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McCain Hated The ACA But Also Saved It

Shortly after his cancer diagnosis, he thwarted the Republican party's attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

There are many lawmakers who made their names in health care, seeking to usher through historic changes to a broken system.

John McCain was not one of them.

U.S. Senators Pledge to Protect Patients with Preexisting Conditions From Attack

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "hostile" to the Affordable Care Act which bans discrimination among patients.

Lindy Suhr has a terminal genetic disorder that causes her motor skills to deteriorate, her cognitive ability to suffer and life-threatening seizures. The 37-year-old takes seven medications, sees five specialists, and undergoes regular physical therapy. Her father has a genetic heart disease.

Rising Health Insurance Costs, Shrinking Networks Limit Covered Care

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A report by a physicians group says that higher premiums and deductibles mean that patients, including in Oregon, are forgoing care.

Laura Grandin has health insurance, but she doesn’t have much coverage.

The 64-year-old Portland resident pays $900 a month in premiums. She’s also got a deductible of $6,500. That means that if she gets sick or injured her insurance won’t kick in until she spends that amount.

States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most if Preexisting Conditions Shield Axed

Residents of nine states, all Republican-led, that have joined a lawsuit against the health care law have high rates of preexisting conditions. Under the law, insurers cannot discriminate against them but if the shield were removed, they could have trouble getting health insurance or could pay higher rates than others.

If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.

Health Insurers Push Back Against Freeze of Federal Payments

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Companies say the administration's decision to suspend the $10 billion risk-adjustment program could lead to higher premiums and upheaval in the country's insurance markets.

Health insurers in Oregon and nationally are pushing back against a Trump administration decision affecting a key piece of the Affordable Care Act.

More Oregonians Had Health Insurance in Q1 of 2018 – But Fewer Got it at Work

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Providence Health Plan covers more Oregonians than any other insurer, including a significant share who buy individual plans on the Affordable Care Act-created exchange.

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