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Protesters swarm Rep. Tom Reed's town hall in upstate New York

Cowardly Republican Legislators Canceling Weekend Town Hall Meetings

Republican officeholders have been canceling planned town halls because they don’t want to face critics upset that they may soon lose their health insurance or see an increase in costs as the GOP plans to undermine Obamacare. Even worse, they don’t want organized progressive groups to show up with posters, video cameras, and a determination to challenge them in public while posting the confrontations on YouTube.

February 18, 2017
Health, Obamacare

Trump Administration Moves To Block Access To Health Insurance

The Trump administration is moving to make it harder for you to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The net effect of the proposals would be significantly greater regulatory and paperwork burdens for both consumers and health insurance exchanges, the opposite of Trump’s promise during the campaign and since taking office.

February 18, 2017
Obamacare

Thanks To Obamacare, U.S. Uninsured Rate Hit Record Low In 2016

The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In the first nine months of 2016, just 8.8 percent of Americans lacked health coverage, survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

February 15, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

It’s Time To Grab The GOP By Tom Price’s Seat

If the outrage in the streets and town halls is matched by a stunning electoral defeat in Tom Price’s Georgia district, it could put the fear of getting gnawed at the polls in the mind of the Republicans who represent swing states.

February 13, 2017
Obamacare, Healthcare

How Democrats Can Hold GOP Accountable For Healthcare Fix

In the Senate, Democrats could propose amendments to a replacement bill that would set specific goals of access, cost, and quality—essentially requiring Trump to take responsibility for his promises that the healthcare replacement will be, in his words, “insurance for everybody.”

February 12, 2017
Obamacare, Tom Price

With Obamacare Repeal Sputtering, GOP Pins Hopes On HHS Nominee Price

From cutting off free birth control for women to tightening the eligibility rules for mid-year health insurance enrollees, Price — once confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services — will be able to tinker around the edges of the 2010 law. And that gives Republican lawmakers a bit more time to find consensus on their repeal-and-replace effort.

February 9, 2017
Price, HHS, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

Don’t Fall For The GOP’s Sham Plan To ‘Repair’ The Affordable Care Act

The continued fight over the potential replacement has inadvertently highlighted the tangible gains achieved by the ACA and made the public acutely aware of the negative impacts of repeal. New polling finds the ACA is increasingly popular, especially as news outlets highlight stories of individuals who would be impacted by repeal.

February 7, 2017
Obamacare

Obamacare: 9.2 Million Sign Up Amid GOP Repeal Push

With several insurers pulling out over rising costs and Republican congressional efforts to scuttle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the enrollment period was seen as a test of the program’s popularity. Of the 9.2 million, about 3 million were new consumers while 6.2 million were returning consumers.

February 4, 2017
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Can The Democrats Be As Stubborn As Mitch McConnell?

Can Democrats, who are more philosophically invested in showing that government can function, really bring themselves to replicate McConnell’s obstructionist methods? If Chuck Schumer and his Senate Democrats choose a path of obstructing President Trump’s agenda, they will have learned from the best.

February 3, 2017
Price, HHS, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

5 Things The GOP Won’t Tell You About Obamacare

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Donald Trump told The Washington Post a few days before he was sworn in.
You can bet no one has any idea what that actually means. That includes Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, who dodged details at a confirmation hearing on Tuesday. It also includes Trump, who has yet to demonstrate that he actually knows what’s in the Affordable Care Act, let alone how he would replace it.

February 1, 2017
GOP, Obama Regulations

Republicans Take First Steps To Kill Five Obama-Era Regulations

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can use simple majority votes to stop recent regulations in their tracks. Timing in the law means any rules enacted after May 31 are eligible for axing. The law has been used effectively only once, ending a rule on ergonomics in 2001. Both sides consider this week a test of its powers.

January 30, 2017
Obama, ACA, Obamacare

Obama Wastes Little Time In Condemning Republicans For ‘Repeal And Replace’

In the commentary published Jan. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine, one week after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Obama makes good on the pledge in his farewell news conference to speak out “where I think our core values may be at stake.”

January 28, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump

Trump’s Executive Orders: More Symbol Than Substance

President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders since his swearing in—a sign of “bold action,” according to his White House. Yet despite the pomp and circumstance of the signing ceremonies and the accompanying headlines, they do little, on their own, to advance Trump’s main policy goals.

January 27, 2017
Trump, Congress, Executive Orders

Trump Looks More And More Like A Rubber Stamp For A Radical Congress

The pattern of Trump’s relationship with the GOP-controlled Congress can be summed up in two words: rubber stamp. Congress proposes and Trump disposes, even if the actual details of how these different areas of government, law, and regulation—and eventually the real-life impacts—have yet to be defined, articulated, worked out, or implemented.

January 26, 2017
Trump, Ryan, Obamacare Repeal

Republicans Lay Out Timeline For Obamacare Repeal, But Still Vague On Details

Republican leaders laid out plans for repealing Obamacare by spring, followed by funding the building of a border wall and reforming the tax code by late summer. While there is Republican enthusiasm about the idea of swift action against Obamacare, the challenge for congressional Republicans will be getting lawmakers to coalesce around specific plans.

January 26, 2017
Paul Ryan, Affordable Care Act

Is House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Plan An Unaffordable Care Act?

As Republicans struggle to replace Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to make state high-risk pools part of the solution — but doing so would resurrect a failed coverage model that suffered from high premiums, poor funding, and limits on coverage, say independent health care experts.

January 26, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

Study: 43,000 Americans Could Die Because Of Obamacare Repeal

As researchers David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler explain, “The biggest and most definitive study of what happens to death rates when Medicaid coverage is expanded found that for every 455 people who gained coverage across several states, one life was saved per year. Applying that figure to even a conservative estimate of 20 million losing coverage in the event of an ACA repeal yields an estimate of 43,956 deaths annually.”

January 24, 2017
Women's March

After The March: How To Take Action In Trump’s First 100 Days

On Saturday we marched. This week, the work continues. Multiple progressive groups will continue to issue specific calls to actions, call scripts, and meeting guidelines for various appointments and legislation in the coming days. Get ready. The Resistance is a marathon, not a sprint.

January 24, 2017
President Trump

Three Comforting Thoughts About President Trump

There’s comfort in knowing that with real power, Trump can no longer get away with contradictory positions. On such matters as Obamacare, there will be consequences whether Trump does one thing, the opposite, or nothing. And should those consequences involve hurting ordinary people, no amount of populist hypnosis is going to convince them otherwise.

January 24, 2017
Susan Collins, Obamacare

Republican Senators Propose Giving States Option To Keep Obamacare

Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle Obamacare. However, a legislative proposal by Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would let states choose to keep Obamacare or move to a replacement program, for which states would also receive some federal funding.

January 23, 2017
Trump, Healthcare

Investors Gird For Impact Of Trump Healthcare Measures

An order by President Donald Trump that could scale back enforcement of some Obamacare provisions is unlikely to sink health insurance stocks, but shares of hospitals and Medicaid providers could be under pressure over fears more poor people would lose coverage.

January 23, 2017
Trump

President Trump Pledges To Put ‘America First’ In Nationalist Speech

Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an “American carnage” of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry.

January 20, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen. Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. The barricades and bollards surround the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

January 20, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

Price Confirmation Hearing Previews Obamacare Fight

Price and the Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee described their coverage goals almost exactly the same, with the addition of one key word—providing access to coverage for everyone. It doesn’t sound like much of a departure from the Democrats’ language, but in fact, the phrasing implies a dramatically different approach.

January 19, 2017
Boycott, Trump

Yes, Political Boycotts Are A Form Of Free Speech

Obviously, there are effective boycotts and ineffective ones, stupid boycotts and well-directed ones, boycotts by the right, left and middle. The point here is that for whatever reason, a person has a right to withhold his or her custom. A consumer boycott does not muzzle anyone. Freedom of speech doesn’t end at the cash register.

January 19, 2017