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  • New ObamaCare repeal bill on life support

    04/27/2017 6:26:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | Apr. 27, 2017 | Scott Wong
    The tide is quickly turning against the new ObamaCare repeal legislation. At least 21 Republicans have said they would vote no on the revised GOP healthcare bill negotiated by centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and conservative Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Those "no" votes include Reps. Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.) and John Katko (N.Y.), all centrists who had reservations about the previous ObamaCare repeal bill that was pulled from a floor vote last month because of a lack of GOP support.
  • The Hill's Whip List: 12 GOP no votes on new ObamaCare bill

    04/27/2017 10:15:13 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2018 | The Hill Staff
    House Republicans have an updated bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and The Hill has a new whip list. The updated bill includes an amendment that would allow states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules, including on minimum coverage requirements and allowing insurers to charge more based on individuals' health. Those changes are designed to win over conservatives, and the new legislation has been backed by the House Freedom Caucus and outside groups including the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks. The question is whether GOP centrists can back it. This list was last updated on April 27 at at...
  • Senate sounds ready to gut new House health-care bill — if it passes the House at all

    04/27/2017 8:48:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2017 | AllahPundit
    Doesn’t really matter. This is a game of hot potato at this point. The Freedom Caucus took the blame, fairly or not, for tanking the original House health-care bill last month. Now they’ve hatched an amendment that makes the bill more palatable to conservatives, letting states waive the federal mandates for Essential Health Benefits and community rating subject to certain conditions, but which does little to make it more appealing to Republican moderates. The stuff that would make it more palatable to them, like rolling back planned cuts to Medicaid, isn’t in the new version and would only spook...
  • Freedom Caucus gets to yes on healthcare

    04/26/2017 6:01:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | Apr. 26, 2017 | Peter Sullivan and Jessie Hellmann
    Republicans took a serious step forward in their effort to replace ­ObamaCare on Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed revised legislation. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that the amendment “helps us get to consensus” but did not say how close Republicans are to the majority vote necessary to pass legislation through the House. The amendment managed to flip a number of prominent conservatives from no to yes, including Reps. Dave Brat (R-Va.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Scott DesJarlais  (R-Tenn.), all Freedom Caucus members. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a former chairman of the Freedom Caucus and a strong...
  • California weighs huge health care remake - dumping insurers

    04/26/2017 1:51:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | April 26, 2017 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER
    A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation’s most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump struggles to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The proposal, promoted by the state’s powerful nursing union and two Democratic senators, is a longshot. But supporters hope the time is right to persuade lawmakers in California, where Democrats like to push the...
  • 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...
  • Fact Check: Does Amended GOP Healthcare Bill Exempt Congress From Controversial Changes?

    04/26/2017 11:25:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/26/2017 | Guy Benson
    UPDATE - The House Freedom Caucus has announced its support for the amended legislation. Now the real action shifts to the moderates. The new changes give states the choice to seek additional flexibility (which must come with guarantees that they will either cover more people or reduce consumers' costs) that will result in a proliferation of new coverage options, many with lower price tags. But it will also mean that minimum coverage plans will be less comprehensive, and that some people will have to pay more, a concern addressed here. The GOP may be a long way from final passage of a...
  • Obama will earn $400K for one of his first paid speeches: report

    04/25/2017 9:39:30 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/24/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    Former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald's healthcare conference this September, according to a new report. Obama, whose legacy item was the Affordable Care Act, will deliver the keynote address at the organization's lunch in what will be one of his first paid speeches, Fox Business' Charlie Gasparino reported Monday. Cantor Fitzgerald is a New York City-based financial services firm that specializes in fix incomes sales, institutional equity and trading.
  • The GOP Has a Nuclear Option ...

    04/25/2017 3:16:57 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 37 replies
    Political Wire ^ | March 24, 2017 | Taegan Goddard
    Rick Klein and Shushannah Walsh:“Want to really blow up the Senate – and fast? A new proposal is emerging that would likely do just that, and it has nothing to do with Senate Democrats’ vow to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. A proposal is being pushed by some Senate Republicans that would seek to ensure that a House-passed bill could be passed intact by only a simple majority of senators.” “How would that work? Well, the vice president, of course, is the president of the Senate. The thinking goes that if the Senate parliamentarian ruled that parts of the...
  • New GOP health care plan is better, but …

    04/22/2017 7:34:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/22/17 | David Hogberg
    Still, there are changes Republicans can make to the federal high-risk pool that would likely get a lot of moderates on board The new Republican health care plan is a big improvement over the disastrous proposed “American Health Care Act” (a.k.a RINOcare). It doesn’t go far enough, of course.
  • Repeal Obamacare now

    04/21/2017 9:44:52 AM PDT · by Oklahoma · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | April 21, 2017 4:00 AM | Dan McLaughlin
    Repeal Obamacare now. Here's why it would work. House Republicans are reportedly ready to return any day now to health-insurance reform after the spectacular failure in late March of the American Health Care Act, the resoundingly unpopular bill to “replace” the long-unpopular and misnamed Affordable Care Act. This time, they need to deliver: After seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare root and branch, the party can’t go back to the voters with nothing more than a participation trophy. It won’t be easy, and it may be agonizingly slow, but the Democrats didn’t get Obamacare passed overnight: They spent 40...
  • Trump to sign bill extending veterans' health care program

    04/17/2017 2:23:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KALB-TV ^ | April 17, 2017 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation to extend temporarily a program that gives veterans access to private-sector health care. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump will sign the bill Wednesday at the White House. The extension will provide stopgap services while Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin develops a longer-term plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside the VA medical system for care. Under the bill, the VA will be allowed to operate its Choice program until the funding runs out....
  • We Have To Earn $42,000 Every Year Just To Cover Our Obamacare, And GOP Plans Won’t Help

    04/14/2017 10:07:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/14/2017 | Douglas Tate
    As Republicans’ effort to resuscitate their plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare gains momentum, perhaps it would be illuminating to ask someone who is actually insured under Obamacare to share his or her perspective.My wife and I are both older than 60. We are in excellent health, not under any prescription drug regimen, and physically active. We live in New Hampshire, which enjoys not only a variety of weather patterns, but a plurality of Obamacare insurance providers.My wife and I have not benefitted from an employer-provided health insurance plan for more than three years. We have instead obtained our health...
  • The Pitfalls of Single-Payer Health Care: Canada’s Cautionary Tale

    04/13/2017 8:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/13/2017 | Candice Malcolm
    In the Netflix series House of Cards, President Frank Underwood campaigned for the White House by telling Americans, “You are entitled to nothing.” The fictional president — a Democrat, no less — was forthright with American voters about the unaffordable and unsustainable structure of America’s entitlement programs, and he was rewarded at the polls. In real-life America, unfortunately, there is no such courageous honesty from the political class. Even many in the Republican party, once the stalwart force fighting against the growth of big government, are now resigned to contemplating a government takeover of the health-care industry in the wake...
  • Brain cell therapy 'promising' for Parkinson's disease (hope for Hillary alert)

    04/11/2017 12:46:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | April 11, 2017
    Scientists believe they have found a way to treat and perhaps reverse Parkinson's disease, by making replacement cells to mend the damaged brain. They say human brain cells can be coaxed to take over the job of the ones that are destroyed in Parkinson's. Tests in mice with Parkinson-like symptoms showed that the therapy appeared to ease the condition. Many more studies are needed before similar tests can begin in people. Experts say the research published in Nature Biotechnology is hugely promising, although at a very early stage.
  • My inability to purchase a basic allergy medicine shows everything wrong with socialist healthcare

    04/10/2017 3:58:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/10/2017 | Daniel Horowitz
    Want to know why our health care system, sponsored by venture socialism and crony capitalism, looks like a mini-bar in a hotel room and not like Amazon? Here is my most recent experience with this dysfunctional system, owned and operated by the government or those empowered by government intervention. My original “Healthy Blue” insurance plan from CareFirst of Maryland for my family of five cost $425 a month, subject to a $5,000 deductible, and covered most doctor visits and generic drugs. I didn’t mind paying the rest out of the pocket, even though those costs were already too high and...
  • An Open Letter to Rand Paul and Members of the Freedom Caucus!

    04/07/2017 8:11:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/07/17 | A.J. Cameron
    This is a ONE-TIME opportunity to save healthcare and rejuvenate our still moribund economy Mr. Paul and members of the Freedom Caucus, the American people are counting on you and supporting you to ensure that Obamacare is fully repealed. If you are to repeal Obamacare, it must be FULLY REPEALED on the first attempt, or it will NEVER be repealed. If it is not repealed on the first attempt, you cannot trust that any promised future attempt will occur. Even if a subsequent attempt occurs, Las Vegas would probably place the odds high that it will be even more contentious...
  • Activists Rally: Demand Albany Pass NY Single-Payer Bill

    04/06/2017 11:27:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Green Party US ^ | April 5, 2017 | Wayne Lucas, WAMC-TV
    With the country once again debating the future of health care, activists rallied Tuesday in Albany, NY in support of a bill that would create a universal, publicly-financed health-insurance plan for all New Yorkers. Green Party candidate for Albany Mayor Dan Plaat believes having a state single-payer plan in place would have a positive impact on local economics. "It reminds me a lot of the anti-fracking movement. Each year the rally gets a little bit bigger. More partners are made and more people catch on to the necessity and the importance of this issue in getting this law passed, this...
  • Instead of healthcare or medical insurance, let’s consider the Eaters Club

    04/06/2017 2:43:54 PM PDT · by molewhacka · 13 replies
    The Paris Post-Intelligencer ^ | Mar 31, 2017 | Paul Frownfelter
    If we get into a discussion about healthcare or insurance, it seems that emotions get in the way of understanding — especially when the immense costs are considered. So, let’s discuss something else — eating. Now, you decide how often you want to eat, where you will go for your meal and what you will eat. You judge the quality of your meal and whether the meal is priced fairly. All these decisions are yours because, whether it comes from the grocer or from a restaurant, you are the one paying for the food. The grocer and the restaurant manager...
  • Bearing Burdens After Obamacare: The Future of Christian Healthcare Sharing

    04/06/2017 9:18:19 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 14 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 02/02/2017 | Kate Shellnutt
    The Affordable Care Act put Christian insurance alternatives on the map. What happens to them when it goes away? Despite President Donald Trump’s executive order to begin dismantling Obamacare, a record number of Americans signed up for marketplace plans during the 2017 enrollment period, which ended Tuesday. Meanwhile, the number of Christians taking advantage of religious exemptions to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also reached an all-time high. As of January, well over 625,000 believers belong to health care sharing ministries—more than triple as many as when the Obama administration enacted the legislative overhaul of the health insurance market in...