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Backbone of Biden’s pandemic response faces high court dissection

An unusual session of arguments is on the horizon as the Supreme Court meets to consider vaccine mandates for large private companies and health care workers, a linchpin of the U.S. strategy for overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed over 800,000 Americans. ... Read more»

Supreme Court will hear challenges to Biden’s vaccine mandates

The Supreme Court agreed to take up challenges to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates for large companies and health care workers, consolidating four applications into two cases that will be argued before the justices on Jan. 7. ... Read more»

Arizona businesses get another 60 days to apply for pandemic relief assistance

Arizona business officials welcomed Tuesday’s extension of the Paycheck Protection Program, a multibillion-dollar pandemic-relief program for businesses that one official said has been “keeping people open from day to day” over the past year. The program was set to expire Wednesday with $88 billion still unallocated, but President Joe Biden signed a measure Tuesday extending it for another 60 days. Now businesses have until May 31 to apply for loans, which have been worth billions to Arizona businesses so far.... Read more»

Senate plans to end 2020 legislative session Friday, House will not

Senate President Karen Fann announced Thursday morning that her chamber will end the 2020 legislative session on Friday. But the House of Representatives won't do the same, House Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Thursday evening, after Republicans in that chamber rejected the idea.... Read more»

Senate OKs COVID-19 bill mandating paid leave, readies new relief bill

The Senate gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag.... Read more»

Is Obamacare causing health care layoffs?

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers blamed the Affordable Care Act for a recent loss of health care jobs, but she based her comment on a reported December downtick that was preliminary and miniscule at that, and that economists say had nothing to do with the new health care law.... Read more»

Az business groups oppose health care reform

Businesses and business groups in Arizona have widely come out in opposition to the health care law being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

Analysis

The ripple effect of unpaid medical care

Without a mandate for health insurance, hospitals and taxpayers can get stuck with the bill.... Read more»

GOP rallying cry on health reform: states' rights

Republicans are planning their next moves to challenge the new health law.... Read more»