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President Donald Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2021 arrives at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mystery $844B pot in Trump budget signals Medicaid cuts

Feb. 10, 2020 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s budget contains an $844 billion mystery pot for his still undefined health care plan, signaling steep cuts to Medicaid and “Obamacare.” That 10-year number represents hypothetical savings that would be used for a health care plan Trump has...

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, as Vice President Mike Pence ad House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., listen. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's exaggerated 'great American comeback'

Feb. 5, 2020 1:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "great American comeback” President Donald Trump claimed in his State of the Union speech drew on falsehoods about U.S. energy supremacy, health care and the economy as well as distortions about his predecessor's record. In arguing, in essence, that he has made America great...

Appeals court won't reconsider 'Obamacare' decision

Jan. 30, 2020 2:11 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has refused to reconsider its ruling striking down a key part of President Barack Obama's health care law. The brief ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was dated Wednesday. A divided three-judge panel ruled in December that the law's...

The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Budget deficit to break $1 trillion despite strong economy

Jan. 28, 2020 2:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending last year and the repeal in December of several taxes...

Critics: consumers should be wary of short-term health plans

Jan. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla (AP) — Consumers who bought short-term health insurance thinking they had found a better deal than “Obamacare” during the open enrollment season may be in for a shock when they show up at their doctor’s office this year. The low-cost plans aren't required to cover...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 18 A new report by the Centers for Disease Control shows the mortality rate of mothers has dramatically increased. Missouri is much worse than the average — our state has one of the highest rates of death during and after pregnancies. Our state ranks 44th in the...

The U.S. Capitol at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. A major doctors’ organization is calling for sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs, and improve the basic well-being of Americans.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Major doctors' group calls for US to assure coverage for all

Jan. 20, 2020 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care an election-year priority, a major doctors’ organization on Monday called for sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs and improve the basic well-being of Americans. Declaring that the U.S. health care system "is ill and needs a bold...

Critics: consumers should be wary of short-term health plans

Jan. 20, 2020 11:01 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Consumers who bought short-term health insurance thinking they had found a better deal than “Obamacare” during the open enrollment season may be in for a shock when they show up at their doctor’s office this year. The low-cost plans aren't required to cover...

NJ passes laws to preserve 'Obamacare' amid court fight

Jan. 17, 2020 11:02 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Barring health insurance that excludes coverage for pre-existing conditions and letting children stay on their parents' plans until 26 would be preserved under a slate of new laws New Jersey enacted this week, even if the Affordable Care Act is struck down in court. Democratic Gov....

Recent Kansas editorials

Jan. 14, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Jan. 13 On the same day that newly released internal messages showed Boeing employees not only knew all about problems with the 737 Max but also actively hid those problems from regulators, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran visited a Boeing supplier in Wichita and said the urgent directive he’d...