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  • I’ve Never Been This Busy: As ACA Marketplace Deadline Nears, Navigators Feel The Pinch

    12/05/2017 7:56:03 AM PST · by spintreebob · 8 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 12-5-2017 | Michelle Andrews
    When Monica Spalding got the renewal letter from her health insurance company with premium details for the upcoming year, she couldn’t believe her eyes. The insurer estimated that the share of the monthly premium that she and her husband would owe for their marketplace silver plan would go up from the current $28 a month to $545. She immediately called Sharon Barker, a health insurance navigator with Family and Children’s Service in Nashville, Tenn., with whom she and her husband had worked this year to buy a marketplace plan after relocating from California to take care of her husband’s ailing...
  • Senate GOP repeals ObamaCare mandate

    12/02/2017 1:14:50 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2017 | Peter Sullivan
    Senate Republicans have approved the repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-cut bill, a major step forward toward ending an unpopular part of the healthcare law. “Families ought to be able to make decisions about what they want to buy and what works for them –not the government,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said, hailing the accomplishment. “I believe if people don’t want to buy the Obamacare insurance, they shouldn’t have to pay a tax penalty to the IRS.” The Senate tax bill must still be reconciled with House legislation that does not include the mandate’s repeal. But...
  • Trump backs bipartisan fixes to ObamaCare markets

    11/28/2017 12:09:15 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/2017 | Jessie Hellmann
    President Trump told Republican senators Tuesday he supports two bipartisan efforts to stabilize ObamaCare's insurance markets. Trump, during a luncheon on Capitol Hill, said he supports a bill proposed by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), that would continue key ObamaCare insurer payments. He also said he supports a bill proposed by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) that would set up a reinsurance fund to help insurers cover higher-cost individuals. "He said he supports Alexander-Murray. He said, more importantly, he supports Collins-Nelson... which has widespread bipartisan support," Alexander told reporters after the lunch. Collins, who...
  • Unintended consequences: CMS program might be harming patients

    11/27/2017 5:35:55 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 11-26-2017 | Maria Castellucci
    The CMS' Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program was an expensive wake-up call. Hospital leaders needed to prevent patients from making a U-turn after discharged. The hospital was hit with a $397,153 penalty. The penalty program established under the Affordable Care Act has motivated hospitals to change care practices. Readmissions have fallen as hospitals respond to penalties that can dock up to 3% of their Medicare payments. (excerpts from article.) But the tactics hospitals have adopted to avoid a penalty might not always be in the best interest of patients. As hospitals reduced readmissions for heart failure mortality rates increased. Financial incentives...
  • Sen. Murkowski Supports Repeal Of Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

    11/22/2017 5:03:55 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/22/17
    Sen. Murkowski wrote a piece for an Alaska newspaper Tuesday announcing she would support repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate which is currently part of the GOP tax bill. I have always supported the freedom to choose. I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed. That is the fundamental reason why I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception and also why I cosponsored a bill to repeal the individual mandate tax penalty starting as early as 2013. And that is why...
  • Lisa Murkowski announces support for repealing individual mandate

    11/22/2017 11:06:53 AM PST · by entropy12 · 23 replies ^ | November 21 at 10:01 PM | Damian Paletta
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said she would support repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate, giving a potential boost to the Republican effort to pass a massive tax cut package next week. “I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy, in order to avoid being taxed,” Murkowski wrote in an opinion piece published Tuesday by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Murkowski was careful, however, to stop short of saying she would vote for the Senate GOP tax plan. She instead focused the entire op-ed on her views about the...
  • 'Obamacare'(ACA) Sign-Ups 45 Percent Ahead of Last Year's Pace

    11/15/2017 10:04:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KOB4 ^ | November 15, 2017
    Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to government data released Wednesday. The numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services come as Republican senators are pushing to pay for tax cuts by repealing the "Obamacare" requirement to carry coverage. The new figures show that nearly 1.5 million consumers picked a plan through Nov. 11, compared to just over 1 million from Nov. 1-12 last year, a period that had included one additional day for consumers to enroll.
  • This is how health care costs are stealing your raises

    11/15/2017 3:43:51 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 15, 2017 | Glenn Melnick
    Stagnant wage growth is one of the most pressing problems facing American workers. Rising health care costs is one of the biggest reasons, and undoubtedly one of the most overlooked. How do rising health costs reduce wages? Most full-time workers are paid a combination of wages and benefits. If the cost of benefits goes up, employers have less to pay wages – and the cost of health benefits to employers has been increasing rapidly for many years. That is exactly what has been happening to California workers, and it will only get worse – much worse and very soon.
  • Murray on Start of Open Enrollment:President Trump “Openly & Uncaringly”...

    11/01/2017 6:33:36 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Nov 01 2017 | Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    Senator Murray highlights impact of President Trump’s decision to cancel critical outreach efforts ahead of open enrollment period starting Nov 1, causing unnecessary consumer confusion, anxiety Senator Murray on Senate floor: “Good news” is bipartisan bill with Chairman Alexander would tie President Trump’s hand on sabotage & protect families from higher premiumsSenator Murray: “I would once again urge the Majority Leader to allow our legislation to get a vote…there’s no reason to wait—there's absolutely no excuse for inaction”ICYMI: Seattle Times: “A summer assault on the Affordable Care Act by the Trump Administration and Congress has confused consumers” ICYMI: Government watchdog Investigation, requested...
  • Health insurers earn billions, while patients and doctors suffer under ObamaCare

    10/27/2017 6:14:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Fox ^ | October 27, 2017 | Dr Marc Siegel
    I remember when my patients used to pay me up front for my service, and then apply to their insurance company for reimbursement. Health insurance policies came in all shapes and sizes back then, some more comprehensive than others, depending on a patient’s needs. Patients understood that health insurance was not the same thing as health care, and that it was at best a promise that sometimes went unfulfilled. Over the years insurers gained more control of the health-care system, until I had to appeal to the insurance company to be reimbursed for a service I had already provided. Since...
  • Democrats Yelp as Trump Upholds Constitution

    10/20/2017 8:41:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10-20-17 | Michael Barone
    Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most recent predecessor. The question now is whether the author of "The Art of the Deal" -- and congressional Republicans and Democrats -- can maneuver and compromise on these issues in ways that produce sensible public policy. The first action in question was Trump's Sept. 5 announcement that he would withdraw Barack Obama's Deferred Action for...
  • Lamar Alexander +Patty Murray -save the illegal subsidies Congress never passed, ordered by obama

    10/17/2017 1:11:57 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/2017 | SELF
    From The Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have reached a bipartisan deal that would extend payments to insurers under ObamaCare that President Trump said he was ending last week. The deal would extend the payments to insurers for two years and give states more flexibility to change ObamaCare rules. The negotiations had been aimed at stabilizing insurance markets. .........When Republicans in the Senate made a last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare in September, the Alexander-Murray talks were cut off, with some GOP senators saying their bipartisan efforts would go nowhere in the...
  • Trump’s Week of Overturning Obama on Things Like Health Care and Bergdahl Is Why He Was Elected

    10/16/2017 1:51:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush ^ | October 16, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Trump continues… Last week… I mentioned this on Friday. And, you know, I didn’t spend enough time on it. I mentioned it in the last half hour of the program. Trump’s week last week was precisely why he was elected, and his week last week, not just in blowing up all of the Obama legacy — and the Drive-Bys are caterwauling about this. Obamacare, the subsidies to the insurance companies. The left is predictably outraged, claiming, “President Trump is going to kill people! People are going to die,” even though all that’s happened here is that Trump has inserted...
  • POTUS: "Obamacare Is Finished, It's Dead, It's Gone... There Is No Such Thing Anymore."

    10/16/2017 10:33:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    POTUS: "Obamacare is finished, it's dead, it's gone... There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore."
  • Turley: Obama's Original Obamacare Order Was Unconstitutional, Also Violated Law Itself

    10/15/2017 7:03:30 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 33 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/14/17 | Ian Schwartz
    Legal eagle Jonathan Turley responds to Democrats that say President Trump's decision to reverse former President's order on Obamacare subsidies was unconstitutional. Turley said Obama's decision to order billions to fund subsidies would be analogous to Trump ordering money to build The Wall.
  • AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Trump’s Decision to End Vital ACA Subsidies

    10/13/2017 5:06:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO ^ | Friday, October 13, 2017 | Lee Saunders president of AFSCME
    WASHINGTON — AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end vital health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act:“With this decision, the president has ushered in the era of Trumpcare, under which Americans will have fewer coverage choices and face skyrocketing premium costs.“By sabotaging the health care system just as open enrollment is set to begin, the president has all but guaranteed that insurers will abandon the market and working families will bear the brunt of the pain.“Americans will go broke, get sicker or worse because of this decision. There is no reasonable justification...
  • U.S. states to file new suit challenging Trump healthcare subsidy cut

    10/13/2017 10:16:10 AM PDT · by granite · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/13/2017 | Reporting by Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. states will file a new lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's plan to end Obamacare subsidies to health insurers that help low-income people pay out-of-pocket medical expenses, a source in the New York attorney general's Office said on Friday.
  • Statement on Trump Administration's Decision Regarding Obamacare Payments

    10/12/2017 8:52:33 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Press Release Statement on Trump Administration's Decision Regarding Obamacare Payments October 12, 2017|Speaker Ryan's Press Office WASHINGTON–House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s determination that certain payments under Obamacare have no valid appropriation: “Under our Constitution, the power of the purse belongs to Congress, not the executive branch. It was in defense of this foundational principle that the House, under the leadership of former speaker John Boehner, voted in 2014 to challenge the constitutionality of spending by the Obama administration that was never approved by Congress. The House was validated last year when...
  • Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces

    10/12/2017 8:05:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 118 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10-12-2017 | Amy Goldstein
    President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision follows an executive order on Thursday to allow alternative health plans that skirt the law’s requirements. The White House confirmed late Thursday that it would halt federal payments for cost-sharing reductions, although a statement did not specify when. According to two people briefed on the decision, the cutoff will be as of November. The subsidies total about $7 billion this year. Trump has threatened for months...
  • Durbin's Statement On Trump's Executive Order On Health Care

    10/12/2017 5:28:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 10/12/2017 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    CHICAGO—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order further targeting and destabilizing the Affordable Care Act:“Make no mistake—after spending nine months repeatedly trying and failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is sabotaging America’s health care system and hurting working families to make a political point. His tactics are well documented: President Trump issued an Executive Order instructing federal agencies not to enforce the law, cut the open enrollment period in half, cancelled television and radio ads that educated people about how to enroll for insurance, slashed funding for patient navigators...