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  • Anthem, Aetna Exit Obamacare Exchanges

    08/03/2017 2:12:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2017 | John Sexton
    With the September deadline for insurers to decide whether they are in or out of the Obamacare exchanges fast approaching, some insurers are opting to get out now. Aetna announced it was getting out of the Obamacare business in May. Today, the company announced it was leaving the one exchange where it had considered staying because of a Medicaid contract. From the Washington Examiner: The company said during an earnings call that it was withdrawing from the exchange in Nevada, the last state it had considered staying in. Aetna was leaving the possibility open because it was applying for...
  • Health Insurers in Idaho Request Premium Rate Hikes As High As 81%

    08/03/2017 9:32:09 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 19 replies
    Director of insurance says to stabilize the market and reduce rates, Congress should repeal and replace Obamacare! Health care insurers in Idaho have requested premium rate hikes as high as 81 percent for next year, according to the state's Department of Insurance. The five insurers serving the individual market in Idaho are Blue Cross of Idaho Health Service, Mountain Health Co-Op, PacificSource Health Plans, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, and SelectHealth. For all plans, insurers requested rates ranging from a low of 25 percent to a high of 51 percent for a combined average statewide rate increase of 38 percent. For...
  • Aetna exits [all] Obamacare exchanges

    08/03/2017 8:50:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03 August 2017 | Kimberly Leonard
    Health insurer Aetna announced Thursday that it would completely withdraw from the Obamacare exchanges in 2018, after seeing its profits soar from reducing its participation this year. The company said during an earnings call that it was withdrawing from the exchange in Nevada, the last state it had considered staying in. Aetna was leaving the possibility open because it was applying for a Medicaid managed care contract, and the state gives extra consideration to insurers that participate in both programs.
  • New Account Claims McCain’s Obamacare Vote Intended As Payback For Trump

    08/02/2017 11:14:58 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 78 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 8/1/2017 | Jack Davis
    Posobiec said that after the vote, a staffer near McCain’s office heard McCain say, “Let’s see Donald make America great again now.”
  • 41-Year-Old Father: ‘Obamacare Won’t Pay For My Back Surgery, But It Will Pay For Opioids’

    07/29/2017 4:29:10 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 36 replies
    AMAC Newsletter ^ | 27 July 2017 | The Association of Mature American Citizens
    Most days, Joe Cato is confined to sitting in a chair or lying in bed, heavily medicated or asleep, debilitated by back pain that’s left the 41-year-old husband and father of four unable to work, attend seminary, or run his construction business. He has degenerative arthritis in his lower back and pelvis, a condition brought on after years of working on construction sites as a stonemason and hauling music gear as a worship leader in his church. Even riding in a car is painful, which he must do to get to his health-care provider 30 miles from his home in...
  • Chuck Schumer outlines Democrat terms for healthcare talks with GOP

    07/29/2017 1:52:04 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 58 replies ^ | 7/29/17 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants to make federal funding of Obamacare subsidies permanent before working with Republicans on other reforms to the troubled health care law the GOP has been unable to repeal. Schumer said "there is a thirst" among Republicans to work with Democrats on reforming Obamacare following early Friday's defeat of the Republican plan to repeal the law.
  • How Trump can win the ObamaCare fight: End the "friends and cronies" exemption for Congress

    07/28/2017 7:24:11 AM PDT · by thouworm · 79 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | July 28, 2017 | John Fund
    If President Trump wants to fulfill his repeated promise to end ObamaCare, his best course of action is a radical change in tactics that would hit members of Congress where it hurts – in their wallets.... With a mere stroke of his pen, President Trump could end the exemption that President Obama gave members of Congress and their staffs that makes them the only participants in the ObamaCare exchanges to receive generous subsidies from their employer (the American people) to pay for their health insurance. Nothing would better focus Congress’ attention on changing ObamaCare than being trapped in it just...
  • Obamacare CO-OP Trade Association Now Appears Dead

    07/26/2017 4:39:13 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/26/2017 | Richard Pollock
    After 20 of the 24 Obamacare non-profit health insurance cooperatives collapsed, despite the influx of $2.4 billion in taxpayer funds, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that its trade association would also fail. The National Alliance of State Health Cooperatives (NASCHO), the Obamacare co-op health insurance trade association, has quietly closed its doors, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned. NASCHO once represented as many as 24 Obamacare non-profit co-ops that were intended to compete with for-profit commercial health care insurers and perhaps even drive them out of business. The Obama administration underwrote the experiment with $2.4 billion in long-term,...
  • Senate votes to open debate on health care reform -- live updates

    07/25/2017 10:30:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 141 replies
    CBSNews ^ | July 25, 2017 | CBS News
    The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to take up health care reform, which will require 51 votes to open debate.  It's unclear what any final product will look like if that first procedural vote is successful. The first vote is intended to open debate on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP-sponsored Obamacare replacement plan that passed the House of Representatives in May. Republicans need 51 votes to proceed to the legislation, which would then be subjected to what is expected to be a lengthy amendment process. Democrats are united in their opposition to the legislation,...
  • Boehner Says He Used to ‘Sneak Into’ White House to See Obama

    07/25/2017 4:06:30 PM PDT · by Enchante · 145 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 25, 2017 | Staff
    Former House Speaker John Boehner said at an event in Las Vegas last week that he used to “sneak into” the White House to see President Barack Obama to avoid scrutiny from the “right-wing press”.... ...Boehner also lamented the fact that Americans now have too many choices of where to go for news and information. “What’s making everything even worse today is because we have so much news, people get to choose where they get their news,” Boehner said, according to the Post. “It used to be we had three big TV networks, five big newspapers, and five big radio...
  • Trump: ‘Obamacare is Death’

    07/24/2017 1:42:42 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    NBC News via Drudge ^ | July 24,2017 | by Ali Vitali
    Trump painted Tuesday's vote as a chance at redemption for Democrats and moment of truth for Republicans who have long promised to get rid of Obamacare. "Any senator who votes against starting debate is telling America that you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare," the president said. The margin for success remains close for the GOP — a struggle that Senate Republicans have contended with for the past several weeks, and one that Trump indicated he well aware of. "Democrats aren't giving us one vote," the president said, "so we need virtually every single vote from Republicans," which, he added,...
  • CBO's Secret: 73% Of Coverage Difference Between Obamacare & GOP Bills Driven By Individual Mandate

    07/24/2017 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 22 Juy 2017 | Avik Roy
    If you’ve read a newspaper or watched cable news in the last month, you’ve probably seen someone say that the Senate GOP health care bill would “kick 22 million Americans off of their health insurance.” But it’s not true. New information from the Congressional Budget Office—leaked to me by a congressional staffer—shows why. CBO’s faith in the individual mandate’s magical powers For years, the CBO has been convinced—despite real-world experience to the contrary—that Obamacare’s individual mandate is the biggest reason why that law has increased the number of Americans with health insurance. When Senator Barack Obama ran against Hillary Clinton...
  • Jim Jordan, Freedom Caucus, on what's next for Obamacare (CNN interview worth watching for a change)

    07/18/2017 5:28:12 AM PDT · by BurgessKoch · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 18, 2017 | Jim Jordan
    Jim Jordan makes sense, answering Chris Cuomo's questions.
  • Why Republicans Exempted Their Own Insurance From Obamacare Rollback

    07/14/2017 4:58:50 PM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 29 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7/14/2017 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate budget rules are giving opponents of the rollback of the 2010 health care law an easy way to attack Republicans for hypocrisy. Senate GOP may not really want to immunize their own member and staff health plans from their health care policy changes, but because they are seeking to bring their bill to the floor under the expedited budget reconciliation process, they have little choice. Sen. Ted Cruz has already unveiled a fix to nullify the exemption, but that bill would take 60 votes to overcome any filibuster attempts. “While this exemption was included in the Senate health care...
  • Cuccinelli Swipes at Swalwell’s Calls to Bolster Obamacare: ‘You Don’t Strengthen a Failure’

    07/16/2017 12:06:32 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 14 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 07/16/2016 | Paul Crookston
    Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif. ) said Sunday on CNN that Republicans would satisfy uneasy voters by strengthening Obamacare, but his fellow panelist Ken Cuccinelli fired back at the notion that the health care program simply needs help. "I think the people are being heard," Swalwell said on "State Of The Union" about the debate over the GOP's health care bill in the Senate. "And I wish we were amplifying these stories two years ago." Swalwell went onto say that those voices would make attempts to repeal Obamacare politically difficult. "It's the people who are coming forward saying, ‘This affects...
  • 'Largest Health Care Fraud Takedown in US History: 412 People Charged in Schemes Worth $1.3 Billion

    07/13/2017 12:39:53 PM PDT · by LUV W · 88 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | July 13, 2017 | Associated Press
    More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday. Sessions called the collective action the "largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history" and said it indicates that some doctors, nurses and pharmacists "have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients."
  • Pence endorses repeal and delay strategy on ObamaCare

    07/10/2017 2:35:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 10, 2017 | BY NATHANIEL WEIXEL
    Vice President Pence on Monday said congressional Republicans should pass a “repeal only” bill if they can’t come to a consensus on legislation to replace ObamaCare. “If they can’t pass this carefully crafted repeal and replace bill — do those two things simultaneously — we ought to just repeal only,” Pence said in an interview with Rush Limbaugh. Pence’s comments echoed those made by President Trump, who last month suggested that he was open to repealing ObamaCare first and developing a replacement plan later. However, White House legislative director Marc Short on Monday said, "we still believe that the bill...
  • Why Single-Payer Health Care Saves Money

    07/07/2017 11:04:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 7, 2017 | Robert H. Frank
    Lingering uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act has spurred the California legislature to consider adoption of a statewide single-payer health care system. Sometimes described as Medicare for all, single-payer is a system in which a public agency handles health care financing while the delivery of care remains largely in private hands.
  • McConnell says a limited health-care bill is needed if Obamacare repeal dies

    07/07/2017 8:17:41 AM PDT · by yoe · 57 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 6, 2017 | Staff
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushes for a limited measure if the GOP's Obamacare repeal fails. McConnell argued that a smaller bill would have to focus on helping private insurance markets. The senator's comments indicate that Republicans may have to negotiate with Democrats over fixes for the health-care system.
  • President Donald Trump Suggests Republicans Repeal then Replace Obamacare

    06/30/2017 8:07:40 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 71 replies ^ | 30 Jun 2017 | Sean Moran
    President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet that if Republicans remain unable to pass their current healthcare bill, they should immediately repeal and then replace Obamacare. President Trump previously endorsed the Senate healthcare bill, otherwise known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), however, since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the vote on the BCRA President Trump has looked into other options. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently suggested repealing and replacing Obamacare in two separate bills, an idea that apparently President Trump might endorse if Republicans remain unable to pass the BCRA. Trump tweeted: "If Republican Senators are unable...