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 citizens. I’m certain the bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Act will stumble whenContinue reading “The moment of truth for 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 is not much support among them for the ideas at the core of the concreteContinue reading “Obamacare’s strange new afterbirth”

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 for not supporting the Trump-Ryan destruction of the Affordable Care Act. Many members of theContinue reading “Testing the possibilities of liberal activism”

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 changed: That idea, he said, would allow states to apply for federal waivers exempting themContinue reading “Health care reform lives!”

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 (R-N.J.), attended meetings at the White House and praised Trump’s style, saying the president clearlyContinue reading “The fart of the dealer”

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 – Hospitalization – Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care – Mental health and substance use disorder services,Continue reading “The limits of Trump’s personal pique”

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 case of the former unearned help for people who can’t pay for their senescence andContinue reading “Watch out, Medicare and Medicaid — they’re coming for you”

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 of the American Health Care Act describes, in dry budgetary language, a social catastrophe. TheContinue reading “Letting people die, etc”

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, executive director of Community Action Provo, a food bank and social-service nonprofit. Jose Valdivia, 61,Continue reading “Redefining folly, a cell phone at a time”

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, job losses due to cuts in Medicaid spending would be greatest in those expansion states.Continue reading “The politics of Obamacare repeal”

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 to take it up Friday. Senators began voting on 19 amendments to the resolution aboutContinue reading “The first blow against the Affordable Care Act”