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  • ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate

    02/22/2017 10:00:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/22/2017 | Alexander Bolton
    The most divisive issue for Senate Republicans when it comes to repealing and replacing ­ObamaCare is what to do with Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act gave states the option of accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor and disabled. Millions of people gained health insurance after 31 states -- including many with Republican governors -- decided to accept the deal. Repealing ­­ObamaCare would end the Medicaid expansion, cutting federal funds to all of those states. Some Republicans want to save the expansion at least through a transition period during which states would continue to get...
  • Faux News did what?

    02/22/2017 10:26:07 AM PST · by antidemoncrat · 49 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/22/2017 | Jason Devaney
    Fox News announced Tuesday it has hired Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel to serve as an on-air contributor. Emanuel has two famous brothers: Rahm Emanuel served as former President Barack Obama's chief of staff from 2009-2010 and has been the mayor of Chicago since 2011, while Ari Emanuel is a Hollywood talent agent. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, according to a press release, will appear on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network to discuss healthcare and policy. Emanuel worked in the Obama administration from 2009-2011 as a special advisor on health policy to the director of the Office of Management and...
  • Drudge Put It Perfectly: Congressional Republicans Flail and Fail

    02/21/2017 5:36:39 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    Observer ^ | 02/17/17 | Brian Darling
    On February 8, 2017, Matt Drudge tweeted, “No Obamacare repeal, tax cuts!” and “Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of tax cuts now.” Drudge was spot on. This week, Sen. Rand Paul (my former boss, it should be pointed out) stormed out of a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan when he heard talk of keeping Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion intact and creating tax credits. Paul worried these tax credits would be a Republican-created entitlement program. Unfortunately, the leadership and establishment in the Republican party is incompetent. When you compare the accomplishments of President Barack Obama...
  • Obamacare (And Single-Payer) Can Go Straight To Hell

    02/20/2017 11:03:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | February 20, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    It was September 2013. Obamacare was coming in full force. The law was written in such a way that if the program failed, it would not jeopardize ObamaÂ’s re-election bid. Democrats sponsored town halls to prepare constituents for the health insurance exchanges in their states, or on the federal exchange if that state had opted out. Covered California was advertised as the gold standard for state exchanges. Congresswoman Maxine Waters stepped up as one of its most vocal promoters. She hosted a town hall in St. John the Evangelist Church in Gardena, CA, hoping that she would whip up sentiment...
  • One Month In - is Obamacare still around? [Vanity]

    02/20/2017 10:18:19 AM PST · by fwdude · 43 replies
    02/20/17 | self
    Just starting a discussion on the PROMISED repeal. My prediction was that if is wasn't repealed in the first month, it would NEVER be repealed, just tinkered with.
  • Vox Asks Readers For Obamacare Success Stories, Plan Backfires Horrifically

    02/19/2017 4:05:44 PM PST · by grundle · 16 replies ^ | February 18, 2017
    Vox decided to ask people on Twitter about how the Affordable Care Act has changed their lives – they didn’t get the answers they were looking for… Lately Obamacare has really been taking a beating. First you’ve got Ted Cruz just annihilating Bernie Sanders in a debate on CNN. Now, Vox has taken up the task of attempting to coax everyone into virtue-signalling by expressing how wonderful Obama’s ‘signature legislation’ has been for America. If you want to know more about what Vox is like, watch Tucker Carlson rip a Vox reporter over fake news. Of the over 600 replies,...
  • The prospects of a quick Obamacare repeal are sinking fast [textbook example of fake news]

    02/19/2017 2:52:38 PM PST · by Cold War Veteran - Submarines · 17 replies
    WashingtonCompost ^ | 2/19/2017 | John Sides
    One of President Trump’s primary goals — and a long-standing priority of the Republican Party — is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. On Thursday, House Republican leaders briefed members on aspects of their plan, but there is as yet no consensus on what the plan will ultimately contain.
  • Fixing Health Care

    02/19/2017 6:54:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | February 19, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Twenty million. That is the number foisted upon us by the Obama administration and all of its believers as to how many people got health insurance because of his signature health care program and how many will lose it if the evil Republicans tinker with the program; i.e., “repeal and replace.” Have you ever seen the figures behind that 20 million number? No you have not because it is a phantom number. Like the 97% of scientists believing in global warming – sorry, climate change. Or that the day of the Super Bowl has the highest number of domestic violence...
  • California ..One Step Beyond ObamaCare, ..Single-Payer Healthcare System to Include Illegal Aliens

    02/18/2017 9:57:23 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/18/2017 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    FULL TITLE: "California Goes One Step Beyond ObamaCare, Proposes Single-Payer Healthcare System to Include Illegal Aliens" California Democrats made a surprise move late Friday to foil President Trump’s promise to repeal ObamaCare—by introducing a stand-alone, single-payer healthcare system in California. The Mercury News reported that two California lawmakers Friday introduced legislation to replace private insurance with a government-run health care system covering all 38 million Californians—including its undocumented residents. {..snip..}
  • Where Did The Uninsured Go Under ObamaCare? Not Where You Think

    02/17/2017 4:06:09 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/17/2017 | John Merline
    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that the uninsured rate has hit a historic low, or at least it's the lowest it's been in the 20 years the CDC has been tracking it. This is being treated as trouble for Republicans who want to repeal ObamaCare, since it seems to indicate that the law is working as promised. But does it? According to the report, the overall uninsured rate was 8.8% in the first nine months of 2016. That's down from 9.1% the year before, and 16% in 2010, the year President Obama signed ObamaCare —...
  • Another insurer threatens to pull out of ObamaCare

    02/16/2017 5:13:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 16, 2017 | By Natalie Musumeci
    Another insurer – Molina Healthcare – says it may pull out of ObamaCare after it saw profits plunge. “There are simply too many unknowns with the marketplace program to commit to our participation beyond 2017,” Molina CEO J. Mario Molina aid Wednesday during a conference call with investors, Bloomberg News reported. The health insurer put the blame for massive losses on former President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, a law President Trump has vowed to repeal. “While we experienced strong enrollment growth across our business and have made progress on our cost cutting efforts, [Wednesday’s] results highlight the continuing challenges...
  • Paul Ryan: Obamacare repeal bill will be coming next week

    02/16/2017 11:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/16/2017 | John Sexton
    During his weekly press conference Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced a bill to repeal Obamacare would be introduced next week. “After the House returns following the Presidents Day, we intend to introduce legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Ryan said. He added, “It has become increasingly clear that this law is collapsing.“Look at the events that happened this week. On Tuesday another major insurance company announced that it too will leave the marketplace. In its decision, Humana cited a lack of young people signing up, a problem that has dogged Obamacare for years now.“And then on Wednesday, the...
  • Rand Paul Joins Freedom Caucus to Kick Off Conservative Obamacare Replacement Drive

    02/15/2017 9:52:28 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 18 replies ^ | 15 Feb 2017
    Capitol Hill conservatives rallied behind the bill sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) to replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, with a patient-centered federal policy at a Wednesday press conference at the Capitol. Former South Carolina governor Rep. Mark Sanford (R.-S.C.) said he was proud to offer the House companion bill to the 180-page Obamacare replacement bill written by Paul. For Paul the three top improvements in the bill are that it legalizes the sale of inexpensive insurance, expands the Health Savings Accounts which allow individuals to set aside money in tax-protected accounts for medical expenses,...
  • Ding, Dong: The Individual Mandate is Dead ( Obama Care : IRS )

    02/15/2017 3:35:36 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 15, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    No part of ObamaCare was more hated by the average person or more illegal than the individual mandate. The mandate was one of ObamaCare's corrupt bargains. This one delivered a captive audience to insurance companies in returning for insuring those they didn't want to insure. Obama claimed to want to help the uninsured, yet he also smeared them as "free riders" when what he was really doing was forcing healthy young people to buy useless insurance they couldn't afford as a bribe to companies for taking on his base. Meanwhile the forced signups would be reported as proof that ObamaCare...
  • GOP’s ObamaCare replacement should also boost jobs

    02/15/2017 1:49:25 PM PST · by TBP · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 14, 2017 | 7:42pm | By Betsy McCaughey
    The public wants lower out-of-pocket costs, according to the latest Kaiser Health poll. ObamaCare has pushed up deductibles for people who get coverage through their employer by at least 50 percent. The law forces all but the smallest employers to provide a benefits package far costlier than most pre-ACA coverage. It also hits employers with new taxes, and these employers are passing these costs onto workers, raising their out-of-pocket costs. In New York, 49 percent of manufacturers are increasing their workers’ deductibles because of ObamaCare, reports the New York Federal Reserve. GOP lawmakers aiming to “replace” ObamaCare must not repeat...
  • Nets Ignore Humana Announcement to Pull Out of Obamacare for 2018

    02/15/2017 12:12:31 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 9 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | 02/14/2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    In a press release published on Tuesday afternoon, Humana, one of the United States’ largest health insurers, announced that it will be withdrawing from all Obamacare exchanges come 2018. According to The Hill, “The insurer said it would offer plans through 2017, but that the market has not stabilized enough to participate next year. Humana said it was losing money from taking on too many sick people without enough healthy people to balance the pools.” This is the latest blow to the disastrous health care law and the Big Three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) completely ignored it. {..snip..}
  • Aetna CEO states the obvious: ObamaCare exchanges are now in a death spiral

    02/15/2017 9:33:39 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/15/17 | Robert Laurie
    Failure was the great promise of ObamaCare. Implosion was the plan. Democrats were counting on it Remember: All of this was by design. Failure was the great promise of ObamaCare. Implosion was the plan. Democrats were counting on it, with the intention that Hillary would be in office to pick up the pieces and march the nation over the single-payer cliff. That, of course, is where the plan fell apart.
  • Humana says adios to ObamaCare. Implosion continues

    02/15/2017 9:31:10 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/15/17 | Robert Laurie
    Crumbling down around us Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the proposed merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana. It was big news throughout the last year. That plan has now disintegrated, and both companies are re-jiggering their plans as they move on separately. If you think ObamaCare is part of that scenario, think again. Last August, we learned of Aetna’s intentions for the ACA exchanges, and now we know Humana intends to follow suit.
  • Humana announces it is dropping out of Obamacare in 2018 (Unbalanced Risk Pool)

    02/15/2017 9:17:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/15/2017 | John Sexton
    The collapse of Obamacare continues apace. Earlier today I wrote about the dissolution of two health insurance mega-mergers including the one between Aetna and Humana. This afternoon, Humana announced its plans for moving forward as an independent entity. Those plans do not include participating in Obamacare exchanges next year: Regarding the companyÂ’s individual commercial medical coverage (Individual Commercial), substantially all of which is offered on-exchange through the federal Marketplaces, Humana has worked over the past several years to address market and programmatic challenges in order to keep coverage options available wherever it could offer a viable product. This has...
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health

    02/15/2017 9:00:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 9:44 pm | Peter Suderman|
    Full Title: Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's...
  • Aetna chief executive says Obamacare is in a 'death spiral'

    02/15/2017 8:53:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 15, 2017 | Carolyn Y. Johnson
    Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act's exchanges - the marketplaces where consumers can buy individual health coverage under President Barack Obama's signature health-care law - are in a "death spiral." [Snip] "My anticipation would be that in '18, we'll see a lot of markets without any coverage at all," Bertolini said. Representatives of the Health and Human Services Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Q.

    02/15/2017 7:37:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 41 replies ^ | |Feb. 14, 2017 | Peter Suderman
    The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a...
  • House Freedom Caucus seeks swift Obamacare repeal, setting up clash with leadership

    02/14/2017 1:30:43 PM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 | MJ Lee and Deirdre Walsh,
    Despite mounting pressure from the House Freedom Caucus to quickly repeal Obamacare, House Republican leaders insisted Tuesday morning that they would take a "step-by-step" approach to overhauling the Affordable Care Act. The Freedom Caucus, a group of influential conservatives, publicly expressed their impatience Tuesday with Republican leaders for failing to schedule a vote to repeal the sweeping health care law. But GOP leaders are concerned about the political backlash that could come from swift and wholesale repeal of the health care law without having a replacement plan ready.
  • Conservatives Take A Hard Line On Obamacare Repeal, Putting GOP In A Bind

    02/14/2017 1:29:16 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 11 replies
    HP ^ | 2/14/2017 | HP
    WASHINGTON ― Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted among themselves Monday night to band together and support only an Obamacare repeal that is at least as aggressive as a bill the House and Senate passed in 2015, putting GOP leaders in a bind with their conference and perhaps even threatening the possibility of passing a repeal. The group of roughly 35 to 40 House conservatives voted to take this official position ― meaning it received the support of at least 80 percent of the members and is therefore supposed to be the position of all lawmakers in the group...
  • House Freedom Caucus seeks swift Obamacare repeal

    02/14/2017 3:51:48 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/14/17 | M J Lee & Deidre Wash
    Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus Monday night urged Republican Party leaders to swiftly schedule a vote to repeal Obamacare, a move that puts further strain on the already difficult effort to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act. "There's no reason we shouldn't be able to pass this ASAP -- there's also no reason we should send anything less to President Trump's desk than we did Obama's," one GOP source familiar with the vote told CNN. "No need to reinvent the wheel." The vote by Freedom Caucus members Monday night, confirmed to CNN by an aide, to press...
  • 'Death panel' disputes erupt at Florida GOP congressman's town hall (THE BIG LIE)

    02/13/2017 2:12:03 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Rep. Gus Bilirakis was the next lawmaker to face constituents outraged by the GOP's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A crowd that local sheriff's deputies estimated at 250 turned up at Bilirakis' town hall Saturday morning in Pasco County, which President Donald Trump won by 21 points. The meeting erupted into shouts and jeers in its first minutes, when Bill Akins -- the chairman of the county Republican Party -- complained of Obamacare's "death panels," a term that does not appear in the text of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law but refers to the Politifact-ruled...
  • Reflections on the CNN Healthcare Debate

    02/13/2017 1:37:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 13, 2017 | Hal Scherz
    The CNN healthcare debate between Senators Ted Cruz & Bernie Sanders on February 7 was dubbed a success by the network, ranking first in its cable time slot. With healthcare once again thrust into the headlines, and with two big personalities squaring off, this was certainly the marquee event, as was advertised. It turned out to be what one would have expected; a clash of ideologies, but a deeper look into what was said, and specifically what wasn’t, turned out to be most revealing. Senator Sanders’ positions contained very little substance as he clung to his talking points which reflected...
  • Trump: Tax plan coming in the next few weeks

    02/13/2017 8:28:29 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/13/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Freakouts happen quickly. Overhauling an entire tax code takes a little longer We dealt with this same thing last week with regard to ObamaCare. Trump has now been president for 24 days, and because he hasn’t rolled out his comprehensive plan to overhaul every aspect of the status quo, people are freaking out that it’s never going to happen. In recent days much of the panic has focused on taxes, which prompted Trump to tell airline executives during a meeting on Thursday that they should expect something soon:
  • With billions at stake, a federal judge just nullified the GOP's most cynical attack on Obamacare

    02/10/2017 2:33:24 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | by Michael Hiltzik
    Moda Health, a small Oregon health insurer, just won a $214-million judgment against the federal government. Normally that wouldn’t be worth reporting, except that in awarding Moda the money, the federal judge in the case dismantled the most cynical attack on the Affordable Care Act that congressional Republicans had devised. The issue was the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridor program, which was devised to shelter insurers from unexpected losses in covering Affordable Care Act customers from 2014 through 2016. To encourage insurers to enter an entirely novel market, the program aimed to balance risks by taking funds from insurers that...
  • Health Insurers Face 'Massive Confusion' As GOP Wavers On Obamacare

    02/10/2017 9:44:40 AM PST · by outinyellowdogcountry · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 2-9-17 | Jay Hancock
    Premiums for Obamacare plans sold by New Mexico Health Connections could rise as little as 7 percent next year, said Martin Hickey, the insurance company's CEO. Or they might soar as much as 40 percent, he said. It all depends on what happens in Washington. Such is the vast uncertainty about how the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress are approaching their promises to repeal, repair and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. There is "pretty massive confusion," said Hickey, whose 45,000-member plan is one of the few nonprofit insurance co-ops created by the ACA to still be...

    02/09/2017 11:42:27 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-09-2017 | Joe Kovacs
    In a series of rare tweets, Drudge began with a message stating: “No Obamacare repeal, tax cuts! But Republicans vote to shut Warren? Only know how to be opposition not lead! DANGER.” He then wrote: “Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of tax cuts now. Just lots of crazy. Back to basics, guys!” n concluded with an assault on the White House, saying: “White House eyeing executive order targeting ‘conflict minerals’ rule… Meanwhile, is Obamacare penalty tax still in place?”
  • What Would You Rather See From President Trump First?

    02/09/2017 8:37:34 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 59 replies
    What would you rather see from President Trump first? Broad Tax Cuts or Obamacare Repeal
  • Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz Debate Lifts CNN to Ratings Victory Over Fox News

    02/08/2017 6:18:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yahoo! Television ^ | February 8, 2017 | Brian Flood, The Wrap
    Perhaps younger viewers are getting tired of round-the-clock Donald Trump coverage, as CNN’s “Debate Night: The Future of Obamacare” was the most-watched cable news program among the key news demo of adults age 25-54 on Tuesday night. CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash moderated the debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, which averaged 2.46 million viewers and 932,000 viewers among the key demo. During the time of the debate, CNN beat Fox News by 29 percent in the demo while crushing MSNBC by 124 percent. CNN’s debate kicked off at 9 p.m. ET as news regarding President Trump’s...
  • Texas Salon Owner Tells Bernie Her Business Can't Afford Obamacare. His Response Stops Viewers Cold

    02/08/2017 1:18:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    IJR ^ | 02/08/2017 | Jason Howerton
    During the Sanders-Cruz debate on the future of Obamacare, A small business from Texas confronted Bernie Sanders about exploding health care costs under Obamacare, telling him she simply can’t afford to provide insurance for all of her employees.During CNN's Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders debate on Tuesday, the business owner, who operates several hair salons in Texas, asked Sanders how she can comply with Obamacare without passing on costs to customers or lowering her employees’ wages. She said she has just under 50 employees. WATCH: Sanders and a small business owner go back and forth in a fascinating exchange. #CNNDebateNight—
  • FACT SHEET: Socialized Medicine Is a Failure Everywhere It's Been Tried

    02/08/2017 10:46:12 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 12 replies
    Ted Cruz webste ^ | 02/07/2017 | Ted Cruz
    FACT SHEET: Socialized Medicine Is a Failure Everywhere It's Been Tried In terms of both availability and quality of care, single-payer systems leave citizens out in the cold February 7, 2017 | 202-228-7561 ------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) debated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a CNN Town Hall tonight regarding the future of Obamacare. During the debate, Sen. Cruz debunked the oft-repeated myth that countries with socialized, single-payer health care systems have better health outcomes than the United States. WAIT TIMES IN COUNTRIES WITH SOCIALIZED MEDICINE ARE ATROCIOUS STATS: UNITED KINGDOM •“The figures show that a...
  • EPIC BERNIE VS. TED CRUZ LIVESTREAM! (With Crowder and Friends)

    02/08/2017 10:24:06 AM PST · by GraceG · 8 replies
    Language Warning: Crowder and the gang get pretty sauced with their drinking game.
  • Sanders To Cruz: Health Care Access ‘Doesn’t Mean A Damn Thing’ If You Can’t Afford It

    02/08/2017 7:36:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 02/08/2017 | Chris D'Angelo
    On the issue of health care, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) agree on very little. At a town hall debate Tuesday night hosted by CNN, the two former presidential candidates clashed on the future of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, which President Donald Trump and Republican members of Congress have vowed to repeal. One of the more spirited exchanges came after Sanders asked Cruz if he believes, as Sanders does, that every American is entitled to health care as a right. “What is a right is access to health care,” Cruz said. “What is...
  • Delaying ObamaCare Repeal Is Not An Option

    02/08/2017 5:48:42 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/7/2017 | Staff
    Health Reform: Republicans are giving every sign that they are backing away from repealing ObamaCare anytime soon. If the GOP fails to get this done, it won't be the result of Democratic opposition, but their own incompetence. Over the weekend, President Trump suggested that repealing and replacing ObamaCare could take a year or more. After saying just a few weeks ago that he was putting the finishing touches on a replacement plan, he's now talking as though the work has barely begun. Some Republicans are talking up proposals to tinker around the edges with the law, and of "repair" rather...
  • Ted Cruz Pulls Out Surprise Map During Debate With Sanders to Make a Point About Trump & Obamacare

    02/08/2017 5:17:09 AM PST · by browniexyz · 77 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 2/7/2017 | Jason Howerton
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled out a surprise map during his town hall debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on CNN Tuesday night to make a point about the problems facing Obamacare. Cruz argued that in 70 percent of counties in America, consumers have a choice of one or two health insurance plans on the Obamacare exchanges.
  • Cruz, Sanders face off on Obamacare

    02/08/2017 12:18:33 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/7/2016 | MJ Lee and Eli Watkins
    Sen. Ted Cruz urged fellow Republicans Tuesday to quickly "honor the promises" the party made over the years to repeal Obamacare. "2010, 2014, 2016, I believe were a mandate from the voters. We're tired of the premiums going up. We're tired of deductibles going up," Cruz said at a CNN town hall debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders over the future of Obamacare. "Should Congress move swiftly to repeal Obamacare? Absolutely." Cruz and Sanders -- two senators with diametrically opposed views of government's role in health care -- faced off at the debate moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper and Dana Bash...
  • Bernie Sanders Admits Pharmaceutical Industry Owns Democratic Party

    02/08/2017 12:09:22 AM PST · by Fedora · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/02/2017 | CNN
    Sanders speaking, 1:37:34 into video: "What's going on? What's going on is the pharmaceutical industry owns the United States Congress. And in all fairness, I will admit, it's not just Republicans. They have a huge influence over the Democratic Party as well."
  • Ted Cruz CRUSHES Socialist Bernie Sanders In CNN Obamacare Debate

    02/07/2017 10:04:46 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 42 replies
    The Politistick ^ | 02/07/2017 | Matthew K. Burke
    It was a debate for the ages, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a constitutional conservative versus Soviet-style socialist Bernie Sanders on CNN Wednesday night over the future of the failed Obamacare debacle. It was such a bloodbath for Soviet Sanders — so much so that leftist CNN decided not to have a discussion panel after the much-ballyhooed debate event and Twitter decided to downplay by refusing to trend any of the relevant hashtags that normally would go viral. {..snip..}
  • Paul Ryan: Obamacare repeal WILL happen this year ("I think there's a little confusion here")

    02/07/2017 10:31:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2017 | John Sexton
    At a press conference Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Obamacare repeal would take place this year, despite some comments President Trump made to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Monday that repeal could take until 2018. President Trump told Bill O’Reilly that Obamacare repeal would take place, “within the year and the following year.” That led to headlines that Obamacare repeal was being pushed back to 2018. But today Speaker Ryan was asked about Trump’s timeline and replied, “I think there’s a little confusion here.” “The legislating is going to be done THIS YEAR,” Ryan clarified, adding, “We are going to...
  • FIGHT NIGHT! Cruz vs. Sanders, Feb 7 9:00 PM EST on CNN

    02/07/2017 9:38:31 AM PST · by GOP Congress · 49 replies
    Let's get ready to rumble!!!  EDIT: I was misinformed on the topic. They will be debating Obamacare, not climate change. Disregard earlier post if you read it.A year late, Ted Cruz is finally gonna get that one-on-one debate. Unfortunately, this isn't for the presidency, which would have been epic. But this one is not too bad. Cruz and Bernie Sanders will be debating Obamacare," and if anything, it many mean a lot of rational but not-fully-informed people will hear sound reasoning for a change. Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will be moderating this debate, and for once Cruz will have...
  • Who Will Be Hit Hardest by Trump's Policies? Trump Voters. (Desperate Media)

    02/06/2017 3:52:18 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 6, 2017 | Martha C. White
    Donald Trump made it an early priority to dismantle the top domestic and economic achievements of his predecessor's administration, pushing for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and eschewing global trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But his most ardent supporters might have a surprise coming: Many Americans who would bear the brunt of Trump-administration policies are the same people who chose the GOP candidate for president in November. "I think you're going to get a disproportionate impact on people who supported Donald Trump but maybe don't realize that his policies may end up hurting them instead...
  • This new Obamacare support ad challenges President Donald Trump to 'act like' a legitimate president

    02/06/2017 1:48:36 PM PST · by Innovative · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | Feb. 6, 2017 | Dan Mangan
    A new TV ad featuring a disabled military veteran blasts President Donald Trump for seeking to repeal Obamacare and for imposing a travel ban that primarily affects Muslims. "You want to be a legitimate president, sir? Then act like one," says the veteran, who according to the ad's sponsor is a Marine who lost a leg while on patrol in Afghanistan. The ad aired for the first time Monday on MSNBC's show "Morning Joe" — which Trump is known to avidly watch — and was produced by the progressive veterans group VoteVets. It lasts just 30 seconds. But in that...
  • Yes, we can repeal EVERY WORD of Obamacare

    02/06/2017 8:58:10 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 31 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 6, 2017 | Dean Clancy
    Two new pieces of information change the equation dramatically. The first offers unmistakable evidence that the Obamacare exchanges are collapsing, contrary to the Left’s “everything is working fine” narrative. The second proves the Senate can repeal the law’s onerous insurance mandates with only a simple majority, rather than a bipartisan supermajority — something that, up till now, Republican leaders have (conveniently) denied. ***snip*** The second bit of news is even more game-changing. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed what many of us have long suspected, namely, that the Senate can indeed repeal every word of Obamacare’s mandates and subsidies —...
  • Trump: ObamaCare plan could take until next year

    02/05/2017 7:13:44 PM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/05/17 | PETER SULLIVAN
    President Trump said Sunday that it could take “sometime into next year” until his ObamaCare replacement plan is ready, a slower timetable than he and other Republicans have put forward in the past. Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly asked Trump in an interview before the Super Bowl if Americans can “expect a new healthcare plan rolled out by the Trump Administration this year.” “Yes, in the process and maybe it’ll take till sometime into next year but we’re certainly going to be in the process,” Trump replied. “You have to remember Obamacare doesn’t work so we are putting in a wonderful...
  • Could California adopt universal healthcare for 39 million people?

    02/05/2017 2:16:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    sacbee ^ | February 4, 2017 | Dan Walters
    State Sen. Ed Hernandez, chair of the Senate Health Committee, warns of a major financial hit on millions of Californians if Obamacare is repealed. Claudia Buck The Sacramento Bee BY DAN WALTERS Eric Bauman, a registered nurse who aspires to become the next chairman of the California Democratic Party, says it’s time for California to become a “healthcare sanctuary” by providing universal, state-operated medical coverage. Citing efforts by a Republican-controlled federal government to repeal Obamacare, Bauman wrote in an op-ed article, “we cannot miss the historic opportunity the moment presents us: enacting single-payer healthcare into California. Let’s take that...
  • Sources: Feds identify Philly woman in probe of secret recordings at GOP retreat

    02/04/2017 7:01:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/04/2017 | Jeremy Roebuck & Jonathan Tamari
    Federal authorities have identified a Philadelphia journalist as the woman who infiltrated and might have secretly recorded a closed-door discussion of congressional Republicans at their Center City retreat last week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter. After a probe involving multiple agencies, they said Emily Guendelsberger is unlikely to face federal charges in Philadelphia, despite getting past security and into a room in the Loews hotel where Vice President Pence met privately with senators and representatives.