Tag Archives: ObamaCare

When is government-run healthcare not government-run health care?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

"When it's supported by Republicans of course …" (04/26/17)


US Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill

Source: The Hill

"The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP's healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included. The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there was't enough Republican support to pass it. The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law. … Moderate Republicans are facing a difficult decision on the bill now that the Freedom Caucus has backed it, bringing the legislation close to the 216 House votes needed for passage." (04/26/17)


Beyond ObamaCare: The seven percent solution

Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Loren Lomasky

"ObamaCare is dead, long live — what? The House Republican plan achieved the rare feat of displeasing fellow conservatives almost as much as Democrats before dying stillborn. Does it follow, as numerous commentators have intoned, that ObamaCare ought to be retained? No, for it too is multiply flawed and has been rejected by citizens in most polls. So what is to be done? This isn’t a wonkish question about design but rather a plea for radical rethinking. America makes three demands on its healthcare system that, unfortunately, are jointly incompatible." (04/19/17)


Good news about the "Obamacare Replacement Act"

Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

"Senator Rand Paul’s 'Obamacare Replacement Act' (S. 222) is gaining traction. It has a new co-sponsor in the Senate — Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Even better … The bill has also been introduced in the House (H.R. 1072) by Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina, and it already has 7 Republican, co-sponsors …" (04/17/17)


Repealing ObamaCare is not enough

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

"One would think that repealing Obamacare would have been the first order of business for the Republican-controlled Congress once Trump was sworn in. After all, Republicans have spent the last seven years since Obamacare was passed denouncing the law, campaigning on promises to repeal it, airing more than $235 million in ads attacking the law, and staging more than 50 high-profile votes in the House to repeal it. It turns out that 'some GOP legislators are saying that the political assault on Obamacare was an exercise in cynical politics, and that an outright repeal was never on the table.'" (04/07/17)


Republicans learn to love single-payer health care

Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

"Who wants a Medicare-for-all system? A plurality of Republicans, apparently. A new Economist/YouGov survey shows 46 percent of the party in favor of 'expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American.' Just 38 percent are opposed. This comes on the heels of a January Pew poll where 30 percent of Republicans agreed that the government has a responsibility 'to make sure all Americans have health coverage.' That looked like a pretty high number at the time, but these new results make it seem small. If you were alert, you could see this sentiment building for a while. About a year ago, a Gallup poll suggested that 41 percent of the GOP liked the idea of replacing ObamaCare with federally funded universal health care. That number was probably inflated by people willing to endorse anything framed as an alternative to ObamaCare, but you can't say that about this year's results." (04/06/17)


White House presents new GOP health care plan to moderates, conservatives

Source: CBS News

"The White House has come up with a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters Monday night. Meadows said Vice President Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney met with the conservative House members Monday. Pence met with moderates earlier in the day. While Meadows said 'there is no deal, in principle,' he did refer to the proposal as 'a solid idea that was offered,' and said his caucus would evaluate its impact on premium costs. … The White House initiative on Capitol Hill comes just after another vocal opponent of the last Republican bill, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spent the weekend playing golf with President Trump and talking about health care." (04/04/17)


Alexander proposes temporary fix for ObamaCare

Source: USA Today

"With health care reform stalled, Sen. Lamar Alexander announced Wednesday he intends to file legislation that would provide temporary relief for millions of people who live in areas where there are no insurers selling policies on the federal health insurance marketplace. Alexander’s proposal would let people who get government subsidies to buy insurance use that money to purchase any state-approved plan on the private market if there is no insurer selling policies on the federal exchange, or marketplace, in their area. Right now, the subsidies can be used only to buy a policy on the exchanges, which were set up under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Alexander’s bill also would remove the tax penalty for failing to buy a policy if Americans who receive federal subsidies have zero options on the exchange. That fine can total as much as $2,000 for a family of four." (03/29/17)


ObamaCare repeal is dead — long live ObamaCare repeal

Source: The American Spectator
by Ross Kaminsky

"While President Trump has over the course of less than a week vacillated between 'I'm moving on' and 'a deal is near,' Republican congressmen are ignoring the White House. Mr. Trump has done all the cajoling and arm-twisting he needs to do. Most Republicans are already as motivated as they can be to repeal and replace Obamacare. At this point, more presidential involvement is not only unneeded, but would serve only to slow down the process. Despite President Trump's back-and-forth, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's depressing statement that the Obamacare 'status quo … (will) go forward, regretfully,' every House member I spoke with believes that an improved measure will come up for a vote in less than a month, perhaps in just one to two weeks." (03/29/17)


Comparing ObamaCare scams

Source: Independent Institute
by Gary M Galles

"Speaking on the Boston Herald's 'morning drive' radio show several days ago, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber called the Republicans' Obamacare 'repeal and replace' plan 'a scam.' That's an interesting accusation coming from one of the architects of Obamacare, who helped 'sell' the plan to the American people by misleading them. As British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with saying: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.' Gruber seems to have mastered all three, using his knowledge of economics to twist things so the less-well-informed would believe his lies. And he has repeatedly bragged about it." (03/27/17)