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  • Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill

    04/26/2017 12:13:14 PM PDT · by johnk · 26 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 04/26/17 01:02 PM EDT | By Cristina Marcos
    The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP's healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included. The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there was't enough Republican support to pass it. The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law. "While the revised version still...
  • Here's the plan that some Republican leaders think will get Obamacare repeal bill to pass.

    04/20/2017 10:18:43 AM PDT · by gattaca · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/19/2017 | Bob Bryan
    Republicans are closing in on a deal... to push through the house... The deal would essentially keep two provisions, essential health benefits and community rating...
  • 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...
  • Obamacare's Absurd Food Labeling Law to Begin Soon

    04/04/2017 4:46:14 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 4,2017 | BY TOM KNIGHTON
    However, another rule is set to take effect soon that might just take the cake. Or pizza, in this case: The nation’s franchise restaurants are about one month away from the imposition of new nutritional-labeling rules dreamed up by the Obama administration, another gift of the grievously misnamed Affordable Care Act. For outlets of brands with 20 or more locations, that means posting signs in the shop with calorie counts for every item on the menu and for every variation on that item. That’s probably not such a big deal if you are, say, Raising Cane’s, and your menu ranges...
  • White House to unveil new Obamacare repeal deal Tuesday

    04/03/2017 6:56:49 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 76 replies
    The White House is expected to release the text of a new deal on Tuesday that would give states the power to opt out of certain Obamacare insurance mandates, in a major attempt to revive Obamacare repeal as early as this week. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters after meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and White House officials that he expects the text of the new compromise on Tuesday. The compromise would allow states to opt out of forcing insurers to cover 10 essential health benefits in plans, including maternity care and hospitalization. The...
  • First US City Set To See Complete Obamacare Collapse

    04/04/2017 12:29:04 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/4/17 | Robert Donachie
    Knoxville, Tenn., could be the first city in the U.S. where Obamacare completely collapses, leaving tens of thousands of people without the option to buy a subsidized insurance policy. Humana, the city’s only remaining insurance provider on its Obamacare exchange, announced it is exiting the market in 2018. If that happens, Knoxville citizens will be in a rough spot. Unless another insurance provider fills Humana’s place, some 40,000 people in the Knoxville area will likely be left without the option to purchase an Obamacare-subsidized insurance policy, CNN reports. Knoxville is illustrative of one of the main problems with Obamacare: It...
  • Krauthammer: US 'may be ready' for government-run universal healthcare

    03/31/2017 11:27:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 61 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/31/17 | Eddie Scarry
    In a column published Thursday night, Krauthammer said the GOP, having failed to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, could make the attempt again in the coming months, but said people may reject the attempt because they've been conditioned to see healthcare as an entitlement. "A broad national consensus is developing that health care is indeed a right," he wrote. "This is historically new. And it carries immense implications for the future. It suggests that we may be heading inexorably to a government-run, single-payer system. It's what Barack Obama once admitted he would have preferred but didn't think the country was ready...
  • A Health Care Plan So Simple, Even A Republican Can Understand!

    03/30/2017 1:28:59 PM PDT · by Boomer · 41 replies
    Human Events ^ | Mar 29, 2017 | Ann Coulter
    Mine is a two-step plan (and you don’t have to do the second step, so it’s really a one-step plan). STEP 1: Congress doesn’t repeal Obamacare! Instead, Congress passes a law, pursuant to its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, that says: “In America, it shall be legal to sell health insurance on the free market. This law supersedes all other laws, taxes, mandates, coverage requirements, regulations or prohibitions, state or federal.”
  • The Damage the Freedom Caucus Has Done May Be Felt for Years

    03/27/2017 3:53:21 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 84 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 26, 2017
    It is hard to overestimate the damage the Freedom Caucus has done to the fledgling presidency of Donald Trump, and to the country. By blocking the American Health Care Act of 2017, the conservative group has guaranteed that Americans will struggle forward under the burden of Obamacare. In the next few months insurers will announce their premium hikes for the coming year; chances are, given the continuing withdrawal of major companies from the marketplaces and the ongoing failure of the bill to attract enough young and healthy participants, the new rates will not be pretty. Last year premiums went up...
  • Gingrich: Freedom Caucus Saved House Republicans From Destructive Vote

    03/27/2017 12:39:26 PM PDT · by davikkm · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | PAM KEY
    Monday on Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the House Freedom Caucus saved House Republicans from a politically destructive vote when they refused to support the House Republican health care bill which only had a 17 percent approval rating among voters. Gingrich said, “Not voting on Friday was really good. The Democrats lost their majority for the first time in 40 years after they tried to push through Hillarycare. The Democrats lost the majority again in 2010 after they pushed through Obamacare. If we had all the House Republicans line up and vote...
  • 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.
  • The Only Legally & Economically Acceptable Alternative to Government-Run Healthcare: The Free Market

    03/25/2017 2:13:24 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 28 replies
    Sons of Constitutional Liberty ^ | 3/25/17 | Jim Newell
    The ONLY good, solid healthcare system that works for the most people AND is constitutional, is the market economy free of government interference. Nothing in this world is perfect and nothing will completely satisfy everyone, but freedom and the free market is way ahead of whatever's in second place. Legal argument: The Constitution does not authorize the feds to meddle in healthcare at all. The Constitution did not create a central government to satisfy everyone. The Constitution created a central government to protect God-given individual freedom to pursue life and happiness as each individual saw fit. Why has freedom from...
  • Thank the Freedom Caucus [vanity]

    03/25/2017 11:58:51 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 64 replies
    None ^ | 3/25/2017 | Self
    Folks, I am going to contact all of the members of the Freedom Caucus (Ken Buck is from my state) and personally THANK them for stopping the bill to tinker with Obamacare. I will also strongly encourage them to dust off one of the Obamacare repeal bills that was sent to President Obama and remind the other Republican members of the House of their prior voting record. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Caucus#Membership
  • Healthcare Economics in 8 Minutes (How To Really Make It Cheaper)

    03/25/2017 8:45:52 AM PDT · by M. Dodge Thomas · 46 replies
    Healthcare In America ^ | March 8th, 2017 | Joe Flower
    "Customers in healthcare ask a different question than customers in most markets. Whether hospitals (as customers of suppliers) or individuals needing an operation, healthcare customers mostly don’t ask, “Can we afford it?” Or even, “What’s the best value for the money?” They ask, “Is it covered? Can we get reimbursed for this?” And the reimbursement or coverage is set by complex non-market mechanisms that in most parts of the market are themselves opaque to the customer. So there is no real customer and no real price signal in most relationships throughout the market."
  • Sen. Graham: 'Just Let Obamacare Collapse'

    03/24/2017 9:11:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 24, 2017 | 10:11 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    As Republicans prepare to vote on their health care bill, which does not fully repeal Obamacare, a number of Republicans say it’s a mistake to put their names to the plan: “Just let Obamacare collapse, then challenge the Democrats to come in and help us fix the mess they created,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Friday morning, as lawmakers debated the latest iteration of the bill on the House floor. “President Trump’s going to be judged by the outcome of the legislation, and what I see in the House, I don’t think this legislation is going to move...
  • Obama Takes Victory Lap On Obamacare; Says It’s ‘Stable,’ Challenges Trump To Keep It Going

    03/23/2017 4:33:32 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 101 replies
    Former President Obama stepped into the Obamacare repeal fight Thursday, rejecting claims that his health law is in a “death spiral” and saying it can thrive — as long as President Trump properly administers it. “The reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act,” Mr. Obama said in a statement Most critically, though, Mr. Obama said his law is not in the dreaded “death spiral” that Republicans and some health executives have said. Under the death spiral, young healthy customers are chased from the marketplace by rising costs, leaving an older, sicker population that then requires...
  • Trump Ultimatum: Vote on Health Care Friday or Obamacare Stays

    03/23/2017 5:28:48 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 198 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...