Democrats roll out big health care proposals in the states

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, agents help sign people up for insurance through the Covered California exchange at their storefront on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, Calif. SEATTLE (AP) – Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals. In his initial actions, newly elected…

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Senate Democrats Give Up On Coal Miner Health Benefits, Averting Government Shutdown (UPDATE)

Coal-state Senate Democrats on Friday backed off their threat to shut down the government over health benefits for retired coal miners after an impasse with Republicans. The Senate voted Friday night to fund the government until April 28 ― averting a shutdown less than an hour before the deadline. The funding bill, which passed 63-36, will now be sent to President Barack Obama. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who led the push for a one-year extension of health care benefits for miners, railed against House members Friday evening for leaving town without committing to…

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