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Shutdown cost economy $11 billion but effects shouldn't last, economists say

Once the government starts up and employees are paid back wages, the economy should recover from the 35-day shutdown.... Read more»

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Need health insurance? Obamacare deadline is Saturday, Dec. 15

The open enrollment deadline for plans from the Affordable Care Act Marketplace is Saturday. ... Read more»

Without Obamacare penalty, think it'll be nice to drop your plan? Better think twice.

Some people are likely to dump their health insurance because of a provision in last year’s Republican tax bill that repeals the Obamacare tax penalty, starting in 2019, by zeroing out the fines. But going without can be a "bad gamble."... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on military pay raises

At an event honoring the mothers and spouses of military members, President Donald Trump mistakenly said that the recently approved budget raised military pay for the “first time in 10 years.” That isn’t true, as the White House admits.... Read more»

Advocates: Obamacare repeal would ‘painfully disrupt’ Arizona care

A Senate proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan in place “would immediately and painfully disrupt the health care system” and could force as many as 709,000 Arizonans off coverage, advocates said this week.... Read more»

Local protests just part of pressure aimed at Flake on health care vote

When protesters descended on Sen. Jeff Flake’s offices last week to demand that he vote against the Senate’s health reform bill, it was just the latest in a campaign by local and national groups to pressure the Arizona Republican.... Read more»

Protesters urge ‘no’ vote on GOP health care bill, as details emerge

Angry protesters rallied outside Sen. Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office Friday, demanding that he vote against a Republican health care bill that new analyses claim could hit Arizona particularly hard.... Read more»

Arizona reaction to Senate health bill ranges from lukewarm to hostile

The Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare was quickly attacked by Democrats and kept at arm’s length by Arizona’s Republican senators, who seemed less than eager to comment on a bill few had seen before its release Thursday.... Read more»1

HHS: Az health insurance premiums almost tripled since 2013

Health insurance premiums nearly tripled in Arizona between 2013 and 2017, the fourth-biggest increase among the 39 states that participated in healthcare.gov, a new report said. But the report does not mention the tax credits that many low-income consumers received under Obamacare.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Double-counting trillions in Trump's budget

How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will?... Read more»

Gallego jumps district lines to hammer McSally in healthcare rally

As part of a political campaign designed to hammer away at Republican members of Congress for their votes on the American Health Care Act, Phoenix-based U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego hosted a town hall in Tucson, honing in on fellow Rep. Martha McSally's turf. ... Read more»1

FactCheck: Spinning the CBO report on the Republican health care bill

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican health care bill has been released — so let the spinning begin: Democrats overstate what the CBO said about the impact on those who now have health insurance, while the White House budget director oversells the impact on premiums.... Read more»

Az Dems blast 'Trumpcare' after CBO reports 24 million could lose insurance

Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a CBO report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, but leave as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured. Politico reported that an internal White House analysis showed even more people would lose coverage.... Read more»

CBO estimates millions more would be uninsured under GOP repeal plan

The Congressional Budget Office releases its anticipated analysis of the American Health Care Act, Republican's replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

If Republicans repeal Obamacare, how will they pay for replacement?

Leading Republicans have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement will not hurt those currently receiving benefits. But that may be difficult for one big reason — Republicans have also pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats used to pay for their health law. Without that funding, Republicans will have far less money to spend on whatever they opt for as a replacement.... Read more»

Ducey blasts marijuana reform in ‘values voter’ speech in D.C.

Gov. Doug Ducey told a Washington audience this weekend that the movement to legalize recreational marijuana is “a battle for the minds and future of our children’s lives.”... Read more»

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