Politics

GOP health plan would make millions more uninsured, says budget office

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Millions of Americans would lose medical insurance under a Republican plan to dismantle Obamacare, the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office said on Monday in a report that dealt a potential setback to President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative.

The eagerly awaited CBO report forecast that 14 million more people would be uninsured in 2018 and 24 million more in 2026 if the plan being considered in the House of Representatives were adopted. Obamacare enabled about 20 million previously uninsured Americans to obtain medical insurance.

Budget office analysis of GOP health bill may sharpern resistance to measure

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Update: Congressional Budget Office files report on GOP health plan, finds that the plan would make millions more uninsured. 

A non-partisan report expected as soon as today on the costs of a Republican plan to replace the Obamacare healthcare law could harden opposition to the proposal, adding to the obstacles facing President Donald Trump's first major legislative effort.

Bears Ears National Monument, sacred to native tribes, faces challenge to its status

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A tribal coalition that considers many sites within Bears Ears National Monument in Utah sacred fears the Trump administration will take the unprecedented step of stripping a national monument of its designation, and leave their ancestral lands vulnerable.

Hawaii Senate vote advances assisted suicide bill modeled on Oregon law

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The Hawaii Senate voted overwhelmingly March 7 to advance a bill permitting physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.

Called the "Medical Aid in Dying" bill, S.B. 1129 passed with 22 votes in favor, three against. Two of the affirmative votes were cast "with reservations." The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives where it will be debated and voted on in committee before going before the full body.

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