Tag Archives: ObamaCare

New York: Schneiderman threatens frivolous lawsuit over ObamaCare repeal

Source: Reuters

"New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman intends to sue the federal government if Republican lawmakers pass proposed legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, his office said on Monday. Schneiderman's office said it has identified 'multiple constitutional defects' with the Republican healthcare bills. The U.S. Senate is considering legislation to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, commonly known as Obamacare. However, eight to 10 Republican U.S. senators have serious concerns about the proposals, moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, who opposes the bill, said on Sunday." (07/17/17)


The failure to repeal ObamaCare is an intellectual failure

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

"Absolutely amazing. Even tragic. The Republicans railed against the proven failure that is Obamacare for years and voted at least half a dozen times to repeal it. It was the most important issue of the entire 2016 election. Then the GOP gained control — House, Senate, Presidency — and what happened? So far, nothing. There is no agreement on what a replacement should look like. It is entirely possible that four years from now, nothing important will have changed. Who or what is at fault? People blame partisanship, special interests, public opinion, plots, bad leadership, annoying lobbyists, feckless careerism, the Democrats, the moderates, the conservatives, the CBO, the insufferable media, and Trump’s notorious lack of interest in the details of the legislative process. But really there is only one underlying source of failure: the failure to understand." (07/15/17)


ObamaCare Express: How "gun to the head" turned into runaway locomotive

Source: The American Spectator
by Andrew B Wilson

"As originally written, Obamacare would have forced every state to expand eligibility under Medicaid to able-bodied people making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level … or face the loss of all federal matching funds (with the federal government historically putting up about $3 for every $2 coming from the states), including federal funds supporting more than 50 million pre-ACA Medicaid enrollees. While upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in a broad sense, the Supreme Court struck down this part of the law. 'The financial inducement Congress has chosen is much more than relatively mild encouragement,' Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. 'It is a gun to the head.' The administration then countered by offering to pick up not just 60 percent of the cost of expanding the program, but 100 percent through the first three years (2014, 2015, and 2016), and no less than 90 percent for every year after that." (07/14/17)


Conservative follies on ObamaCare

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Let’s remind ourselves of the central feature of Obamacare: coercion. Under former President Obama’s program, the federal government orders Americans to purchase healthcare insurance. If they fail or refuse to do so, government officials punish them. How can such a mandate possibly be reconciled with the principles of a genuinely free society? It can’t be." (07/12/17)


How states can help bring down ObamaCare

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

"States can and should help end Obamacare whether Congress does its job, or not. Will Republicans in Congress actually send Pres. Trump a bill to repeal Obamacare? At this point, it seems highly unlikely. The changes to the ACA proposed by the U.S. House and Senate keep the basic the framework of Obamacare in place. It’s not even repeal and replace. It’s more like tinker around the edges and keep it in place. So far, the Republican-controlled Congress hasn’t shown any signs of being able to get even these modest 'reforms' passed. In light of Congress’[s] apparent ineptitude, it’s important to note states can take action right now that will set the stage to bring the Affordable Care Act down, no matter what Congress does." (07/10/17)


The uninspiring Medicaid debate

Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

"If you want a quick guide to what is wrong with the debate over repealing and replacing Obamacare, just look to the ongoing fight over Medicaid. Democrats have dug in over any change to the current program, solemnly declaring that changing so much as a comma or semicolon in the ACA’s expansion of the program would immediately sentence millions of children to death. Meanwhile, Republicans, having been thoroughly cowed, are debating how best to pretend that they reformed Medicaid without actually reforming it. Not exactly inspiring. Still, in a debate almost completely dominated by politics and public relations rather than good policy, it might be worth keeping a few small facts in mind." (07/05/17)


GOP: ObamaCare today, ObamaCare tomorrow, ObamaCare forever.

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

"As the Senate continues working on on ObamaCare retention bill — details of which should be released by the close of business today — some Republican Senators are actually pushing for retention of some of ObamaCare's tax increases. Meanwhile, Republican leadership is using the 'savings' from their health care bill to cut deals with reluctant Senators … didn't the Democrats do that in 2010 to pass ObamaCare, and didn't the Republicans criticize them for it?" (06/30/17)


Are the ObamaCare repeal tax cuts just giveaways to the rich?

Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey Miron

"In the debate over the repeal of Obamacare, much opposition has focused on the suggestion that the Republicans’ proposed cuts in subsidies and coverage aim to fund big tax cuts for high-income taxpayers. The House and Senate health care bills adjust or repeal many Obamacare taxes, but the main ones being castigated as 'handouts to the rich' are the elimination of the 3.8% Affordable Care Act (ACA) hike in the tax rate on investment income and the 0.9% increase in the Medicare tax on wage and salary income for high-income earners (over $200,000 for an individual or $250,000 for a family). The Tax Policy Center has estimated that, by 2026, people who earn $5 million or more would, on average, see their taxes cut by almost $250,000. This criticism of the Republican bills is understandable but wrongheaded." (06/28/17)


Facing GOP opposition, US Senate leaders postpone vote to overhaul ObamaCare

Source: Washington Post

"Facing a rebellion within their own ranks, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act until after the July 4 recess. The delay, which came after five Senate Republicans said they could not support a move to bring up the bill this week in the wake of a new budget analysis of its impacts, means that lawmakers will be exposed to a barrage of lobbying in their home states in the coming days. The current proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which would make deep cuts to the Medicaid program while rolling back many of the existing law’s insurance mandates and tax increases, has come under attack from both the left and right." (06/27/17)


White House hammers CBO for health bill score

Source: The Hill

"The White House slammed the Congressional Budget Office after its analysis showed the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured over the next decade. 'The CBO has consistently proven it cannot accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage,' the White House said in a statement on Monday evening. 'This history of inaccuracy, as demonstrated by its flawed report on coverage, premiums, and predicted deficit arising out of Obamacare, reminds us that its analysis must not be trusted blindly.' President Trump’s team is questioning the credibility of the non-partisan budget office in order to stanch the political fallout from the score. The numbers have created a hurdle for GOP leaders, who are hoping to hold a vote on the ObamaCare overhaul this week, before senators leave for July 4 recess." (06/26/17)