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      • News 13 Poll

      • What kind of effect has the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had on you?

      • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

        Positive
        24%
        307 votes
        Negative
        59%
        763 votes
        No effect
        17%
        218 votes
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      • Trump promises Americans 'huge tax cut' for Christmas

        Trump promises Americans 'huge tax cut' for Christmas

        Monday, November 20 2017 3:30 AM EST2017-11-20 08:30:29 GMT
        Monday, November 20 2017 7:31 PM EST2017-11-21 00:31:18 GMT

        The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine but has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote the White House needs.

        The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine but has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote the White House needs.

      • VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

        VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

        Friday, November 17 2017 3:59 AM EST2017-11-17 08:59:03 GMT
        Monday, November 20 2017 2:31 AM EST2017-11-20 07:31:49 GMT
        As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon's.
        As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon's.
      • Medicare 'Part B' premiums to rise next year for many

        Medicare 'Part B' premiums to rise next year for many

        Friday, November 17 2017 6:20 PM EST2017-11-17 23:20:27 GMT
        Saturday, November 18 2017 8:20 AM EST2017-11-18 13:20:59 GMT

        Many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage.

        Many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage.

      • Consumers' market remake if 'Obamacare' mandate repealed

        Consumers' market remake if 'Obamacare' mandate repealed

        Thursday, November 16 2017 3:39 AM EST2017-11-16 08:39:10 GMT
        Friday, November 17 2017 6:53 PM EST2017-11-17 23:53:39 GMT

        The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that repeal of the insurance requirement would save the government $338 billion through 2027, mainly because fewer people would seek subsidized coverage.

        The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that repeal of the insurance requirement would save the government $338 billion through 2027, mainly because fewer people would seek subsidized coverage.

      • GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

        GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

        Friday, November 17 2017 3:19 AM EST2017-11-17 08:19:26 GMT
        Friday, November 17 2017 4:57 PM EST2017-11-17 21:57:17 GMT

        The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line vote brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades, but thorny problems await in the Senate.

        The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line vote brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades, but thorny problems await in the Senate.

      • Agency: Improper wait list used for vets' mental health care

        Agency: Improper wait list used for vets' mental health care

        Thursday, November 16 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-11-16 18:40:12 GMT
        Friday, November 17 2017 4:31 PM EST2017-11-17 21:31:11 GMT
        Watchdog agency confirms whistleblower claim that Colorado facility kept improper wait lists for veterans' mental health care.
        Watchdog agency confirms whistleblower claim that Colorado facility kept improper wait lists for veterans' mental health care.
      • Report: VA clinic where vet set self on fire was remiss

        Report: VA clinic where vet set self on fire was remiss

        Thursday, November 16 2017 12:30 PM EST2017-11-16 17:30:45 GMT
        Friday, November 17 2017 4:31 PM EST2017-11-17 21:31:01 GMT
        Government investigation finds problems with veterans clinic where Gulf War vet set self on fire, died.
        Government investigation finds problems with veterans clinic where Gulf War vet set self on fire, died.
      • Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

        Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

        Thursday, November 16 2017 10:29 AM EST2017-11-16 15:29:32 GMT
        Friday, November 17 2017 12:31 PM EST2017-11-17 17:31:33 GMT
        Pope Francis says health care legislation must promote "common good" as he decries that in some places only the privileged can afford top treatments.
        Pope Francis says health care legislation must promote "common good" as he decries that in some places only the privileged can afford top treatments.
      • Company in disarray leaves workers with big medical bills

        Company in disarray leaves workers with big medical bills

        Thursday, November 16 2017 12:40 PM EST2017-11-16 17:40:59 GMT
        Thursday, November 16 2017 1:30 PM EST2017-11-16 18:30:11 GMT

        Several employees said their insurance was cut off in January, but they didn't find out until May, after many had unknowingly gone to the doctor without insurance.

        Several employees said their insurance was cut off in January, but they didn't find out until May, after many had unknowingly gone to the doctor without insurance.

      • Gov't says uninsured rate holding steady

        Gov't says uninsured rate holding steady

        Thursday, November 16 2017 3:39 AM EST2017-11-16 08:39:01 GMT
        Thursday, November 16 2017 11:10 AM EST2017-11-16 16:10:16 GMT
        Gov't survey says 9 percent of Americans _ nearly 29 million people _ lacked health insurance in the first six months of this year.
        Gov't survey says 9 percent of Americans _ nearly 29 million people _ lacked health insurance in the first six months of this year.
      • 'Obamacare' sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year's pace

        'Obamacare' sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year's pace

        Wednesday, November 15 2017 10:58 AM EST2017-11-15 15:58:12 GMT
        Thursday, November 16 2017 10:10 AM EST2017-11-16 15:10:32 GMT

        Nearly 1.5M sign up for 'Obamacare' in first two weeks of open enrollment.

        Nearly 1.5M sign up for 'Obamacare' in first two weeks of open enrollment.

      • 1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

        1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

        Wednesday, November 15 2017 3:57 AM EST2017-11-15 08:57:58 GMT
        Thursday, November 16 2017 5:30 AM EST2017-11-16 10:30:01 GMT

        The surprise renewal of the failed effort to eliminate the health care law's mandate came a day after President Donald Trump renewed pressure on Republican lawmakers to include the repeal in their sweeping legislation to revamp the tax system. 

        The surprise renewal of the failed effort to eliminate the health care law's mandate came a day after President Donald Trump renewed pressure on Republican lawmakers to include the repeal in their sweeping legislation to revamp the tax system. 

      • 'Obamacare' mandate repeal would remake market for consumers

        'Obamacare' mandate repeal would remake market for consumers

        Wednesday, November 15 2017 3:27 PM EST2017-11-15 20:27:57 GMT
        Thursday, November 16 2017 3:41 AM EST2017-11-16 08:41:36 GMT
        Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others.
        Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others.
      • The Latest: Senate bill adds tax break for family leave

        The Latest: Senate bill adds tax break for family leave

        Wednesday, November 15 2017 11:10 AM EST2017-11-15 16:10:45 GMT
        Thursday, November 16 2017 1:00 AM EST2017-11-16 06:00:35 GMT
        The head of the Senate's tax-writing committee is defending the decision to include in the tax bill a repeal of the Obamacare requirement for Americans to get health insurance.
        The head of the Senate's tax-writing committee is defending the decision to include in the tax bill a repeal of the Obamacare requirement for Americans to get health insurance.
      • The Latest: Groups urge lawmakers to keep insurance mandate

        The Latest: Groups urge lawmakers to keep insurance mandate

        Tuesday, November 14 2017 2:47 PM EST2017-11-14 19:47:36 GMT
        Tuesday, November 14 2017 5:21 PM EST2017-11-14 22:21:59 GMT
        The No. 2 Senate Republican says the GOP is intent on repealing the individual mandate requirement under "Obamacare" as part of the tax bill.
        The No. 2 Senate Republican says the GOP is intent on repealing the individual mandate requirement under "Obamacare" as part of the tax bill.
      • Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit

        Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit

        Thursday, November 9 2017 11:14 AM EST2017-11-09 16:14:29 GMT
        Sunday, November 12 2017 3:41 PM EST2017-11-12 20:41:15 GMT
        A push by the insurer Anthem to limit ER visits to true emergencies worries doctors and patients who question whether they will make the right call or worry about a possible unpaid bill.
        A push by the insurer Anthem to limit ER visits to true emergencies worries doctors and patients who question whether they will make the right call or worry about a possible unpaid bill.
      • Despite Trump's scorn, early 'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k

        Despite Trump's scorn, early 'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k

        Thursday, November 9 2017 11:04 AM EST2017-11-09 16:04:17 GMT
        Saturday, November 11 2017 1:19 PM EST2017-11-11 18:19:05 GMT

        HealthCare.gov sign-ups top 600k in first week; nearly 8 in 10 are returning customers.

        HealthCare.gov sign-ups top 600k in first week; nearly 8 in 10 are returning customers.

      • Maine OKs Medicaid expansion in first-of-its-kind referendum

        Maine OKs Medicaid expansion in first-of-its-kind referendum

        Tuesday, November 7 2017 12:43 AM EST2017-11-07 05:43:15 GMT
        Thursday, November 9 2017 5:38 PM EST2017-11-09 22:38:26 GMT
        Voters in Maine are headed to the polls Tuesday to decide if they want to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
        Voters in Maine are headed to the polls Tuesday to decide if they want to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
      • In election glow, Dems see health care as a winning issue

        In election glow, Dems see health care as a winning issue

        Thursday, November 9 2017 3:24 AM EST2017-11-09 08:24:11 GMT
        Thursday, November 9 2017 2:57 PM EST2017-11-09 19:57:44 GMT

        During Barack Obama's presidency, health care was often seen as a political liability for Democrats. But public opinion seems to have shifted amid widespread opposition to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obama's Affordable Care Act.

        During Barack Obama's presidency, health care was often seen as a political liability for Democrats. But public opinion seems to have shifted amid widespread opposition to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obama's Affordable Care Act.

      • Notre Dame employees keeping free birth control coverage

        Notre Dame employees keeping free birth control coverage

        Tuesday, November 7 2017 5:43 PM EST2017-11-07 22:43:20 GMT
        Thursday, November 9 2017 3:25 AM EST2017-11-09 08:25:26 GMT
        The University of Notre Dame is reversing itself and now telling employees they will continue to receive no-cost birth control coverage.
        The University of Notre Dame is reversing itself and now telling employees they will continue to receive no-cost birth control coverage.
      • In election glow, Dems see health care as a winning issue

        In election glow, Dems see health care as a winning issue

        Wednesday, November 8 2017 3:54 PM EST2017-11-08 20:54:08 GMT
        Thursday, November 9 2017 1:06 AM EST2017-11-09 06:06:54 GMT
        Dems see political edge from health care, especially widened Medicaid access for low-income people.
        Dems see political edge from health care, especially widened Medicaid access for low-income people.
      • The Latest: Maine voters approve measure to expand Medicaid

        The Latest: Maine voters approve measure to expand Medicaid

        Tuesday, November 7 2017 10:24 PM EST2017-11-08 03:24:45 GMT
        Tuesday, November 7 2017 11:03 PM EST2017-11-08 04:03:34 GMT
        Voters in Maine say they want to join 31 other states in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
        Voters in Maine say they want to join 31 other states in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
      • Ryan says health insurance mandate part of GOP tax talks

        Ryan says health insurance mandate part of GOP tax talks

        Sunday, November 5 2017 1:21 PM EST2017-11-05 18:21:58 GMT
        Tuesday, November 7 2017 10:35 PM EST2017-11-08 03:35:03 GMT
        House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans are discussing whether their tax plan should include a repeal of the Obama health law's requirement that people have insurance coverage.
        House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans are discussing whether their tax plan should include a repeal of the Obama health law's requirement that people have insurance coverage.
      • Humana cuts jobs, adds jobs elsewhere

        Humana cuts jobs, adds jobs elsewhere

        Tuesday, November 7 2017 10:43 AM EST2017-11-07 15:43:12 GMT
        Tuesday, November 7 2017 11:03 AM EST2017-11-07 16:03:24 GMT
        The health insurer Humana is cutting about 1,300 positions a couple months after starting an early retirement program.
        The health insurer Humana is cutting about 1,300 positions a couple months after starting an early retirement program.
      • House tax panel adopts GOP changes after day of bickering

        House tax panel adopts GOP changes after day of bickering

        Monday, November 6 2017 3:42 AM EST2017-11-06 08:42:19 GMT
        Tuesday, November 7 2017 1:22 AM EST2017-11-07 06:22:55 GMT

        The House tax-writing committee is kicking off debate on a 429-page GOP tax overhaul plan in hopes of having it ready for a vote by the full House next week.

        The House tax-writing committee is kicking off debate on a 429-page GOP tax overhaul plan in hopes of having it ready for a vote by the full House next week.

      • News 13 Poll

      • What would you like to see Congress do with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare?

      • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

        Keep it!
        25%
        33 votes
        Drop it!
        30%
        40 votes
        Keep parts and make improvements.
        46%
        61 votes
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