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McConnell delays vote on GOP health bill until after break; measure may need support of Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on Republican senators’ health bill Tuesday, saying it needed redrafting to get the votes it needs to pass. Republicans have 52 of the 100 Senate seats, so McConnell can afford only two defections, and six GOP senators had rejected the bill when he pulled it. Three more did later. After Senate Republicans met with President Trump, McConnell...

Census Report: Kentucky has largest drop in percentage of those without health insurance

    Kentucky led the nation in the largest drop in the percentage of residents without health insuramnce from 2013 to 2014, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau.   The percentage of uninsured Kentuckians dropped to 8.5 percent in 2014 from 14.3 percent in 2013. The drop of 5.8 percentage points was double the national decrease of 2.9 percent. The report says 366,000...

Commentary: Set political feelings aside and learn how health care reform will impact you

By Dr. Lynne M. Saddler Special to KyForward   Looking for a sure-fire way to ignite a heated political discussion? Say the words Affordable Care Act, health care reform, or Obamacare. The changes to the health care system set in motion by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have sparked some of the most heated political debates this century.   And while healthy political...

Commentary: Build upon what works instead of breaking our health care system altogether

By U.S. Rep. Andy Barr Special to KyForward   As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on Obamacare in March of 2010, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “[w]e have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.”   Now, almost three and a half years later, Kentucky’s working families are still trying to understand this 2,700-page law, but they are already beginning...