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  • By Brandon Gee and Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post

A man who allegedly assaulted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., breaking at least six of his ribs, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge Thursday and faces the possibility of much more serious federal and state felony charges as investigations continue.

  • By Simon Haeder | Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University | The Conversation

Since the inauguration of President Trump, health care has been front and center in American politics. Yet, attention has almost exclusively been focused on the Affordable Care Act, most recently in the form of Graham-Cassidy. With Congress preoccupied with a series of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, little attention has been paid to a long-running bipartisan program providing insurance coverage to millions of American children: the Children’s Health Insurance Program, often referred to simply as CHIP, which provides coverage to nine million American children.

  • By Simon Haeder | Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University | The Conversation

At the end of July, the nation held its collective breath as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looked poised to achieve his most formidable parliamentary accomplishment: the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

  • By Kery Murakami | CNHI News

WASHINGTON — As Senate Republicans make a final stab this year at undoing former President Barack Obama's health care law, health care advocates are urging their legislators to vote against the measure.“We believe in protecting our neighbor,” said Perry Bryant, president of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.Alarmed by an independent estimate the bill would cost the state $1 billion in funding used to help hundreds of thousands afford medical coverage, Bryant urged Sen. Shelley Moore Capito “not to vote as a partisan politician in D.C.”Republican leaders are hoping a different approach and the urgency of following through on campaign promises will this time muster enough votes to get rid of the controversial law.However, they face some of the same obstacles as in July, when their effort fell a vote short.GOP senators from states like West Virginia and Ohio — where Medicaid coverage was expanded to more people — face the prospect of supporting the loss of millions of dollars that help people afford medical coverage. Republican governors from those states, like Massachusetts' Charlie Baker and Ohio's John Kasich, are opposing the bill.Health care advocacy groups representing doctors and hospitals, along with the AARP, say allowing states to undo the law's regulations would again allow insurers to charge older people and those with medical conditions higher premiums.

  • By Taylor Armerding CNHI News

Charlottesville? So last month. Hurricane Harvey? So last week. This week’s crisis that is shaking the foundations of the republic ― at least …