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Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress with the hardliners while House leaders struggled...

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  • Expert: Bird flu outbreak nation's worst since 2015

    A bird flu outbreak that has led officials to euthanize more than 200,000 animals in three Southern states already is the nation's worst since 2015 and new cases are still popping up, an expert said Wednesday. Agriculture officials are trying to limit the damage, but it's unclear whether quarantines,...

      • Wolf urges mixed Pennsylvania delegation to defeat GOP bill

        Reaction to Republican health care legislation speeding toward a vote was mixed Wednesday among Pennsylvania's 18-member U.S. House delegation, as Gov. Tom Wolf made another attempt at urging them to defeat it, saying it would jeopardize people's lives. In a letter Wolf's office released publicly,...

          • Cauliflower, onion and chickpeas make a tasty side dish

            The produce aisle is a healthy budget cook's best place to start a supermarket shopping trip. By loading up the cart with bulky, nutrient-filled produce, you'll visually make the cart smaller, and you'll spend be less likely to fill up the cart with (less healthy) impulse buys from the more processed...

              • New Mexico sees stark financial choices in health overhaul

                Stark choices lie ahead for New Mexico about which residents continue to receive Medicaid coverage and to what extent if congressional Republicans enact a plan to overhaul Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, according to first detailed analysis from the state with the nation's second-highest poverty...

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                  • Trump pledges support to save retired coal miners health care fund

                    WASHINGTON President Donald Trump pledged his support Wednesday for the rescue of a health care fund for thousands of retired coal miners and their families, an issue that almost triggered a government shutdown in December. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., raised the issue at a meeting of about 18...

                      • Obamacare replacement bill meets its final hurdle in House Rules Committee

                        WASHINGTON Members of the House Rules Committee debated 29 amendments to the Obamacare replacement bill Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the bill is set for a vote on the House floor and as House Speaker Paul Ryan still appeared short of the support he needs for passage. The committee, led...

                          • Rep. Chris Collins advocates retribution for Republican holdouts on health care bill

                            WASHINGTON If House Freedom Caucus members sink the GOP leadership's health care bill Thursday, they should be stripped of plum committee assignments and denied access to campaign committee resources, Rep. Chris Collins told reporters Wednesday. "If this goes down, they're not on our team," the...

                              • Inside the final conservative push to thwart Trump's health care bill

                                WASHINGTON In the final hours before a vote on the Republican health care overhaul, powerful conservative groups raced to ensure that their Capitol Hill allies will oppose a bill they see as too weak, despite mounting pressure and threats from President Donald Trump. Influential conservative groups...

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                                  • Joe Biden returns to defend Obamacare

                                    WASHINGTON Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. returned to the Capitol Wednesday to save what once he famously described as a "big (expletive) deal." Biden appeared with fellow Democrats and supporters of the 2010 health care law on the Capitol steps. The man from Delaware, who spent virtually...

                                      • GOP bill takes aim at long-shot Medicaid expansion hopes

                                        WASHINGTON Republicans in North Carolina and Kansas who hope to scale back Medicaid can claim a victory in the updated GOP plan to overhaul the 2010 health care law. The package takes aim at those two states, which had the highest albeit long-shot hopes of expanding their Medicaid programs this...

                                          • Vulnerable Senate Democrats stand firm in opposing GOP health care plan

                                            MARTINSBURG, W.Va. Senate Democrats up for re-election in Republican-leaning states are united in opposition to the GOP health care plan. For them, overhauling the health care system is not just about policy. It's a matter of right and wrong. "Someone's got to have a moral compass inside," West...

                                              • Eyes on 2018, Democrats see opening with GOP health plan

                                                WASHINGTON The attacks are ready. Democrats just need Republicans to go ahead and pass the bill. Republicans in the House of Representatives have been racing to a vote on President Donald Trump's health care overhaul, and on a parallel track, Democratic strategists have been preparing to make the...

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                                                  • House health care bill teetering on the brink of failing

                                                    WASHINGTON The GOP health care bill appears poised for failure with at least 19 Republicans committed to voting "no," absent additional substantial changes, and several more likely to join them in opposition. This reality seems to be sinking in with GOP leaders, as they have started discussions...

                                                      • GOP scraps individual mandate but sets up penalty for those skipping coverage; a question and answer

                                                        WASHINGTON The Affordable Care Act's tax penalty for people who opt out of health insurance is one of the most loathed parts of the law, so it is no surprise that Republicans are keen to abolish it. But the penalty, called the individual mandate, plays a vital function: nudging healthy people into...

                                                          • Paying attention to diet may help prevent gout flare-up

                                                            Dear Mayo Clinic: What causes gout? I have had one attack and am not on treatment but am watching my diet. Is it possible that I won't have additional attacks or need treatment for it, or is it likely to come back again? A: Gout is a form of arthritis that happens when sharp particles, called urate...

                                                              • Low-income AIDS patients fear coverage gains may slip away

                                                                When Tami Haught was diagnosed with HIV, she was one day shy of her 25th birthday. The diagnosis did not come as a shock since doctors had determined her fiance was dying of AIDS several weeks earlier. In the two decades since, Haught, 48, has turned to expensive prescription drugs to keep the...

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