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Murphy tweets: Trump’s foreign policy pivots are ‘how wars start’

Sen. Chris Murphy

Updated Saturday at 11:45 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, attacked Sen. Chris Murphy for tweeting that Trump’s recent calls with foreign leaders, especially the president of Taiwan, are “how wars start.” Murphy lit up the twitterverse late Friday by attacking Trump for his overtures to foreign leaders. Continue Reading →

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Aetna-Humana antitrust trial to have a different twist

Aetna headquarters in Hartford

WASHINGTON – As the first part of the antitrust trial on a proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna is wrapping up, a similar challenge to Aetna’s plan to merge with Humana will begin Monday. While both are the result of lawsuits to block the mergers filed by the Justice Department on the same day in July, the trials will be much different. Continue Reading →

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Trump pick to run Medicare, Medicaid has red-state policy chops

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Seema Verma, a health care consultant, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s the part of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and has a budget of just under a trillion dollars in 2016. Continue Reading →

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House approves mental health and addiction bill championed by Murphy, Courtney

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers split with Rep. Rosa DeLauro and other progressives in their party Wednesday over a bill that included Sen. Chris Murphy’s mental health bill and authorized the spending of $1 billion on the treatment and prevention of opioid addiction. Continue Reading →

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CT business community on watch over ACA repeal effort

The Access Health CT website offers health care coverage for small businesses.

WASHINGTON — GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would affect individuals who’ve been purchasing their coverage on state exchanges or through the expansion of Medicaid the most, but some who receive their health care from their employers are also likely to be affected. Continue Reading →

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CT Democrats blast Trump’s pick of Price to head HHS

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-!st District

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Democrats on Tuesday sharply criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Tom Price, the architect of the House GOP’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Continue Reading →

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CT senators blast Trump’s infrastructure plan, but hope for compromise

The Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge was one of hundreds of Connecticut projects, large and small, that were built with earmark funds.

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s senators on Monday joined a growing Democratic chorus of criticism for President-elect Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan, saying it is unrealistic and unworkable and would result in the building and repair of very few roads and bridges. Continue Reading →

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Lieberman praises Trump’s national security picks

KT McFarland

WASHINGTON — Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, once the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a Democratic vice presidential candidate, on Friday praised President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for the White House office of national security. Continue Reading →

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Insurers uncertain as Congress looks to repeal Affordable Care Act

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WASHINGTON– Caught off guard by the political changes that make possible the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s insurers are hoping Congress will replace the health care law with something that allows them to stay in business – and even thrive. “The discussion right now about repeal and replacement is making the (insurance) market very, very nervous,” Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, a Democrat, said. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Sessions to receive ‘exacting, serious scrutiny’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama speaking to supporters at an August immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump in Phoenix. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee vowed to give Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, tough scrutiny, setting the groundwork for a contentious confirmation hearing. Continue Reading →

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