Republicans in Congress said they lacked the votes needed for passage of their U.S. healthcare system overhaul and a key committee chairman came out in opposition after Donald Trump demanded a vote on Friday in a gamble that could hobble his presidency. Amid a chaotic scramble for votes, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, who has championed the bill, met with Trump at the White House. Ryan told the president there were not enough votes to pass the plan, U.S. media reported. The showdown...
(WASHINGTON) — The Republicans’ capstone health care overhaul seemed in dire trouble Friday as Speaker Paul Ryan weighed strategy at the White House with President Donald Trump. GOP lawmakers and aides said they lacked the votes to succeed in the House, just hours before a do-or-die showdown demanded by Trump. GOP leaders pushed toward a climactic House roll call, but their promise to stage the vote increasingly looked like a losing gamble for the new president and his GOP allies i...
The House of Representatives is expected to vote Friday on a bill to repeal chunks of the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the Republican alternative, the American Health Care Act. The vote comes a year and a day after President Barack Obama signed the prior law -- often called Obamacare -- into law. The two bills tackle the same subject, but their path to the House floor has been very different. Here's a side-by-side comparison of how the votes compare. The Affordable Care Act was debate...
Greetings and happy Friday, readers. Once again, this is Sy. The Google-funded startup Calico, as with many of the tech-originating firms foraying into the life sciences, has a lofty goal: to tackle the spectrum of “aging-related” diseases, which encompasses everything from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s to cancer. While the outfit is notoriously cagey about its work, it’s certainly not shy about striking up partnerships. The latest one came on Thursday afternoon, when ...
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Republicans are moving into a health care vote Friday with opposition from the Democrats and from the moderate and conservative wings of their own party. But they’re also facing disapproval from the American public. According to a series of polls, nearly every aspect of the dynamic unfolding around Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is unpopular. Here’s a breakdown of the polling data. American Health Care Act A recent Quinnipiac University poll f...
New Delhi: The government on Friday introduced “The Mental Healthcare Bill” in the Lok Sabha, which seeks to decriminalise suicides, besides giving the right of choice for the kind of treatments to patients along with thrust on involvement of community in the therapy process. The Bill had already been passed by the Rajya Sabha last year. While the government claims that one per cent of India’s population have mental illnesses, which predispose them for suicidal tendencies, the...
  The original health care plan that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) introduced to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act already stripped away some aspects of women’s health care coverage. It sought to defund Planned Parenthood, restrict access to abortion by limiting the use of tax credits, and sunset Obamacare’s essential health benefits--including maternity care and preventative services like birth control--for those who gained access to Medicaid under the ACA...
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President Trump pressured the hard-right House Freedom Caucus Friday morning over their likely opposition to the Republican healthcare plan. “The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!” the president tweeted hours before the controversial bill is set for a vote in the House. The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to co...
(WASHINGTON) — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. House Speaker Paul Ryan set the showdown for Friday, following a nighttime Capitol meeting at which top White House officials told GOP lawmakers that Trump had decided the time for talk was over. “We ...
ASIA’S largest life insurer AIA Group yesterday launched a health management mobile application on China’s mainland to enhance disease prevention and offer incentives for policy holders. The move marks the mainland becomes the eighth market that incorporates health management into insurance services. The application tracks clients’ daily activity, and offers cash-back for achievements of the users. John Cai, CEO of AIA China, said the company invested a “considerable...
U.S. President Donald Trump warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave Obamacare in place and move on to tax reform if they do not get behind new healthcare legislation and support it in a vote on Friday. It was not clear late on Thursday evening that Trump and the Republican leaders who crafted the bill had enough support to pass it, meaning they now risk defeat in their first attempt at major legislation and may fail to deliver on a key campaign pledge. “We have been promising ...
(WASHINGTON) — Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts say changes Republican leaders have proposed in their health care bill to win House votes have cut the measure’s deficit reduction by more than half. The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that the new version would reduce federal shortfalls by $150 billion over the next decade. That’s $186 billion less than the original bill. The deficit reduction figures dropped mostly because the updated measure has additiona...
The score by the Congressional Budget Office projects federal deficits would be lowered by $150 billion over 10 years but still projects that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 than under the Affordable Care Act. The analysis comes as House Republicans continue making changes to try to line up enough votes to […]
On Monday, House Republicans introduced the “manager’s amendment,” a set of changes to the GOP health care plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The tweaks--which, among other things, repeal a prescription drug tax and a medical devices excise tax--are designed to help win over Congress members who have objected to portions of the original plan. But one aspect of the amendment is raising fresh alarm in some quarters: A clause that would affect new mothers who receive Medic...
(WASHINGTON) — House Republican leaders have postponed a vote on their health care bill in a setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. Prospects for the Republicans’ showcase health care bill had looked grimmer by the minute Thursday despite Trump’s personal lobbying of conservatives. That still left the legislation short of the votes needed for passage. A senior Republican official said the vote would be delayed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to...
With just hours before Republicans planned to vote on repealing Obamacare, President Trump failed to reach a deal with a key group of House conservatives to support the GOP health care bill. At the White House, President Trump met with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, most of whom have voiced their opposition to the bill and could sink it. Between 20 and 30 Freedom Caucus members have said they oppose or are leaning against the bill in its current form. The signs coming out of...
If you’re thoroughly confused about how the new Republican proposal will reshape America’s health care system, and it’s gotten backlash from both conservative and liberal groups and politicians, and why today’s vote on its passage is so in question, this is the story for you. We’re going to unmask what President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan are really targeting. Spoiler alert: It’s not at all the free-market revolution they’re advertising. Put simply, the...
The Republican health care bill got some bad news on the day the House is scheduled to vote: Only 17 percent of American voters approve of the proposal. According to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act, with 26 percent undecided. “Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in...