Tag Archives: Health care

The politics of cowardice

Thanks to the wizardly Mitch McConnell and his aides, the Affordable Care Act is set to transform into a bill authorizing tax cuts for millionaires and the vaporizing of Medicaid, the dream of the Ayn Rand-ites since 1964. Before readers … Continue reading

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Ossoff v. Handel

Although a local poll shows a tied race between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handle in the Georgia Sixth election, a win for the Republican Handel wouldn’t surprise me. If Ossoff loses, I hope its effect is exfoliating: it should demoralize … Continue reading

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Expect no help from the health insurance industry

If Senate Democrats are waking up the imminent reality of the Affordable Care Act’s repeal, they may not find allies in the health industry, Dylan Scott reports: It’s a deliberate strategy, interviews with nearly 20 lobbyists and other experts suggest. … Continue reading

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Smoking and the poor

Fewer adults smoke than ever — fifteen percent, according to polls. In a stark example of the income gap, the poor smoke more than the rich. “Cigarette companies are focusing their marketing on lower socioeconomic communities to retain their customer … Continue reading

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It’s time to call your senators

No fool, Mitch McConnell, I suspect, is using the Russia hearings to pass the Senate’s version of the House bill to limit the number of the poor who can get health are, i.e. the health care version of stripping names … Continue reading

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Yes, Australia’s health care system is terrific

I heard our president’s comments as they were reported on Chris Hayes’ show last night, aghast: Seconds after praising his party’s efforts to pass a new health-care bill that estimates said would leave millions uninsured, President Trump praised Australia’s government-funded … Continue reading

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ACA appeal and legalized euthanasia

For those wondering how South Florida’s GOP delegation voted on this bill that will kill people: Miami Republican Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart voted Thursday for the American Health Care Act, the House GOP’s controversial proposal to replace the … Continue reading

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The moment of truth for health care

I’ve got friends with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis who will die because states will feel pressure not to accept federal subsidies for waiving cost protections for people with preexisting conditions. In other words, states will get rewarded for not covering … Continue reading

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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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