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Obamacare

Trump Isn’t Letting Obamacare Die; He’s Trying To Kill It

With Congressional efforts in limbo, the Trump Administration seems to be going a step further than “letting” Obamacare fail. Indeed, it has emphasized an alternative strategy: actively sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.

July 29, 2017
kimmel test

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel’s Radically Simple ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’

Lest anyone consider Kimmel too partisan, he then opened up a friendly dialogue via remote with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who said publicly that any health care bill should pass “the Jimmy Kimmel test,” meaning every child in America must be fully insured.

The comic naturally found that pleasing, but pressed Cassidy toward a broader and more democratic definition. And before the senator departed, Kimmel presented him with a new, improved, and much more radical “Jimmy Kimmel test” for American health care, plus an obvious way to pay for it.

May 9, 2017
Democrats

How Democrats Can Avoid Blowing Their Best Chance To Take The House In A Decade

Republican consultant Rick Wilson says Democrats can win in 2018, but only if they follow his advice: “Get on and stay on one message, don’t make it about all the other party-purity issues. ‘Obamacare wasn’t perfect but the GOP made it 1000x worse.’ The ads write themselves.”

May 8, 2017
Paul Ryan

#EndorseThis: A Closer Look At Paul Ryan, Hypocrite And Fraud

Seth Meyers asks why Paul Ryan — who complained so righteously about the process when Obamacare passed in 2009 — rammed through the Trumpcare bill with far less scrutiny and ceremony than the Democratic bill endured back then.

May 5, 2017
Danziger on pre-existing conditions

Danziger: First, Do Grave Harm

If Trump were a doctor, as Danziger well knows, he’d be cast out of the American Medical Association — which rejected his bill as dangerous to public health.

May 4, 2017
Danziger on health care

Danziger: It May Kill You First

Danziger is looking forward to the next iteration of the Republican replacement for Obamacare — although it can hardly be as much fun as the last one.

April 21, 2017
Trump voters

Dumb Bigots Vs. Typical Liberals: The High Cost Of Political Tribalism

Very broadly then, the center appears to be holding. And while I yield to no man in my visceral contempt for Donald J. Trump, I’ll be very surprised if Congress enacts his anti-community budget cuts. Trashing cartoon liberals is one thing; shutting down Meals on Wheels quite another. As for cartoon conservatives, Democrats should keep in mind that bringing back even five percent of Trump voters would constitute a revolution.

April 6, 2017
Colbert

#EndorseThis: Colbert Celebrates GOP Health Care Debacle With Animation And Much, Much More

Stephen Colbert kicks off his celebration of the American Health Care Act’s demise with a short animated portrayal of the Republicans’ legislative suicide, and continues with actual ads from right-wing organizations praising Republicans in Congress for what they had failed to do — which ran over the weekend, after the bill died.

March 28, 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
Trump promised repeatedly never to cut Medicaid

Trump Vowed Never To Cut Medicaid — Now Guess What He’s Trying To Do

In stump speeches and tweets during 2016, Donald Trump repeatedly promised never to cut Social Security, Medicare — or Medicaid. But the House Obamacare repeal bill he is pushing would slash Medicaid spending by hundreds of millions of dollars, experts on the left and right agree.

March 23, 2017
Democrats

GOP Extremists Delay Trumpcare Vote, Demanding Exclusion Of ‘Essential Benefits’

Instead of exhibiting political discipline or party unity, the arch right-wing House Freedom Caucus has demanded a series of increasingly draconian measures in the Trumpcare legislation to secure their votes — proving that they, not Speaker Ryan and certainly not Trump, control the process.

March 23, 2017

Is The Big Republican Attack On Our Health Care Doomed To Fail?

“Republicans are attempting to pass health care reform through the ‘reconciliation’ process, which means that both the House and Senate will pass their respective proposals. The differences between the two bills will then be ‘reconciled’ in joint committees of the two Chambers of Congress before a final bill is presented to the president.”

“This bill, however, has to be revenue neutral, meaning it cannot add to the budget deficit. However, the advantage of this approach is that only a simple majority is needed for budget legislation to pass in the Senate, where its fate is more uncertain.”

March 23, 2017
Obamacare, GOP

Dump The Myth That Obamacare Froze Out Republicans

It’s true. The Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote. Republicans repeatedly cite this fact as Obamacare’s original sin, a fatal flaw that justifies their efforts to dismantle the ACA. But let’s set that record straight. Obamacare was a bipartisan plan. It just didn’t get a bipartisan vote.

March 21, 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

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
Trumpcare

Inside The CBO’s Alarming Report On Trumpcare

Far from showing that the Republican plan would improve health care coverage, the 38-page CBO report predicts that 14 million fewer Americans would have health coverage by next year — a figure that would soar to 24 million by 2026.

March 14, 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
Trumpcare, Health Care, Republicans, Trump/Ryan, Middle Class, Safety Net, GOP

GOP Health Care Bill Recycles Tired Moralizing Of The Poor

The AHCA is rightly being derided as a cruddy facsimile of Obamacare that massively shifts wealth from the lowest income brackets to the highest. The rationales for foisting this botch on the not-so-well-to-do are grounded in that old conservative disposition to blame the poor for their poverty.

March 13, 2017
Sean Spicer, White House, Lies

White House Delegitimizes Anything That Gets In The Way Of Its Propaganda

The press. Government employees. Non-partisan government agencies helmed by Republicans. All of them are now being portrayed by the administration as unworthy of the public trust, because they put out information damaging to the president.

March 11, 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
Rand Paul, Obamacare

Here Are All The Groups Opposed To The Obamacare Replacement Plan

The long-promised GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is facing opposition from all sides, and a constellation of conservative and moderate Republicans have attacked the legislation, even though it has the support of President Donald Trump.

March 10, 2017