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Liberal, moderate divide on display in Democratic debate

Sep. 13, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Biden parried attack after attack from liberal rivals Thursday night on everything from health care to immigration in a debate that showcased profound ideological divides between the Democratic Party's moderate and progressive wings. The prime-time debate also elevated several struggling...

The Latest: Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Sep. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new...

New GOP ad takes on Beshear on health care issue

Sep. 6, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new Republican attack ad slams Democrat Andy Beshear for backing the Affordable Care Act and opposing Gov. Matt Bevin's efforts to impose work requirements for some Medicaid recipients — the latest sign that health care looms large in Kentucky's race for governor. The TV ad...

Biden health plan aims far beyond legacy of 'Obamacare'

Aug. 27, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wrapping himself in the legacy of "Obamacare," Joe Biden is offering restless Democrats a health care proposal that goes far beyond it, calling for a government plan almost anybody can join but stopping short of a total system remake. Recent polls show softening support for the full...

Mississippi gubernatorial candidate not going for 'nice guy'

Aug. 23, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Tate Reeves was a 29-year-old banker and political novice when he won his first statewide office in Mississippi in 2003. After two terms as treasurer and the next two as lieutenant governor, Reeves now has his sights set on becoming governor. To advance to the Nov. 5...

Slightly lower Obamacare premiums proposed in New Hampshire

Aug. 5, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents who get health insurance through Obamacare could see a modest decrease in monthly premiums next year under the latest proposed rates. The New Hampshire Insurance Department says the proposed average premium for a benchmark individual plan in 2020 would be $440,...

2020 Dems' health care battle is decades in the making

Aug. 5, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy years ago, before Medicare existed to inspire "Medicare for All," a Democratic president wrestled with a challenge strikingly similar to what the party's White House hopefuls face today. Harry Truman, then in his fourth year of pressing for a national health insurance system,...

The Latest: Harris says health care plans should cover all

Aug. 3, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential contenders in Nevada (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Sen. Kamala Harris says "no Democrat" should be on the debate stage without a "health care plan that covers everybody." The California senator's remark is likely aimed at former Vice President Joe...

Health care comes in focus, this time as risk for Democrats

Aug. 2, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates are split over eliminating employer-provided health insurance under "Medicare for All." The risk is that history has shown voters are wary of disruptions to job-based insurance, the mainstay of coverage for Americans over three generations. Those...

Largest N Carolina health insurer wants Obamacare rate cuts

Jul. 31, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's largest health insurer says it's figured out how to make money after six years of selling subsidized policies under the Affordable Care Act and wants to cut average premiums by more than 5% for individuals and 3% for small businesses. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North...