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  • Trump and Healthcare

    03/25/2017 7:28:19 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 22 replies
    Scott Adams blog ^ | 03/25/2017 | Scott Adams
    Today we are witnessing one of the most important events in political history. But you probably can’t see it because the news is talking about healthcare, and how Ryan and Trump totally failed to get enough votes. The real story is happening in parallel with the healthcare story, and that’s what renders it invisible.
  • Paul Ryan: Failure of Obamacare Replacement Makes Tax Reform Harder

    03/25/2017 8:46:50 AM PDT · by davikkm · 75 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN CARNEY
    The White House tried very hard Friday to send a clear message that the success of President Donald Trump’s tax and infrastructure agenda does not turn on the fate of the Obamacare replacement bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan, only minutes after pulling his health care bill, appeared to at least partially contradict that. “Yes. This does make tax reform more difficult,” Ryan said. “But it does not in any way make it impossible.” Even though Ryan went on to say the House would “proceed with tax reform,” he appeared to be far less optimistic than the two top Trump administration...
  • Three Criteria for Health Reform

    03/24/2017 1:54:19 PM PDT · by TBP · 46 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2017 | TED CRUZ and MARK MEADOWS
    Does it make health care more affordable? Does it give consumers more choices? Does it provide Americans more control over their families’ health care?
  • Trump: Ryan should remain Speaker even if healthcare vote fails

    03/24/2017 1:48:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 24, 2017 | Jordan Fabian
    President Trump said Friday that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) should remain Speaker even if the afternoon vote on the GOP healthcare plan fails. “Yes,” he said when asked whether Ryan should keep his job.
  • 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.
  • What's inside the Republican health care bill?

    03/24/2017 9:42:00 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 12 replies
    House GOP lawmakers are preparing to try to fulfill their promise to repeal Obamacare ... or major portions of it. The House is set to vote on the legislation, called the American Health Care Act, on Friday. Republican leaders have already made several changes to placate both conservatives and moderates, but a number of members in both chambers remain concerned. So a lot may change before it reaches President Trump's desk. Critics have ranged from conservative Republicans to insurers to the AARP. Conservatives complain that the bill does not fully repeal Obamacare and that many provisions are too similar to...
  • GOP rep: Once healthcare bill passes, lawmakers can 'really explain it'

    03/24/2017 7:17:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 24, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    Voter opposition to the Republican healthcare bill is the result of misunderstanding, and lawmakers will be able to "really explain it" once it becomes law, Rep. Chris Collins said Thursday. "In my district, right now there's a lot of misunderstanding as to what it is we're doing," the New York Republican said on MSNBC. "And once we get it done, and then we can have the chance to really explain it."
  • Report: Bannon Privately Pans Ryan Bill — ‘Written by the Insurance Industry’

    03/24/2017 6:56:42 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 90 replies
    New York Magazine;Breithbart ^ | March 24, 2017 | Gabriel Sherman
    Gabriel Sherman writes that White House chief strategist and former Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon (or, for those concerned with SEO, Steve Bannon) has privately expressed concern that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) betrays the populist voters who put Donald Trump in the White House.
  • Tea Party Express urges lawmakers to pass health care bill

    03/24/2017 4:30:45 AM PDT · by davikkm · 116 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Seth McLaughlin
    A national tea party group is supporting the health care bill that President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan are urging lawmaker to pass on Capitol Hill. Sal Russo, the co-founder and chief strategist of Tea Party Express, which bills itself as the largest tea party political action committee, told Medium that the bill is the “first step in President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.” “Admittedly, this is far from a perfect repeal, and no conservative would propose this if it weren’t for the reality of the obstructionist Democrats in the Senate,”...
  • Conservatives Angry That Trump Healthcare Bill Could Cover Illegals

    03/23/2017 2:30:21 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 March 2017 | Raven Clabough
    A deal has not yet been reached between the White House and congressional Republicans on the American Health Care Act, the bill intended to repeal and partially replace ObamaCare. Many Republicans have been unable to rally around the bill, asserting that it breaks too many promises made to the American people during the 2012, 2014, and 2016 election cycles. The latest disappointment involves the removal of a provision intended to stop illegal immigrants from receiving health insurance coverage from the bill. The change has made an already widely unpopular bill even more so.Reuters reports that the dropped provision would have...
  • Nancy Pelosi: GOP Health Care Plan Would Make ‘Being A Woman A Preexisting Condition’

    03/23/2017 11:56:45 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 50 replies
    WASHINGTON ― Republican leaders are eyeing last-minute changes to their health care bill in order to attract votes from conservative lawmakers, including removing the requirement that insurance companies cover maternity care for everyone. Before the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, the insurance market was a bleak place for women. They often had to pay more than men for the same coverage. Only 12 percent of individual market plans covered maternity care. And it was completely legal for insurance companies to refuse coverage to women who were pregnant or might become pregnant in the future. One of the ACA’s...
  • House ready to change healthcare bill after learning reconciliation rules might let them repeal more

    03/23/2017 9:43:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2017 | AllahPundit
    A good time to familiarize yourself with critical procedural rules in the other chamber while you’re trying to pass the most momentous bill of Trump’s presidency is obviously the night before you bring it to the floor, I think we can all agree. BREAK: House leadership now open to changes to the AHCA after learning new info about EHBs/the reconciliation process, per leadership aide— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) March 22, 2017 I mentioned the reconciliation problem in this morning’s post. The GOP’s dilemma, and the reason for the weird “three stage” repeal that Trump and Ryan keep mentioning, is that...
  • Freedom Caucus holdout: GOP's Obamacare replacement an 'assault on our individual' rights

    03/23/2017 8:02:07 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    House Freedom Caucus member Ted Yoho told CNBC on Thursday he will vote against the GOP's Obamacare replacement without more concessions to get rid of "a growing entitlement." The Florida Republican said he prefers a "clean repeal" of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, but he acknowledges it's a negotiation. "We're getting closer," Yoho said on "Squawk Box." "I have the utmost confidence in [Freedom Caucus] leadership that we will come out with a bill that the president will sign [and] that the American people will thank us for." The House vote is crucial for the Trump agenda. President...
  • What Does My Health Care Really Cost?

    03/23/2017 6:57:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/23/2017 | By Dr. Marc Siegel
    The halls of Congress look nothing like the waiting and examination rooms of a doctor’s office. Lawmakers may talk about health-care costs, but they don’t work in the medical trenches, where my patients and I are shielded by insurance from knowing both the real price and the negotiated price of a given service. Not knowing and not paying directly leads to overuse (as long as deductibles have been met), as my patients come to see me when they don’t need to, for every upper-respiratory infection or sprained ankle or sleepless night. Doctors like me may then defensively overtest with an...
  • Trump, House leaders, conservatives working on health care deal

    03/22/2017 6:54:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | March 22, 2017 | MJ Lee, Deirdre Walsh, Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is personally calling individual members of the influential conservative House Freedom Caucus Wednesday evening as House leaders work on a possible deal to secure the votes to pass the GOP health care bill.
  • Go Ahead... You Own It (AHCA)

    03/22/2017 3:41:04 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 15 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | March 22, 2017 | Karl Denninger
    Go Ahead...You Own It I had an "interesting" debate on Twitter last night with someone who is involved in the health insurance game in some way and apparently has cancer patients as clients. He is a strong shill for (supporter of) the "Obamacare Repeal/Replace" process by his own admission. The debate was plenty fun and decent right up until I pointed out that on the math the Federal Government spent $1,417 billion last fiscal year on Medicare and Medicaid, up from $380 billion in 1998, which incidentally was 37% of all federal spending last year -- and it's accelerating at...
  • Media Touts A New Study Blaming Diabetes Epidemic On Global Warming

    03/22/2017 1:59:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 22, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The media is touting a new study claiming global warming could be, at least in part, to blame for the "diabetes epidemic" sweeping the globe. "When it gets warmer, there is higher incidence of diabetes," Lisanne Blauw, a Ph.D. candidate at the Netherlands-based Einthoven Laboratory and the study's lead author, told The Huffington Post Tuesday. "It's important to realize global warming has further effects on our health, not only on the climate," Blauw said.
  • As Republicans Debate Health Bill, Let’s Remember Why Americans Want Obamacare Repeal

    03/22/2017 7:01:37 AM PDT · by aspasia · 12 replies
    daily signal ^ | Edmund Haislmaier
    Obamacare’s basic construct is to take control of private health plans and convert them into off-budget extensions of federal programs. As one of the law’s supporters explained back in 2010, its design “transforms health insurance into a public accommodation,” and turns private health insurance into “a regulated industry … that, in its restructured form, will therefore take on certain characteristics of a public utility.” The architects of Obamacare implemented that construct by imposing on private health plans new coverage requirements such as “essential benefits,” “preventive services,” and limits on plan cost-sharing. They also enforced cross subsidies—such as limits on age...
  • We are having the wrong conversation about healthcare (vanity)

    03/21/2017 11:13:01 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 42 replies
    03/21/2017 | Me, Wisconsin Lady
    I can't believe we are allowing the powers that be in D.C. to change the subject on what the healthcare problem is in this country. Health care is not about "coverage" or "insurance." It's about price. Therefore any discussion about "coverage", "insurance" or similar is an intentional deception until and unless price has been addressed.
  • Trump to Republicans: Vote for Obamacare repeal or lose your seat

    03/21/2017 10:47:04 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | March 21, 2017 | Kyle Cheney, Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan
    'I'm asking for your vote on Thursday,' the president said. President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning with a stern message for Republicans who've been wobbly about dismantling Obamacare: Give me your vote or you may lose your seat in 2018. During a closed-door meeting with the House GOP conference, the president gave a full-throated endorsement to the House repeal bill that will come to the floor for a vote on Thursday. He warned that if Republicans don't pass the bill, "I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018." Trump even called out the...
  • House Speaker Ryan agrees Republican majority at risk if Obamacare replacement bill fails this week

    03/21/2017 9:34:38 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 76 replies
    House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed Tuesday with PresidentDonald Trump that Republicans risk losing control of Congress if they don't unify this week to force passage of the leading bill to replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Ryan said he disagreed with the notion that there are not enough votes to pass that bill on Thursday. "Yes, absolutely," Ryan said when asked if he agreed with Trump's personal admonition to GOP House members during a visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday that "many" of them would lose their seats if they voted against the bill. "The president of the...
  • Picking apart Cory Booker's latest health care nonsense, point by point

    03/20/2017 12:23:04 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/17 | Herman Cain
    Diagnosis! Democrats are digging their political grave! ... Keep digging As Republicans in Congress continue to craft a legislative solution to the disastrous Unaffordable Care Act, the Democrats continue to mislead its defenders with more and more dishonest and deceptive rhetoric. The latest installment comes from Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and is deserving of a complete deception diagnosis. By the way, Booker is considered by Democrats to be a future Democrat presidential candidate, and he won the un-coveted “Liberal Lunacy of the Week” last week on the Herman Cain Radio Show with the following litany of false statements:
  • A Blood Boiler

    03/19/2017 12:11:20 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/19/17 | Bob Christie
    The rich eat better, drive better vehicles, and live in better homes in better neighborhoods, but purchasing better health care is somehow a sin to those who think you shouldn't have it An article in the March 18 issue of the Toronto Star, a left-leaning publication, got my blood boiling! It is titled “Buying their way to the front of the health-care line.” That is followed, in large bold lettering, by the question, “Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?” My question to the authors is: Who the hell are you...
  • Nebraska among states hardest-hit by GOP health care bill

    03/19/2017 8:10:09 AM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | GRANT SCHULTE
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would raise health insurance costs in Nebraska faster than in most other states, according to a new report, and advocates say rural areas would be hardest-hit. The analysis was released last week as some members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation faced loud public opposition to the GOP plan at town hall meetings. Critics of the plan say Nebraska would see larger-than-average increases because it has a disproportionate share of older and low-income residents, many of whom received tax credits through the federal health insurance marketplace. The new congressional...
  • Free Market Health Care Insurance?

    03/19/2017 6:40:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | March 19, 2017 | Joel Goodman
    In the Constitution, you will find liberty right up front in the Preamble. You will not, though, find any mention of a free market, regardless of how much you search. Free Market emphasis is an aspect of a philosophy supported by Libertarians and nouveau Conservatives called “Free Marketers." Many talk show conservatives repeat the Free Market dictum ad nauseam, and rant against any government-involved system, always claiming that what the central government does, the Free Market can do better. They repeat this mantra in spite of the fact that we have had a state capitalism economic system for more than...
  • AARP to Report Health Care Votes

    03/18/2017 4:38:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    AARP ^ | March 17, 2017 | David Frank
    Will inform 38 million members Who in the House of Representatives will support final passage of the American Health Care Act? Who will give it a thumbs-down? Driven by the ways in which the bill would seriously harm Americans 50 and older, AARP has decided to make the decision on final passage in the House “an accountability vote.” AARP is urging all representatives to vote no on the bill in its current form.  “AARP recognizes the magnitude of the upcoming vote on this harmful legislation that creates an age tax, cuts the life of Medicare and gives sweetheart deals to...
  • ‘Trump's Not [being] Led Down a Path by Anyone’

    03/18/2017 6:35:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | March 18, 2017 | Bryan Crabtree
    ATLANTA -- From my Skype-seat at the White House briefing room on March 16, 2017, I asked this question: "Many conservatives are worried that President Trump is being led by Speaker Ryan down the wrong path toward health care reform. Please respond to that." White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that "Trump is not going to be led down a path by anyone." I beg to differ. I believe Trump has been convinced that the congressional Republicans’ plan is the best option that can pass the House and the Senate. There are four main problems with this proposed health...
  • Purity and Politics

    03/18/2017 5:04:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 18, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Readers of a certain age may recall ads for Ivory Soap, which claimed to be 99 and 44/100ths percent pure. If the soap could have reached 100 percent purity, the company would likely have made the claim. Purity, apparently, is what some conservative Republicans are demanding in a health insurance bill, which likely will be voted on this week, unless it is held back because Speaker Paul Ryan doesn't think it has enough votes to pass. Supporters of the evolving House bill emphasize that this is a three-step process designed to get what virtually all conservatives want, a more cost-effective...
  • Make the Democrats Own Obamacare

    03/18/2017 4:49:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 18, 2017 | Michael Reagan
    At my age I'm pretty sure I don't need maternity care. At her age I'm pretty sure my granddaughter doesn't need health insurance for her end-of-life needs. But what do I know? I'm just a dumb citizen. According to the architects of Obamacare - if you can call the Democrats who designed President Obama's signature failure "architects" - I can't be trusted to buy my own health insurance. The architects of Obamacare in Washington, all Democrats, decided six or seven years ago they knew what the best health plan was for everyone, rich or poor, healthy or sick, old or...
  • While VA Hospital Boasted Of 20-Person Transgender Program, 100,000 Vets Lacked 'Safe' Care

    03/17/2017 3:10:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 16, 2017 | Luke Rosiak
    A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital that touted its program focusing on 20 transgendered individuals failed in caring for the remaining 111,000 veterans on health care essentials like keeping its medical equipment clean and properly training employees, government auditors found. "We could not gain reasonable assurance that clinical managers effectively monitor the professional competency of providers ... patient equipment is clean ... [and] employees ensure a safe and healthy environment," according to the Inspect General (IG) report on the activities at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center released March 13. The hospital in question was the subject of positive...
  • Am I way off base regarding federalized health care or insurance plans being unconstitutional?

    03/17/2017 12:40:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 99 replies
    "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." I don't see power over health care or insurance or anything like that being delegated to the federal government anywhere in the constitution, so it is reserved to the states and the people per the tenth amendment. The federal government cannot dictate who or what must be covered or at what price or any other terms or requirements for private health care insurance or coverage. And, Robert's ruling notwithstanding, it is not...
  • Charles Krauthammer: The real world of Obamacare repeal

    03/17/2017 9:37:10 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2017 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care. There’s a reason not one Western democracy with some system of national health care has ever abolished it. The genius of the left is to keep enlarging the entitlement state by creating new giveaways that are politically impossible to repeal. For 20 years, Republicans railed against the New Deal. Yet, when they...
  • Peggy Noonan says: "Reach Across the Aisle, Mr. PresidentFor health-care reform to succeed" ???

    03/17/2017 8:46:52 AM PDT · by PK1991 · 95 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-17-17 | Peggy Noonan
    "The president should confound expectations, pivot, and turn to the Democrats for a bipartisan deal. Here is the tradition. If you are Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 and you want to create Social Security—an act that affects Americans very personally—you get the other party in on it. You need them co-owning it, invested in it. You want the American people saying, “Congress did this,” not “the Democrats did this,” because if they say the latter the reform will always divide. FDR got 81 Republicans to vote for it in the House, and 284 Democrats. The same with Medicare in 1965: Lyndon...
  • Trump on the House’s health-care bill: “We will take care of our people or I’m not signing it”

    03/16/2017 8:43:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 16, 2017 | Allahpundit
    A pregnant answer at 7:40 below in response to an excellent question by Tucker Carlson: How can a populist president support an ObamaCare bill that would mostly benefit the well-off at the expense of older, blue-collar, rural Americans — the very people who put him over the top against Hillary? Is he even aware that the bill does that? “Oh, I know,” says Trump, before emphasizing that everything’s negotiable. Well … yes, but all of the negotiating that’s been done so far has been designed to please conservatives, in particular accelerating the rollback of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion by starting it...
  • CBO’s Alternate Facts about Obamacare: Congress should set policy based on reality, not speculations

    03/16/2017 11:41:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/16/2017 | Doug Badger
    Millions may lose coverage next year if Congress does not repeal Obamacare. That’s not what this week’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis says, but it is reality. CBO’s estimating models seem impervious to reality. In the real world, the Obamacare exchanges are in crisis, millions of uninsured people willingly pay or avoid IRS penalties, and consumers struggle with rising premiums and cost-sharing requirements. But for CBO, Obamacare is a sea of tranquility. The agency assumes that only 26 million people under the age of 65 will be uninsured this year and next if Obamacare is left in place. To...
  • What is the Purpose of Obamacare, Ryancare, Trumpcare et al.?

    03/16/2017 11:33:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 16, 2017 | Devon Herrick
    Republican proponents of the Americans Health Care Act are navigating a minefield with attacks from both the left and right. A CBO report claims 24 million people could lose coverage over 10 years, while a complete ACA repeal would only cause something like 23 million to drop out. The difference of opinion has to do with where you stand on the goal of health reform and the purpose of health coverage. How much should a healthy person’s health insurance premiums reflect the cost of another person’s poor health status? Stated another way, how much should society invest in care for...
  • House Budget Committee advances GOP health care bill

    03/16/2017 10:13:49 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 21 replies
    CBS News. com ^ | March 16, 2017 | CBS/AP
    The House Budget Committee has voted to advance the troubled Republican health care bill. The American Health Care Act was passed out of committee quickly by a 19-17 vote. That’s one vote shy of what would have been needed to deal a damaging and embarrassing - though not fatal - setback to the party’s showpiece legislation. Three conservative Republicans voted against the bill: Reps. Dave Brat, R-Va.; Mark Sanford, R-S.C.; and Gary Palmer, R-Ala. •Paul Ryan says GOP health-care bill will be refined, improved
  • Paul Ryan refuses to say whether health bill would pass House if vote were Wednesday

    03/16/2017 7:13:29 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    Washington (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to offer a robust defense of the House plan to repeal and replace part of Obamacare, but declined to say whether the bill could pass the House as is Wednesday. "It's not coming up this afternoon," Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead." "It's going through the legislative process. That legislative process has not been finalized. That's, no offense, that's kind of a goofy question or faulty premise because this goes through four committees. We've gone through two so far." Ryan has been under heavy criticism from conservatives and major interest groups as...
  • CNN Analyst: Has Anyone Else Noticed That Democrats Aren't Offering Any Solutions on Healthcare?

    03/15/2017 12:53:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | March 15, 2017 | Guy Benson
    While Republicans fight internally about their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democrats are heckling from the sidelines -- ridiculing the GOP's disunity, and making apocalyptic claims about what the Republican plan might do.  What they're not doing is offering any constructive ideas on how to alleviate the widespread and worsening pain inflicted upon American consumers by the failed, partisan healthcare scheme they lied about and rammed through during President Obama's first term.  As we've noted before, Democrats don't have any good answers for Obamacare's millions of victims, who substantially outnumber the success stories they're so eagerly showcasing these days.  Incidentally, President Trump was smart to invite real people...
  • Freedom’s fallen entirely out of the health-care debate

    03/15/2017 11:16:26 AM PDT · by TBP · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 15, 2017 | John Podhoretz
    The debate over the health-care bill in the House of Representatives has come to center on a single topic: How many Americans will be covered under its auspices. The CBO says that most of those people will not be covered because they will not buy an insurance policy when it’s no longer the law of the land that they must do so. In the process, something even more devastating to the right’s argument has arisen, and that is the rise of populist critics who have decided that the left’s great desideratum is closer to their hearts than the classic conservative...
  • Under New GOP Bill: She makes $26k, will pay $14k for health care (Video)

    03/15/2017 7:30:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/15/2017
    A new report by the Congressional Budget Office estimates that a 64-year-old making $26,500 per year would pay $14,600 under the proposed American Health Care Act. CNN's Christine Romans breaks down all the numbers. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO....
  • Republicans weigh health bill changes as doubts mount

    03/15/2017 6:49:03 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 Mar 17 | Reuters
    CHANGES POSSIBLE Trump's administration must heal divisions in his party. Moderates, particularly in the Senate, worry about causing people to lose coverage, while conservatives do not think the bill goes far enough in undoing Obamacare. House leaders have resisted a conservative push to bring a quicker end to Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid. But they are considering changes to tax credits to help older, lower-income Americans. The CBO said that group could see higher premiums because the Republican plan would let insurers charge older enrollees more than they can under Obamacare. Representative Kevin Brady, who heads a tax-writing committee, said the...
  • CBO: Full Repeal of Obamacare Insures MORE Americans than Ryan’s Obamacare-lite Plan

    03/14/2017 4:16:41 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 46 replies ^ | 3/14/17 | Sean Moran
    According to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections, a full repeal of Obamacare would insure more Americans than Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare-lite reforms. The CBO’s analysis on the Republican leadership’s plan to repeal Obamacare predicts it would drop insurance for 14 million people in 2018, while 24 million would lose insurance by 2026. Compared to these figures, the CBO’s research on the 2015 full repeal bill indicated it would insure more Americans than the Ryan plan. Phillip Klein, managing editor of the Washington Examiner, stated that despite the Ryan plan doling out billions of dollars in tax credits, the plan also...
  • Cut The Crap Trump and Congress: Healthcare

    03/14/2017 4:00:29 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 22 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | March 14, 2017 | Karl Denninger
    Cut The Crap Trump and Congress: Healthcare Where is the discussion of facts when it comes to health care? Why do we keep talking about the cost of "health insurance" when that's a symptom and not the problem? Why do we keep talking about "subsidies" (tax credits, etc)? That entire line of discussion, which is the only discussion being held politically and in the news, is a fraud. Why? Two reasons: First, "health insurance" is not insurance to the extent it covers an event that is either certain to happen or has already happened. Insurance is a thing you buy...
  • OMB Director Mick Mulvaney makes mincemeat of CBO scoring of health care plan

    03/14/2017 12:30:23 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If you haven’t seen OMB Director Mick Mulvaney in action, do yourself a favor and watch the video here. On today’s Morning Joe, Mulvaney showed himself to be smart, well-spoken, undefensive and down-to-earth as he systematically demolished Mika’s, and by extension, the CBO’s, claims about the Trump admin’s health care proposal. Before Mulvaney appeared, the panel had engaged in extended hand-wringing over the loss of coverage that the CBO has projected. Mulvaney made three telling points: View the video here.
  • Ronald Reagan on Socialism & Liberalism [Socialized Health Care]

    03/14/2017 10:57:27 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | By Ronald Reagan
    Never gets old. As true today as it was then. And just as important. Freedom vs socialism. Ronald Reagan on Socialism & Liberalism [Socialized Health Care]
  • Pie Chart: Total US Healthcare Coverage as of March 2016 (Vast majority of US NOT on Obamacare)

    03/14/2017 9:59:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
  • CBO: AHCA saves $337B on deficit spending, but increases uninsured by 14 million in 2018

    03/13/2017 9:31:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/13/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans in the House and Senate wanted to see a score from the Congressional Budget Office on the American Health Care Act before casting a vote either way. The CBO obliged today, giving AHCA backers good news for budget hawks, but potentially bad news on the political front. Despite assurances that the effort would not leave Americans behind, CBO estimates that fourteen million Americans would be added to the rolls of the uninsured, while the AHCA saves the federal government $337 billion in deficit spending over the next decade: CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the legislation would reduce...
  • Don't Trust Those CBO Health Care Numbers

    03/14/2017 3:42:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/13/2017 | Staff
    Health Reform: Democrats are no doubt gleeful that the Congressional Budget Office says the Republican health plan would leave 24 million more people uninsured by 2026. But there's no reason to rely on the CBO, since they were wildly off the mark in predicting how well ObamaCare would work. Shortly before President Obama signed ObamaCare into law, the CBO announced its findings that the health reform would cut the deficit in the first decade by a modest $119 billion, and possibly slash them by a trillion dollars in the second decade. The CBO also predicted that 23 million people would...
  • 2 Words That Spell Doom For The GOP's ObamaCare Replacement Plan

    03/14/2017 3:35:01 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/14/2017 | John Merline
    When selling the House Republican's health care bill, Speaker Paul Ryan says that ObamaCare is failing and must be replaced. He also promises that the GOP bill will "ensure vital protections for patients with pre-existing conditions." There is just one problem with this formula. ObamaCare is failing precisely because of those very "vital protections" Ryan wants to preserve. What Ryan is talking about goes by the technical name of "guaranteed issue." This law bans insurance companies on the individual market from denying coverage or charging people more because of their health status. It's a reasonable goal, and one that health...