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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, appears at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate confirms Scott Gottlieb to lead FDA

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's pick to oversee the Food and Drug Administration, as every voting Republican and a handful of supportive Democrats overpowered critics who said he wouldn't serve as an adequate check on drug companies in the midst of a national opioid crisis. Published May 9, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Senate Democrats to GOP: Yank repeal effort, and we'll talk health care

Senate Democrats on Tuesday renewed their offer to work with Republicans on health care so long as GOP leaders take repeal of Obamacare off the table -- something that's a primary goal for President Trump, who recently toasted the passage of a House replacement plan. Published May 9, 2017

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, following the Republican Caucus meeting. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

House Republicans to vote on Obamacare repeal and replace plan

House Republicans say they will vote on a long-awaited vote to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday, after a pivotal 24 hours in which the White House and GOP leaders agreed to changes that won over two prominent holdouts and paved the way for action before lawmakers take a weeklong vacation. Published May 3, 2017

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Dec. 8, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Why key Republican holdouts are now flipping to 'yes' on health care

A prominent Republican reversed course Wednesday and said he will back the GOP plan to replace Obamacare, breathing new life into the repeal effort as President Trump and House leaders try to win over holdouts with extra money for consumers who might struggle to afford coverage under their plan. Published May 3, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.,speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, following the Republican Caucus meeting. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

House GOP says their bill bests Obamacare on pre-existing conditions

House GOP leaders on Tuesday said their health care bill would replace Obamacare's wobbly market with one that drives down costs for people with pre-existing medical conditions, as they scramble to pull in votes from hesitant centrists who say the measure erodes critical protections for Americans who are already sick. Published May 2, 2017

President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, signs an Executive Order on the Establishment of Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy at The AMES Companies, Inc., in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April, 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Insurers vow to leave Obamacare if Trump cancels cost-sharing plan

A major Obamacare insurer says it will quit the program immediately if the White House cancels cost-sharing payments, underscoring the dilemma facing President Trump, who is trying to use the money as leverage to force Democrats to the bargaining table. Published April 30, 2017

Republicans Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Louie Gohmert, and Sen. Rand Paul at a press conference covering health care last month: These "Freedom Caucus' members are often vilified by the news media. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obamacare favored by majority of Americans: Poll

New polling says the GOP's latest ideas on health care are unpopular and that a majority of Americans will hold President Trump and his congressional allies responsible for Obamacare's problems moving forward, underscoring the tall task before Republicans sticking to a repeal-and-replace strategy. Published April 26, 2017