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  • Byron York: Why can't House repeal Obamacare? Because a lot of Republicans don't want to

    04/29/2017 11:09:55 AM PDT · by Monorprise · 75 replies
    washington examiner ^ | Apr 27, 2017, 9:51 PM | Byron York
    "We're going to go when we have the votes," Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday when asked when the House will pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Lawmakers will not be constrained by any "artificial deadline," Ryan declared. On March 24, when the Speaker pulled the GOP Obamacare bill before what would have been a sure defeat, he said, "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." But why? Republicans have 238 seats in the House. Repealing Obamacare will require 217 votes. Even with unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose 21 votes and still prevail on...
  • Like ACA, Georgia navigators face uncertain future

    04/29/2017 11:17:09 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Georgia Health News ^ | 4/27/2017 | Jim Lichtenwalter
    Harold Weber is what’s known as a navigator. He has been helping people choose the right health insurance plan since 2013, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Working out of the Athens Neighborhood Health Center, he estimates that he has steered about 1,400 people through the complexities of the federal health insurance exchange for Georgia. Today, as congressional Republicans look to repeal the 2010 health care law and replace with it a different plan, Weber and other navigators wonder if they’ll have jobs a year from now. Weber advises all comers at a federally qualified health center (FQHC),...
  • What If There Is Another Government Shutdown?

    04/29/2017 8:59:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/29/17 | KrisAnne Hall
    The shutdown showdown seems like a wild train ride and the political aftermath is only just picking up steam. I think it is important to be clear about what the faithful few are actually fighting for (and against) during the shutdown showdown. Let me reset the framework in the simplest possible terms, so that we don’t forget the essentials. Our federal government, created by the States in 1787, was designed to be a limited and defined federal government. Not my words, but the words of the people who created it - easily researchable and verifiable. James Madison (called the Father...
  • First on CNN: Ahead of Trump's 100th day mark, Obama says Obamacare is more popular than Trump

    04/28/2017 11:04:21 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/28/2017 | MJ Lee
    Former President Barack Obama hailed the political resilience of his signature health care law at a private event Thursday, pointing out that Obamacare is now more popular than his successor trying to repeal it: President Donald Trump.
  • The Second Attempt Appears Doomed: The votes just aren't there for Obamacare repeal/replace

    04/28/2017 9:30:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2017 | Rick Moran
    The fate of Obamacare repeal/replace Part II isn't quite sealed yet but the latest nose count among Republicans in Congress holds out very little hope that this current iteration of Obamacare reform will meet the same end as the first one. The Hill is reporting that at least 21 Republicans have indicated they are a "no vote" for the current legislation. Since 23 negative votes would scuttle the bill - unless some Democrats could be convinced to vote for it - it doesn't appear that Speaker Ryan is any more inclined to bring this version of Obamacare repeal to the...
  • New ObamaCare repeal bill on life support

    04/27/2017 6:26:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 85 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 newest 'Trumpcare' vote may already be in trouble — for the exact opposite reason as last time

    04/27/2017 2:48:10 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/27/2017 | Bob Bryan
    After drawing conservative Republicans on board to the American Health Care Act, Republican leadership appears set to try to bring back the American Health Care Act to the House floor for a vote. But the fate of the legislation appeared to be in doubt Thursday as leaders raced to get the support of moderate Republican lawmakers. ~snip~ Several Republican senators have expressed serious doubts about the AHCA. And since Republicans are attempting to move the healthcare bill through the budget reconciliation process, there have been questions whether the bill would even qualify under the Senate rules.
  • House Democrats threaten shutdown over Obamacare repeal vote

    04/27/2017 1:30:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/27/2017 | By HEATHER CAYGLE and ELANA SCHOR
    House Democrats are threatening to oppose a short-term funding extension if Republicans plow ahead with a vote to repeal Obamacare this week, renewing talk of a government shutdown if lawmakers can’t reach an agreement by Friday. “If Republicans pursue this partisan path of forcing Americans to pay more for less and destabilizing our county's health care system — without even knowing how much their bill will cost — Republicans should be prepared to pass a one-week [funding extension] on their own," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said in a statement. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered the news...
  • The Hill's Whip List: 12 GOP no votes on new ObamaCare bill

    04/27/2017 10:28:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2017 | 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.
  • 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...
  • UN Interference with Efforts to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

    04/27/2017 8:11:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/27/17 | Joseph Klein
    This will provide yet another reason for the Trump administration to pull out of the dysfunctional, misnamed Human Rights Council and to withdraw funding The United Nations is once again sticking its nose into the domestic affairs of the United States in violation of the UN Charter (Article 2, para. 7). The Washington Post has uncovered a transmittal letter dated February 2, 2017 from the UN Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights, forwarding to the then acting U.S. Secretary of State, Thomas Shannon, Jr., a complaint from one of the UN’s Special Rapporteurs about plans to repeal and replace...
  • UN warned Trump that ObamaCare repeal could violate international law

    04/26/2017 6:08:49 PM PDT · by blueyon · 56 replies
    Fownews ^ | 4/26/17 | Foxnews
    The United Nations warned the Trump administration earlier this year that repealing ObamaCare without providing an adequate replacement would be a violation of multiple international laws, according to a new report. Though the Trump administration is likely to ignore the U.N. warning, The Washington Post reported the Office of the U.N. High Commission on Human Rights in Geneva sent an "urgent appeal" on Feb 2. The Post reported that the confidential, five-page memo cautioned that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would put the U.S. “at odds with its international obligations.” The warning was sent to the State Department...
  • Freedom Caucus gets to yes on healthcare

    04/26/2017 6:01:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 29 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...
  • Washington Post's Milbank: Obamacare Repeal May 'Violate International Law'

    04/26/2017 3:32:34 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 26, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    Did you know that international law could supercede American law? In fact, Congress may not be able to repeal ObamaCare because it would be in violation of international law. That is the point now being made by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. He cites the United Nations High Commissioner on human rights as well as Article 25 of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights and article 5(e) of the International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimation to make his case. And if that doesn't convince you that American law should just be ignored, then Milbank pulls out...
  • Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill

    04/26/2017 12:13:14 PM PDT · by johnk · 26 replies ^ | 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...

    04/26/2017 9:00:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 92 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 26, 2017 | Paul Mirengoff
    Dana Milbank reports, with glee, that the United Nations “has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing [Obamacare] without an adequate substitute for the millions who would lose health coverage would be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States.” The warning comes from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva.
  • Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal

    04/26/2017 4:26:50 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 58 replies
    MSN News ^ | 4/26/17 | Sarah Kiff
    Republican legislators want to keep popular Obamacare provisions for themselves and their staff. House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts Members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan. The new Republican amendment, introduced Tuesday night, would allow states to waive out of Obamacare’s ban on pre-existing conditions. This means that insurers could once again, under certain circumstances, charge sick people higher premiums than healthy people. Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to...
  • Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law (sez the UN)

    04/26/2017 1:41:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/17 | Dana Milbank
    We’ve already seen that repealing Obamacare is politically perilous. Now there’s a new complication: It may also violate international law. The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate substitute for the millions who would lose health coverage would be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States. It turns out that the notion that “health care is a right” is more than just a Democratic talking point. A confidential, five-page “urgent appeal” from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human...
  • Exclusive—Freedom Caucus Chairman: ‘We Will Repeal Most Aspects of Obamacare by the End of May’

    04/25/2017 5:35:36 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/25/2017 | Sean Moran
    House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he expects an Obamacare repeal bill to pass by the end of May. Rumors started spreading last week that House Republicans were close to a deal on repealing Obamacare, and now Congressman Mark Meadows says a repeal bill will pass by the end of May. The agreement, brokered by the House Freedom Caucus chairman and Tuesday Group co-chairman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), would allow states to eliminate Obamacare’s community rating system — a rule that prohibits health insurers from pricing health care plans based on age,...