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Romney says climate change happening, humans contribute

Aug. 19, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor. During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the position is rare among his fellow Republicans,...

Democratic hopefuls take aim at insurer and pharma profits

Aug. 11, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives seeking the Democratic presidential nomination are zeroing in on pharmaceutical and insurer profits, money they say would be better spent providing health care for everyone under "Medicare for All." Their idea: Health care dollars from government...

Medicare to cover breakthrough gene therapy for some cancers

Aug. 7, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expanding access to a promising but costly treatment, Medicare said Wednesday it will cover for some blood cancers a breakthrough gene therapy that revs up a patient's own immune cells to destroy malignancies. Officials said Medicare will cover CAR-T cell therapies for certain types of...

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,...

Democrats tussle over health care at Nevada labor forum

Aug. 4, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates' tussle over health care reform continued Saturday as they pitched themselves to Nevada union members, with former Vice President Joe Biden declaring he's "against any Democrat who wants to get rid of Obamacare" and Sen. Kamala Harris saying no Democrat...

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...

McConnell fires back at 'Moscow Mitch' attacks by Democrats

Aug. 3, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Primed for Russia-related attacks from his detractors at Kentucky's premier political event, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday it's fitting for Democrats to wear "Moscow Mitch" shirts depicting the communist-era hammer and sickle. After all, McConnell reasoned,...

AP FACT CHECK: The Democratic debates and Trump counterpunch

Aug. 3, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his typically boastful rally this past week, Donald Trump placed himself too high in the pantheon of presidents when it comes to getting his judicial picks on federal courts. He's been having a good run on that front but he's not where he said he is — ranking right under George...

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...

AP FACT CHECK: Persistent distortions on migrants, economy

Aug. 1, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the Democratic presidential contenders dug in their heels with unsupported rhetoric about immigration, the economy and more in the final debate before the stage shrinks. Several persisted in their distorted depiction of caged migrant children as a singular cruelty of President...