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US House panels OK Obamacare replacement after marathon debate

WASHINGTON: Two US congressional panels on Thursday approved Republican plans to replace Obamacare, after marathon debate on the controversial health legislation that is backed by President Donald Trump but opposed by some in his party. After 18 marathon hours of debate the House Ways and Means Committee became the first panel to approve the bill that would repeal and replace Democrat Barack Obama's landmark health reforms. But the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- a separate panel that began reviewing the…

Trump, Republican leaders push health reform despite revolt

WASHINGTON: Republican leaders have forged ahead with a health care replacement plan despite strong opposition from lawmakers within the party, highlighting the deep divisions surrounding US President Donald Trump's chief legislative priority. Two committees in the House of Representatives held marathon sessions Wednesday to debate a sweeping bill that unwinds and replaces the Affordable Care Act, the emblematic health care reforms implemented under Barack Obama. After seven years of Republican efforts to rip up…

Obamacare critic confirmed as US health secretary

WASHINGTON: The US Senate narrowly confirmed Tom Price as President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary Friday, appointing a fierce Obamacare critic who aims to implement a Republican promise to tear up the divisive health care reform law. Price, a congressman from Georgia and former orthopedic surgeon, was confirmed as head of the Department of Health and Human Services along strict party lines, with the chamber's 52 Republicans voting for and 47 Democrats against. Announcing 62-year-old Price as his pick last…

Medical students, faculty rally to try to save Obamacare

CHICAGO: Hundreds of medical students and faculty members gathered at Northwestern University's school of medicine in Chicago on Monday to voice their opposition to the dismantling of Obamacare. The demonstration was part of a larger White Coats for Coverage effort organised by medical students across the country and came a day before the annual deadline to enrol in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), former President Barack Obama's healthcare law. “The ACA is not perfect, but pulling the rug out from under the feet of our…