healthcare

Sen. Boozman to Have Follow-Up Heart Surgery
Change in August recess delayed operation

Sen. John Boozman underwent emergency heart surgery in 2014 to fix a torn aorta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John Boozman was scheduled to have a follow-up heart operation during the first week of August. That all changed when the Senate pushed back the start of August recess.

Now the Arkansas Republican is set to have the procedure in northern Virginia Tuesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Poll: Americans Want to Move On From Obamacare Repeal
Reuters/Ipsos poll shows support for health law splits down party lines

A new Retuers/Ipsos poll found that only 29 percent of Americans said health care reform was their top priority. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A majority of Americans want members of Congress to ditch health care reform efforts and focus their attention elsewhere, according to a Reuters/Iposos poll conducted after the Senate Republicans’ effort crashed early Friday.

The new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans want to keep the 2010 health care law, either “entirely as is” or after reforming “problem areas.” This was an increase from January, when just over half of Americans agreed with that sentiment.

Governors Call for Bipartisan Fix to Health Care
State leaders want to be at decision table with Congress

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is one of 11 governors calling for a bipartisan solution to health care reform. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Following the collapse of the Senate’s health care overhaul bill, a group of governors are suggesting a new way forward: bipartisanship. And the group wants a spot at the decision table.

Eleven governors from across the nation issued a statement Tuesday morning calling on the Senate to stop the effort to repeal the 2010 health care law without a replacement.

Insurance Companies Say Cruz Amendment ‘Unworkable’
Texas senator says revised bill would give consumers freedom to choose more affordable plans

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives for the the unveiling of the Senate Republicans’ new version of health care plan on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two of the nation’s largest health care insurance companies called on the Senate to strike an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz to their health care bill, saying it would “undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions.”

Cruz’s amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act would allow insurers to sell low-cost policies that don’t meet existing federal regulations so long as they also offer one plan that does include services required under the Affordable Care Act, such as prescription drug coverage.

Ep. 45: Inside the GOP’s Uphill Health Bill Battle
The Big Story

CQ Roll Call’s health editor Rebecca Adams breaks down why the Republican replacement for Obamacare is being attacked on all sides. And senior editor David Hawkings talks about the political consequences of the GOP’s current predicament.

Ep. 44: Republicans Grab Health Care’s Third Rail
The Big Story

CQ Roll Call's leadership editor Jason Dick and senior political reporter Bridget Bowman explain the bumpy road ahead for Republican leaders as they try to sell their health care bill to their own members and the public.

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Ep. 35: Steps to Repealing Obamacare and the Republican Stragglers ​
The Week Ahead

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CQ Roll Call's resident budget guru Paul Krawzak spells out the steps Republicans will take to achieve a repeal of Obamacare. The fast-track approach, however, is facing resistance within the GOP, says Health reporter Erin Mershon.

Ryan on Border Wall: ‘You Have to Have Physical Barriers’
Speaker says he and Trump are ‘on the same page’ on border security

Speaker Paul D. Ryan says he and Donald Trump are “on the same page” with regard to securing the border. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While they may not agree on all aspects of immigration policy, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that he and President-elect Donald Trump are “on the same page” on border security. 

“I’m in favor of securing the border. And I do believe that you have to have physical barriers on the border,” the Wisconsin Republican told Fox News’ Bret Baier, when asked if he supports Trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border. “I will defer to the experts on the border as to what is the right way to actually secure the border.”

Update: Solicitor General Who Handled Obamacare Case to Leave
Donald B. Verrilli Jr. also took on same-sex marriage issue

U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. represented the Obama administration before the Supreme Court in cases including the health care law overhaul and same-sex marriage. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who represented the Obama administration in historic Supreme Court wins on the health care law and same-sex marriage, will leave the job this month.

The groundbreaking cases Verrilli handled during five years as the government's representative at the Supreme Court makes him “one of the most consequential" solicitors general in U.S. history, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday in announcing the departure.