Robert Pear, The New York Times

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Past articles by Robert:

Republicans Offer Health Care Bills to Protect Patients (and Themselves)

Congressional Republicans say they fully support protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but their bills would provide less protection than the Affordable Care Act. → Read More

Medicare Aims to Expand Coverage of Cancer Care. But Is It Enough?

Doctors and patients are pushing the Trump administration to pay for a powerful but costly cancer treatment known as CAR-T, one of many new “personalized medicines.” → Read More

Trump Retreats on Health Care After McConnell Warns It Won’t Happen

President Trump had promised Republicans would replace the Affordable Care Act with a better, cheaper health law. Then the Senate majority leader told him that would not be happening. → Read More

Trump Administration Approves Medicaid Work Requirements in Utah

The move came two days after a federal court blocked similar requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky and reaffirmed the administration’s conservative priorities. → Read More

Trump Sided With Mulvaney in Push to Nullify Health Law

President Trump decided to press courts to overturn the Affordable Care Act despite concerns from the attorney general, the health secretary and the vice president. → Read More

Trump Officials Broaden Attack on Health Law, Arguing Courts Should Reject All of It

The administration had previously said only that the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions provisions should be struck down, leaving parts like Medicaid expansion intact. → Read More

Drug Prices on TV? They May Be Coming.

The Trump administration has drafted a rule that would require drug makers to disclose their prices in television ads, but the industry fears sticker shock and is fighting back. → Read More

Congress Warns Against Medicaid Cuts: ‘You Just Wait for the Firestorm’

The secretary of health and human services endured hours of bipartisan grilling over the president’s budget for 2020, including cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and health research. → Read More

Health Care and Insurance Industries Mobilize to Kill ‘Medicare for All’

Doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurers have a simple message: The Affordable Care Act works reasonably well and should be improved, not repealed or replaced with a big new public program. → Read More

States Flout Abortion Coverage Requirements, Federal Investigators Say

One state, South Dakota, has for 25 years failed to provide the required coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest, a government report says. → Read More

Democrats Unite to Begin Push to Protect Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

No issue united Democrats in the 2018 campaign as much as protecting the Affordable Care Act’s guaranteed insurance coverage of people with pre-existing conditions. → Read More

Democrats Push Plan to Increase Social Security Benefits and Solvency

More than 200 members of Congress are supporting a bill that would increase payroll taxes to shore up Social Security and increase benefits for retirees. → Read More

Indian Tribe Joins Big Pharma at the Supreme Court, Defending a Lucrative Deal

Members of Congress say consumers often suffer when makers of brand-name drugs manipulate patents to stave off competition and keep prices high. → Read More

Trump Proposals Could Increase Health Costs for Consumers

President Trump says he wants to reduce drug prices, but some patients could face higher out-of-pocket costs for medicines and other goods and services. → Read More

Hospitals Must Now Post Prices. But It May Take a Brain Surgeon to Decipher Them.

The Trump administration’s order was intended to force transparency and price competition, but with opaque and inconsistent data, the rollout is turning into a fiasco. → Read More

Court Rejects Trump’s Cuts in Payments for Prescription Drugs

A federal judge said the president had vastly exceeded his legal authority in reducing payments to hospitals for drugs given to Medicare beneficiaries. → Read More

U.S. Officials Warn Health Researchers: China May Be Trying to Steal Your Data

The Trump administration expressed concern about foreign threats to biomedical research funded by the National Institutes of Health and said the risks were growing. → Read More

‘Medicare for All’ Gains Favor With Democrats Looking Ahead to 2020

Democrats dream of expanding Medicare, but struggle to define the role of the popular private plans that now cover more than one-third of the 60 million Medicare beneficiaries. → Read More

Trump Officials Say Drug Prices Are Inflated. So Are Some of Their Claims on a Solution.

The administration has sometimes made misleading statements to garner support for its plan on what it has accurately identified as a problem for many Americans. → Read More

Health Law Could Be Hard to Knock Down Despite Judge’s Ruling

Legal scholars on opposite sides of previous Obamacare court decisions find the legal argument in this one shaky. → Read More