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March 25, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Seattle activists rally for Supreme Court contraceptive cases

WASHINGTON — Dozens of reproductive-rights advocates from Seattle and around the nation converged on U.S. Supreme Court steps Tuesday morning, as the justices prepared to hear oral arguments on a pair of cases concerning the right of private corporations to refuse to provide mandatory insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections. Elaine Rose, chief executive of…

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0 Comments | More in United States Supreme Court | Topics: Affordable Care Act, contraceptive coverage, Hobby Lobby

January 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Patty Murray, Democrats join Supreme Court birth-control case

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and 17 other Senate Democrats on Tuesday weighed in on a Supreme Court case that pits a new federal insurance mandate for contraceptive coverage against a private corporation’s refusal on grounds it violates the owners’ religious beliefs. The lawmakers filed an amicus brief in Sebelius…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Affordable Care Act, contraceptive coverage, patty murray

January 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Insurance coverage for abortions makes quick return in House

Washington state lawmakers didn’t waste any time before revisiting a bill that would require health-insurance plans to include abortion coverage. The Reproductive Parity Act, House Bill 2148, is taking its third swing through the legislature after the Senate Health Care Committee members refused a vote in 2013. The House Health Care and Wellness Committee spent most of…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: abortion, Affordable Care Act, insurance

June 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday briefing: All health care all the time

Good morning and Happy Friday: One thing is certain:  Democrats are happy now to talk about the federal health-care law. Democrats around the country are reveling in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday that upheld the sweeping health-care law. In Washington state,  Democratic Gov. Gregoire, a former three-term attorney general, took after Republican gubernatorial candidate…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Rob McKenna, Bob Ferguson

June 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

McKenna opposes repeal of federal health-care law

Breaking with Mitt Romney and other prominent Republicans, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said Thursday he does not think Congress should repeal the entire health-care law — or even undo the controversial individual insurance mandate in the short term. Because the mandate is so tied to other key features of the law, including the requirement for insurers to cover…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Rob McKenna

June 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Gregoire touts court decision, knocks McKenna

 Updated The only thing missing was foam “We’re #1” fingers when Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire and her staff celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court health care ruling at a news conference Thursday. The court largely upheld the national health care law approved by Congress in 2010.  Gregoire relished knocking Republican state Attorney General…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Rob McKenna, Gov. Chris Gregoire

June 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Inslee opines about the U. S. Supreme Court’s vote

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee jumped into the discussion about the U. S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Here are his comments: “Today, in a majority ruling by Justices appointed by Presidents of both parties, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. What this means for Washingtonians is that insurance companies can…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Former Congressman Jay Inslee, health care

June 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Applause mixes with worries about what happens next on health care

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act continues to roll in from Washington, D.C.,  Seattle and Olympia.  Rounds of applause mix with worries about the mandate as a euphemism for a new tax. Here is a sample of the many comments we received: Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, obviously thrilled with the…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Rep. Dave Reichert

June 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Rep. McDermott: Supreme Court ruling “even better” than the day health-care law was signed

WASHINGTON — He didn’t get the 6 to 3 ruling he predicted.  But U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott said the Supreme Court’s opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act made him feel “even better” than the day he watched President Obama sign the law in 2010. The Seattle Democrat, a long champion of universal coverage, said Chief Justice…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, homepage, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Rep. Doc Hastings, Supreme Court

June 28, 2012 at 8:29 AM

No going back on health care, says Rep.Rick Larsen

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen,  D-Lake Stevens, was fast out of the gate with a statement about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding much of the Affordable Care Act. Larsen says there is no going back on health care. Here is part of his reaction to Thursday’s ruling: “Improvements to our health care are taking root right now,…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Rep. Rick Larsen, Supreme Court

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