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Linda Morris looks over her Medicare statements, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Parker City, Ind. Federal law enforcement officials say they’ve taken down a nearly-$2 billion Medicare fraud scheme that exploited curiosity about genetic medicine by having seniors get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. A Medicare enrollee, Morris said she was roped in at a conference on aging well. The retired high school math and journalism teacher got her cheek swabbed by one of the many health vendors at the event. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
September 27, 2019 - 12:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents took down an alleged Medicare scam Friday that exploited seniors' curiosity about genetic medicine by enticing them to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. Medicare was billed $2.1 billion. Dubbed "Operation Double Helix," the crackdown targeted...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019 file photo California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, flanked by Gov. Gavin Newsom, discusses the Trump administration's pledge to revoke California's authority to set vehicle emissions standards that are different than the federal standards, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Twenty-three states have sued to stop the Trump administration from revoking California's authority to set emission standards for cars and trucks. Becerra is leading the lawsuit filed Friday, Sept. 20 along with Newsom and the California Air Resources Board. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)
September 20, 2019 - 4:28 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation's climate policy...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives for a closed-door meeting with the House Democratic Caucus, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 19, 2019 - 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a leading consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as...
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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives onstage at the "Workers' Presidential Summit" at the Convention Center in Philadelphia Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO hosted the event. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 6:15 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders is still leading a revolution. But his ideas no longer feel quite so revolutionary. The Vermont senator acknowledges that many of his top proposals, which were dismissed as radical four years ago, have been adopted by much of the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential...
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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives onstage at the "Workers' Presidential Summit" at the Convention Center in Philadelphia Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO hosted the event. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 8:38 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-stakes fight for working-class voters moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a slate of Democratic White House hopefuls vowed to use the power of the presidency to crack down on corporate America and strengthen organized labor. But beneath all the agreement at the AFL-CIO...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a worker gets ready to pass out instructions in how fill out the 2020 census during a town hall meeting in Lithonia, Ga. Democrats are quick to blame President Donald Trump’s single-minded efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act for the increase in the nation’s uninsured rate. But census numbers suggest other explanations as well, from the administration’s immigration crackdown to the strong job market (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
September 15, 2019 - 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law and its travails. But the new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump administration's...
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In this Sept. 7, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., acknowledges the applause as she arrives on stage to speak at the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
September 14, 2019 - 5:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that. But on health care, she's with Bernie. Warren, a Massachusetts senator and a leading liberal Democratic presidential candidate, has stood out in the 2020 race for her extraordinary focus on detailed plans to address the nation's most pressing...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden, right, listens Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 13, 2019 - 9:49 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders accused former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of distorting his proposal to provide single-payer, universal health care through "Medicare for All." Campaigning in the early caucus state of Nevada, the 78-year-old Vermont...
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From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro participate Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 12, 2019 - 9:31 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang says he supports a mix of options, including charter schools, in trying to fix the nation's education system. The former tech entrepreneur said at Thursday...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives for a gathering of the House Democratic Caucus at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. A leaked draft proposal from Pelosi says Medicare should overhaul how it pays for prescription drugs, by negotiating prices for the costliest medications, curbing year-to-year price hikes, and limiting what seniors pay out of their own pockets. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 10, 2019 - 7:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft plan from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaked Tuesday would overhaul how Medicare pays for prescription drugs, by negotiating prices for costly medications, curbing annual price hikes, and limiting what seniors pay out of their own pockets. With President Donald Trump highly...
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