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Obamacare’s History Littered With Near-Death Experiences

Few laws have defied as many existential threats as the Affordable Care Act. In seven years, it has been to the brink of elimination nearly a dozen times, only to rally back from seemingly impossible odds. Efforts to kill it have come from Congress (including one in 2015 that made it all the way to President Barack Obama’s desk before being vetoed), the White House and the courts. So far, the law continues.

As the Senate continues its latest effort to remake the law, here is a timeline of the ACA’s “near-death” experiences, which occurred before the bill passed, during its implementation and after benefits began to flow.

Categories: Courts, Multimedia, Repeal And Replace Watch, The Health Law

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Podcast: What The Health? Mostly Dead

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of the Wall Street Journal, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss the ever-changing status of the Senate’s effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to undermine the working of the law.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.

Julie Rovner: Politico’s “How hospitals got richer off Obamacare,” by Dan Diamond

Stephanie Armour: This tweet from Sam Stein of The Daily Beast:

Margot Sanger-Katz: The Daily Beast’s “Team Trump used Obamacare money to run PR effort against it,” by Sam Stein.

Sarah Kliff: Axios.com’s “The ripple effect of declining births,” by Bob Herman.

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Categories: Health Industry, Multimedia, Repeal And Replace Watch, The Health Law

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Watch: 7 Moments That Battered The GOP Health Bills

The U.S. health care debate is not for the faint-hearted. For the second time in less than a decade, Americans have been asking tough questions about proposed big changes in how they get health insurance. Here are seven memorable moments from the debate over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

February 10:

A teacher at a town hall meeting of Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) puts her opposition into a religious context.

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February 23:

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is roasted as “Flat Rob” in a Cleveland protest.

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May 10:

A dad tells Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), “You have been the single greatest threat to my family.”

June 10:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) complains, “There’s a group of guys in a backroom somewhere that are making these decisions.”

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June 22:

Police forcibly remove disabled people protesting proposed Medicaid cuts from outside Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.

July 6:

Over the July 4 holiday, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) is one of few senators to brave an open town hall meeting.

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July 17:

Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, the Republicans latest attempt to repeal and replace the ACA collapsed — tweet by tweet. Sens. Moran and Mike Lee (R-Utah), simultaneously on Twitter withdrew their support of the bill. The president and McConnell lobbed responses, signaling their intention to pursue repealing the ACA without replacing it.

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On The Air With KHN: We Make Sense Of The Senate Health Bill’s Latest Twists

KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner and KHN senior correspondent Mary Agnes Carey dig into the latest version of the Senate health care bill with colleagues on on television and radio, lending expert insight to what may happen to the Affordable Care Act.

PBS NewsHour with Julie Rovner (July 13):

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C-SPAN’s Washington Journal with Mary Agnes Carey (July 14):

KQED’s Forum with Julie Rovner (July 14):


The Mitch Albom Show with Mary Agnes Carey (July 14):


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