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  • Exclusive: McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul

    05/24/2017 2:17:39 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/24/2017 | Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass legislation now being crafted to dismantle Obamacare, but expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code. {..snip..}
  • Blame For Obamacare's Next Rate Hike Shifts To Trump And GOP

    05/23/2017 4:18:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 22 May 2017 | Bruce Japsen
    The healthcare industry is beginning to shift blame for Obamacare’s 2018 rate hikes and an unstable individual insurance market to Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress. An alliance of health insurers, doctors and employers are urging the Trump administration and Congress to fund cost-sharing subsidies for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act. Politico reported Friday that Trump is telling “advisers he wants to end key Obamacare subsidies.” If cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) aren’t funded through 2018, Trump and Republicans will be responsible for more insurers leaving public exchanges and a rate hike of nearly 20% on average, reports indicate....
  • The price tag on universal health care is in, and its bigger than Californias budget

    05/23/2017 9:06:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 22, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake Californias health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called single-payer system. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag. Employers currently spend between $100 billion to $150 billion per year, which could be available to help...
  • Republicans health care plan ridiculous(Hurl Alert)

    05/23/2017 6:25:26 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 6 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 23rd May 2017 | Larry Beinhart
    So long as Republicans stick to their talking points and carefully selected allocutions, there's enough double talk, flimflam, and amphibology that a listener might think there's sense there. Or at least that the speakers think so. But then there are the unfiltered utterances. It is from these that real revelations come. Republican congressman Raul R Labrador, for example, declared: "Nobody dies because they don't have healthcare." Of course not. And no one gets cold because they don't have a coat, and cars don't crash when their brakes don't work. He later tried to walk his talk back toward reason-world. "I...
  • Obamacare -- You Would Think It is Working Boffo

    05/21/2017 5:03:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Now that House Republicans have passed a revision/repeal of Obamacare, the Left has turned convulsive. Predictions of bodies strewn on the streets and picked up on oxen-driven carts have been offered by elected officials who want us to take them seriously. Let us review the current state of health insurance in America.What Obamacare did was six basic things: 1. Provide that your child can be on your health insurance until the age of 26. I am not sure why this is so wildly popular, if it truly is. This is not Italy where young men live at home until they...
  • Republicans Seek to Reform Medicaid by Changing How Its Funded

    05/21/2017 12:14:19 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 6 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 18, 2017 | Stephen Gregory
    The success of any reform of U.S. health care will stand or fall with the provisions made for Medicaid. It has the most beneficiaries of any U.S health program, takes a sizable and increasing portion of federal and state budgets, and serves the most vulnerable among usthe indigent and the disabled. A few numbers give an idea of the size and cost of this giant program. Medicaids enrollment, at 71.6 million, is larger than the population of France and includes about 22 percent of the U.S. population. Combined federal and state spending on Medicaid in fiscal 2016 was $574.2 billion.
  • NY Times: Trump, Shouting 'Death Spiral,' Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward

    05/21/2017 5:10:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 20, 2017 | Robert Pear
    When Aetna, the health insurance giant, announced this month that it was pulling out of the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange in Virginia in 2018, President Trump responded on Twitter: "Death spiral!" When Humana announced plans to leave all the health law's marketplaces next year, the president chimed in, "Obamacare continues to fail." Left unremarked on was a big reason for the instability: The Trump administration and Congress are rattling the markets. The administration's refusal to guarantee payment of subsidies to health insurance companies, the murky outlook for the Affordable Care Act in Congress and doubts about enforcement of the...
  • Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters Shut the [bleep] Up

    05/20/2017 6:21:25 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 45 replies
    observer.com ^ | 05/20/17 | Michael Sainato
    <p>The rift within the Democratic Party was on full display at the California Democratic Party Convention on May 19 in Sacramento, California. Progressives joined members of National Nurses United, protesting the Democratic Party establishments refusal to support single payer healthcare system. Rather than follow through with Democratic rhetoric that healthcare is a human right, establishment Democrats have responded to voters by scolding and attacking them.</p>
  • Ryan: Im not saying Evan McMullin leaked the audio of our meeting, but

    05/19/2017 9:41:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 19, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week, the Washington Post created a 90-minute wonder with a scoop: leaked audio from a meeting of House Republicans supposedly contained an admission from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that Vladimir Putin had paid off Donald Trump. It became painfully obvious that McCarthy and several Republicans were joking during this exchange, but at least for a brief period of time, it was hot news. It did leave another question, though who was the leaker? Hugh Hewitt asked Paul Ryan about the whodunit this morning, and whether he believed the rumor that former Capitol Hill staffer-turned-presidential candidate Evan McMullin engineered...
  • Window closes in Congress for rolling back Obama regulations

    05/12/2017 9:14:54 PM PDT · by blueyon · 16 replies
    WashingtonExaminer ^ | 5/11/17 | Susan Ferrechio
    The clock has run out on special rules that allowed Republicans to repeal more than a dozen Obama-era regulations. The GOP-led House and Senate, along with President Donald Trump, wiped 13 regulations off the books, and a 14th is about to be signed into law, using the Congressional Review Act.
  • Why Some Cant Wait for a Repeal of Obamacare

    05/12/2017 10:35:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | By ABBY GOODNOUGH
    For Linda Dearman, the House vote last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act was a welcome relief. Ms. Dearman, of Bartlett, Ill., voted for President Trump largely because of his contempt for the federal health law. She and her husband, a partner in an engineering firm, buy their own insurance, but late last year they dropped their $1,100-a-month policy and switched to a bare-bones plan that does not meet the laws requirements. They are counting that the law will be repealed before they owe a penalty. Now it looks like it will be, and were thrilled about that, Ms....
  • Andrew Sullivan: Defining Decency Down

    05/12/2017 8:55:34 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 6 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 5/11/2017 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    A word on Andrew Sullivan. Mr. Sullivana fake conservativerecently penned his displeasure with the GOP bill that (barely) repeals and replaces Obamacare. I know. No one should be surprised that an HIV-positive unrepentant homosexual whos married to another man, and who once advertised for multiple-partner unprotected sex, is displeased with republican legislation on health care. Sullivans criticisms arent anything new, but he does provide an interesting look into the liberal mindset when it comes to the role of government and what is decent. Sullivanin spite of living a life that is quite contradictory to bothhas long claimed to be a...
  • The Next Big Lie About ObamaCare

    05/12/2017 3:32:15 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/11/2017 | Staff
    Health Reform: Insurers are starting to announce their ObamaCare premiums for next year and they're at high double-digit rates. For journalists and Democratic activists (is there any difference these days?), this is the direct result of Republicans' threat to repeal ObamaCare. But that's not what insurance companies are telling state regulators. Here's how the Democrats' story goes. After a rough start, ObamaCare was finally on the mend. Those massive rate hikes and insurance defections of last year were a thing of the past, and there was no truth to claims that ObamaCare was in a "death spiral." "The market is...
  • Aetna Pulls Out of ObamaCare: ABC, NBC Ignore, Mocked Trump for Saying System was Imploding

    05/11/2017 12:51:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 11, 2017 | By Mike Ciandella
    The major health insurance provider Aetna announced that it would be pulling out of the last two states where it still participated in ObamaCare. Yet, the morning news shows of ABC and NBC completely ignored this important news story, while CBS This Morning gave it a mere 25 seconds. This continues a longstanding network news tradition of defending the Affordable Care Act and ignoring its failures. In a study released on October 28, 2016, the MRCs Bias by the Minute project detailed how the evening news shows on these three networks routinely ignored or barely covered ObamaCares failures during that...
  • Study: Some Alabamians pay more for health insurance than New Yorkers

    05/11/2017 12:22:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | May 11, 2017 | BY AMY YURKANIN
    Last year, two national insurance companies dropped out of the marketplace in Alabama, leaving just one option for individuals who purchase insurance through the federal exchange set up under Obamacare. Lack of competition in areas with just one or two insurance providers has been linked to higher premiums in a recent study by the Urban Institute. Median benchmark monthly premiums in areas with just one insurance company averaged $451, compared to $270 for areas with six companies or more. Rural areas and Southern states tend to have less competition, according to the study. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is...
  • Aetna to lose almost $1 Billion from 2014-2017 - Will abandon ALL ObamaCare exchanges

    05/11/2017 10:11:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/11/17 | Robert Laurie
    Implosion: The law was, after all, just a "step on the path to single payer." Last year, you may recall that one of the nations largest insurers, Aetna, announced it had suffered major losses under the failing Affordable Care Act. As a result, it was pulling out of many ACA exchanges. The company said it intended to soldier on in just four states - Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, and Virginia. Back then, Aetna claimed losses of almost $450 million. A few weeks ago, they announced that number has risen to $700 million since 2014, and they trimmed Iowa and Virginia from...
  • Ted Cruz Spearheads Another Obamacare Repeal And Replace Bill (Appointed by McConnell)

    05/11/2017 7:54:07 AM PDT · by mitchell001 · 135 replies
    redstate ^ | May 11, 2017 | Ralph Mitchell
    Mitch McConnell has put the Senate Obamacare Repeal and Replace Bill in the leadership of Ted Cruz. McConnell has appointed a GOP Working Group led by Cruz to write a Repeal and Replace Bill. This process bypasses the Senate Committees. This new Senate Bill will go directly to the Senate floor for a vote.
  • Judge Napolitano: House didn't repeal ObamaCare, it endorsed it

    05/11/2017 7:49:06 AM PDT · by JesusIsLord · 34 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 5/11/2017 | JesusIsLord
    Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives crafted a partisan compromise bill that endorsed and reinforced the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. This was done notwithstanding claims to the contrary by President Donald Trump and the House Republican leadership, who want us to believe that this bill, if it becomes law, will effectively repeal and replace ObamaCare. ObamaCare is a stool with four problematic legs. The constitutional leg is the premise that the federal government has the lawful power to regulate the delivery of health care. The legal leg is the premise that the federal government is obliged to provide...
  • See Ya: Aetna To Completely Withdraw From Obamacare Markets Next Year

    05/11/2017 6:46:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/10/2017 | Matt Vespa
    Guy has written extensively on the death spiral of Obamacare. From rising premiums, loss of insurance, and health care companies feeling the financial squeeze, President Obamas health care overhaul is crumbling. In North Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield, which is the states largest insurer that offers Obamacare plans to all of its 100 counties, says the financial losses have been immense. CEO Brad Wilson told The News and Observer in February of 2016: In year one [2014], five percent of our ACA customers consumed $830 million in health care costs. Thats how much money went out of our door to...
  • Aetna Completely Exits Obamacare Exchanges, Cites Massive Losses

    05/10/2017 4:31:20 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 05/10/17 | Kimberly Leonard
    Health insurance giant Aetna said Wednesday that it will not be participating in any Obamacare exchanges in 2018. "Our individual commercial products lost nearly $700 million between 2014 and 2016, and are projected to lose more than $200 million in 2017 despite a significant reduction in membership," T.J. Crawford, Aetna spokesman, said in an email. The reason for the losses, he said, came from structural issues within the exchanges "that have led to co-op failures and carrier exits, and subsequent risk pool deterioration." He did not cite uncertainty over the future of Obamacare, as the company had done when it...