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  • While 2020 Democrats Fight A Civil War, Republicans Are Fixing Health Insurance

    08/28/2019 4:23:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | August 29, 2019 | Whitney Munroe
    There’s a civil war brewing on health care. While many of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates support some version of Medicare for All, others aren’t ready to give up on ObamaCare—and Kamala Harris is trying to have her cake and eat it too. “KamalaCare” would apparently move the country to Medicare for All over the span of 10 years. But it would require the help of private insurers—a surprise, considering Harris supported the elimination of private health insurance during the last Democratic presidential debate. The plan was met with immediate criticism from so-called “moderate” and radical Democrats alike—either saying...
  • Middlemen In Healthcare Creating High Costs

    08/26/2019 11:17:45 AM PDT · by The Houston Courant · 28 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | October 15, 2018 | David Balat
    “Middlemen" are causing a crisis in health care that's hitting everyday Americans in the wallet and preventing them from getting the care they need. They have contributed to soaring health care costs and medicine shortages. On May 11th of this year, the President held a press conference and stated "We’re very much eliminating the middlemen. The middlemen became very, very rich. Whoever those middlemen were — and a lot of people never even figured it out — they’re rich. They won’t be so rich anymore."
  • Democratic candidates agree: Obamacare is horrible didn’t fix anything

    07/30/2019 7:29:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies ^ | 8:52 pm on July 30, 2019 | Brett T.
    Why are the candidates on the first night of the second round of debates spending so much time on health care and health insurance; we were assured by the previous administration that the Affordable Care Act fixed everything … right?
  • Obama hires former ACORN Lobbyist

    09/21/2013 4:34:25 PM PDT · by Red Statements · 14 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    Deepak Bhargava, a former ACORN lobbyist has been hired by President Obama to run a contest promoting Obamacare through videos. Bhargava was the manager in charge of advancing ACORN's legislative agenda until he resigned in 2002. He faces the daunting task of convincing huge numbers of young Americans to purchase health insurance, they will probably never use, instead of paying the $95 dollar tax. Bhargava is currently the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Community Change, a left leaning partisan group, which is funded by George Soros. They are especially interested in immigration reform and support open borders....
  • Biden unveils plan to strengthen ObamaCare (and not Medicare for All)

    07/15/2019 7:48:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 15 2019 | Mark Moore
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden unveiled a plan on Monday to bolster ObamaCare by protecting people with pre-existing conditions, ​adding a “public option” like Medicare and using tax credits to lower premiums. With the announcement, the former vice president set himself apart from other Democratic candidates who supported “Medicare for all,” including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris. ​”I understand the appeal of Medicare for All,” Biden said in a video posted ​Monday. “But folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of Obamacare. And I’m not for that.”
  • Medically unnecessary ambulance rides soar after ACA expansion

    07/06/2019 2:17:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 23 replies
    Science Daily ^ | June 28, 2019 | University of Colorado Denver
    By 2016, two years into the expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 17.6 million previously uninsured people around the U.S. had gained health insurance coverage. But with the expansion, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Kentucky found that ambulance dispatches for minor injuries like abrasions, minor burns and muscle sprains rose by a staggering 37% in New York City. "Policymakers were operating under the assumption that the expansion was going to get people out of emergency rooms," says Andrew Friedson, PhD, assistant professor of economics at CU Denver. "Few people thought a larger enrollment...
  • Appellate court raises potential new threat to ACA

    06/27/2019 5:05:34 AM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 26 Jun 2019 | Yasmeen Abutalab
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned whether more than a dozen Democratic states and the U.S. House of Representatives have the right to appeal a lower court decision that struck down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, throwing the law’s future into question. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, which is scheduled to begin hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of the law on July 9, said it needed more information as to whether the House and Democratic states had standing to intervene in the lawsuit and whether their interventions were timely. Some legal experts...
  • 64, who was left starving and unable to stand but still deemed 'fit to find work' DIES in hospital

    04/21/2019 4:03:23 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/21/2019 | MILLY VINCENT
    A six-stone emaciated man who was deemed 'fit to find work' by the DWP has died. Stephen Smith, 64, died on Monday, after struggling with a number of severe health problems. His case hit the headlines recently when a fitness for work assessment by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) denied him vital benefits. Shocking images showed the 64-year-old Liverpool man emaciated in hospital after he was admitted with pneumonia. However, despite his glaringly obvious poor health and worrying weight loss, Mr Smith was forced to leave hospital to fight a decision by the DWP which insisted he was...
  • Fourth GOP senator opposes Trump Fed pick Herman Cain, effectively ending his path to confirmation

    04/11/2019 2:21:57 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 73 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 11, 2019 | Christina Wilkie
    WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer, N.D., on Thursday became the fourth member of his party’s caucus to tell reporters he would vote against a nomination for former pizza executive Herman Cain to join the board of the Federal Reserve. “If I had to [vote] today, I would vote no” on Cain, Cramer told reporters Thursday on Capitol Hill. Cain has yet to be formally nominated by President Donald Trump, but last week Trump announced that Cain was his pick to fill one of two open seats on the central bank’s board. Trump intends to nominate conservative economist and author...
  • Jonathan Gruber’s Mini-Me’s

    12/31/2014 6:30:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 30, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    MIT economist Jonathan Gruber got his 15 weeks of fame in 2014 when videos surfaced in which he candidly admitted to deception, and a jaundiced view of American public opinion, while promoting Obamacare as it travelled its rocky road to passage by Congress. Actually, Accuracy in Academia has been covering Jonathan Gruber’s “mini mes” for decades. Just last Fall: o “Once upon a time, there was a saying among the young: ‘The answer is more beer. What is the question?’” I wrote on December 8, 2014. “Substitute the word ‘government’ for the word ‘beer’ and you have what could be...
  • Poll: Few Americans say they have benefited from key aspects of ObamaCare

    04/07/2019 11:07:18 PM PDT · by Texan4Life · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/4/19 | Matthew Sheffield
    Few Americans believe their health care situation has been improved by key components of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Thursday. Across party lines, most registered voters contacted for the March 30-31 survey said major provisions of former President Obama's signature health care law either had no real impact on them or had made things worse.
  • Buttigieg Says Crying ‘Socialism’ is Tired: Obamacare Was a Conservative Idea...

    04/04/2019 9:06:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 64 replies ^ | 4/4/2019 | Colby Hall
    Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg appeared on Good Morning America Thursday morning and addressed the “socialist” label in the frank and candid manner that has given rise to his upstart campaign. The focus of the conversation? Is the label “socialist” a liability in today’s political landscape? George Stephanopoulos asked the South Bend Mayor about an essay he wrote in High School that ostensibly praised Bernie Sanders self-identifying as a “socialist” in context of the term being used by the right to vilify progressive candidates on the left. Buttigieg corrected the GMA anchor and said that the focus of his award-winning...
  • McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing and replacing Obamacare

    04/02/2019 1:43:38 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/2/2019 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told President Trump in a conversation Monday that the Senate will not be moving comprehensive health care legislation before the 2020 election, despite the president asking Senate Republicans to do that in a meeting last week.
  • Trump Retreats on Health Care, Saying Republican Plan Will Appear After the 2020 Election

    04/02/2019 6:55:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04/02/2019 | Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman
    President Trump announced that Republicans would not present a health care overhaul proposal until after the 2020 election, punting on coming up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, which the administration is currently fighting in court to invalidate. The issue now will dominate presidential campaigns in the months leading up to the 2020 election. Mr. Trump announced his new timetable in a thread of Twitter posts late Monday, putting off one of his biggest campaign promises until, the president hopes, he is re-elected. “Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn’t work,” began Mr. Trump, who went on to add that...
  • Trump’s health care agenda is a legal disaster

    03/29/2019 9:12:36 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/29/2019 | Dylan Scott
    President Donald Trump’s health care agenda keeps running aground, again and again, in the courts. Unable to pass a health care bill in Congress, the Trump administration decided to use regulations to roll back the Affordable Care Act and reshape Medicaid. But those plans have been blocked repeatedly by the judiciary. This week alone, federal judges ruled against Medicaid work requirements and association health plans, two signature Trump proposals. Some of the losses have come on technical grounds, with judges chastising the administration for pushing through new regulations without properly accounting for their consequences or public comments on the proposals....
  • Justice Department sides with court ruling Obamacare invalid

    03/25/2019 7:30:14 PM PDT · by Aquamarine · 126 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 25, 2019 | Peter Sullivan
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced that it is siding with a district court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The move is an escalation of the Trump administration's legal battle against the health care law. The DOJ previously argued in court that the law's pre-existing condition protections should be struck down. Now, the administration argues the entire law should be invalidated......
  • DOJ changes course: Entire ACA should be struck down

    03/25/2019 7:21:11 PM PDT · by Revel · 53 replies
    Modern healthcare ^ | 3/25/19 | Susannah Luthi
    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday took a broader stance against the Affordable Care Act, telling a federal appeals court the entire law can be discarded. The agency called on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a district court ruling invalidating the entire Obamacare law, saying it "is not urging that any portion of the district court's judgment be reversed." The one-page letter came hours after 21 Democratic state attorneys general argued that Congress' zeroing out of the penalty did not make the individual mandate unconstitutional, as U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor decided in mid-December. At...
  • ObamaCare enrollment declines slightly to 11.4M signups for 2019

    03/25/2019 1:48:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/25/19 | Peter Sullivan
    ObamaCare signups declined by about 400,000 people from 2018 to 2019, according to new data released Monday by the Trump administration. The report shows that about 11.4 million people signed up in 2019, down from 11.8 million people last year. The Trump administration downplayed the change, calling it a “minimal decline” in the number of people signing up for health insurance under the law. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees ObamaCare, also said in a news release that there is “stability on the Exchanges,” a departure from arguments long made by other Republicans, including President Trump,...
  • Gallup editor says most Americans want to see a change to health care system

    02/07/2019 12:28:08 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 07 2019 | Julia Manchester
    Gallup editor-in-chief Mohamed Younis said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that most Americans want to see some change in the health care system. "When you ask people, a majority of them actually want to see something change," Younis told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Wednesday, referring to a new Hill-HarrisX survey. "A majority of people say there [are] either major problems or that the health care system is currently in crisis," he continued. "So there's appetite for change. There's majority support for the ACA [Affordable Care Act] in place, but over 40 percent of people want...
  • Trump’s plan to improve healthcare, that everyone said wouldn’t work, is already working...

    02/04/2019 8:10:58 PM PST · by caww · 26 replies
    washingtonexaminer. ^ | 2/4/2019 | Jack Hunter
    In June, the Trump administration instituted new rules that would allow small businesses and individuals to access health insurance through what the president called “ association health plans.” This would permit certain businesses and the self-employed to band together, even across state lines, to provide coverage for members outside of Obamacare’s strict rules. It turns out association health plans have quickly become a solution to many Americans’ coverage problems, are more affordable than Obamacare, and are helping many get the care they need. “It's time to acknowledge that critics may have misjudged one of the Trump administration's signature health-care policies...