Tag Archives: ObamaCare

Insurers cite uncertainty in filing ObamaCare rate hikes

Source: The Hill

“Insurers’ requests for premium increases in 2018 varied widely amid uncertainty surrounding how the Trump administration will implement ObamaCare, a new analysis finds. The Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed initial premium requests from 21 major cities, and found the rate requests ran the gamut from a 5 percent decrease in Providence, R.I., to a 49 percent increase in Wilmington, Del. Some areas saw more modest increases or virtually no change. … The insurance plans took different approaches to crafting their rate requests. Some factored in the uncertain environment. Some states asked insurers to file two sets of rates, with the second including a big increase if the federal government discontinued critical payments to insurance companies.” (08/10/17)


Why ObamaCare repeal failed

Source: Mises Canada
by Taylor Lewis

“Republicans lost, big league. On the one solid promise they’ve repeated ad nauseam for seven years and running, the party of Reagan came up short. The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is here to stay. Congressional Republicans, despite a million vows to the contrary, failed to repeal it. Disagreement within the ranks proved too much; members couldn’t find a way to reconcile their rhetoric with practice.” (08/02/17)


ObamaCare reform and paternalism’s pratfalls

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to issue an executive order to reduce the regulatory burden of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare has been intensely controversial since it was enacted in 2010. The battle over its reform or replacement will very likely continue for most of this year, if not most of Trump’s term in office. It remains to be seen how much effort the Trump administration will make to repeal, replace, or reform Obamacare.” (08/01/17)


US Senate rejects full Obamacare repeal without replacement

Source: CNN

“The Senate rejected a proposal from Republican lawmakers to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, marking a significant milestone in the Republican Party’s years-long political crusade to gut former President Barack Obama’s legacy health care law. The vote was 45-55, with seven Republicans opposing the measure. The failed effort was a remarkable contrast from less than two years ago, when a Republican-controlled House and Senate passed an identical measure and sent it to Obama. He vetoed the bill.” (07/26/17)


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)