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  • Trump Is Quietly Destroying Obamacare While Helping Millions of Americans—Here’s How

    08/12/2018 10:58:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2018 | Justin Haskins
    Despite numerous promises from congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama when they passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the health care law has created far more problems than it has solved. Premiums, deductibles, and health care choices have all worsened since Obamacare went into effect, and there’s no sign America’s health insurance system will improve anytime in the near future.President Trump inherited a health insurance crisis when he took office in January 2017, so he and congressional Republican leaders immediately began to work to implement their plan to replace Obamacare with a more market-centered approach to improving the...
  • Once its greatest foes, doctors are embracing single payer (AMA Socialized medicine)

    08/08/2018 12:47:50 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 88 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 8/7/2018 | Shefali Luthra
    https://khn.org/news/once-its-greatest-foes-doctors-are-embracing-single-payer/ By Shefali Luthra 08/07/2018 When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change. Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long opposition to single-payer health care, this was the first time it got a full hearing. The debate grew heated — older physicians warned their pay would decrease, calling younger advocates naïve to single-payer’s consequences. But this time, by the meeting’s end, the AMA’s older members had agreed...
  • Trump administration approves Wisconsin plan to shore up Obamacare

    07/31/2018 9:23:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 29, 2018 | Kimberly Leonard
    The Trump administration has approved a plan in Wisconsin allowing the state to shore up its Obamacare market. The plan is expected to lower premiums in 2019 by an average of 3.5 percent. Without it, premiums would rise by 11 percent in 2019, even after seeing hikes of 44 percent for 2018. “People in the individual market saw their premiums go up by 44 percent on average last year, and some saw much larger increases – that’s unsustainable and unacceptable,” said Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an Obamacare opponent. “Thankfully, the federal government is giving us the flexibility to implement a...
  • Conservatives just can't wait to cut Health Care for the poor in the name of "Less Government"

    12/07/2008 7:33:22 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 45 replies · 1,149+ views
    The columbian ^ | December 7, 2008 | John Laird
    Sunday, December 7 | 1:00 a.m. BY JOHN LAIRD, OPINION EDITOR Vancouver, Washington Let’s assume that Rush Limbaugh is right, that liberals are “invested” in a U.S. defeat in Iraq because it would accelerate their anti-military agenda. Using that same logic, conservatives are invested in the economic recession because it accelerates their reduced-government agenda. And, oh, how our governments are about to be reduced. While America’s economy is in the toilet, some conservatives are flushed with excitement over budget cuts on the horizon. Even Democrats know that now is not the time to raise taxes. That leaves politicians no choice...
  • House votes to repeal ACA's medical device tax

    07/25/2018 10:18:56 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 38 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | July 25, 2018 | Alia Paavola
    The House voted to repeal a 2.3 percent medical device tax, a provision that both parties have criticized for harming innovation. The medical device tax was first imposed in January 2013 to help fund the ACA. After harsh criticism from legislators and the medical device industry, Congress passed a two-year suspension of the levy in 2015. While the suspension was set to expire Jan. 1, a stopgap bill signed into law by President Donald Trump Jan. 22, further delayed the medical levy. It was set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The tax applies to products such as pacemakers and...
  • Trump administration to dump Obama-era rule allowing unions to siphon Medicaid money

    07/10/2018 5:58:34 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/10/18 | Gregg Re
    The Trump administration announced Tuesday it planned to end what it suggested was an illegal Obama-era rule allowing unions to collect dues from state subsidies intended for home health workers -- including family caregivers. Federal law generally prohibits states from skimming money from Medicaid payments bound for independent in-home personal care workers. But in 2014, the Obama administration created an exception, saying that states could divert some of that Medicaid money to unions, on the theory that these workers effectively were public-sector employees. Eleven left-leaning states have used that provision to raise more than $200 million a year for unions...
  • Kavanaugh's role in ObamaCare's survival fiercely debated by conservatives

    07/09/2018 12:14:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 9, 2018 | Alex Pappas
    Did Judge Brett Kavanaugh write the roadmap for saving ObamaCare? That question has dwelled at the center of passionate debate in the conservative legal community for days as Kavanaugh, a federal appeals judge in the District of Columbia, finds himself as one of President Trump’s four finalists for a place on the U.S. Supreme Court. The allegation from conservative critics is rooted in a 2011 ObamaCare case where Kavanaugh dissented against the ruling but acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate provision” could fit “comfortably within Congress’ Taxing Clause power.” Kavanaugh's detractors say that language helped provide the roadmap...
  • Brett Kavanaugh Said Obamacare Was Unprecedented And Unlawful

    07/06/2018 9:47:11 PM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | JULY 3, 2018 | Justin Walker
    Brett Kavanaugh has by far the strongest, most consistent, most fearless record of constitutional conservatism of any federal court of appeals judge in the country. Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be the next Supreme Court justice. He has by far the strongest, most consistent, most fearless record of constitutional conservatism of any federal court of appeals judge in the country. Over 12 years and 300 opinions, he has repeatedly fought for principles of textualism and originalism, reined in regulatory overreach, and ensured that administrative bureaucrats are accountable to the elected president. Nominating Kavanaugh would continue President Trump’s exemplary record of selecting...
  • In our health system, ObamaCare is the dangerous pre-existing condition

    06/16/2018 3:15:02 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 16 Jun, 2018 | Nan Hayworth
    As a physician whose career in medicine was dedicated to preserving and improving my patients’ health, I know firsthand how important it is for everyone to have access to care. This is a fundamental precept, morally and pragmatically sound, that should be honored by all who seek to transform for the better America’s flawed system of health care delivery. Regrettably, since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had the net general effect of raising the cost of health insurance while reducing the quality and variety of the services that insurance covers. This is the opposite of...
  • ACA insurers won't get billions in risk corridors payments, court says: 5 things to know

    06/14/2018 4:08:13 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 18 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | June 14, 2018 | Morgan Haefner
    A federal appellate court ruled health insurers are not owed billions of dollars in funding under the ACA's risk corridors program, according to Law360. Here are five things to know: 1. In two cases brought by insurers Moda Health Plan and Land of Lincoln Mutual Health, the federal appellate court decided Congress could legally withhold risk corridors funds from the two health plans. 2. The temporary risk corridors program was designed to level the financial playing field for payers during the first three years of the ACA's implementation, 2014-16. Under the program, the government collected payments from insurers with lower...
  • Dems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms

    06/14/2018 5:52:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/14/18 | Peter Sullivan
    Democrats are seizing on the Trump administration’s push in court to overturn ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, hoping to leverage the issue ahead of November’s midterm elections as some Republicans rush to distance themselves from the move. The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to join a legal battle arguing that one of the most popular parts of ObamaCare should be struck down is being viewed by Democrats as a political gift, with the party apparatus quickly using the issue to attack GOP candidates and rally their base. Ever since the DOJ joined 20 GOP-led states last week in...
  • The Domino Effect Of The Trump Admin Gutting Pre-Existing Conditions Protections

    06/13/2018 12:51:09 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 54 replies
    TPM ^ | 06/13/2018 | Alice Ollstein
    The Trump administration’s new attempt to have key pieces of the Affordable Care Act struck down in federal court — particularly the ban on insurance companies turning people away or charging them higher premiums based on a pre-existing condition — could have a serious and damaging domino effect throughout the health care sector. Insurance trade groups, health care experts and lawmakers say the fallout is likely to extend beyond the individual market, impacting many of the tens of millions of Americans who get their health insurance from an employer. The Justice Department is arguing in a new court brief that...
  • Democrats seize on DOJ's ObamaCare decision ahead of midterms

    06/12/2018 6:07:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/12/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Congressional Democrats are seizing on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision to not defend key parts of ObamaCare in court, signaling they think the issue could pay political dividends in November. The DOJ, as part of its announcement late last week, argued the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be invalidated because the individual mandate that required people have insurance or pay a penalty is now repealed. Despite a flurry of North Korea news on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) started his weekly news conference with reporters by talking about health care, saying his caucus would...
  • Senior DOJ official resigns in wake of ObamaCare decision

    06/12/2018 5:04:47 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/12/18 | Rachel Roubein
    A senior career Department of Justice (DOJ) official has resigned, one week after the Trump administration made a controversial announcement that it would argue key parts of ObamaCare are unconstitutional. A DOJ official confirmed to The Hill that Joel McElvain resigned and his last day is July 6, but declined to comment on whether the resignation was due to last week’s announcement. Last week, the DOJ wrote in a filing that it wouldn’t defend ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The move broke with historical practice, where the DOJ defends federal laws, and sided in part with a challenge...
  • Trump gives Democrats a big health care opening for the midterms

    06/11/2018 3:55:03 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 75 replies
    Axios ^ | 6/11/18 | Drew Altman
    Most of the discussion of the Trump administration's decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act — and to urge the courts to throw out its protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions — has focused on what happens to the individual insurance market. But the political impact may be even greater. Why it matters: Protections for people with pre-existing conditions are hugely popular, and the administration may have handed Democrats their strongest health care weapon yet — because now they can make the case that the administration has gone to court to take away protections for people with pre-existing...
  • Pelosi: 'Medicare for All' should be 'evaluated' if Dems win House

    06/08/2018 6:47:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 06/07/18 02:19 PM EDT | By Peter Sullivan
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Thursday that "Medicare for All" proposals should be “evaluated” if Democrats win back the House this year, adding “it’s all on the table." Pelosi has long backed a public option for health insurance, but has not supported going further — as many Democrats want — and setting up government-run, universal health insurance. The Democratic leader did not explicitly endorse the idea of Medicare for All during a press conference Wednesday, but she also did not rule out the proposal. “I've always been for a public option so I'm always eager to talk about...
  • Trump administration tells court it won't defend Obamacare against lawsuit seeking to cripple it

    06/07/2018 6:54:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2018 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Trump administration told a federal court Thursday it won’t defend Obamacare against a lawsuit that’s trying to strike down most of the law. It’s a notable stance that means it will be up to Obamacare fans such as Democratic governors to step in and defend the Affordable Care Act against on onslaught from GOP attorneys general, who say after Congress nixed the individual mandate at the heart of the law, the rest of it should follow. In court papers, the Justice Department said it doesn’t want to stop the law in its tracks, but said they agreed with the...
  • Who does not have health care? (Vanity)

    06/01/2018 8:37:03 AM PDT · by rey · 33 replies
    1 June 2018
    Don't answer that. How can one get by, at least for a while, without complying with the ACA? I thought Trump was going to get rid of the law that said everyone must buy in, especially individuals? I am very low income, as is a friend of mine, and the fines and policies they want us to carry take a very sizable portion of our meager income. I thought if you made under $17K - $24K you were exempt? The IRS came after us on our filings and every agent or official we speak to is incredulous that we hadn't...
  • Uninsured Rate Stays Flat at Nearly 30 Million

    05/22/2018 5:37:28 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 12 replies
    MedPage ^ | 5-22-2018 | Joyce Frieden
    A total of 29.3 million Americans (9.1%) were uninsured in 2017 -- not a big change from 2016, but down by 19.3 million from 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, a government survey found. Among ethnic groups, Hispanic adults made up the large percentage of the uninsured, at 27.2%, followed by black at 14.1%, non-Hispanic whites at 8.5%, and Asians at 7.6%. All four of these groups had significant drops in their uninsured populations from 2013 through 2017, the survey found. Of those adults under age 65 with private health insurance, 3.7% were covered by plans...
  • How Trump Can Dismantle Obamacare Without Congress

    05/21/2018 5:56:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2018 | Justin Haskins
    After more than eight years of promising to end Obamacare, Republicans in Congress—despite having control of both the House and Senate—have failed to stop this disastrous health care law. But thanks to an important provision Republicans included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act when they passed the law in December 2017, the Trump administration may soon have an opportunity to end Obamacare without Congress, which might force Republican congressmen to finally get their act together and pass health care legislation that would empower states and local governments and free health care markets from costly federal government mandates. As I have...