Category: health care

New CBO analysis finds health insurance premiums will spike by…

New CBO analysis finds health insurance premiums will spike by 20% if Trump makes good on threat

  • Trump’s threat to end key Affordable Care Act subsidies will result in dramatic increases to insurance premiums next year, an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday found.
  • According to the CBO, health insurance premiums for silver plans will climb 20% in 2018, one million more Americans would be left uninsured and about $194 billion would be added to the federal deficit if Trump does end the ACA subsidies. Read more (8/15/17)

We found nine companies that offer health insurance to part-time…

We found nine companies that offer health insurance to part-time workers, starting from a list from Glassdoor of companies hiring part-time workers — a few even include health coverage for domestic partnerships. Here are the employers, which all pay at least $9 an hour, ranked from lowest to highest pay. Read more (8/7/17)

Vulnerable Republican’s town hall shows health care could be the…

Vulnerable Republican’s town hall shows health care could be the GOP’s downfall in 2018

  • Wondering whether the Republicans’ failure to deliver on health care reform could be a political problem for the party in 2018? Look no further than Rep. Mike Coffman’s town hall on Tuesday night.
  • The Colorado congressman drew the ire of both Democratic and Republican constituents at a town hall meeting in his suburban Denver district, according to the Denver Post.
  • Liberal constituents were angry that Republicans were attempting to pass health care bills that would cause millions to lose their insurance, while conservative constituents were angry that Republicans have been unable to make good on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
  • And that’s a worrisome sign for Coffman, who needs to carry his Republican base, while also winning support from Democratic voters in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton by a 9-point margin in the 2016 presidential election.
  • The same applies for the 22 other House Republicans who represent House districts Clinton won in 2016. Read more (8/2/17 10 AM)

White House pushes for another health care vote — even as the…

White House pushes for another health care vote — even as the American people want them to move on

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted defeat in the wake of Friday’s failed health care vote, saying that it’s “time to move on” to other issues. 
  • But the Trump administration isn’t letting health care reform go just yet — even if that’s what the American people want.
  • Following Friday’s vote, President Donald Trump has frequently taken to Twitter to demand Republicans keep the health care fight alive, telling Republican senators not to “give up” and even threatening to take away Congress’s own health care subsidies if they don’t pass a bill. Read more. (7/30/2017 3:01 PM)

“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

— Sen. John McCain explaining his “no” vote on the “skinny repeal.” 3 key takeaways from Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare

If you don’t support affordable healthcare, you’re…

If you don’t support affordable healthcare, you’re not “pro-life”

I am a Christian, I am disabled, I am pro-life and I support the effects of activists, like those in Adapt, who are fighting on front lines to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Part of being pro-life has to involve supporting affordable health care for all, because it should mean preserving life for one’s whole life span, not just until birth. 

People should not have to die because they cannot afford treatment, and any Republican party that claims to be pro-life but refuses to support policies that preserve life is filled with little more than hypocrites. Read more (Opinion)

As Republican Senators continue to try and repeal and replace…

As Republican Senators continue to try and repeal and replace Obamacare, protesters continue to fight outside their offices. This week saw numerous arrests after demonstrators took to Senate offices and the chamber itself.

micdotcom: First Obamacare repeal and replace amendment fails in…

micdotcom:

First Obamacare repeal and replace amendment fails in the Senate

  • Senate Republicans notched a setback in their quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Tuesday night, after their first of three possible plans to make good on that promise failed in a procedural vote.
  • The Better Care Reconciliation Act failed by a vote of 43 to 57, with nine Republicans voting against the proposal. And it came just six hours after the party celebrated advancing the health care repeal bill to debate.
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — who, hours earlier, said he wasn’t in favor of the Senate bill in its current form — voted for the BCRA. 
  • Republicans still have other plans to offer as amendments to the bill. 
  • They include a straight Affordable Care Act repeal bill that the CBO estimates would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage, as well as double premiums. 
  • A so-called “skinny repeal” that would nix the individual mandate as well as some Affordable Care Act taxes may also be offered. The CBO says that plan would also raise costs and cause 15 million people to lose their insurance. Read more (7/25/17 10:34 PM)

Update: Straight Obamacare repeal bill fails in the Senate in yet another setback

  • Senate Republicans suffered yet another failure on Wednesday in their quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
  • An amendment that would strictly repeal much of the ACA failed to garner enough votes to pass. Seven Republican members voted against the plan, ensuring it would not receive the 50 votes necessary.
  • Republicans still plan to vote on the “skinny repeal.”
  •  After 20 hours of debate expire, Democrats will also be able to offer an unlimited amount of amendments — which they hope will force Republicans into casting politically challenging votes. Read more (7/26/17 4:15 PM)

First Obamacare repeal and replace amendment fails in the…

First Obamacare repeal and replace amendment fails in the Senate

  • Senate Republicans notched a setback in their quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Tuesday night, after their first of three possible plans to make good on that promise failed in a procedural vote.
  • The Better Care Reconciliation Act failed by a vote of 43 to 57, with nine Republicans voting against the proposal. And it came just six hours after the party celebrated advancing the health care repeal bill to debate.
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — who, hours earlier, said he wasn’t in favor of the Senate bill in its current form — voted for the BCRA. 
  • Republicans still have other plans to offer as amendments to the bill. 
  • They include a straight Affordable Care Act repeal bill that the CBO estimates would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage, as well as double premiums. 
  • A so-called “skinny repeal” that would nix the individual mandate as well as some Affordable Care Act taxes may also be offered. The CBO says that plan would also raise costs and cause 15 million people to lose their insurance. Read more (7/25/17 10:34 PM)

Senate Republicans advance Obamacare repeal effort to…

Senate Republicans advance Obamacare repeal effort to debate

  • Senate Republicans cleared their first major hurdle in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, securing the votes needed to proceed to debate.
  • The motion to proceed, which officially starts debate on a bill, passed the Senate 51 to 50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
  • GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine were the lone Republicans to vote no. The vote was tense. Read more (7/25/17 3:10 PM)