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Obamacare replacement bill takes center stage in U.S. Senate

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A seven-year push by U.S. Republicans to dismantle Obamacare and kill the taxes it imposed on the wealthy will reach a critical juncture on Thursday when Senate Republican leaders unveil a draft bill they aim to put to a vote, possibly as early as next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants have worked in secret for weeks on the bill, which is expected to curb Obamacare's expanded Medicaid help for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people for private insurance. The subsidies are expected to be linked to recipients' income in the Senate bill, a "major improvement" from a measure approved last month by the U.S. House of Representatives that tied them solely to age, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said.

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Paul Ryan: It’s ‘premature’ to say whether House would pass Senate health care bill

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declined to say Thursday whether the House would take up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health care bill if the Republican leader manages to push it through the Senate. “They’re just beginning their process,” Ryan said, adding he believes it will be a “lengthy” one. McConnell declared on the Senate floor Thursday that he believes the Senate could pass the sweeping legislation as soon as next week.

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Donald Trump says he is willing to negotiate with Republican senators to pass controversial healthcare bill

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Donald Trump has signalled that he is willing to work with four Republican senators who have said they’re “not ready to vote” for the Senate’s Obamacare repeal and replacement bill. Hours after the measure was unveiled to Congress, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement that they were not ready to vote in favour of the legislation. Mr Trump acknowledged in an interview with Fox News that a lack of support from the four Republicans leaves the party's overhaul of former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare policy on a “very, very narrow path” to victory.

Consumer issues stemming from the GOP health care initiative

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Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation's health care system.


5 GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

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Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard.


Written by 13 men, Republican healthcare bill limits women's access to contraception and pregnancy coverage

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The Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill will make it harder for women to access important health benefits such as birth control and maternity coverage, critics say. As currently written, the measure, which was drafted by 13 male senators, would defund Planned Parenthood for a year as well as dramatically cut Medicaid, a healthcare programme for low-income Americans that pays for nearly half of all births in the US. Currently, about 75% of the public dollars spent on family planning are Medicaid dollars.

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Discord over education funding threatens to shut down Maine government

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Voters passed a referendum to raise funding for education, but Republicans in the state government appear to be ignoring them


Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

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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.

Senate Health Plan Falls Short of Promise for Cheaper Care, Experts Say

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Republicans and President Trump have said a new health law would make it easier and more affordable to get care. But the opposite may be true.

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The Latest: Nevada's Heller opposes GOP health bill

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The Latest on the Senate GOP health care bill (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says he opposes the GOP bill scuttling much of the Obama health care law, complicating the effort by party leaders to guide the measure through the Senate.


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