this takes us back several steps.”like other states, minnesota under the proposal would get a federal health care block grant, wit






how the senate's health care plan compares to house bill, obamacare


senate gop bill: forbids abortion coverage by plans sold to people who receive taxpayer subsidies. defunds planned parenthood.however, under senate rules, there's a chance abortion restrictions on private insurance plans may be struck down. in that case, senate leaders plan a workaround. billions of dollars to stabilize state health insurance markets would be funneled through the children's health insurance program, which already has strong limitations on abortion funding. the idea is that insurers needing access to the stability fund would essentially have to drop coverage for abortions.






the latest: senate at bat in dealing with health care law


washington — the latest on health care legislation (all times local):4:30 p.m.now it's the senate's turn to tackle health care legislation.and while senate republicans are already saying their bill will be different from the house's, the process will probably be just as tense and complicated. a lot of the drama is likely to play out behind closed doors.senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has named 12 gop senators to a group tasked with piecing together a bill that can pass the senate. the kentucky republican has included himself in the mixture of committee chairmen, conservatives and party leaders.senate democrats are expected to solidly oppose the gop effort to repeal president barack obama's health care law.no one knows when the senate will produce a bill, though some think senators m






senate gop health care bill is unconscionable


the 142-page senate health care bill revealed thursday was written in secret by 13 white men with little or no expertise on health care issues and no advice from doctors, hospitals or health economists, let alone from the public.it takes hundreds of billions of dollars now allocated to care for the working poor, women, children and elderly, and gives it to rich americans in the form of a huge tax break. it is, to borrow president trump’s behind the scenes assessment of the house’s bill, mean. we’ll add, unconscionable.we can only hope a few republicans care enough about the health of women, children and the elderly to join democrats in stopping this travesty.about 20 percent of all americans and 40 percent of america’s kids get their health care through the federal government’s medicaid pr






the latest: nevada governor still concerned by health bill


washington — the latest on the republican effort to replace the obama health care law (all times local):10 p.m.a republican governor is expressing "great concern" over the new senate health care bill.nevada gov. brian sandoval says the measure hasn't changed that much and that he remains concerned it would phase out financing for the medicaid expansion that's helped nevada residents.the criticism comes after senate republican leaders unveiled their latest effort to repeal so-called obamacare.the reworked bill aims to win over conservatives by letting insurers sell low-cost, skimpy policies. at the same time, it's designed to placate moderates by adding billions to combat opioid abuse and help consumers with skyrocketing insurance costs.still, two senators, moderate susan collins of maine a






the five biggest hurdles senate republicans are facing to pass their revised hea


senate leaders must overcome concerns by key gop moderates and conservatives to pass their latest health care bill.        






5 gop senators now oppose health care bill as written


washington (ap) — a total of five republican senators are now opposed to the proposed gop health bill. it would take only three defections to democrats opposing the bill to sink the measure.sen. dean heller of nevada is the latest republican to say he wouldn’t support the gop health bill without changes. several other republican senators have declined to commit to the latest gop plan for overhauling president barack obama’s signature health care law.the measure resembles the house bill that the nonpartisan congressional budget office says would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade.senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has said he’s willing to alter the measure to attract support. he’s promised plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package throug






how to make sense of the senate health care bill: 4 essential reads


by the conversation. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell (r-kentucky) smiles after he unveiled the senate health care bill on june 22, 2017. scott applewhite/ap editor’s note: the following is a roundup of archival stories related to the health care bill presented by senate republicans june 22, 2017. when president trump ran on a promise to “repeal…






minn. house passes bill to end health care exchange


st. paul, minn. — the house has approved a $14.3 billion social services bill that would end the state's health care exchange and send minnesota residents to the federal marketplace instead.the bill passed 74-53 on friday, largely along party lines. the bill increases spending by nearly $2 billion compared to the last two years, but that increase wouldn't keep pace with rising costs, and the bill would cut spending by $600 million.republicans say that the growing cost of health care in the state is unsustainable and their bill attempts to rein in some of those costs.but democrats fear the cuts will be too painful. they say that child care, home visits by health professionals and services for the elderly are already stretched too thin to weather cuts.






gop ready to try pushing new health bill through senate


washington — senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he's ready to unwrap his latest bill repealing much of president barack obama's health care law. another top republican says the measure will likely keep a pair of tax hikes on wealthier americans that obama's statute imposed to help finance its expanded coverage.mcconnell said he will introduce his party's altered health care bill on thursday and begin trying to muscle it through the senate next week.the renewed effort comes two weeks after he abandoned his initial plan due to gop opposition.yet the fate of the newest version is still in doubt. several republican senators unhappy over the reduction in insured americans that the bill is expected to produce.






the latest: mcconnell says good progress made on health bill


washington — the latest on the republican legislation overhauling the obama health care law (all times edt):5:55 p.m.senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says "good progress" was made during a white house meeting between president donald trump and republican senators.trump invited them to meet after mcconnell decided to delay a vote on a senate health care bill because there aren't enough votes to pass it.mcconnell said after the meeting there's a "really good chance" of passing the bill, but it won't happen before july fourth as he originally planned.mcconnell says republicans must come up with a solution because that's why the american people elected them. he says negotiating with senate democrats won't produce any of the changes sought by republicans, including to the health markets a






medicaid cuts in gop health bill could take toll on minn. seniors


the senate gop health care bill could lead to cuts in programs that help frail minnesota seniors and jeopardize many cost-saving services that support caregivers and help seniors stay in their homes.the senate bill, which could come up for a vote this week, takes a number of steps to dismantle the affordable care act. it also would massively curb federal spending on medicaid, a 52-year-old social services program that provides matching federal dollars to help states care for the poor, elderly and disabled.seniors are the fastest-growing group to rely on medicaid, the nation’s largest source of public health coverage. in minnesota, seniors account for about 9 percent of the 1.2 million men, women and children covered under the program, which is called medical assistance.“there’s a lack of a






the latest: cornyn: delay won't help health care bill


washington — the latest on the senate republican health care bill (all times local):3:45 p.m.texas sen. john cornyn says passing a health care bill won't get any easier if republican leaders delay a senate vote on the gop health care plan.the senate's no. 2 republican said the senate is on pace to hold a key procedural vote wednesday. he said he feels "a sense of urgency" to push forward because the health care system is in "full meltdown mode."cornyn made the comments sunday at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian koch brothers in colorado.he acknowledged the bill has critics: "some people have been more public about concerns but said they want to get to yes." he said the vote is "going to be close" and president donald trump is "going to be important in the process."___3:25 p.m.






what has changed in the senate health care bill, and what hasn't?


the latest senate gop health care bill, known as the better care reconciliation act (brca), revised and released thursday after the first proposal failed to gain enough votes to pass, has a few key differences from the earlier version, and some crucial similarities. the changes were made in an attempt to appease both moderate and conservative republican members, as senate majority leader mitch mcconnell looks to vote on the bill as early as next week. the congressional budget office has yet to score the latest proposal, although the cbo found the earlier bill, released in june, would leave 22 million more people uninsured.things senate republicans changed from the original bill:permission for bare-bones health insurance plans under obamacare, health insurance plans had to provide a number






paul ryan says "i would not bet against mitch mcconnell" on health care bill


speaker paul ryan said tuesday that the house is waiting to see what the senate produces on the health care bill to repeal and replace obamacare. "we just don't know what the final bill is going to look like so all of our members are just waiting and seeing what the senate does," the wisconsin republican told reporters during a press conference when asked if he's taking the temperature of his members on the senate bill. "our members are just waiting to see in a constructive way what the senate can produce and then we'll make a decision after they do that." ryan expressed confidence that senate republicans will eventually get a health care measure through the upper chamber. playvideocbsnsenate health care bill in jeopardy? the senate health care bill is facing more opposition after the cong






overweight kids are costing america billions


if kids got just a little bit more exercise each week, it would save billions in future medical costs.        






a look at some of the changes in latest gop health care bill


washington — the latest changes to the senate republican health care bill are geared to increasing access to bare-bones private insurance. there's also an additional $45 billion to help states confronting the opioid epidemic.but senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., would keep in place medicaid cuts that gop governors and senate moderates have objected to. no democrats are supporting the plan.a look at some of the latest changes:— a major change to health savings accounts would allow consumers to use the tax-sheltered arrangements to also pay for health insurance premiums. currently health savings accounts can only be used to pay out-of-pocket costs not covered by insurance, such as deductibles and copayments for medical services.— more money for states to help lower health insura






the latest: dem says 'we can do better' than gop health plan


washington — the latest on senate republicans' health care bill (all times local):11:35 a.m.democrats are roundly criticizing the republican plan to scrap the obama health care law.minority leader chuck schumer spoke on the senate floor thursday moments after the gop's 142-page discussion draft was posted online. republicans had been briefed on the plan behind closed doors.schumer says, "we live in the wealthiest country on earth. surely we can do better than what the republican health care bill promises."house minority leader nancy pelosi assails the gop bill as a tax break for wealthy americans. the bill would eliminate the requirement that americans buy insurance or face a tax penalty.___11:20 a.m.president donald trump is expressing hope that the senate will pass a health care plan "wi






the latest: mcconnell to unveil revised health bill thursday


washington — the latest on the republican effort to repeal and replace the obama health law (all times local):2:20 p.m.senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week.mcconnell also told reporters on tuesday that he expects the analysts at the congressional budget office to provide its assessment early next week.senate gop leaders are struggling to come up with legislation to erase much of democrat barack obama's health care law, but republicans remain divided over the bill.mcconnell laid out the schedule shortly after announcing that the senate will delay its recess two weeks to work on legislation, including a defense bill, and nominations.__1:45 p.m.the republican leader says the s






the latest: maine governor opposes senate gop health bill


washington — the latest on republican legislation to repeal and replace the obama health care law (all times local):1:35 p.m.count maine's republican gov. paul lepage among those opposing the senate health care bill.lepage was asked if he, like maine gop sen. susan collins, backs the legislation and he said no, complaining that the bill doesn't go far enough to fix current law.lepage, who was at the white house on wednesday, said he met with collins wednesday morning.collins is one of nearly 10 republicans who have expressed opposition to the bill. majority leader mitch mcconnell postponed a vote this week because he lacked the votes.several republicans governors — among them ohio's john kasich and nevada's brian sandoval — oppose the bill, fearing the cost to states if medicaid expansion






the latest: trump promises 'big surprise' on health care


washington — the latest on republican legislation to repeal and replace the obama health care law (all times local):2:30 p.m.president donald trump says the republican health care effort is "working along very well" and suggested there could be a "big surprise coming." the white house did not elaborate on what trump meant.earlier wednesday, trump told reporters getting approval of a senate health care bill will be "very tough." but he predicted that republicans will at least "get very close" and may "get it over the line."majority leader mitch mcconnell postponed a vote on the republican health care bill this week because he lacked the votes.senate minority leader chuck schumer is calling on trump to meet with republicans and democrats on the senate bill. asked about the request, trump sai






the latest: ryan has faith mcconnell can save health bill


washington — the latest on the republican legislation overhauling the obama health care law (all times edt):10:25 a.m.house speaker paul ryan says he has faith in senate majority leader mitch mcconnell's ability to round up the votes for the republican health care bill despite growing opposition in the senate.ryan told reporters on tuesday: "i would not bet against mitch mcconnell."the wisconsin republican said he has every expectation that the senate will move ahead on the bill, which the congressional budget office says would kick 22 million off the insurance rolls. the bill would cut taxes, reduce the deficit and phase out the medicaid expansion implemented by barack obama's health law.ryan said every republican senator campaigned on repealing and replacing obama's law.the speaker said






full text of the senate health care bill


senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., on thursday released a draft of the senate health care bill that would repeal and replace parts of the affordable care act, also known as obamacare. read the full text of the bill below.  can't see the document? click here.






sen. mike lee says if his health fix isn't supported, repeal now and replace lat


senator mike lee, r-utah, who is pushing for a fix to the senate republicans' new health care bill, says the senate's proposed legislation leaves out the "forgotten" man and woman."look this bill, the one we've been discussing in the senate, has bailouts for insurance companies. it has hundreds of billions of dollars in tax relief for the affluent. it even has some provisions for the poor," lee said sunday on "face the nation.""who it leaves out are the forgotten man and the forgotten woman. those earning a combined household income of $75,000 or so who have been left behind," he said. "and these are the people who helped propel president trump to victory last november. we need to do more to help them and to make sure they can purchase the kind of health care they want and the kind of heal






sen. mike lee says if his health fix isn’t supported, repeal now and replace lat


senator mike lee, r-utah, who is pushing for a fix to the senate republicans' new health care bill, says the senate's proposed legislation leaves out the "forgotten" man and woman. "look this bill, the one we've been discussing in the senate, has bailouts for insurance companies. it has hundreds of billions of dollars in tax relief for the affluent. it even has some provisions for the poor," lee said sunday on "face the nation." "who it leaves out are the forgotten man and the forgotten woman. those earning a combined household income of $75,000 or so who have been left behind," he said. "and these are the people who helped propel president trump to victory last november. we need to do more to help them and to make sure they can purchase the kind of health care they want and the kind of he






sen. mike lee says if his health fix isn’t supported, repeal now and replace lat


senator mike lee, r-utah, who is pushing for a fix to the senate republicans' new health care bill, says the senate's proposed legislation leaves out the "forgotten" man and woman. "look this bill, the one we've been discussing in the senate, has bailouts for insurance companies. it has hundreds of billions of dollars in tax relief for the affluent. it even has some provisions for the poor," lee said sunday on "face the nation." "who it leaves out are the forgotten man and the forgotten woman. those earning a combined household income of $75,000 or so who have been left behind," he said. "and these are the people who helped propel president trump to victory last november. we need to do more to help them and to make sure they can purchase the kind of health care they want and the kind of he






the latest: 3 gop senators threaten to oppose health bill


washington — the latest on the republican legislation overhauling the obama health care law (all times edt):7:15 p.m.threats of opposition from three republican senators are casting doubt on whether gop leaders have enough support to move ahead on the senate health care bill.the senate has to hold a procedural vote to move forward, most likely on wednesday.sen. susan collins of maine tweeted after the congressional budget office analysis on monday that the senate bill won't fix the flaws in the current bill. she says she will vote no on the "motion to proceed."sen. ron johnson of wisconsin says he has "a hard time believing i'll have enough information for me to support a motion to proceed this week."sen. rand paul of kentucky says it's worse to "pass a bad bill than to pass no bill."repub






how to speed read the new ahca


the senate’s republican leadership plans to release their new version of the american health care act today, then push it through a vote next week. that’s not a lot of time to read and analyze a presumably 100-page-plus bill with billions of dollars in consequences. death and taxes asked a speed-reading world champion and a cognitive scientist how senators can study their health care repeal bill in just one week. short version: find a quiet place, read the house’s version, then read the new bill aloud. because you will definitely, definitely, be quizzed.






how to speed read the new ahca


the senate’s republican leadership plans to release their new version of the american health care act today, then push it through a vote next week. that’s not a lot of time to read and analyze a presumably 100-page-plus bill with billions of dollars in consequences. death and taxes asked a speed-reading world champion and a cognitive scientist how senators can study their health care repeal bill in just one week. short version: find a quiet place, read the house’s version, then read the new bill aloud. because you will definitely, definitely be quizzed.






the latest: trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful


washington — the latest on the senate republican health care bill (all times local):8:30 p.m.president donald trump says he doesn't think congressional republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace "obamacare." but some lawmakers have doubts.trump tells "fox and friends" he believes his majority party is "going to get there."that optimism runs counter to the public opposition of five republican senators so far to the senate gop plan that would scuttle much of former president barack obama's health law. and several lawmakers acknowledge that getting majority support will be tough.unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and deliver a bitter defeat for






the latest: gop health plan cuts medicaid, ends penalties


washington — the latest on the senate republicans' health care bill (all times edt):5:45 p.m.sources say top senate republicans are finalizing their plan for dismantling president barack obama's health care law.their proposal would cut and revamp medicaid, end penalties on people not buying coverage and eliminate tax increases that financed the statute's expansion of coverage.that's according to lobbyists and congressional aides who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.departing from the house-approved version of the legislation — which president donald trump privately called "mean" last week — the senate plan would drop the house bill's waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions.sena






alaska would score a sweet deal in proposed health care bill


washington — one of the provisions in the latest version of the senate republicans' health care bill appears to benefit only the state of alaska. and to the tune of $2 billion in federal money.among the republican holdouts needed to pass the bill is one of alaska's senators, lisa murkowski. her state has unusually high medical costs because much of alaska is remote, and it relies heavily on medicaid, which the republican bill would cut.democrats resorted to a similar tactic when they were pushing president barack obama's 2010 health care bill through the senate. at one point it set aside extra money for nebraska to win support from one of its senators, ben nelson.that arrangement became known as the cornhusker kickback, and it was widely criticized and eventually removed.






senate gop health bill: tax cuts for rich


washington (ap) — senate republicans’ new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in america.it uses a budget gimmick to comply with senate rules against adding to the federal government’s long-term debt.senate republican leaders unveiled a draft of their bill to repeal and replace president barack obama’s health care law on thursday and argued it would eliminate job-killing taxes enacted under the 7-year-old health law. democrats countered that the bill is a giveaway to the rich at the expense of middle- and low-income families who will lose health insurance.and in a facebook post, obama said: “the senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. it’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor






15 times drew carey got s ed on "whose line"


over the years, drew carey has gotten burned many, many times on “whose line is it anyway?” but the fifteen in this video are the best burns.full story at youtube.more great humor. posted by josh urich