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SEN. TED CRUZ: "Obamacare has doubled the profits of the big health insurance companies, doubled them. Obamacare has been great corporate welfare for giant health insurance companies at the same time, according to the Kaiser foundation, premiums — average families' premiums — have risen more than — have risen $7,967 per year on average. That is catastrophic that millions of Americans can't afford health care. It is a catastrophic failure of 'Obamacare.'" — Barrett nomination hearing Wednesday.

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After checking which free online programs are available through your child's school, you might want to supplement your child's learning with some relatively inexpensive academic games. Prodigy, a math game for students in grades one through eight, offers a free version and a premium version, which costs $8.95 a month (or less if you purchase a longer subscription). Scholastic offers a “Learn at Home” program that costs $5.99 a month. There are countless other options, so you might want to search online for educational games related to the subjects your child wants to practice.

The Infamous Stringdusters with Kitchen Dwellers: 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., Jefferson Theater, (800) 594-8499, $34, $30 advance.

Fewer Virginians are buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace for individuals as premiums have continued to increase, and even more people are expected to leave the marketplace as they have become eligible for Medicaid under the state’s expansion program, according to a report by the state Bureau of Insurance.

If Republicans actually tried to devise a health care system that fulfilled both conservative principles and their public promises, they'd probably propose something that looks too much like … Obamacare.

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Optima Health Plan said it would lose $400 million in revenue if it could not revise its Affordable Care Act marketplace premiums in Virginia …

It’s not surprising that the administration of Gov. Ralph Northam would dive into the problems of the health insurance market: Mr. Northam is a physician in his non-political life. What might stump the reformers, however, is how to pay for a solution.

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