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  • Elizabeth Warren: "Troubled" By Obama's Upcoming $400,000 Speech To Wall Street

    04/27/2017 10:41:23 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 27 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | April 27, 2017
    In an interview Thursday with Alter Family Politics on SiriusXM, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) weighed in on former President Obama's upcoming speech to Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Obama is expected to receive at least $400,000 for the speaking engagement. TOMMY ALTER: Senator Warren, what do you think about President Obama accepting $400,000 from Wall Street? SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: Well, I was troubled by that. One of the things I talk about in the book is the influence of money. I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington. And that it shows up in so many different ways...
  • State officials ask Congress to secure 'Obamacare' subsidies [NAIC]

    04/19/2017 5:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2017 5:27 PM EDT
    State officials are asking Congress to guarantee billions of dollars in health insurance subsidies under a legal cloud as a result of Republican opposition to “Obamacare.” In a letter Wednesday to congressional leaders, the nonpartisan National Association of Insurance Commissioners said the so-called cost-sharing reductions are essential for keeping insurance markets stable next year. Insurers use the money to reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes. …
  • GPs 'bribed' to NOT send patients for cancer tests: NHS pays millions for rationing hip ops…[UK]

    04/16/2017 8:43:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 20:08 EDT, 16 April 2017 | Sophie Borland and Rosie Taylor
    GPs are being paid millions by the NHS to ration referrals for operations, scans and even cancer tests, an investigation reveals today. Family doctors are being offered the financial incentives in a bid to slash the number of patients they send to hospital for a variety of procedures. The incentives mostly cover non-urgent referrals for hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, hearing tests and abdomen scans. But two health trusts have included urgent cancer scans in their schemes, and another two covered heart tests. Patient groups said the payments were ‘profoundly wrong’, while one MP likened them to ‘bribes’. Doctors’...
  • Sanders: ‘I'm Going to Introduce a Medicare-for-All, Single-Payer Program’

    03/27/2017 8:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 27, 2017 | 7:29 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    The Republican repeal and replace bill was a “disastrous piece of legislation” designed to give tax breaks to the wealthy, and it deserved to die in the House, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont socialist, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. He also admitted that the Democrats’ Obamacare has “serious problems,” including premiums and deductibles that are too high and areas of the country where people don’t have a choice of insurance plans. “Ideally, where we should going is to join the rest of the industrialized the world and guarantee health care to all people as a right. And...
  • Did Rand Paul Have an Alternative to the Failed AHCA?

    03/26/2017 8:53:19 AM PDT · by davikkm · 29 replies
    IWB ^ | Gabrielle Seunagal
    From the birth of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was vehemently against it. In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Paul noted the problematic rising premiums that Obamacare engenders in the individual market. He elaborately explained the much needed demand to eradicate Obamacare’s insurance mandates and high prices. The AHCA would have earned popularity among conservatives if Rand Paul was involved with the crafting of the bill. Speaker Ryan remained woefully out of touch with the AHCA’s dismal unfavorability; his determination to persist with the proposal serves as evidence of such. Senator Paul was one...
  • Ryan: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'

    03/24/2017 2:40:30 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 67 replies
    POLITICO ^ | March 24, 2017 | Madeline Conway
    After withdrawing his health care bill from the House floor in an embarrassing defeat, Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that “Obamacare is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future.” “I don't know what else to say other than Obamacare is the law of the land,” Ryan told reporters shortly after House Republicans canceled a planned afternoon vote on their alternative to Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform law. “It's gonna remain the law of the land until it's replaced,” Ryan continued. “We did not have quite the votes to replace this law. And, so,...
  • Sen. Graham: 'Just Let Obamacare Collapse'

    03/24/2017 9:11:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 24, 2017 | 10:11 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    As Republicans prepare to vote on their health care bill, which does not fully repeal Obamacare, a number of Republicans say it’s a mistake to put their names to the plan: “Just let Obamacare collapse, then challenge the Democrats to come in and help us fix the mess they created,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Friday morning, as lawmakers debated the latest iteration of the bill on the House floor. “President Trump’s going to be judged by the outcome of the legislation, and what I see in the House, I don’t think this legislation is going to move...
  • Paul Ryan: Health Care Failure Could Stall Other GOP Priorities

    03/10/2017 11:22:03 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 85 replies
    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday warned GOP opponents of the party’s healthcare plan that the measure’s failure could derail progress on other key aspects of Republicans’ policy agenda. In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Ryan said that a defeat of House Republicans’ bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare would be “momentum killing,” essentially having a domino effect on planned tax reform efforts, among other party goals. “Think of legislation as one train track with a bunch of trains on the track,” Ryan said. “If you don’t get these trains through the system, it slows everything else down."...
  • Republicans Healthcare Plan Is Nothing More Than A Yugo With American Tires.

    03/06/2017 6:25:26 PM PST · by OneVike · 111 replies
    3/6/17 | OV
    They screwed us and I am ANGRY!!!!! The Republicans gave us 123 pages of changes to a 12,000 page healthcare atrocity forced on us by Obama and the Democrats. Call your Representative and Senator and demand they go back and start from scratch. If they give us this, then the Republicans will own it with the Democrats. KILL OBAMACARE and start from scratch!!!!
  • Polls: Support for Obamacare at all-time high [fakenews alert; Kaiser/Pew]

    02/24/2017 8:57:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 10:46 AM ET, Fri February 24, 2017 | David Wright and Tami Luhby
    Support for Obamacare is at an all-time high, according to two surveys released this week as Republican leaders continue to press the case for repeal amid fierce resistance at many town halls. The latest Health Tracking Poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 48% of Americans view the law favorably, compared to 42% who have an unfavorable view. This is the highest level of favorability measured in more than 60 Kaiser Health Tracking Polls conducted since 2010. The boost comes largely from independents, half of whom view Obamacare favorably compared to 39% who don’t. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats continue...
  • Whatever happened to Obama's private civilian army?

    02/03/2017 9:42:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 38 replies
    WND ^ | 2/3/17 | vanity
    Who knew that Obamacare provides for a “Regular Corps” and a “Ready-Reserve Corps” of officers and individuals who are appointed by the president? Commissioned officers are subject to active duty at the call of the surgeon general. The new law provides $17.5 million in each of the first four years to recruit and train these reserves. During his campaign, Obama said: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military. … We’ve got to have a civilian security force just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to...
  • Health insurers warn of wider defections from ACA marketplaces for 2018

    02/01/2017 5:03:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 1, 2017 at 2:01 PM | Amy Goldstein
    Leaders for the health insurance industry, state insurance commissioners and brokers warned Wednesday that more health plans almost certainly will defect from Affordable Care Act marketplaces unless Congress and the Trump administration provide some concrete assurances within the next two months. Unless the government promises to continue subsidies and other features of the law for at least another year, some states probably will not have any insurers selling health plans to individuals buying coverage on their own for 2018, the witnesses warned at a Senate hearing. “I think we would lose more insurance companies,” said Marilyn Tavenner, president of America’s...
  • Trump administration pulls back on HealthCare.gov ads

    01/26/2017 9:28:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2017 10:36 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Trump administration said Thursday night it is pulling back advertising to promote HealthCare.gov as open enrollment draws to a close for this year. The Health and Human Services Department said in a statement that the government has pulled back about $5 million in ads as part of an effort to cut costs. The statement said HHS has already spent more than $60 million to promote sign-ups this year under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Former Obama officials immediately accused the new administration of “sabotage.” …
  • NARAL President: Repealing Obamacare ‘Is About Disempowering Women’

    01/06/2017 6:02:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 5, 2017 | 6:06 PM EST | Lauretta Brown
    A Republican initiative aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act “is about denying women healthcare” and “disempowering women,” NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue said on Capitol Hill Thursday. Speaking at a press conference held by House Democratic leaders to protest GOP plans to repeal the ACA and defund Planned Parenthood, Hogue said President-elect Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP-controlled Senate have “no mandate to take away our healthcare.” “More Americans voted for Democratic leadership in the White House and the Senate than voted for the Republicans,” she said. Hogue also cited “reports” saying “that Trump voters are...
  • Trump: Dems 'Own the Failed ObamaCare Disaster...Don't Let the Schumer Clowns Out of This Web'

    01/04/2017 8:18:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2017 | 9:37 AM EST | Susan Jones
    President-elect Donald Trump is reminding Republicans that Democrats “own the failed ObamaCare disaster” and should not “let the Schumer clowns out of this web.” In three tweets on Wednesday morning, Trump said: “Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases…like the 116% hike in Arizona. Also, deductibles are so high that it is practically useless. Don’t let the Schumer clowns out of this web…massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight...
  • NC governor pledges to expand Medicaid, despite state law

    01/04/2017 4:22:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2016 7:03 PM EST | Gary D. Robertson
    Setting up more conflict with the Republican-led legislature, new North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced plans to expand Medicaid through the federal health care overhaul, even though a state law specially prevents such unilateral action. Cooper, the attorney general for the past 16 years before narrowly beating GOP Gov. Pat McCrory in November, announced at a New-Year economic forum that he plans to file paperwork with federal regulators by Friday. Cooper’s action comes in the waning days of the administration of President Barack Obama, who championed the 2010 health care law and wants to protect his legacy,...
  • Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode

    01/02/2017 11:03:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2017 12:09 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past. After years of pushing forward a progressive agenda, legislative Democrats will be pushing back against conservative policies from President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. Instead of expanding Medi-Cal health coverage to adult immigrants who can’t prove they’re legally in the country, Democrats are now concentrating on how to retain health coverage for those who already have it. And anti-poverty...
  • Obama lines up a meeting with lawmakers, a speech in Chicago

    12/31/2016 9:35:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 2:31 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try to forge a common strategy. Obama also plans a major valedictory speech in Chicago, his hometown, shortly before his presidency ends. Obama will travel to the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the meeting with House and Senate Democrats, according to an invitation sent to lawmakers. The White House is casting it as an effort to unite Democrats behind a plan to protect the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, before Republicans have a chance to settle...
  • In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    12/31/2016 8:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 11:35 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Republicans’ grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama’s agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama’s health care law. Beyond that, they’ll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “stand ready to fight vigorously” to protect health care and other...
  • Obama says he'll focus on helping new generation of leaders

    12/19/2016 8:56:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2016 6:29 AM EST
    President Barack Obama says one of his missions after leaving office will be to develop a new generation of leaders on issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform and expanding health insurance coverage. In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, Obama said he wants to ensure that young people working on those issues have “whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up.” Obama said in the interview airing Monday that the issues he cares most about will be well served when that new generation moves into positions of authority. …