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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Trumpcare

Why The Defeat of Trumpcare Is So Damn Important

Republicans never thought to pretend that Trumpcare would be “terrific” and fix the things voters don’t like about the Affordable Care Act — high deductibles, unchecked premiums and the insurance mandate — because they knew any replacement they offered would have higher deductibles and less help from the government to pay premiums

March 27, 2017
affordable health care and Medicare for all

The Way Forward: How To Protect And Improve Affordable Health Care

Democrats cannot limit themselves to defensive efforts to salvage the Affordable Care Act at either the federal or the state level. They need to think about a more attractive national agenda in health care that reflects the lessons of the ACA and new political realities. The coming national Democratic debate is going to focus on extending Medicare—to whom, how quickly, and under what rules will be the questions.

March 24, 2017
GOP Disaster as Trump Ryan pull bill

GOP Disaster: Ryan And Trump Pull Health Care Bill Before Vote (Again)

The GOP disaster in failing to pass the health care measure called into question Trump’s ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through a Congress controlled by his own party.

March 24, 2017
John Oliver on GOP health care bill

Dead On Arrival? John Oliver Ready To Bury GOP Health Care Bill

John Oliver is brilliant as ever on the GOP health care bill — but if you can only watch a few minutes of his latest segment fast forward to the incredibly funny “Catheter Cowboy” ad the Last Week Tonight host placed on Fox and Friends, hoping to educate that show’s Oval Office fan about his own legislation.

March 15, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Trumpcare: The Numbers Don’t Add Up For The Poor

At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called the GOP health care bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that characterization is ironic at best.

March 13, 2017

Fact-Checking Elected Officials On The Affordable Care Act Repeal

ProPublica is working with other news organizations to collect and analyze letters and emails from elected officials to constituents on the Affordable Care Act, beginning with a misleading missive by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).

March 10, 2017
Health Care, Obamacare

Better And Cheaper Health Coverage? Not Very Likely

Trump managed to persuade a lot of those white Americans that he would give them better and cheaper health insurance. That’s not going to happen. Trump was too smart to ridicule the have-nots while he was on the campaign trail, but his policies are still going to give them the shaft.

March 10, 2017
Abortion, Planned Parenthood

GOP Infatuation With Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Exact Heavy Price

The GOP may pay a price for gutting Planned Parenthood, but the price will surely be higher if they foul up health care reform. If the Republicans mess this up, they will suffer, big league.

March 9, 2017
Conservatives, Bill Kristol, Obamacare

#EndorseThis: Incredulous Conservatives Denounce GOP Obamacare Repeal

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol berated the Republican Party for rushing through an unpopular bill that has already faced brutal condemnation from the American Medical Association. At the end of the segment, Kristol predicted that the GOP bill is “going to fall apart and there will not be a vote.”

March 9, 2017
Obamacare, House Bill

A Devious Plot To Poison Obamacare

The proposed Republican House health care plan would act like a slow-working toxin. In this case, many of the millions enrolled in Obamacare would not realize what’s happening to their health care until it’s too late.

March 9, 2017
Colbert, Obamacare

#EndorseThis: The Grim Reaper Celebrates New ‘Obamacare Lite’ Plan

Stephen Colbert wondered who could possibly endorse a plan that kicks people off their health insurance. Suddenly, the Grim Reaper — or was it Steve Bannon? — appeared behind the Late Night host and danced onstage to celebrate his good fortune.

March 8, 2017
Price, HHS, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

GOP Obamacare Replacement Bill Appears Dead On Arrival

Repealing Obamacare was Republicans’ biggest campaign pledge for years, but the long-awaited bill to repeal the landmark legislation faces fierce intra-party opposition from conservatives who say it doesn’t go far enough — and they have the votes to stop it in the Senate.

March 8, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

Obamacare 2.0: What’s In The House Republicans’ Replacement Plan?

House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and — just as important — replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is pretty complex. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that what the GOP is proposing in its place has a few knotty details.

March 7, 2017
Obamacare

Poll: Most Americans Want To Fix Obamacare — Not End It

Fully 68 percent of Americans want to keep what works and fix the rest, while just 32 percent prefer the GOP’s repeal and replace approach, according to polling from Hart Research.

March 7, 2017
Paul Ryan, ACA, Obamacare

GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Would Steer More Financial Assistance To The Wealthy

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee are expected to vote on GOP repeal measures that would provide flat tax credits to all who purchase individual health insurance, regardless of their income.

March 7, 2017
Obamacare

GOP Obamacare Replacement Plan: Less Financial Help, More Expensive Coverage

A new analysis on Wednesday from the Kaiser Family Foundation projects that the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace’s average premium subsidy — which people use to help purchase coverage — would shrink by at least 36 percent in 2020 under GOP proposals being considered.

March 2, 2017
Trump, Wall, Border

What Has Trump Done For The American People?

The Trump administration is now in its second month, and it’s done almost nothing. It hasn’t even put forth coherent plans to do what the president says he wants to do. Complicating matters further, it remains unclear what the president wants, and he may not even know.

March 2, 2017
Town Halls, Activists

Activists Turn Up The Heat On Congressional Republicans

According to a coalition of advocacy groups, including MoveOn.org and the Working Families Party, an estimated 40,000 people attended town hall meetings in 300 cities and 49 states around the country last week.

March 1, 2017
Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Republicans

How The Republican Obamacare Repeal Shuts Out The Poor

If Trump and Congress repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate and subsidies while leaving insurance market reforms in place, 32 million Americans, many of whom are Medicaid recipients, will lose their health coverage over the next 10 years.

March 1, 2017
Trump Congressional address

Fuzzy Math: Why Trump’s Congressional Address Simply Doesn’t Add Up

There is no conceivable fiscal plan that can underwrite Trump’s hucksterism. He makes wild spending promises, swears to reduce taxes, and then complains about the debt incurred by the Obama administration. Such obvious and irreconcilable contradictions have only one rational explanation.

March 1, 2017
Obamacare, John Oliver

John Oliver Hilariously Shames GOP For Health Care Fiasco

“Republicans have happily complained about the flaws in the law, taken no responsibility for fixing them and in fact have often undermined the whole thing. But that time is now over,” explained Oliver. “It is their turn to present a plan, and the clock is ticking.”

February 27, 2017
Mitch McConnell, Town Halls, Republican

Voters Are Turning Republican Town Halls Into Must See TV

Republican members of Congress — at least, those who deigned to show up — faced angry constituents in district town hall meetings across the country this week. Many of the meetings drew overflow crowds filled with local residents who turned out specifically to voice anger over GOP threats to Obamacare.

February 23, 2017
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