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Arizona Obamcare premiums may drop, as troubled enrollment opens

Arizona is one of the few states expected to see a decrease in average premium costs during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period that opened last week – if consumers can figure out how to sign up. The window to enroll has been cut in half from previous years, to 45 days, hours have been shortened, outreach and advertising budgets have been cut — in what critics are calling a Trump administration campaign to “sabotage” Obamacare after Congress was unable to kill it.... Read more»

House extends kid’s health coverage, but Senate outlook unclear

The House Friday passed a GOP bill to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years by pulling funds from other programs under Obamacare, angering Democrats who called the cuts unnecessary.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

D.C. smart guys aside, McSally still a favorite if she faces Kirkpatrick ... if

When I predicted a tough race for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, I assumed Democrats would find a candidate from within 200 miles of the district. Sorry Charlie Cook, McSally is still a six-point favorite. Ann Kirkpatrick knocks just a point or two off the spread. ... Read more»3

GOP drops Obamacare repeal bill after McCain, others oppose

Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying Tuesday that they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal.... Read more»

McCain: Can't vote 'in good conscience' for Graham-Cassidy repeal of Obamacare

U.S. Sen. John McCain announced Friday that he will not vote for the repeal of Obamacare being considered by the Senate, saying "too many lives are at risk" to back a bill "without knowing how much it will cost" and lacks bipartisan support. ... Read more»

McCain coy on GOP healthcare bill backed by Flake, Ducey

ASen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say Tuesday how he will vote on a new GOP plan.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s Phoenix fiction

In Phoenix for a rally Tuesday night, the president revised history, exaggerated accomplishments and made false claims. ... Read more»

Trump hits media, promises gov't shutdown over border wall funding

President Trump rallied about 5,000 supporters in Phoenix on Tuesday, spending almost a third of his time railing on how the press covered his response to the violence in Chartlottesville last week, and saying he'd shut down the government to get funding for his border wall.... Read more»

On second thought: Congress drops talk of staying, takes August recess

Senate leaders, backed by vocal conservatives in the House, vowed at the height of the health care debate to trim the usual month-long August recess and stay until at least the middle of the month to work on pressing legislation.... Read more»

Factchecking selling insurance across state lines

President Trump said that by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines, “your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent.” We couldn’t find any study supporting such a decrease, and experts we consulted disputed the idea that overall average premiums would decline significantly.... Read more»

McCain, 2 GOP women senators, help defeat repeal of Obamacare

Sen. John McCain’s decision to buck his party early Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of “amazing courage” and derided as “betraying his conservative constituency.” He joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine to vote against a repeal of parts of the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson could teach D.C. about how to break free of gridlock

There are no similes. There are no metaphors. No literary device could accurately relate the week in Washington that was July 23-28, 2017. All of which is to say, I told you John McCain would find a way to shank the president. But Tucson was once at loggerheads, with intractable opponents swinging meat axes at one another. We got past it. So can Washington.... Read more»

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McCain votes 'no' on Obamacare repeal: Bill 'offered no replacement'

Joining two other Republicans to kill an Obamacare repeal effort in a dramatic late-night Senate vote, Sen. John McCain said the GOP's "skinny repeal" bill "offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens." With video.... Read more»

McCain cajoles, condemns, coerces Senate in emotional return

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave Sen. John McCain 16 minutes of floor time Tuesday and McCain used every minute of it, capping an already emotional return to the Senate with a call to action for his fellow lawmakers that hit every emotion on the scale.... Read more»

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McCain: 'We're getting nothing done' on health care

Sen. John McCain on Obamacare: ""We're getting nothing done ... We've tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them it's better than nothing, asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition. I don't think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn't."... Read more»

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