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  • Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters ‘Shut the [bleep] Up’

    05/20/2017 6:21:25 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 45 replies ^ | 05/20/17 | Michael Sainato
    <p>The rift within the Democratic Party was on full display at the California Democratic Party Convention on May 19 in Sacramento, California. Progressives joined members of National Nurses United, protesting the Democratic Party establishment’s refusal to support single payer healthcare system. Rather than follow through with Democratic rhetoric that healthcare is a human right, establishment Democrats have responded to voters by scolding and attacking them.</p>
  • Obamacare's crushing cost to some families: 49 percent price hike since 2014, premiums of $14,300

    05/12/2017 9:46:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11 May 2017 | Dan Mangan
    two years higher than they would be under Obamacare. New data shows just how high the cost has already gotten for people who don't qualify for subsidies now. In the report, eHealth found that individual premiums for insurance plans sold through its marketplace, or exchange, rose to an average of $378 per month in 2017 — an 18 percent increase from 2016's open enrollment season. Since 2014, the average premiums for individual coverage have jumped 39 percent, eHealth found. That year, 2014, was the first for new Affordable Care Act rules mandating designs of insurance plans, which included a set...
  • Aetna exits Obamacare exchanges in remaining two states

    05/10/2017 3:17:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2017 | by Deena Beasley
    Health insurer Aetna Inc said on Wednesday it will exit the 2018 Obamacare individual insurance market in Delaware and Nebraska - the two remaining states where it had offered the plans. Aetna had previously announced plans to exit the individual commercial market in Virginia and Iowa. It has now "completely exited the exchanges," the company said in an emailed statement. The insurer attributed the losses to "marketplace structural issues, that have led to co-op failures and carrier exits, and subsequent risk pool deterioration." Aetna said it had 964,000 individual commercial plan members as of the end of 2016, but that...
  • How Obamacare Helped Slash Personal Bankruptcy by 50%

    05/05/2017 4:02:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies ^ | May 4, 2017 | Allen St. John
    Filings have dropped about 50%, from 1,536,799 in 2010 to 770,846 in 2016 (see chart, below). Those years also represent the time frame when the ACA took effect. Although courts never ask people to declare why they’re filing, many bankruptcy and legal experts agree that medical bills had been a leading cause of personal bankruptcy before public healthcare coverage expanded under the ACA. Unlike other causes of debt, medical bills are often unexpected, involuntary, and large. -snip So did the rise of the ACA—which helped some 20 million more Americans get health insurance—cause the decline in bankruptcies? The many experts...
  • People share their "Pre-Existing" health condition stories (TR)

    05/06/2017 4:50:45 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 123 replies
    ABC 7 NEWS ^ | 06 MAY 2017 | GILLIAN MOHNEY
    Twitter users concerned about the bill passed the House to repeal and replace Obamacare are sharing their personal health stories on Twitter under the hashtag #IamaPreexistingCondition. The hashtag started to trend hours after Republicans in the House narrowly pushed through the American Health Care Act, which would drastically remake health care in the U.S. By midday Friday ET, it had trended worldwide with about 146,000 tweets so far. Some celebrities joined in.
  • Aetna will exit Obamacare markets in Virginia in 2018, citing expected losses

    05/03/2017 12:34:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05-03-2017 | Dan Mangan
    Giant insurer Aetna said Wednesday it will not sell Obamacare plans in Virginia next year, citing expected financial losses on such plans in 2017. Aetna left open the question of whether it will sell such individual health plans anywhere in the United States. Aetna's decision to exit Virginia in 2018 comes several weeks after it said it would drop out of Iowa's individual market next year. The company was selling Obamacare plans in just two other states this year: Delaware and Nebraska. "Despite significantly reducing our exchange footprint, our individual commercial products could potentially lose more than $200 million in...
  • Aetna to exit Virginia Obamacare individual insurance market

    05/03/2017 12:22:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2017 | by Caroline Humer
    Aetna Inc will exit the Obamacare individual insurance market in Virginia and will not offer these plans on or off the online exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, the company said on Wednesday. The company said last month that it would leave Iowa. It is selling these plans in four states in 2017.
  • Obamacare illegal funding: Will Trump appeal before May 22 to restore funding?

    04/24/2017 3:05:46 PM PDT · by topher · 3 replies
    Freerepublic and Zerohedge | 4-24-2017
    See this thread for more information: Obamacare Implosion Now? Since Obama (Illegally) Siphoned GSE Dividends To Prop Up ... From this article (sourced from, the Trump Administration has until May 22nd to appeal the decision to cut funding (Republican House forced this in 2014). From the other article: In fact, House Republicans actually sued the Obama Administration in 2014 over the fact that the subsidies to insurers weren't appropriated by congress and won, which the Obama administration appealed. As Zerohedge and the Atlanta Journal Constitution pointed out last week, the Trump administration has until May 22nd to decide...
  • Rep. Dave Brat: Revised Healthcare Bill Fundamentally the Same

    04/21/2017 3:24:04 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 38 replies
    Newxmax ^ | 04/21/2017 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    ".@RepDaveBrat: New health care plan in GOP pipeline "the same fundamental bill" as one that faltered last month" — New Day (@NewDay) April 21, 2017 A revised GOP healthcare bill is the 'same fundamental bill' as the first one, but it contains some significant amendments and lawmakers will likely approve it, Rep. Dave Brat said Friday. "[Republicans] like to rely on free markets as much as we can," the Virginia Republican told CNN's "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo. "This is still a federal government structure. I'm not totally happy with that outcome." The plan "at least cracks the door...
  • Report: Obamacare Replacement Amendment Has Been Negotiated Between Pence and Freedom Caucus

    04/20/2017 5:15:48 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 71 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 04/20/2017 | Andrew Mark Miller
    The GOP’s first shot at fixing Obamacare was an absolute dumpster fire. Paul Ryan never bothered to get conservatives involved and it cost him big time. He couldn’t even get his Obamacare lite bill to the floor for a vote. Now, it looks like Mike Pence got involved in the negotiations and an agreement was made. "#BREAKING Sources tell me @mike_pence, @SpeakerRyan, @RepMarkMeadows and @RepTomMacArthur negotiated a possible amendment to the #AHCA." — Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbFBN) April 20, 2017 "#BREAKING The possible amendment is titled the "MacArthur Amendment" and sources tell me it could bring up to 15-20 new @freedomcaucus...
  • GOP amendment would give $15 billion to insurers for high-cost patients

    04/06/2017 8:32:25 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/06/2017 | JESSIE HELLMANN
    An amendment to the GOP's repeal plan would dole out $15 billion to insurers over nine years to help cover the costs of sick, expensive patients. Lawmakers say the new funds would bring down premiums for healthy people by subsidizing medical costs for people with especially high expenses. Under ObamaCare, insurers are required to charge everyone of the same age the same amount for premiums, regardless of their medical history or conditions. That means costs are spread out among healthy and sick people, and insurers would essential pass those costs on to healthy people. The $15 billion would help subsidize...
  • More insurers abandon Obamacare. Who might be next?

    04/05/2017 10:26:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 5, 2017 | by Tami Luhby
    First, Humana pulled out of Obamacare for 2018. Then, Wellmark announced it was leaving. Which health insurer could be next? The failure of the GOP health care plan in Congress and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration's next moves have left insurers skittish about participating in the Obamacare exchanges next year. Certainly, Obamacare was troubled before President Trump took office. But many experts, including the Congressional Budget Office, felt Obamacare was stable overall. Certainly, Obamacare was troubled before President Trump took office. Several major insurers scaled back their involvement on the exchanges, while others hiked premiums to cover their...
  • The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices

    03/30/2017 8:25:35 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 7 replies
    American Prospect ^ | March 28, 2017 | David Dayen
    The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices How pharmacy benefit managers morphed from processors to predators David Dayen March 28, 2017 Rob Frankil of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, followed his father into the family business after college. “My entire life,” he said, “I’ve been involved with managing and owning independent pharmacies.” He now owns two stores, a traditional community pharmacy and another that caters to long-term care facilities.Like any retail outlet, Frankil purchases inventory from a wholesale distributor and sells it to customers at a small markup. But unlike butchers or hardware store owners, pharmacists have no idea how much money they’ll...
  • The Obamacare 'Explosion' Could Come On May 22nd, Faster Than Expected; Here's Why

    03/29/2017 2:41:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/29/2017
    After a stunning healthcare defeat last week, delivered at the hands of his own party no less, Trump took to twitter to predict the imminent 'explosion' of Obamacare. ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017 The Democrats will make a deal with me on healthcare as soon as ObamaCare folds - not long. Do not worry, we are in very good shape!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017  As it turns out, that 'explosion' could come...
  • Can We Please Give CruzCare a Try? Forget your partisanship and have a look at the plan

    03/28/2017 8:09:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | 03/28/2017 | Peter Heck
    For those keeping score at home, here’s a recap of where the Washington healthcare debacle currently stands: Obama and the Democrats inflict a massively overcomplicated system of healthcare regulations that raised insurance premiums on Americans, decreased insurance options, dictated doctors and coverage, and largely just sucked.Republicans saddled up the Obamacare nightmare and rode it to the electoral bank in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, promising that once they had full control, they would repeal the beast.When given full control, the Republicans authored an absurd Obamacare-lite compromise bill that didn’t repeal the beast, but attempted to manicure it. It failed...
  • 6.5 Million Taxpayers Paid $3 Billion in Obamacare Penalties in 2016

    03/29/2017 5:45:33 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Ali Meyer — March 28, 2017 | Ali Meyer — March 28, 2017
    Approximately 6.5 million taxpayers paid $3 billion in Obamacare penalties for not having health insurance in 2016, according to preliminary data from the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate required that Americans purchase health care coverage or pay a penalty to the Internal Revenue Service. While the number of taxpayers paying the penalty has declined since 2014, the total amount in penalties paid to the IRS has increased since then. In 2014, individuals without insurance had to pay the greater penalty of either a flat fee of $95 or 1 percent...
  • Trump predicts 'one beautiful deal' after Obamacare 'explodes'

    03/24/2017 1:40:15 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 83 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 24, 2017 | Sarah Westwood
    President Trump predicted Friday that pressure on Democrats will compel them to work with Republicans to pass a healthcare reform package after Obamacare collapses. "When it explodes, they come to us and we make one beautiful deal," Trump told the Washington Post's Robert Costa in a phone interview shortly after House leadership pulled the American Health Care Act in the face of conservative opposition. Trump said he believed Republicans came within "five to 12 votes" of passing the AHCA. They needed 216 votes to send the legislation to the Senate.
  • RyanCare Fail: Big Victory for House Freedom Caucus

    03/25/2017 5:40:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | March 25, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    For strategic reasons, I have signed onto liberal newsletter eblasts, so that I can know what the enemy is doing in my state. After Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (ACHA), every Democratic lawmaker, candidate, and special interest group exulted in their victory: “Your calls made the difference!” “We did it!” “You saved health care.” Uh … no. Because Obamacare remains intact, healthcare remains in morbid free-fall. Doctors are still quitting the medical field, with premiums rising, health insurance exchanges failing, and hospitals closing. Democrats did themselves no favors in fighting against reforms. Obamacare is still an...
  • Obamacare Replacement: Waiting for Godzilla

    03/25/2017 5:23:01 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 27 replies ^ | March 25, 2017 | Howard Hyde
    Whether you are cheering the principled holdout for a better bill or lamenting the circular firing squad led by the Freedom Caucus, the fact is that the first attempt to put a bill through the House to repeal and replace ObamaCare has landed short. Something of a civil war has broken out among various camps of The Party That Finally Has to Govern. Conservative critics called the American Health Care Act "RyanCare" when they were polite, "Obamacare Lite", "Obamacare 2.0" and other names not fit to print when they are feeling less so. Why the hysteria? With Republicans firmly in...
  • Paul Ryan: ‘We’re Going to Be Living with Obamacare for the Foreseeable Future’

    03/25/2017 6:32:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 54 replies ^ | 3/24/17 | Jeff Poor
    Friday during a news conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) offered remarks on his decision not to proceed ahead with a vote on the American Health Care Act, which would have according to Ryan began the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare. During the question and answer session, Ryan was asked about the prospect of another stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare, to which he said, “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” Partial transcript as follows: