Tag Archives: ObamaCare

How the GOP tax bill bails out ObamaCare

Eric Schuler

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“The GOP Tax Bill has been passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, proving that Republicans are indeed capable of passing more than month-long spending extensions (if only just). The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes several big changes to the US tax code–some good, others less so. The bill also has major implications for the US healthcare system because it repeals the individual mandate of Obamacare. In the short-run, this repeal will provide limited tax relief for healthy individuals that would prefer to go without health insurance. Unfortunately, it will make things much worse for sicker Americans and give a political bailout to Democrats who want to blame Republicans for Obamacare’s failures. Up until now, the claim that the GOP is destroying Obamacare has been largely fictional. Obamacare has been collapsing based on its own flaws. But by repealing the individual mandate, the GOP has volunteered itself as a scapegoat, and the repercussions do not bode well for liberty or for healthcare.” (12/28/17)


The ObamaCare mandate is a tax, so the Senate bill is correct

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The Washington Post is outraged. The New York Times even more so. Commentators are going nuts. ‘Using a tax bill to abolish the individual mandate amounts to a backdoor way of sabotaging Obamacare,’ writes John Cassidy. ‘Republicans, and Donald Trump, have counted on that (as well as your limited outrage bandwidth) in slipping an Affordable Care Act mandate repeal inside their insidious tax bill,’ writes Bridget Read. All this howling is due to how the GOP-controlled Senate used a tax bill to repeal a health bill. The implication is that this is something shady and duplicitous, like an exercise in false pretense. Actually, there is absolutely nothing shady about the repeal of the Obamacare mandate. There is no back door here. No bait and switch. Obamacare’s much-despised individual mandate is, in fact, a tax. It is properly dealt with in a tax bill. Don’t take my word for it. This is precisely what the Supreme Court itself ruled in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012).” (12/02/17)


GOP targets ObamaCare mandate in tax bill

Source: The Hill

“Senate Republicans are including the repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate in their tax-reform bill, a risky play that meets President Trump’s demands but could cost the measure support from centrists. Repealing the mandate gives Republicans more money to offset the cost of tax cuts, and would fulfill a long-standing GOP promise to eliminate a core part of former President Obama’s health-care law. Republicans can afford only two defections in the Senate and pass the tax bill if all Democrats oppose it, but Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) expressed confidence that Republicans have the votes after a count. At the same time, Republicans acknowledged after a conference lunch that the decision to add the mandate’s repeal to the tax bill was not unanimous, suggesting uncertainty that the GOP has 52 votes.” (11/14/17)


IRS’s Koskinen to enforce ObamaCare’s employer mandate during final days

Source: Fox News

“IRS commissioner John Koskinen’s last day on the job is Thursday, but he appears to have decided to bestow one final gift on the business community on his way out. This year, the IRS will strictly enforce the ObamaCare employer mandate for the first time since its inception, the agency confirmed to The Wall Street Journal Opens a New Window. on Tuesday, suddenly handing out penalties to companies with 50 employees or more that fail to provide affordable insurance to full-time employees and dependents. The letters also date back to 2015, which mean companies could be on the hook for years’ worth of financial consequences. The IRS was supposed to begin enforcing the mandate in 2014, but instead issued the guidance last week. The move comes months after Republicans failed to pass multiple bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and the highly unpopular employer requirement. The IRS did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment.” [editor’s notes: I wonder how many have been just ignoring this – SAT] (11/08/17)


Judge rejects request to force ObamaCare subsidy payments

Source: CNN

“A federal judge in California denied a request to force the Trump administration to continue to make cost-sharing subsidy payments aimed at helping lower-income individuals afford health care costs under Obamacare. The order is a loss for 18 states and the District of Columbia, which had sought a temporary restraining order against the administration. The White House said earlier this month that it would immediately stop funding the cost-sharing subsidies that reimburse insurers for reducing the deductibles and co-pays of lower-income Obamacare enrollees.” (10/25/17)


Schumer says all 48 Senate Democrats are on board with healthcare deal

Source: NBC News

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday morning that ‘all 48 Democrats’ in the Senate are on board with the health care deal negotiated between Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash. … After numerous attempts at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act failed to pass Congress, the two leaders of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Alexander and Sen. Murray, started creating an outline for legislation that’s aimed at stabilizing the health insurance markets. … Alexander announced 12 Republican co-sponsors to the bill this week, and McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, told CNN on Sunday that he would allow votes on the legislation if he felt President Trump was behind it.” (10/23/17)


Trump signs executive order on healthcare

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine ‘Obamacare,’ the program he’s promised to kill. ‘With these actions, we are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health care market,’ Trump said before signing his directive in the Oval Office. Trump said he will continue to pressure Congress to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Some experts said the White House plan could undermine coverage on the ACA’s insurance marketplaces, particularly for people with health problems. That would happen if healthy people flock to lower-cost plans with limited benefits.” (10/12/17)


Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate

Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge [sic]. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.” [editor’s note: It’s not “free of charge” — someone’s paying for it. And no one should be forced to pay for it (or for anything else) for anyone else – TLK] (10/06/17)


Facing defeat, McConnell pulls Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill from vote

Source: Newsday

“The latest version of the Obamacare repeal bill was pulled from a vote Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the face of certain defeat after at least three Republican senators announced they would vote against it. The collapse of the last-gasp effort by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) served up another setback to McConnell and President Donald Trump, one likely to frustrate supporters expecting them to fulfill their promise to end the Affordable Care Act. McConnell said the Senate would now move on to a federal income tax overhaul, whose principles and outline will be announced Wednesday by Trump, and a federal spending bill for the rest of the fiscal year after the current temporary funding runs out in December. But Graham and Cassidy said they’re not done yet.” (09/26/17)


New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum

Source: The Hill

“A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month. Supporters do not appear to have the 51 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states. … A significant factor giving the measure new momentum is a fast-approaching Sept. 30 deadline. At the end of the month, Republicans will not be able to use rules known as ‘budget reconciliation’ to bypass a Democratic filibuster [sic] in the Senate. If the measure can be filibustered [sic], it has no chances of passing the Senate.” (09/18/17)