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‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Health Care Debate With Dread

“I’m so done,” moaned Cathy McPherson, 58, a retired court clerk in Sonora, Calif., with hypertension, who has been covered by plans under the health care act from the outset. “It’s what I think about all the time and I am totally burned out. They go over and over it. Can you stop? Just stop it for a little bit? Go on vacation! Relax! Because I’d like a vacation from it, too!” On Thursday, as a vote loomed on a last-ditch repeal measure, many suspected the uncertainty would not end….

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Former Obama Aides Lead Opposition to Health Care Repeal

Andrew M. Slavitt, the former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been trolling Republicans over health care on Twitter, posting hundreds of tweets each week that attack their proposals as meanspirited and wrong. Kathleen Sebelius, Mr. Obama’s first secretary of health and human services, will soon embark on a monthlong bus tour designed to pressure members of Congress to oppose the health care law’s repeal. And a few blocks from the Capitol, a political war room run by Leslie Dach, one of Mr. Obama’s top health…

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What is a “skinny repeal” and can it pass the Senate?

How is the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare going?  It hasn’t produced much. The only thing that’s passed is the motion to proceed with the bill, which only formally opened debate. It’s no surprise, really, given the slim Senate majority that allows for only two Republican defections — and that’s only on the amendments that can be passed with 51 votes. Some will require 60. What have they tried so far? On Tuesday night, the Senate GOP’s main plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act…

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On Washington: Lisa Murkowski, a Swing Vote on Health Care, Isn’t Swayed

“She is unshakable when it comes to her constituents,” said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, the other Republican who opposed Tuesday’s procedural vote. “She has a spine of steel.” Given the narrow 52-48 party divide in the Senate and the shrinking ranks of more moderate congressional Republicans, Ms. Murkowski has emerged as a key swing vote, giving her new influence. Nowhere has that been on display as much as in the health care fight. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, shaped his health care proposal with…

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10 governors, including Republicans, come out against Obamacare “skinny repeal”

A group of 10 governors, including Republicans, is urging the Senate to reject a proposal for a so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. “The Senate should also reject efforts to amend the bill into a ‘skinny repeal,’ which is expected to accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage,” they said in a letter Wednesday to Senate leaders. The Republican governors who signed the letter are: Brian Sandoval of Nevada Charles Baker of Massachusetts John Kasich of Ohio Larry Hogan of…

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Fact Check: One Day, Three Events, Seven Falsehoods From Trump

He falsely claimed “a historic increase in military spending.” Mr. Trump has proposed a $54 billion increase — about a 10 percent rise — in the Pentagon’s budget over last year’s spending. There have been at least 10 larger increases to the base defense budget since the 1977 fiscal year, including four since 2002. Factoring in war spending, there have been 27 years since 1940 in which military spending was as high or higher than the proposed increase. As a percentage of gross domestic product, there have been roughly 35…

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Obamacare repeal bill fails in Senate vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves his office ahead of today’s vote on the health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2017. Aaron Bernstein Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 4:18 PM EDT A proposal that would partially repeal Obamacare fell short of the 51 votes needed to pass it Wednesday afternoon, dealing yet another blow to the GOP effort to roll back the 2010 health care law. The Senate rejected the plan in a 45-55 vote. All Democrats voted against it, along with seven Republicans. They…

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John McCain, Sick With Cancer, Returns To Advance Bill That Would Deprive Millions Of Health Care

WASHINGTON ― Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) received a standing ovation from senators of both parties on his return to the Senate on Tuesday to cast the deciding vote allowing debate to proceed on Affordable Care Act repeal legislation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) even gave him a hug. McCain was diagnosed with a fatal form of brain cancer last week that was found during surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye. Fellow senators, many of whom have worked with him for decades, were understandably moved by his return….

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Senate to resume health care debate after GOP plan fails

CBS News’ Rebecca Shabad, Emily Tillett, John Nolen and Blair Wild are contributing to this developing story. The Senate voted Tuesday in favor on a motion to proceed with debate on the Senate’s health care plan to effectively repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday night, the Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the health care law failed on a procedural vote. The Senate adjourned but will return on Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. to resume debate and consideration of amendments to the Republican health care bill….

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