GOP Senators Kill Dems Effort to Intervene in Obamacare Lawsuit

ㅤ"Senate Republicans on Wednesday killed a vote on a resolution that would have allowed Senate counsel to intervene in a federal court case that threatens to invalidate Obamacare."

Full story at Newsmax. Posted here on 12/19/18. See "obamacare."

Texas Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

ㅤ"Judge O’Connor acknowledged that health care is a ‘politically charged affair — inflaming emotions and testing civility.’
ㅤHowever, O’Connor added that the courts ‘are not tasked with, nor are they suited to, policymaking.’
ㅤO’Connor said that because the individual mandate is ‘essential’ to the rest of the ACA, all of Obamacare is invalid.’"

Full story at Breitbart. Posted here on 12/15/18. See "obamacare."

Obamacare premiums drop for first time

ㅤ"Average premiums for key Obamacare benchmark plans are set to drop for the first time in the program’s history, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday, challenging Democrats’ claims that the Trump administration had ‘sabotaged’ the law.
ㅤMr. Azar said insurers that will sell plans on the website next year requested rates that are 2 percent lower than this year for the benchmark policies.
ㅤAlthough the reduction is small, it marks the first time that the market has avoided big increases.
ㅤMr. Azar also said the number of insurers offering plans will increase next year for the first time since 2015.
ㅤ’Let me repeat that: Under President Trump, premiums are dropping and choices are returning,’ Mr. Azar said at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. ‘The President who was supposedly trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act has proven better at managing it than the President who wrote the law.’"

ㅤô¿ô …This is a lengthy article containing other important observations by Mr. Azar.

Full story at The Washington Times. Posted on 9/27/18. See "obamacare, premiums."

Trump Admin Makes It Easier to Avoid Obamacare Penalty

Pictured: Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

ㅤ"The Trump administration issued new guidance Wednesday that makes it easier for Americans to opt out of having health insurance this year and not be penalized via the individual mandate.
ㅤThe tax cuts law that was passed in December 2017 got rid of the individual mandate starting in 2019. For this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow people to claim a ‘hardship exemption’ on their 2018 tax returns and avoid paying the penalty for not having insurance — without having to provide documentation."

Full story at Newsmax, image from axios(.com). Posted on 9/13/18. See "seema verma, obamacare, conservative, politics."

NC's Blue Cross cutting 'Obamacare' prices despite changes


ㅤ"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said it proposed prices to state insurance regulators that could lower rates for next year’s Affordable Care Act policies by 4.1 percent on average."ㅤ

Full story at The Washington Times, image from alizaeshop(.com) – 7/31/18. See "north carolina, obamacare."ㅤHome

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WATCH: Trump Slams John McCain Action At Nashville Rally


ㅤ"The President said, ‘Then, of course, repeal and replace Obamacare. We had it done, folks. It was done. Then early in the morning, somebody turned their hand in the wrong direction. That cost our country a lot. That was a very, very terrible thing that happened that night.’
ㅤ’That was a very terrible thing that cost our country $1 trillion in entitlement saving that nobody would have known,’ he continued.
ㅤ’It would have given us a good health care plan, and that cost us a lot,’ the President recalled. ‘Nobody knew that was going to happen, because we had it done. Repeal and replace! And the person who voted that way not only talked repeal and replace! He campaigned on it!’"ㅤ

Full story and video at Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire, image from townhall(.com) – 5/30/18. See "john mccain, obamacare, repeal and replace."ㅤHome

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Obamacare Is Making Nat’l Healthcare Affordability Worse Than It Was


ㅤ"A primary argument made for passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or so-called ‘Obamacare’) was that only such an expansion of the federal role in healthcare could successfully slow the growth of national health costs and thereby avert fiscal disaster. During the first few years after the law’s enactment, many of its supporters contended it was already accomplishing this, which other analysts strongly disputed. But more recently a quiet consensus has overtaken the former controversy: thus far the ACA’s cost-containment mechanisms are failing, and the net effect of the law has been to make our national healthcare affordability problem worse than it was…"

Full story at CNS News, image from cnsnews(.com) – 5/10/18. See "aca, obamacare."ㅤHome

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Obamacare premiums spike feared after Democrats balk at GOP stabilization bill

Pictured: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

ㅤ”Congress failed to tamp down Obamacare premiums in last week’s spending bill, shifting the burden onto states, where governors and legislatures are facing growing pressure — but few good options — to bring down rates before companies finalize their 2019 prices.”

Full story at The Washington Times, image from marfeel(.com) – 3/27/18. Tags: aca, obamacare, individual mandate, conservative. 𑗉

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Obamacare insurer not concerned about loss of individual mandate

Pictured: Michael F. Neidorff

ㅤ”Michael F. Neidorff, CEO of Centene Corporation, said a majority of the company’s Obamacare insurance marketplace customers get tax subsidies. They are likely to still be customers because the cost of health insurance is either very low or free.”

Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from washingtonexaminer(.com) – 2/6/18.ㅤTags: obamacare, individual mandate.

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Aetna’s profits soar as company forecasts higher earnings due to GOP tax law


ㅤ”The result was in part because of higher yields in its commercial and government businesses, meaning partnerships like Medicare and Medicaid.
ㅤAetna significantly scaled back its participation in the Obamacare exchanges for 2017 and withdrew completely in 2018.
ㅤFor 2018, Aetna reported it expects to increase gross adjusted earnings by about $800 million in 2018 because of the Republican tax bill signed into law by President Trump, which lowers the corporate tax rate.”

ㅤô¿ô …This is HUGE. Pehaps Aetna will make a complete come back to the Obamacare exchanges. Maybe even lower premiums. Wow !!

Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from washingtonexaminer(.com) – 1/30/18.

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The Obamacare individual mandate is repealed. Here’s what’s next

ㅤ”Republicans have long charged that the CBO overestimates the number of people who would go without coverage if the mandate disappears. Some Republicans have said that the mandate has never been a key driver of enrollment, pointing to the poor financial performance of Obamacare insurers and rising prices over the past few years.
ㅤSen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said this month he believes the CBO ‘lost any credibility’ over insurance coverage numbers because the coverage estimates due to the mandate repeal were far off.”

Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from (aca, obamacare, mandate, repeal) – 1/14/18

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CBO to lower estimate of uninsured caused by repeal of Obamacare mandate

ㅤ”The Congressional Budget Office has found that the repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate, which requires people to have health insurance or pay a fine, will result in fewer people becoming uninsured than it had projected.”

ㅤô¿ô …Polls show that only 0.002% of Americans were surprised by this.

Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from (aca, obamacare) – 1/10/18.


Latest Obamacare Taxes Just Went Into Effect and Nobody Said A Word

ㅤ”The tax is levied on all health insurance providers that offer full coverage plans, which means consumers both on and off the Obamacare marketplace can expect some premiums increases as a result of HIT.”

Full story at The Daily Caller, image from (aca, health insurance, healthcare, insurance payments, insurance rates, obamacare, premiums, health insurance tax, hit) 1/3/18ㅤHome


Passing Tax Reform Offers Republicans Another Shot to Repeal Obamacare

ㅤPictured: Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)

ㅤ”Speaker Paul Ryan signaled that next year he wants to tackle entitlement reform, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that Republicans should move on from repealing Obamacare. Republicans will only have a one-seat majority in the Senate in 2018, which will make more contentious issues such as welfare reform and Obamacare repeal less politically viable, although some conservatives have argued that Republicans should focus on repealing Obamacare.
ㅤRep. Dave Brat, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, contended, ‘When I go back home, the No. 1 issue, by far, is still ObamaCare and major health-care reform that’s needed to bring these skyrocketing premiums to an end.'”

Full story at Breitbart, image from gettyimages(.com) • aca, congress, dave brat, freedom caucus, house, house republicans, mark meadows, meadows, obamacare, senate, senate republicans, senators, u.s. congress ㅤ Home

FACT CHECK: Did Obamacare Have A Record Number of Sign-Ups For 2018 Open Enrollment?

ㅤ”About 8.8 million people signed up for 2018 health coverage on during this year’s open enrollment period ending Dec. 15, compared to 9.2 million sign-ups for 2017 coverage and 9.6 million for 2016 coverage.”

ㅤô¿ô …Verdict: False.

Full story at Check Your Fact, image from homehealthcarenews(.com) • aca, obamacare, adam hodge ㅤ Home

2018: What’s Next for Obamacare

ㅤ”The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Obamacare mandated that Americans who forgo health insurance would have to pay $695 or 2.5 percent of their income, whichever is larger. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) found that 80 percent of those who pay the Obamacare mandate fine make less than $50,000 a year, making the mandate’s repeal a huge middle-class tax cut.”

Full story at Breitbart, image from breitbart(.com) • aca, jobs, labor force, middle class, middle income, obamacare, tax cuts, tax rates, tax reform, taxes, workforce, working class, mandate, medicaid ㅤ Home

Trump: GOP tax bill essentially repeals ObamaCare

ㅤ”‘When the individual mandate is being repealed, that means ObamaCare is being repealed,’ the President said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. ‘We have essentially repealed ObamaCare and we will come up with something much better.'”

ㅤô¿ô …Repeal of the mandate should not have significant effect. Obama’s IRS was not enforcing the mandate. Obamacare has deeper problems that still must be addressed.

Full story at The Hill, image from homehealthcarenews(.com) • aca, donald trump, obamacare, potus, president, trump, individual mandate ㅤ Home

Healthcare remains the top priority for both Republicans and Democrats: Poll

ㅤô¿ô …Here are Americans’ major priorities… Republicans: ACA repeal 40%; ACA fix 33%; illegal immigration 38%; lower taxes 35%. Democrats: renewing CHIP 48%; gun control 47%; Puerto Rico relief 43%; low drug prices 35%. Russia collusion doesn’t even get an honorable mention.
ㅤWhen election day draws near, the economy is always the most important issue for all Americans. Repubs are focused on the economy. Dems are apparently ignoring the economy, proving once again that Dems are in full flight from reality.

Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from washingtonexaminer(.com) • health insurance, healthcare, obamacare, immigration, taxes, chip, gun laws, drug prices, puerto rico ㅤ Home

Mitch McConnell is confident the Senate will pass tax reform either late tonight or early tomorrow

ㅤ”‘We are on the cusp of a great victory for the country and particularly small business,’ Mitch McConnell said at an event featuring small business owners praising the GOP tax plan.”

Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from washingtonexaminer(.com) • aca, obamacare, senate, senate republicans, tax cuts, tax rates, tax reform, taxes, u.s. congress

McConnell: Senate tax bill will include repeal of ObamaCare mandate

ㅤPictured: Tom Cotton (Ark.)

ㅤ”It will raise an estimated $300 billion to $400 billion over the next year that could be used to pay for lowering individual and business tax rates even further.”

ㅤô¿ô …No…Cotton is not Nancy Pelosi’s grandson.

Full story at The Hill, image from amazonaws(.com) • aca, obamacare, tax cuts, tax rates, tax reform, taxes, john thune, ted cruz, rand paul, tom cotton, conservative, politics

Susan Collins points to elections as evidence of need to fix Obamacare

ㅤô¿ô …Collins has been right all along. Hopefully the President and the GOP are admitting their mistake. As the saying goes, once an entitlement is in place, it can’t be terminated.

Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from washingtonexaminer(.com) • aca, health insurance, healthcare, medicaid, obamacare, susan collins, conservative, politics