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  • Trump Ultimatum: Vote on Health Care Friday or Obamacare Stays

    03/23/2017 5:28:48 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 167 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mar 23 2017 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney made clear Thursday evening that President Donald Trump is done negotiating on the hotly-debated health care bill and wants a vote on Friday. And, if the president doesn't get a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, he will move on to other priorities, Mulvaney said according to a source in the room during the tense talks with GOP members. The latest salvo comes after House Republican leaders abruptly postponed a planned vote on the GOP health care bill Thursday as they struggled to find sufficient support to pass it. GOP lawmakers had...
  • Ezekiel Emanuel, an ACA architect, is now advising Trump as GOP works to level the law

    03/21/2017 6:10:23 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 21, 2017 | Juliet Eilperin, Amy Goldstein
    When bioethicist and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, the session revealed publicly what has been happening privately for months: A trusted ally of former President Barack Obama and chief architect of the Affordable Care Act is trying to help steer how Republicans take it apart.
  • The Big Missing Piece In The ObamaCare Replacement Debate

    03/20/2017 5:26:42 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/17/2017 | Staff
    Health Reform: Critics of the Republican's ObamaCare replacement plan — and many moderate Republicans as well — complain that it will result in millions losing insurance. What nobody asks is whether we have too much insurance today. Insurance, after all, is supposed to make health care more affordable. But what if it's making it less so? University of Michigan economist Mark Perry recently compared inflation rates for health care with price increases for cosmetic surgery. What he discovered was illuminating. From 1998 to 2016, the overall inflation rate was 47.2%. But for medical care services, prices went up 100%. And...
  • Senator Cruz Found an Overlooked 1974 Rule That Could Be a Real Game-changer for Repealing Obamacare

    However, Cruz’s strategy – which would leverage the power Vice President Mike Pence has as president of the Senate – “might blow up the Senate too,” Bloomberg Politics notes. One of the main complaints Republican lawmakers have with the new health care reform bill is that it employs many of the same provisions as its predecessor, with some even labelling it “Obamacare Lite.” The Hill explains exactly why the scope of this bill is so limited: House Republicans left several reforms popular with conservatives out of their health care bill because the parliamentarian is likely to rule them outside the...
  • US health bill 'to leave 14m more uninsured'

    03/13/2017 3:44:17 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th March 2017 | BBC News
    An estimated 14 million more people would lose insurance coverage in 2018 under the new Republican healthcare plan, according to a budget analysis. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan group of budget analysts and economists, released its assessment on the long-awaited Republican bill. It said the number of extra uninsured would jump to 24 million by 2026. The bill would also reduce the federal deficits by $337bn (Ł275bn) over the 10-year period, according to the CBO. Those savings could help House Republicans sell the legislation to some conservatives who remain sceptical about costs. President Donald Trump has backed the...
  • Obamacare Victims Tell Their Horror Stories at The White House

    03/13/2017 11:33:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    President Trump met with a number of Americans deeply and negatively affected by Obamacare at the White House Monday as the administration tries to sell the American Health Care Act.  "Our rates are three times what they were before Obamacare started. We have one provider in the county," Carrie Couey of Colorado said. "We have very little options for what we can and cannot do. We are a small business, but we aren't brick and mortar we are cattle ranchers. We can't afford our equipment anymore if we're paying these rates year after year after year. Our food source...
  • CNN Cuts Trump's Feed During Obamacare Victims Meeting

    03/13/2017 3:11:17 PM PDT · by grundle · 51 replies
    CNN via YouTube ^ | March 12, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMN6cCWqUBo
  • The GOP's Obamacare Replacement Will Boost Jobs and Cut Taxes

    03/13/2017 2:58:00 PM PDT · by KC Burke · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 10, 2017 | Betsey McCaughey
    Ignore the grandstanding on Capitol Hill and the noise coming from town-hall protests around the nation. The Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare will boost your chances of getting a job and cut your tax bill, not to mention your insurance costs. The repeal bill — called the American Health Care Act — also will stave off a tidal wave of future Medicaid spending that threatens to drown the states and Uncle Sam in red ink. Here’s how. No more penalties. If you’re among the 8 million people getting whacked with a tax penalty for not enrolling in an...
  • Congress' analyst: Millions to lose coverage under GOP bill

    03/13/2017 2:29:10 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 54 replies
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 3/13/2016 | ALAN FRAM and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that figure would grow to 24 million by 2026, Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts projected Monday. The figures dealt a blow to a GOP drive already under fire from both parties and large segments of the medical industry.
  • Conservatives meet with Trump, who hints that GOP ACA fix could drift further right

    03/13/2017 12:00:03 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 36 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 8, 2017 | David Weigel and Sean Sullivan
    <p>Leaders of conservative groups that oppose the House Republicans’ health-care bill met with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday night, part of a high-profile effort to quiet anger from the right. In the process, the conservatives heard the president and his team express some openness to tweaks to the bill that go further than House or Senate leaders might accept.</p>
  • Sleeper issue of Medicaid's future could prove health-care plans' stumbling block

    03/12/2017 7:57:48 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, March 12, 2017 | Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin
    As House Republicans hurtle toward shifting the nation's health-care system onto a more conservative path, nearly lost so far in the roiling debate over their plans is the profound impact they would have on insurance for the nation's poorest and most vulnerable residents. The proposed American Health Care Act would break with the government's half-century compact with states in helping to finance Medicaid, which covers 68 million low-income people, including children, pregnant women and those who are elderly or disabled.The House GOP's legislation would end the system in which the government pays each state a specific share of all its...
  • Repeal & No Replace

    03/12/2017 11:26:16 AM PDT · by Natural Rights · 14 replies
    Make our voices count. Sign and share the White House petition to repeal and NOT replace the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). Need 100,000 signatures by April 10. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/repeal-affordabe-care-act-obamacare-without-replacement
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 12 March 2017

    03/12/2017 4:46:45 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 168 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 12 March 2017 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Mar 12th, 2017 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Gary Cohn, White House economic adviser.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.FACE THE NATION (CBS): House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.THIS WEEK (ABC): White House budget director Mick Mulvaney; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Mulvaney; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Luis...
  • The GOP’s ObamaCare replacement will boost jobs and cut taxes

    03/11/2017 9:04:56 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 10, 2017 | By Betsy McCaughey
    Ignore the grandstanding on Capitol Hill and the noise coming from town-hall protests around the nation. The Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare will boost your chances of getting a job and cut your tax bill, not to mention your insurance costs. The repeal bill — called the American Health Care Act — also will stave off a tidal wave of future Medicaid spending that threatens to drown the states and Uncle Sam in red ink. Here’s how. No more penalties. If you’re among the 8 million people getting whacked with a tax penalty for not enrolling in an...
  • Lie, lie, lie: Ryan and Co. caught in twisted pretzel of lies to preserve Obamacare

    03/11/2017 10:10:21 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 17 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 03/10/2017 | Daniel Horowitz
    “False lips are an abomination of the Lord, but those who work faithfully are His delight.” Proverbs 12:22 The lying being employed to preserve Obamacare has likely surpassed the degree of intensity of the Gang of Eight immigration bill when Republicans were trying to convince conservatives the bill was the opposite of what it actually did. At the time, they lied about the nature of the bill, its outcomes, its cause and effect, and the entire premise behind it. They used conservative talking points to describe something antithetical to what was actually in the bill while at the same time...
  • Louie Gohmert: We Passed Full Repeal With ‘Stupid Byrd Rule’ Two Years Ago! [VIDEO]

    03/11/2017 10:22:25 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 20 replies
    Politistick ^ | 03/11/2017 | Matthew Burke
    Congressman Louie Gohmert (98% CR) (Badass constitutional conservative – TX), appearing on Fox & Friends Saturday morning, reminded America that the House and Senate with Republican majorities, already passed a full of repeal of Obamacare and sent it to Obama’s desk in 2015, and that bill met the requirements of the so-called “Byrd rule,” which allowed for its passage through the budget reconciliation process — meaning that a full repeal of Obamacare could again pass the Senate with only 51 votes and be sent to President Trump’s desk (Obama, of course, repealed the 2015 bill). “We did a more complete...
  • Pence on ObamaCare Repeal: 'President Donald Trump Is a Man of His Word'

    03/09/2017 2:50:17 PM PST · by cornelis · 14 replies
    Vice President Mike Pence will join Bret Baier tonight from Capitol Hill to discuss a range of issues surrounding the Trump administration, including how they plan to proceed with repealing and replacing ObamaCare. . . . "This is the bill, but if there are ways to improve that bill to give people greater confidence that we all are going to arrive at the same place where ObamaCare is done and we repealed it," Pence said. He said that they are committed to following through on President Trump's campaign promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare. "President Donald Trump is a man...
  • President Trump "Receptive" To Conservative Concerns Over GOP Healthcare Bill

    03/09/2017 2:44:46 PM PST · by cornelis · 129 replies
    CBN news ^ | 03/09/2017
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint says after meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office, he believes the president seems very serious when it comes to listening to concerns from conservatives over the new GOP healthcare bill. “He seemed a lot more receptive than the word we had gotten from the House that this was the bill, take it or leave it,” DeMint tells us. DeMint spoke with me Thursday afternoon in DC.
  • Sen. Cotton Tells House GOP to 'Start Over' on ObamaCare Replacement Plan

    03/09/2017 2:41:48 PM PST · by cornelis · 19 replies
    FoxInsider ^ | 03/09/2017
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Thursday warned House Republicans that their bill to replace ObamaCare won't pass in the Republican-controlled Senate in its current state. Cotton tweeted that the bill needs "major changes," and he cautioned Republicans against acting "like Dems" by voting before a budget estimate is completed.
  • House Republican Health Care Bill Misses the Mark

    03/09/2017 2:41:12 AM PST · by plsjr · 47 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 03/7/2017 | Edmund Haislmaier
    The key problem with the draft House health care bill is that it fails to correct the features of Obamacare that drove up health insurance costs. Instead, it mainly tweaks Obamacare’s financing and subsidy structure. Basically, the bill focuses on protecting those who gained subsidized coverage through the law’s exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion, while failing to correct Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that drove up premiums for Americans buying coverage without government subsidies. That is both a policy problem and a political problem.
  • GOP Plan Orders Insurers to Charge People 30% More If Uninsured for 63 Days

    03/08/2017 11:38:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 143 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 8, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The plan to repeal and replace Obamacare unveiled by House Republican leaders on Monday orders insurance companies to charge people 30 percent more in premiums for a full year if they did not have insurance for 63 days or more in the previous year. The sections of the Republican bill that create this mandate on insurance companies are titled: “Continuous Health Insurance Coverage Incentive,” and “Encouraging Continuous Health Insurance Coverage.” The first subsection of the “Encouraging Continuous Health Insurance Coverage” section is entitled: “Penalty Applied.” This subsection says insurance companies “shall” impose the penalty. “[A] health insurance issuer offering health...
  • Daily Briefing NOW with Tom Price and Sean Spicer LIVE

    03/07/2017 11:01:47 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 36 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 03/07/2017 | NBC News
    Live here: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/watch-live-white-house-briefing-892044867857
  • Man Cuts His Own Cyst With a Stanley Knife (Thanks, ACA!)

    03/03/2017 12:43:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | Friday 3 Mar 2017 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    After watching this video you’ll never want to eat ricotta cheese again. It shows a man cutting open a cyst on his arm using a Stanley knife. He then squeezes out the contents, which according to his mate look like ricotta cheese. The video was posted on reddit by user xxjar3xx. The American explained the man on the video was his dad. ‘My dad had a sebaceous cyst and wanted to remove it himself so i told him id help, we soaked all the tools in alcohol and got to work,’ he wrote. He added he used a field medical...
  • STOP RYANCARE

    02/28/2017 1:08:44 PM PST · by aspasia · 16 replies
    e-mail | 2/ 28/ 17 | Senate Conservatives
    STOP RYANCARE Please call these Republicans and urge them to oppose RyanCare, which falls far short of GOP promises for repeal and the repeal legislation passed in 2015. RyanCare continues Obamacare spending and creates a massive new entitlement program for people who don't pay income taxes. GOP SENATORS John Barrasso (R-WY) – (202) 224-6441 Deb Fischer (R-NE) – (202) 224-6551 Bob Corker (R-TN) – (202) 224-3344 Roger Wicker (R-MS) – (202) 224-6253 Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – (202) 224-4521 Dean Heller (R-NV) – (202) 224-6244 GOP REPRESENTATIVES Keith Rothfus (R-PA) – (202) 225-2065 Roger Marshall (R-KS) – (202) 225-2715 Barry Loudermilk...
  • I’m an Obama supporter. But Obamacare has hurt my family.

    02/27/2017 12:48:39 PM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    Wshington Post ^ | December 10, 2014 | Catherine Keefe
    Obamacare has been far more frustrating than I’d ever dreamed. Obamacare brought us new health insurance options, but cost us our more affordable plans. In November 2013, Jim learned his small-business policy would be canceled because it didn’t comply with the new mandate to cover pediatric dentistry and maternity care. The individual plan I had with Blue Cross was canceled, too. We learned patience, but we couldn’t keep our doctors. We had applied online and sent copies of our passports to California Covered for verification, but we received no bill, no confirmation of our coverage, no insurance cards. Jim spent...
  • To Remove ObamaCare We Must First Remove The UniParty “Big Club”

    02/25/2017 9:13:19 AM PST · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb 24, 2017 | Sundance
    Look at the upper right side of this page and you will note the self-described affiliation of our group “The Last Refuge”. That name specifically chosen because we broke away from political identity framed around arguments of personality; frustrated because no one was focused on the real hands behind the networks. We have been fighting “The Big Club” for years. President Trump is the first political entity in our lifetime that not only comprehends the faces of the false arguments (the personalities of false choice), but more importantly sees the architects behind the Potemkin villages represented by those faces. When...
  • Boehner: Republicans won't repeal and replace Obamacare

    02/23/2017 10:11:44 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/23/2017 | DARIUS TAHIR
    Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not going to happen.” Boehner, who resigned in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando health care conference that the idea that a repeal-and-replace plan would blitz through Congress is just “happy talk.” Instead, he said changes to former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement would likely be relatively modest. “[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare – I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he said. Boehner’s comments come as Republican lawmakers across the country are...
  • ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate

    02/22/2017 10:00:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/22/2017 | Alexander Bolton
    The most divisive issue for Senate Republicans when it comes to repealing and replacing ­ObamaCare is what to do with Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act gave states the option of accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor and disabled. Millions of people gained health insurance after 31 states -- including many with Republican governors -- decided to accept the deal. Repealing ­­ObamaCare would end the Medicaid expansion, cutting federal funds to all of those states. Some Republicans want to save the expansion at least through a transition period during which states would continue to get...
  • One Month In - is Obamacare still around? [Vanity]

    02/20/2017 10:18:19 AM PST · by fwdude · 43 replies
    02/20/17 | self
    Just starting a discussion on the PROMISED repeal. My prediction was that if is wasn't repealed in the first month, it would NEVER be repealed, just tinkered with.
  • Fixing Health Care

    02/19/2017 6:54:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Twenty million. That is the number foisted upon us by the Obama administration and all of its believers as to how many people got health insurance because of his signature health care program and how many will lose it if the evil Republicans tinker with the program; i.e., “repeal and replace.” Have you ever seen the figures behind that 20 million number? No you have not because it is a phantom number. Like the 97% of scientists believing in global warming – sorry, climate change. Or that the day of the Super Bowl has the highest number of domestic violence...
  • Ding, Dong: The Individual Mandate is Dead ( Obama Care : IRS )

    02/15/2017 3:35:36 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 15, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    No part of ObamaCare was more hated by the average person or more illegal than the individual mandate. The mandate was one of ObamaCare's corrupt bargains. This one delivered a captive audience to insurance companies in returning for insuring those they didn't want to insure. Obama claimed to want to help the uninsured, yet he also smeared them as "free riders" when what he was really doing was forcing healthy young people to buy useless insurance they couldn't afford as a bribe to companies for taking on his base. Meanwhile the forced signups would be reported as proof that ObamaCare...
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Q.

    02/15/2017 7:37:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 41 replies
    reason.com ^ | |Feb. 14, 2017 | Peter Suderman
    The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a...
  • Health Insurers Face 'Massive Confusion' As GOP Wavers On Obamacare

    02/10/2017 9:44:40 AM PST · by outinyellowdogcountry · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 2-9-17 | Jay Hancock
    Premiums for Obamacare plans sold by New Mexico Health Connections could rise as little as 7 percent next year, said Martin Hickey, the insurance company's CEO. Or they might soar as much as 40 percent, he said. It all depends on what happens in Washington. Such is the vast uncertainty about how the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress are approaching their promises to repeal, repair and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. There is "pretty massive confusion," said Hickey, whose 45,000-member plan is one of the few nonprofit insurance co-ops created by the ACA to still be...
  • BUSTED: CNN Rigged Cruz-Sanders Debate – Caught Handing Out Questions To The Audience

    02/07/2017 10:14:01 PM PST · by aquila48 · 101 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 7th, 2017 | Ryan Saavedra
    CNN has been caught handing a out question to a member of the audience instructing her what to ask Ted Cruz during Tuesday nights debate with Bernie Sanders about the future of Obamacare. The Question that was read by Carol Hardaway: "I have multiple sclerosis but could not afford insurance – without the treatment or medications i need, i had problems with walking, with my speech, and my vision. When the affordable care act was passed I moved from our home state of Texas because they refused to expand Medicaid to Maryland and within 2 weeks I started receiving treatments...
  • Cruz, Sanders face off on Obamacare

    02/08/2017 12:18:33 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/7/2016 | MJ Lee and Eli Watkins
    Sen. Ted Cruz urged fellow Republicans Tuesday to quickly "honor the promises" the party made over the years to repeal Obamacare. "2010, 2014, 2016, I believe were a mandate from the voters. We're tired of the premiums going up. We're tired of deductibles going up," Cruz said at a CNN town hall debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders over the future of Obamacare. "Should Congress move swiftly to repeal Obamacare? Absolutely." Cruz and Sanders -- two senators with diametrically opposed views of government's role in health care -- faced off at the debate moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper and Dana Bash...
  • (Audio from 2010) Obama Care Vote (ACA) - Rahm Emanuel Threatened Massa (D,NY)

    02/07/2017 8:14:27 AM PST · by johnk · 7 replies
    YT ^ | 3/8/2010
    Uploaded on Mar 8, 2010 Here is audio of Democrat Rep. Eric Massa saying Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is the "Son of the Devil's Spawn." He also described an encounter he had with Emanuel in the House Gym's shower, where he said Emanuel approached him while he (Massa) was "naked as a jaybird" and started yelling at him: "I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me." "He is an individual who would sell his mother to...
  • Who Will Be Hit Hardest by Trump's Policies? Trump Voters. (Desperate Media)

    02/06/2017 3:52:18 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 6, 2017 | Martha C. White
    Donald Trump made it an early priority to dismantle the top domestic and economic achievements of his predecessor's administration, pushing for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and eschewing global trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But his most ardent supporters might have a surprise coming: Many Americans who would bear the brunt of Trump-administration policies are the same people who chose the GOP candidate for president in November. "I think you're going to get a disproportionate impact on people who supported Donald Trump but maybe don't realize that his policies may end up hurting them instead...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Respond to Draft of Trump Religious Freedom Executive Order

    02/05/2017 11:17:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 4, 2017 | Kelsey Harkness
    After a draft of a religious freedom executive order from President Donald Trump was leaked to the media, a group of Catholic nuns have once again found themselves in the spotlight. “I am aware of the draft executive order that seems to be circulating as of the last couple of days,” Sister Constance Veit, director of communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor in the U.S., told The Daily Signal on Friday. “It’s just a very hopeful sign that things could be coming to an end.” The Little Sisters of the Poor are a group of nuns who care...
  • Sources: Feds identify Philly woman in probe of secret recordings at GOP retreat

    02/04/2017 7:01:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/04/2017 | Jeremy Roebuck & Jonathan Tamari
    Federal authorities have identified a Philadelphia journalist as the woman who infiltrated and might have secretly recorded a closed-door discussion of congressional Republicans at their Center City retreat last week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter. After a probe involving multiple agencies, they said Emily Guendelsberger is unlikely to face federal charges in Philadelphia, despite getting past security and into a room in the Loews hotel where Vice President Pence met privately with senators and representatives.
  • Health insurers warn of wider defections from ACA marketplaces for 2018

    02/01/2017 5:03:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 1, 2017 at 2:01 PM | Amy Goldstein
    Leaders for the health insurance industry, state insurance commissioners and brokers warned Wednesday that more health plans almost certainly will defect from Affordable Care Act marketplaces unless Congress and the Trump administration provide some concrete assurances within the next two months. Unless the government promises to continue subsidies and other features of the law for at least another year, some states probably will not have any insurers selling health plans to individuals buying coverage on their own for 2018, the witnesses warned at a Senate hearing. “I think we would lose more insurance companies,” said Marilyn Tavenner, president of America’s...
  • TRUMP'S SUPREME COURT PICK POLARIZES RELIGIOUS US JEWRY

    01/31/2017 9:17:26 PM PST · by Tours · 138 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | Michael Wilner
    Washington President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, fulfilling his campaign promise to nominate a documented judicial conservative to the nation's justiceship. Gorsuch currently serves as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. If confirmed by the Senate, he will take the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, considered a lion of the law and a hero of the political Right. Scalia died over a year ago, leaving a vacancy on the nine-judge court. But Republican Senate leadership refused to entertain then-president Barack Obama's choice for...
  • Woman impersonated lawmaker’s wife, snuck into GOP retreat

    01/29/2017 2:22:10 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 28, 2017 | By Erica Werner&#8201;|&#8201;AP
    WASHINGTON — A woman impersonated the wife of a GOP lawmaker and snuck into the congressional Republican retreat in Philadelphia Thursday, the same day President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appeared, retreat organizers told lawmakers late Saturday. The revelation came as the nonprofit Congressional Institute that organizes the retreat investigates how audio of the gathering leaked. In an email to GOP lawmakers, institute president Mark Strand did not directly say that the impersonator was the same person who leaked the audio, but that was the implication. “The Congressional Institute is continuing to investigate this breach in order to...
  • Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare

    01/27/2017 11:06:13 AM PST · by RummyChick · 54 replies
    wapo ^ | 1/27/17 | Mike DeBonis
    PHILADELPHIA — Republican lawmakers aired sharp concerns about their party’s quick push to repeal the Affordable Care Act inside a closed-door meeting Thursday, according to a recording of the session obtained by The Washington Post. The recording reveals a GOP that appears to be filled with doubts about how to make good on a long-standing promise to get rid of Obamacare without explicit guidance from President Trump or his administration.
  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act will kill more than 43,000 people annually

    01/23/2017 3:52:12 PM PST · by mandaladon · 82 replies
    WaPo ^ | 23 Jan 2017 | David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler
    Now that President Trump is in the Oval Office, thousands of American lives that were previously protected by provisions of the Affordable Care Act are in danger. For more than 30 years, we have studied how death rates are affected by changes in health-care coverage, and we’re convinced that an ACA repeal could cause tens of thousands of deaths annually. The story is in the data: The biggest and most definitive study of what happens to death rates when Medicaid coverage is expanded, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that for every 455 people who gained coverage...
  • Repealing Obamacare Will Kill more than 43,000 People every year

    01/23/2017 2:36:51 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 79 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-23-2017 | David Himmelstien-Steffie Woodhandler
    Now that President Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, thousands of American lives that were previously protected by provisions of the Affordable Care Act are in danger. For more than 30 years, we have studied how death rates are affected by changes in health-care coverage, and we're convinced that an ACA repeal could cause tens of thousands of deaths annually. The story is in the data: The biggest and most definitive study of what happens to death rates when Medicaid coverage is expanded, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that for every 455 people who gained...
  • CNN Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Obamacare Repeal

    01/23/2017 9:35:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2017 | Guy Benson
    In case you'd missed it last week, prior to the press shifting its collective attention to suddenly caring about crowd sizes again, there was a New Narrative a-brewin'. Namely, that Obamacare's popularity is suddenly on the rise, and that Republican efforts to uproot it have become a political liability. It's undoubtedly true that implementing a complex operation that again scrambles the healthcare status quo will be a challenging lift, especially with Democrats digging in their heels against any viable alternative proposal. Some of the power dynamics will be tricky, and will require unity of purpose and strong messaging from the GOP...
  • Obamacare Replacement unveiled tommorrow(?)

    01/22/2017 5:30:28 PM PST · by taildragger · 71 replies
    n/a ^ | 1/22/17 | taildragger
    Freepers,John Fund(?) on Fox News broke the story Senator Collins and I think a M.D. from the House will unveil Obamacare's Replacement tomorrow.It should be a busy day, recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Defunding Intl Planned Parenthood and Now this!
  • Trump may not enforce individual health insurance mandate: aide

    01/22/2017 12:16:41 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 47 replies
    Rooters ^ | January 22, 2017
    The Trump administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not, a senior White House official said on Sunday Speaking on ABC's "This Week" program, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said President Donald Trump "may stop enforcing the individual mandate." Separately, on CBS' "Face the Nation" show, she reiterated Republican promises that no one would lose their health insurance under Obamacare while a replacement is being developed.
  • Trump Signs Executive Order Curbing Obamacare

    01/21/2017 9:44:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 20, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    Hours after taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump followed up on his campaign pledge to start chipping away at Obamacare and curb federal regulations. Trump signed an executive order Friday evening in the Oval Office “to ease the burden of Obamacare as we transition to repeal and replace,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also sent a memo titled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” to block all pending regulations under review but not yet in the Federal Register. The new president’s goal is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better...
  • Sergeant York and The Affordable Care Act

    01/16/2017 4:15:41 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 16, 2017 AD | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on Enemies, Warriors, and Duty… As I write these words, hundreds of Republican, libertarian, and independent politicians, civil servants, and think tank analysts on Capitol Hill are working to finally overturn the monstrous law called the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. And just as many Democrats are working just as feverishly to thwart the effort. Now, before we get into the details, we should first begin by considering a crucial issue: Obamacare is a misnomer: it's not REALLY Obama's program. Barack Obama didn't write the bill (in all his years as a legislator, he’s never written a...