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  • Mitch “the Blocker” McConnell

    08/16/2017 8:51:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 8/16/17 | Jean Tierney
    ‘Repeal and Replace Obamacare’ never stood a chance of getting past Mitch "The Blocker" McConnell and is probably doomed this fall in spite of any further praiseworthy Trumpian efforts to help America's middle class escape a law which destroys our health and drains our bank accounts. After all, the Senate Majority Leader has some very close ties to special interest healthcare dollars. Add to that the fact that his wife, new US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao McConnell, “…received $50,000 in 2015 for a five-minute speech to the political wing of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, previously called a cult-like terrorist group" by the...
  • Beware the Obamacare-Industrial Complex

    08/15/2017 4:29:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    The danger of a Republican bailout of Obamacare is mounting with every passing day. Moderate Republicans calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus are quietly negotiating with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to throw a multibillion-dollar lifeline to the Obamacare insurance exchanges. This bailout, of course, would be an epic betrayal by the Republican Party, which has promised to repeal and replace the financially crumbling health law. Obamacare's apologists object to the term "bailout" for this rescue package. The left prefers the euphemism "stabilizing the insurance market." They claim this is merely a payment to low-income families to help...
  • Trump Targets McCain Over Health Vote

    08/15/2017 4:59:03 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 15, 2017
    President Donald Trump continued his attacks against individual Senate Republicans, criticizing Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and his pivotal health-care vote at a news conference Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York City.
  • NY Times: Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficit Skyward

    08/15/2017 1:51:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 15, 2017 | Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan
    Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade if President Trump carries out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies for the benefit of low-income people, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The subsidies reimburse insurers for reducing deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs that low-income people pay when they visit doctors, fill prescriptions or receive care in hospitals. Even before efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed in the Senate last month, Mr. Trump began...
  • McCain Favorability Up to 58% After Healthcare Vote

    08/14/2017 8:14:51 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 36 replies
    Gallup ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Story Highlights Favorability among Democrats up sharply, down among Republicans Highest McCain favorable rating since November 2008 Rare for politician's party base to be less positive than other party WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Arizona Sen. John McCain's favorable rating is 58% after he cast the vote that sank GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That is five points higher than McCain's previous reading from August 2015, with a surge in Democratic favorability more than making up for a decline among McCain's fellow Republicans.
  • Virginia's Largest Health Insurer Drops Out of Obamacare Individual Market For 2018

    08/11/2017 11:42:33 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/11/2017
    Just weeks before the 2018 Obamacare open enrollment period is set to begin, Virginia's largest health insurer has pulled of the individual marketplace. Anthem is leaving the system, citing overwhelming costs and unstable markets. More from Forbes: “Today, planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating Individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage,” Anthem said in a statement Friday afternoon. “As a result, the continued uncertainty makes it difficult...
  • SOCIALIZED MEDICINE KILLS

    08/11/2017 3:48:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    FPM ^ | August 8, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. As the health care debate goes on, Senator Bernie Sanders will toss in a socialized medicine bill. Bernie’s bill won’t be a realistic piece of legislation. The 1 percenter Socialist from Vermont has three successful bills to his name. Two of those involved renaming post offices. He was a marginal figure during the ObamaCare debate. The financials of the plan won’t work. But they never do. ObamaCare insurers are losing billions. Aetna pulled out after...
  • Jim Jordan pushing for House vote on clean repeal of Obamacare

    08/11/2017 3:14:00 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/11/2017 | Sally Persons
    Rep. Jim Jordan said Friday that he’s pushing a clean Obamacare repeal bill in the House in an end-run move around leadership. “It’s the same exact legislation we passed 18 months ago — we all voted for, the Senate voted for. We want to bring this to the floor. Our leadership won’t do that. So the only way to go around them is to start what’s called a discharge petition,” Mr. Jordan, Ohio Republican and a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said on Fox News. Mr. Jordan said he plans to begin gathering signatures for the petition Friday, and...
  • Repealing Obamacare is Key to Economic Recovery

    08/11/2017 12:03:48 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/17 | Scott Powell
    Comprehensive tax reform is nearly impossible with Obamacare in place For the last seven-plus years, Republicans ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare. It was a winning platform, demonstrated by their gaining seats in Congress in almost every election since Obama was elected in 2008—achieving a majority in the House in 2010, a majority in the Senate in 2014, and finally the White House in 2016. And with President Trump stating that he is anxious to sign a “repeal” or a “repeal and replace” bill into law, passage seemed like a sure thing. Yet so far the Senate has failed to...
  • Freedom Caucus seeks to force ObamaCare repeal vote

    08/11/2017 6:15:58 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8-11-17 | Peter Sullivan
    The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Friday is planning a move to try and force a vote on an ObamaCare repeal bill. A spokeswoman for the group said members plan to file a "discharge petition," which would force a vote on a repeal bill if it gets signatures from a majority of the House. The move is usually used to go around leadership and try to bring up a measure to the floor for a vote. The plan comes as the Freedom Caucus, and some other Republicans, are pushing to keep the repeal effort alive, despite the Senate's failed vote...
  • Trump officials confront new ObamaCare reality

    08/10/2017 6:50:33 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/10/2017 | Peter Sullivan
    The Trump administration is now confronted with the challenge of deciding how to oversee ObamaCare, a law it fiercely opposes but that is still on the books. With the Senate’s failure to repeal the healthcare law last month, the Trump administration now has pressing questions to answer about how it will manage a system that provides insurance to more than 10 million people. President Trump has threatened to cancel key ObamaCare payments to insurers as part of an effort to make the health law “implode.” But he is yet to follow through on that threat, leaving insurers in a state...
  • Who Put This Rabbit Hole Here?

    08/10/2017 5:21:22 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 9-10-2017 | MOTUS
    “I’m late, I’m late!” Today is Rabbit Hole Wednesday on Thursday, because I didn’t get it done yesterday. Today we examine the RQ Hypothesis: "Our new President, of course, has not been in this line of work before," said McConnell. "I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process." Adapt, Mitchy, adapt. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” Or you won’t be in this line...
  • Beware The ObamaCare Bailout

    08/10/2017 3:46:27 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/9/2017 | Staff
    Subsidizing Failure: For seven years Republicans have solemnly promised to abolish the financially crumbling ObamaCare law. But now that they have struck out, many in the GOP are working behind closed doors to bail out the very program they say they hate. If they moderate wing of the party prevails and rescues the ObamaCare entitlement, the law will be permanently enshrined into the federal budget only to eat up more tax dollars year after year. What is worse, the deal the Republican surrender caucus is negotiating does almost nothing to actually roll back ObamaCare, provide consumers with more choices, or...
  • 6.5 Million Americans Paid a Fine Rather than sign up for Obamacare Coverage

    08/09/2017 3:12:12 PM PDT · by CitizenBob · 58 replies
    Ballotpedia The Encyclopedia of American Politics ^ | August 9, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    The individual healthcare mandate requires every American to buy health insurance or pay a fine. In 2016, 6.5 million Americans chose to pay the fine rather than sign up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges... In addition to those who pay the fine rather than buy the mandated levels of insurance, 15 million people would drop their Obamacare coverage if it were legal to do so. This does not necessarily mean that these individuals want to go without insurance. Obamacare requires every insurance policy to cover a set of what it defines as Essential Health Benefits.[2] The more benefits that...
  • Ron Johnson suggests John McCain's brain cancer factored into no vote on 'skinny repeal'

    08/09/2017 11:51:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-9-17 | Melissa Quinn
    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, suggested Tuesday that Sen. John McCain's brain tumor, coupled with the timing of the healthcare vote in the Senate, may have played a role in McCain's vote against the bill to repeal provisions of Obamacare.
  • Collins, Murkowski: We Sunk Skinny Repeal to Protect Planned Parenthood

    08/09/2017 10:40:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8-9-17 | Cortney O'Brian
    Two of the Senators who singlehandedly derailed the skinny repeal of Obamacare were awarded a sit down interview with the admiring Dana Bash Friday on CNN.
  • Kayleigh McEnany: Major Legislative Victory Coming with RAISE Act and Tax Reform High Priorities

    08/08/2017 12:53:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/08/17 | John Hayward
    In her first interview since becoming the spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee (RNC), former CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany talked to Sirius XM host Alex Marlow on Breitbart News Daily on Tuesday, during which she stressed the importance of Republicans unifying behind President Trump’s agenda. Marlow pointed out that, unfortunately, most of the key items from Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign are stalled in Congress. He asked what the RNC can do to clear away these legislative jams.McEnany replied that disappointed Republican voters should “stay tuned.”“Tax reform is coming,” she promised. “A family making $55,000, you’re going to see close...
  • Uncertainty Pushes Major Insurer To Leave An Entire State's Exchange

    08/08/2017 10:10:10 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 22 replies
    Newsy ^ | 08/07/2017 | Jake Jones
    Anthem just announced it will back out of Nevada's Obamacare exchange for 2018. A major insurance provider just announced it will back out of Nevada's Obamacare exchange for 2018. Anthem said in a statement Monday it was leaving Nevada's exchange because "planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage." The company had previously backed out of 14 rural counties in the Silver...
  • Hacks, Breaches, and Government Ineptness

    06/16/2015 1:06:29 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 4 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 06/16/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    While the headlines over the past week have been swamped with coverage over the candidates bidding for the 2016 presidential election and a “trans-racial” NAACP leader lying about her race, critically important issues that are detrimental to our national security have gone virtually unnoticed. For instance, on Friday we learned that as many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees had their information compromised in an unprecedented attack by Chinese hackers. In a late Friday news dump, the Associated Press announced that the hackers stole, “Social Security numbers, military records and veterans’ status information, addresses, birth dates,...
  • Collins, Murkowski: We Sunk Skinny Repeal to Protect Planned Parenthood

    08/07/2017 3:42:14 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 79 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 7, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Two of the senators who singlehandedly derailed the skinny repeal of Obamacare were awarded a sit down interview with the admiring Dana Bash Friday on CNN. The bright faced journalist applauded Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) for having the “cajones” to vote against the Republican bill when they knew half the country would view them as heretics. Collins admitted it was an “uncomfortable” vote. But, they both insisted it was the right thing to do, which is why they did not fear backlash from GOP leadership, or even intimidating tweets from the Oval Office. Both women said...