Tag Archives: Health care

Obamacare’s strange new afterbirth

Sixty-one percent of Americans favor keeping and improving the Affordable Care Act, while only thirty-seven percent favor repealing and replacing it, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll: While Trump voters do overwhelmingly favor repeal-and-replace in the abstract, there … Continue reading

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Testing the possibilities of liberal activism

Two districts, one story: Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado, one of the few GOP legislators in a district won by Hillary Clinton, assailed by moderates for not vehemently opposing the Trump-Ryan agenda; and Ted Yolo of Florida, assailed by constituents … Continue reading

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Health care reform lives!

Eager to demonstrate that he’s ready to advance a conservative agenda should events force him to replace Donald Trump, Mike Pence has reportedly met with House Freedom Caucus members to discuss a new health care bill. Fortunately not much has … Continue reading

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The fart of the dealer

The master negotiator: It was not only the Freedom Caucus creating problems for Trump. A group of more moderate Republicans, known as the Tuesday Group, stood opposed to the bill, despite the president’s pleadings. One such member, Rep. Leonard Lance … Continue reading

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The limits of Trump’s personal pique

VOX lists what emerged from the final draft of yesterday’s farrago, or, rather what the House Freedom Caucus wanted stricken from the final bill: – Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services – Emergency services – … Continue reading

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Watch out, Medicare and Medicaid — they’re coming for you

When Reagansaurus roamed the North American continent, he was clear about distinguishing between keeping Social Security and eliminating what he said were the “excesses” of the Great Society. He meant Medicare and Medicaid, which for the GOP represent in the … Continue reading

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Letting people die, etc

Socialism for the rich, free enterprise for the poor — the late Gore Vidal used this phrase during the Reagan era to describe the redistribution of wealth. Well, here we go, according to Jonathan Chait: The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis … Continue reading

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Redefining folly, a cell phone at a time

I can believe Jason Chaffetz had no clue to whom he was referring when last week he reasoned that the sick would have to choose between health insurance and a cell phone. “A cellphone is a lifeline,” said Myla Dutton, … Continue reading

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The politics of Obamacare repeal

Good morning! We’ve got delicious developments on the GOP front to kill the old and sick. First, a study by the Economic Policy Institute concludes that repealing the Affordable Care Act will also kill more than a million jobs: Generally, … Continue reading

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The death spiral for Obamacare beneficiaries

If the Affordable Care Act is responsible for your health care or health cars savings, chances are you live in a state won by Donald Trump.

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The first blow against the Affordable Care Act

People will die as a result of this garbage: Senators voted 51-48 to approve a budget resolution that Republicans will use as a vehicle to speed through repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. House leaders plan … Continue reading

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On Paul Ryan’s health care death march

Some updates on the efforts to keep repeal of the Affordable Care Act as quietly as possible so that House Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t reveal his cowardice: Ryan and his allies envision a quick, surgical strike on Obamacare soon after … Continue reading

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