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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a Nov. 30, 2017 photo as he talked to small business owners about the tax bill. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

How the tax bill opens wide a big back door to overhaul health care

The Senate tax bill cuts taxes for many of the nation's richest and cuts programs for social safety nets. Here's how the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid are all affected.
Health insurance impacts decisions about contraception, marriage and more. Kamil Macniak/shutterstock.com

How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

Once young women could access health insurance through their parents, they seemed to make very different decisions about contraception, abortion and marriage.
A computer screen showing the Healthcare.gov website for this year’s open enrollment. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Surprise! How Obamacare is beginning to look a lot like Medicaid

With open enrollment for the Obamacare exchanges under way, big changes could occur. Insurers raised their premiums, but most Obamacare consumers won't pay big increases. Taxpayers will.
Pres. Trump shows off an executive order he signed Oct. 12, 2017 to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Will Obamacare marketplaces suffer as open enrollment begins?

Frustrated with Congress for its failure to replace Obamacare, President Trump took matters into his own hands and issued an executive order to nix parts of it. How his order will play out is unknown.
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, considered a powerful dealmaker, failed to get the necessary votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

US health care system: A patchwork that no one likes

Many Western, industrialized nations provide health insurance. The US has repeatedly balked at universal coverage. So what kind of system are we left with? A very unpopular one.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) flanked by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as they addressed the unpopularity of their replacement bill. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

How Obamacare has helped poor cancer patients

Poor people who have cancer are one of the most financially vulnerable groups in the US. Obamacare aimed to improve their access to care. A recent study shows how it did.
States like Ohio could lose billions of dollars in federal funds if the ACA is repealed. AP Photo/Tony Dejak

State budgets hang in the balance as future of ACA uncertain

As states begin to plan budgets, the future of Obamacare is still undecided. A former Ohio state senator explains how budget directors are bracing for billions of dollars in shortfalls.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at an Aug. 1 press conference, the first he held after the defeat of his health care bill. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Why state-level single-payer health care efforts are doomed

With Obamacare in peril and no health care plan in sight, it's logical to ask whether states could design their own single-payer health insurance plans. Efforts in California show why it's unlikely.
For many, the heart of the health care debate is the ability of patients to choose their own health care, including whether to buy insurance and which doctor to see. Alpa Prod/Shutterstock.com

What does choice mean when it comes to health care?

The Republican position on health care has been based upon a belief in individual choice. Here's how their own versions of health care bills eroded choice, however, and how they also did harm.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the pivotal vote to nix the Senate version of a bill to repeal Obamacare, only days after returning to Washington after surgery. AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Trump isn’t letting Obamacare die; he’s trying to kill it

After the Senate nixed a repeal of Obamacare, Pres. Trump turned to Twitter, vowing to let the law die. But he's actually doing much more. Here's how he's taking an active part in destroying the law.
The cells inside this bioreactor are the real pharmaceutical factories. Sanofi Pasteur

Biologics: The pricey drugs transforming medicine

Rather than being designed by chemists, this class of pharmaceuticals is produced by living cells. Here's where they come from and how they work.
Mitch McConnell has a majority in the Senate – but his mission to push President Trump’s legislative agenda has been far from easy. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Mitch McConnell, the president’s man in the Senate

Why would McConnell push a vote to repeal Obamacare when he knows it won't pass? It's not as crazy as it sounds.
Health care personnel in all hospitals work hard to provide first-rate care, but academic hospitals carry an added responsibility. Some have questioned whether that dilutes clinical care. gpointstudios/Shutterstock.com

As academic hospitals lower mortality rates, should insurers reconsider excluding them?

Many academic medical centers are facing increasing financial pressure as insurers create so-called narrow networks, but a recent study of mortality data may lead insurers to reconsider.
North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber, accompanied by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas, left, as activists, many with the clergy, are taken into custody by U.S. Capitol Police on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 13, 2017, after protesting against the Republican health care bill. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged

The latest Senate health care bill is still a hodgepodge of efforts to repeal Obamacare, critics say. One of their concerns is the focus on HSAs.

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