Tag Archives: ObamaCare

The real ObamaCare opposition

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Too many mainstream Republican congressmen lack the courage of their constituents’ convictions. They apparently do not really believe that a freed-up health care system and insurance market can work to the general good. At least, not in time for the next election." (06/23/17)


Saving money but costing lives

Source: Heartland Institute
by Peter Ferrara

"Buried deep within Obamacare is a provision that takes away health care from you and your doctors, by taking away payment for critical health care that may be needed to save your life. It is called The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The board will be independent of you, your doctors, your hospitals, Medicare, Congress, the judiciary, the democratic process, ultimately even the Constitution itself." (06/23/17)


Senate GOP unveils ObamaCare overhaul

Source: ABC News

"Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions. Four conservative GOP senators quickly announced initial opposition to the measure and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the measure through his chamber next week." (06/22/17)


The Senate GOP's new health care bill is just ObamaCare, but less of it

Source: Reason
by Peter Suderman

"When congressional Republicans began drafting health care legislation at the beginning of the year, critics worried that the result would not be the repeal and replace of Obamacare that the GOP had long promised. Instead, they warned, the Republican party was on track to produce something more aptly understood as 'Obamacare lite' — a watered down version of the law that is already in place. Partly this was for procedural reasons: Reconciliation, the budget maneuver which Republicans are relying on to pass a bill in the Senate with a simple majority vote, presents some procedural barriers to full repeal. But those worries also stemmed from long-simmering concerns that, despite having spent seven years campaigning on replacing the health care law, Republicans had developed no substantive health policy goals of their own." (06/22/17)


Repeal the ObamaCare taxes

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

"The American Health Care Act, the House bill intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), is frequently opposed on the grounds that it cuts taxes for the rich. This may seem like an odd criticism of a purported health-insurance reform, but we must understand that Obamacare can reasonably be viewed as a massive tax increase disguised as health-insurance reform. If that’s the case, then those who favor Obamacare would naturally dislike the repeal of its tax increases. One is reminded of Thomas Paine’s insight in Rights of Man: 'In reviewing the history of the English Government, its wars and its taxes, a bystander, not blinded by prejudice nor warped by interest, would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.' Likewise, perhaps taxes were not raised to carry on health-insurance reform, but rather health-insurance reform was raised to carry on taxes." (05/17/17)


US House passes ObamaCare repeal

Source: The Hill

"House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, taking a major step toward a long-held goal and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health system. The narrow 217-213 vote is a victory for GOP leaders, who faced a tumultuous path to getting the bill to the floor. The measure had to be pulled in March because of a lack of votes, but a series of deals since then brought on board the conservative Freedom Caucus and then wavering moderates. … The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, repeals the core elements of ObamaCare, including its subsidies to help people get insurance coverage, expansion of Medicaid, taxes and mandates for people to get coverage. In its place, the bill provides a new tax credit aimed at helping people buy insurance, though it would provide less help than ObamaCare to low-income people." (05/04/17)


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)