The new Senate health care bill — and the return of preexisting conditions — explained

Senate Republicans introduced a revised version of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, one that would allow insurers to once again deny coverage based on preexisting conditions, and to charge higher rates to sick people. The bill would keep most of the Affordable Care Act’s tax increases but repeal one aimed specifically at medical device manufacturers. It would deeply cut the Medicaid program, making few changes to the bill’s first draft. Even with these new changes, the general structure of the bill stays the same from…

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2 winners and 4 losers from the Senate health care bill

Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, would if passed lead to one of the largest redistributions of income in American history, just as Obamacare itself did. It would shift hundreds of billions of dollars from health care programs to fund sweeping tax cuts for rich Americans, radically overhaul the way the US supports elderly and disabled people, and allow states to substantially weaken insurance regulations. While it clearly does not yet have the votes it needs to pass the Senate,…

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Republican voters criticize health bill amid fears over pre-existing conditions

Matthew Frankic: ‘I am not for what they brought out.’ Photograph: Justin Gilliland for the Guardian Matthew Frankic, a health insurance broker and Republican voter, makes his living signing people up for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Since the law went into effect in 2014, he has seen flaws. Each year, health insurance in his section of southern Indiana has seemed to cost more, and fewer doctors and hospitals seemed to accept it. But he supported the unpopular Republican effort to reform the law until he heard…

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Who Wins and Who Loses in the Latest G.O.P. Health Care Bill

A group protesting outside the St. Joseph, Mich., office of Representative Fred Upton on Wednesday. Mr. Upton has emerged as a crucial supporter of the latest effort to revive the G.O.P.’s health care bill.CreditDon Campbell/The Herald-Palladium, via Associated Press The American Health Care Act, which narrowly won passage in the House on Thursday, could transform the nation’s health insurance system and create a new slate of winners and losers. While the Senate will probably demand changes, this bill, if it becomes law in its current form, will repeal and replace…

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Mammoth US health bill aims to approve drugs faster, but concerns linger

The US Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a mammoth health bill that took two years to negotiate and passed through the House as few others do: with broad, bipartisan support. Like many bipartisan works, the $6.2bn 21st Century Cures Act is chock full of compromises. Critics argue it is part of a “deregulatory agenda”, that dilutes high Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards in return for the unrealized promise of biomedical research funding. High-profile liberal senators, such as Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and some consumer groups,…

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Is your food bill eating you alive?

Remember the $7 cauliflower? Food prices have fallen back since the price shock that began the year, but a lot of people are still worried about how to pay for groceries. In the B.C. town of Saanich, a survey found that a substantial number of people spend between one-quarter and half their household income on food. One of the reasons why food prices have climbed is the weakness in the dollar – it makes imports more expensive. A stronger dollar would help lower food costs, but that doesn’t seem likely…

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Bill Brooks: Top Canadian fashion designers strut their stuff

For those who are au courant on Canada’s fashion industry, it’s old news that Toronto’s Fashion Week was cancelled. You would also be up to snuff on all the acronyms associated with the industry. PFW is Paris Fashion Week. NFW? New York Fashion Week. And so on. Now we don’t have a Calgary Fashion Week (CFW?), but we do have PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture). The avant organization recently partnered with CAFA (Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards) as part of CAFA’s national event series Fashion Connects. The partnership proved the…

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Bill Clinton: Hillary Clinton “doing fine” after incident at 9/11 ceremony

To see more of this interview, watch “Charlie Rose” on PBS, and “CBS This Morning” Tuesday. Former President Bill Clinton, who spoke with CBS News’ Charlie Rose about the Clinton Foundation ahead of its final Clinton Global Initiative conference, said Monday that Hillary Clinton is “doing fine” after she abruptly left a 9/11 memorial service Sunday due to her recently diagnosed pneumonia. “She’s doing fine, she was even better last night before she went to sleep. She had a good night’s sleep she’s doing fine,” he said. “We’ve gotten all these, as you…

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Labour MP to table 30 changes to education bill to benefit students

A Labour MP has promised to table more than 30 amendments to a higher education bill in an attempt to ensure that students get a better experience from their degrees as tuition fees continue to rise. Wes Streeting, the MP for Ilford North and former president of the National Union of Students, said he wanted the higher education and research bill to include a “students’ bill of rights”. The bill, about to enter the committee stage of scrutiny in the House of Commons, has already attracted criticism for not doing…

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