Tag Archives: Mitch McConnell

GOP healthcare bill heads to Senate where fate far from certain

The News: The US House of Representatives on Thursday (May 4, 2017) voted 217 to 213 in favor of proposed legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into… Read more »

Shrouded in secrecy, GOP health plan finally unwrapped; governing crisis now on full display

Steve’s Take: The healthcare goals Pres. Donald Trump articulated in his address last week to a joint session of Congress marked a new record high for policy specifics. But as… Read more »

Trumpcare slowly imploding; perhaps morphing into Obamacare 2.0?

Steve’s Take: Six years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act has demonstrated it’s far from perfect. But replacing such an immense, complicated law on an accelerated schedule is presenting… Read more »

GOP keeps promise to begin Obamacare repeal; will Trump’s chameleon stance on universal coverage matter?

With Republican leaders pressing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, possibly within weeks, moderate Senate Democrats reached out on Thursday to Republicans, appealing for them to slow down the repeal… Read more »

Democrats demand probe into stock trading of Trump’s HHS nominee; GOP’s righteous indignation misplaced, puzzling

Senate Democrats on Thursday (January 5, 2016) demanded an ethics probe into Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for US health secretary, following a report that the fierce Obamacare critic… Read more »

It’s the 11th Hour and Congress Still Bargaining Over Zika Funding; Nation’s Health Lies In The Balance

Congressional negotiators on Monday pressed to wrap up a must-do spending bill to prevent an election-season government shutdown and finally provide money to battle the threat of the Zika virus,… Read more »

Congress Leaves Zika Measure Hanging; Then, There’s Really Bad News

Just one day after Congress adjourned for a seven-week recess without approving any of the $1.9 billion requested by the Obama administration to fund the effort to fight the Zika… Read more »

Senate GOP Caves on Effort to Defund ObamaCare

Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach came… Read more »

U.S. Congress Heading Toward Conference on $1.1-Billion Zika Measure

The Senate agreed by voice vote Wednesday night to join the House in formal negotiations over a Zika virus response package, the latest incremental step toward clearing a bill for… Read more »