Much Afoot in Healthcare Land

Much Afoot in Healthcare Land

The fight over Obamacare is not over. That said, the failed or stalled GOP proposals would have continued massive redistribution of worker’s wages to health plans—corporate socialized medicine—and not repealed the ACA.

Republicans Should Tell the Truth

Republicans Should Tell the Truth

It’s not true. All claims about “repealing” the Affordable Care Act play loosey-goosey with the term “repeal” and they know it. None of the votes so far have been on a real repeal bill. This week, Senate Republicans wanted a political win, but they were not planning to repeal the ACA.

Will Congress “Milk” the Middle Class?

Will Congress “Milk” the Middle Class?

Republicans want to “stabilize” the Affordable Care Act. That means they want to save it. The entire trajectory is away from repeal and toward a “fix.”

Will President Trump Rob Peter?

Will President Trump Rob Peter?

Health plans are fear-mongering. They’re threatening to hike insurance premiums unless President Trump pays subsidies that even the Democrats refused to fund. Now the Congressional Budget Office piles on, agreeing that premiums will increase if Trump refuses to pay the ACA cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to health plans.

The “Skinny Appeasement” Bill

The “Skinny Appeasement” Bill

Last week, the Republicans failed to pass the “skinny repeal” bill. Was that bad or was that good? And what now? See the end of this message for a time-sensitive ACTION ITEM

Real Repeal or #FakeRepeal?

Real Repeal or #FakeRepeal?

Thankfully, the GOP Senate “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA, “bic-rah”) vote is delayed. Last week, we were in Washington, D.C. asking members and staffers in 20 offices, including the offices of Speaker Paul Ryan and Iowa Rep. Steve King (see photo), to do a REAL REPEAL

Will Senate Bill be a Win or a Loss?

Will Senate Bill be a Win or a Loss?

“We aren’t stupid” two Senate aides told Axios. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not even letting other senators see the GOP Senate’s “repeal and replace” Obamacare bill. They plan to submit it to the Congressional Budget Office before making it public.. The vote may happen before or just after the July 4 recess. Despite the bill being a secret, one reporter claims moderates are winning and conservatives are losing.

Refreshingly Frank on Obamacare

Refreshingly Frank on Obamacare

It was a refreshingly frank interview. The Washington Post interviewed U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) after he resigned — ironically on Tuesday, May 23 — as co-chair of the Tuesday Group in a flare-up over Obamacare.

ALERT: Congress Approves National Patient ID

ALERT: Congress Approves National Patient ID

Friday, May 5, 2017 was not a good day. Trump signed into law a ‘National Patient ID’ law (2017 Appropriations, H.R. 244, Public Law 115-31) enacted by Congress. Federal funds are now available to develop a “patient-matching strategy”. 

Obamacare Debate Mixes Apples and Oranges

Obamacare Debate Mixes Apples and Oranges

The Beltway is abuzz. Pundits say the GOP ‘replace Obamacare’ bill will harm people with pre-existing conditions. However, the Obamacare ban on pre-existing condition exclusions -- called ‘guaranteed issue’ – is the cause of harm experienced by millions of Americans.