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US judge says Obamacare can stand while appeal is heard

WASHINGTON: A US judge who ruled earlier this month that Obamacare is unconstitutional has said the health care law can stand while his decision is appealed. In a stay order issued Sunday, Texas-based Judge Reed O'Connor said that while he was confident his ruling would be upheld, it should not take effect until the outcome of an appeal is known "because many everyday Americans would otherwise face great uncertainty." That appeal process is widely expected to take at least a year. Opposition Democrats, who have seen the…

US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

WASHINGTON: A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats quickly vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling came on the eve of the Saturday deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage in the federal health care program, known officially as the Affordable Care Act. The White House said it expects the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court. "Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place," it said in a…

Trump administration cuts grants to help people get Obamacare

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is cutting most of the funds previously provided to groups that help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and will push them to promote plans lacking the law’s benefits and protections, a government agency said on Tuesday. Under the latest cuts, so-called navigators who sign up Americans for the ACA, also known as Obamacare, will get $10 million for the year starting in November, down from $36.8 million in the previous year, according to a statement by the Centers…

Trump: ‘Obamacare is dead’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump declared Monday that his predecessor Barack Obama's signature reform and expansion of the US health insurance system is defunct, after he cut subsidies to insurers. "Obamacare is finished. It's dead. It's gone," he told reporters. "It's gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore. It is -- and I said this years ago -- it's a concept that couldn't have worked. In its best days it couldn't have worked." Since becoming president in January Trump has persistently sought to end…

Trump chips away at Obamacare with executive order

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump fired his latest salvo against Barack Obama's signature health care reforms Thursday, making it easier for insurers to sell low-cost plans critics say would also provide less quality coverage. After failing to repeal the reforms outright, Trump issued an executive order that would strip back some restrictions on the coverage insurers can offer. Trump said the measure would "increase competition, increase choice" and would impact millions. "This will cost the United States government…

US Senator McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill, a possible fatal blow

WASHINGTON: US Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure what could be a fatal blow given the party’s slim Senate majority. With several other Republicans still undecided on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week he intended to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote next week, though he did not promise to do so. A vote would set the stage for another dramatic Capitol Hill decision on the 2010 law that brought…

Trump: kill Obamacare now, replace later

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump urged Republican senators in a tweet on Friday to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new plan to replace it, muddying the waters as congressional leaders struggle for consensus on healthcare legislation. Senate Republican leaders had set Friday as the target for rewriting legislation for a simultaneous repeal and replacement of extensive parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the law dubbed Obamacare that expanded health insurance coverage to 20 million people.…

‘Catastrophic’ Obamacare is dead, says Trump

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan, handing President Donald Trump his biggest legislative victory but setting up a tough fight in the Senate. With the 217-213 vote, Republicans obtained just enough support to push the legislation through the House, sending it to the Senate for consideration. No Democrats voted for the bill. The bill's passage represented a step toward fulfilling a top Trump campaign…