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Five Quick Ways A New HHS Secretary Could Change The Course Of Health Policy

Prospective Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee, brings a distinctive to-do list to the agency. And, if confirmed by the Senate, he will have tremendous independent power to get things done. While he will report to the president, heads...


Business

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

Health Overhaul Repeal Qualms

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it’s not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences. Hospitals, insurers and actuaries — bean-counters who make long-...


Government

New coalition will push back on repeal of Obama health law

Health Overhaul Pushing Back

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the 2010 health care law will launch a political coalition Friday to block its repeal. They’re targeting Republican lawmakers whose constituents may now be at risk of losing health insurance. The initial goal is to stop Congress from repealing the law without...


Business

Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators. Flight attendants and others have complained that the calls could be disruptive. But the Department of Transportation said Thursday that it envisioned allowing the calls...


Government

Promontory Point landfill could begin operations by mid-2017

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By next summer, a new landfill operation at Promontory Point should be ready to accept in-state garbage, as long as it’s of the nontoxic, non-hazardous and non-radioactive variety.


Government

Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor

Trump Puzder

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary. Puzder heads CKE Restaurants Holdings, the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and other...


News

John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, has died at 95

Obit John Glenn

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.


Government

Harry Reid bids farewell to Senate after 30 years

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Harry Reid bid farewell to the Senate Thursday after 30 years in the chamber and more than a decade as top Democrat, a remarkable run during which he shepherded key Obama administration legislation including the sweeping health care law. But Reid leaves with his Democrats...


Government

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections

Senate Reid Farewell-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday cleared bills to keep the government running through April and authorize hundreds of water projects, but a Senate fight over benefits for retired coal miners threatened to lead to a government shutdown this weekend. House members promptly bolted home for the...


Government

Retired Coal Miners At Risk Of Losing Promised Health Coverage And Pensions

Without congressional intervention, about 16,000 retired miners in seven states will lose their health care coverage by the end of the year. A proposal to temporarily extend the benefits is working its way through Congress. But two Senate Democrats, who have long been advocates for a more...


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