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McConnell’s Obamacare Replacement Guts Coverage, Raises Costs For Tens Of Millions

The latest Trumpcare bill released by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a political dealmaker’s version of putting lipstick on a pig—taking a colossally destructive bill hurting tens of millions and dressing it up so it can win enough votes to pass.

July 14, 2017
pricing

America’s Addiction To Abusive Drug Pricing

Good capitalists can agree that those who develop cutting-edge drugs deserve to be richly rewarded for their efforts. But then Americans must ask why they alone must bear the costs of bestowing the rewards.

July 13, 2017
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman: Republicans Have No Ideas At All

We’ll find out soon enough if Republicans are craven enough to sell out their constituents’ health care in the name of tax cuts for the rich. What we do know is that they’re every bit as terrible at governance as they are effective at obstruction. As Paul Krugman writes in his Monday column, one reason they can’t come up with a credible alternative to Obamacare is that, “You can’t change any element of the Affordable Care Act without destroying the whole thing.”

July 11, 2017
Mitch McConnell

Why Our Healthcare System Makes Us Weaker – And GOP Is Making It Worse

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sweats to cut deals over his bill to dismantle federal healthcare safety nets, the latest polls are finding that the more people know about its details, the more they’re fearful of its impacts and will blame Republicans. But when it comes to the nation’s overall health and our insurance-based system’s ability to address those needs, Americans should remember that the U.S. now lags far behind most wealthy nations.

July 3, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks live via satellite from Trump Tower in New York City during the second session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republicans’ Healthcare Disaster Revealed That They Are In Fact Willing To Blow Themselves Up Politically

It is remarkable to see House Republicans actually considering a new effort to overturn Obamacare. The National Review Geraghty even goaded the White House to draw up the bill—before Trump launched his Twitter attack on the Freedom Caucus.

April 2, 2017

5 Things You Need To Know About Bernie Sanders’ New Medicare-For-All Bill

Since the demise of Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act, Democrats on Capitol Hill have been gloating about the preservation of Obamacare. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has done them one better, telling Hardwick town hall attendees he will soon introduce a single-payer health care bill in Congress.

March 28, 2017
Republicans

The Failed Republican Attempt To Repeal Obamacare Is A Major Defeat For Trump

It’s breathtaking to consider what Trump left “on the field” that the House nearly adopted. Although it did not completely erase Obamacare, Ryan’s bill was a trillion-dollar hollowing out of federal health programs. The bill did not revoke the ACA’s ban on lifetime insurance coverage caps or allow insurers to decline coverage for pre-existing conditions, but it posed devastating blows to medical safety nets for the poor, working class, middle class and elderly.

March 25, 2017
Trump. White House, Press Corps, Shill

The GOP Health Care Bill Actually Does What Conservatives Said Obamacare Would Do — And Worse

Another anti-Obamacare talking point featured conservative media figures decrying the allegedly undemocratic process by which Congress passed the ACA, claiming that Democrats were trying to “ram it down America’s throat.” Right-wing media took then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) comment “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” at the National Association of Counties out of context, to scandalize the health law as a secretive, closed door deal.

March 24, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

The 5 Most Sickening Moments From Tom Price’s Health Care Town Hall

Things quickly devolved, as he struggled to defend the bill’s tax breaks for the wealthy and its rollback of Medicaid expansion. In one especially galling sequence, Price all but dismissed a cancer survivor’s concerns about the elimination of his coverage.

March 17, 2017
Trump border tax

Trump Budget Calls For Slashing Biomedical And Science Research Funding

Funding for the NIH has been a bipartisan priority for years; one of Trump’s key advisers, former Representative Newt Gingrich, has long championed that cause. It was just two years ago, in fact, that Gingrich called for doubling the NIH budget, calling health spending both a moral and a financial imperative. “It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle,” Gingrich wrote then.

March 16, 2017

Blue America Gets Richer

It’s old news that Republican plans to basically kill Obamacare would hit Trump country the hardest. In Kentucky, for example, Obamacare brought coverage to a half-million people (out of a population of 4.4 million) — with 4 in 5 joining the expanded Medicaid program because their incomes were so low.

March 15, 2017
Trump, Ryan, Obamacare Repeal

Trump’s Fans Are Blaming Paul Ryan For The Disaster Of Trumpcare And By Trump’s Fans, I Mostly Mean Breitbart

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters. Breitbart.com is coming for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and it’s using the GOP health care bill that President Donald Trump supports to attack him. Last night, the sycophantic pro-Trump site previously run by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon published audio of a House GOP conference call from last October in […]

March 15, 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
life-saving drugs

Clinton Announces Plan To Address Price Hikes On Life-Saving Drugs

In cases where a determined unjustified price hike is accompanied by insufficient market competition, Clinton’s administration would intervene to purchase alternative drugs from comparably regulated markets or assist manufacturers in bringing the product to market in the United States.

September 2, 2016
A representative for Abbott enters a doctor's clinic in Pune, in this file picture taken August 27, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Majority Of Americans Support Federally Funded Healthcare System

Seventy-three percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters said they supported a federally funded healthcare system. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, the number was 41 percent.

May 16, 2016
Secret Service

Trump Health Plan Would Increase Deficit and Leave Millions Uninsured, report says

Trump’s plan would drive up the federal deficit by nearly $500 billion over the next decade and cause 21 million Americans to lose health coverage.

March 14, 2016

How A Super PAC Turned $6 Million To $140,000

Some SuperPACs are using candidates’ names as bait to reel in small donors, whose money is being used to fund consultants.

December 1, 2015
Agents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office (HHS) of the Inspector General are pictured during a morning briefing in this undated photograph provided on April 28, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General/Handout via Reuters

Banned Medicaid Providers Still Participate In Some States, Report Says

New Mexico and Massachusetts lead the list of states with the most terminated providers still participating in the program.

August 5, 2015
Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida

Florida Gov. Scott Hints At Opposition To Medicaid Expansion

Should Gov. Rick Scott ultimately oppose Medicaid expansion, it would be a reversal of his previous position.

April 7, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, And The Fight To Fix Our Broken Healthcare System’

Just how broken is our healthcare system anyway? And can we do anything about it?

February 1, 2015

National Free Clinics Show Face Of American Health Care For Poor

By Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Piamela Seyum, 29, of Seattle, is No. 450 of those who wait patiently through the early hours of a weekday at Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms. When free medical care is advertised for everything from a root canal to on-site prescription eyeglasses to mammograms, lines form. She was […]

October 28, 2014

VA Audit Tracks Mental Health Care

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times DURHAM, N.C. — Andrew Danecki, a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, suffers from sleep apnea that left him nodding off on the sofa and behind the wheel of his car. He said he waited eight months to get a sleep study performed at the Durham VA […]

June 18, 2014

Obama ‘Madder Than Hell’ At Allegations Of Poor Care For Veterans

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times With pressure mounting over the Veterans Affairs scandal, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Barack Obama was “madder than hell” over allegations of inadequate medical care for veterans. Although McDonough voiced confidence in embattled VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s ability to resolve the matter, he […]

May 19, 2014

As Clinton Touts Record, Critics Dig For Achilles Heel

Washington (AFP) – She sounds increasingly like a presidential contender, but as Hillary Clinton mulls a run, Republicans are taking aim at her record in a bid to smother the momentum building around her prospective campaign. With critics dragging her into the political fray before she has announced 2016 plans, Team Clinton is pushing back […]

May 18, 2014

Employer Health Costs To Rise Nearly 9 Percent This Year, Survey Finds

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—Employer health care costs are expected to rise nearly 9 percent in 2014, a slight improvement over recent years, according to a new survey. However, that modest decline doesn’t offer much relief to companies and their employees, who are seeing health insurance costs take a bigger bite out of […]

May 15, 2014