Tag Archives: ObamaCare

TrumpCare: Bad policy, even worse politics

Eric Schuler

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

"There are many policy areas where the politicians that support bad policies will suffer no political repercussions for the harm caused. These are areas where the relationship between cause and effect is sufficiently complicated or indirect that the average won't really understand why the negative outcome occurred. Indeed, in many cases, supporting bad policies is actually an excellent strategy politically. But healthcare is not one of those cases. It has too high of a profile at this point for failure to go unnoticed. Additionally, the failure is readily identifiable by regular voters in the form of higher premiums, fewer choices, etc. So if TrumpCare passes and then subsequently fails, there will be little doubt who's responsible." (03/23/17)


The logic-defying CBO ObamaCare replacement score breaks its own rules, among other problems

Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

"Dr. Tom Price, the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, has said the Congressional Budget Office's recent 'score' of the Republican Obamacare replacement bill defies logic. Even worse, it defies the very rules which govern the CBO. The CBO's Analysis Is Static. The 2016 Budget Resolution agreed to by both the House and Senate in May 2015 directed the CBO to do so-called dynamic scoring of major legislation. Dynamic scoring includes proposed laws' macroeconomic effects. It is especially important when new laws cut taxes, as the American Health Care Act would do. Old fashioned, static analysis does not result in accurate estimates." [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (03/23/17)


Defying Trump, US House's Freedom Caucus says they'll oppose RyanCare

Source: The Hill

"The conservative House Freedom Caucus said it remains opposed to the House GOP's ObamaCare replacement legislation Wednesday despite pressure from President Trump. Speaking to reporters outside a Freedom Caucus meeting after a White House meeting, the group called on leaders to start over on ObamaCare, saying the replacement bill does not have the votes to pass Thursday. … A spokesman for the Freedom Caucus separately tweeted that more than 25 members remained opposed to the bill. House GOP leaders can only afford about 22 defections, given expected absences from the vote. 'Nothing has changed,' said Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), adding 'there was nothing new' from the White House meeting." (03/22/17)


ObamaCare repeal vs. reality

Source: Heartland Institute
by Jane M Orient, M.D.

"Most proponents of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) concede that the Act is 'not perfect.' But there is 'political reality' to consider — what can make it through the congressional sausage-making machine? Already Congress is telling us the most important consideration for them: staying in power. The 2018 election will be a 'bloodbath' for Republicans if AHCA is not passed — or else if it is passed. The outcome of the midterms supposedly depends on how unhappy the American people are. But the political reality is that the happiness of the donor class is far more important. Most of the donor class resides in the Swamp. Perhaps the best thing to say about AHCA is that it has the right enemies: the AMA, big hospitals, and some big insurers (who all favor ACA)." (03/21/17)


RyanCare is worse than ObamaCare

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Nathan Keeble

"After 7 years, Republicans finally have the chance to fulfill their promise of repealing Obamacare. With Republicans in control of all 3 branches of the federal government, the only thing standing in their way is themselves, apparently a formidable foe. Titled The American Health Care Act, the Republican establishment unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and it was quickly met with controversy among members of their own party. … Senator Rand Paul has chosen to refer to the AHCA as Obamacare-lite. It's an apt name, as the bill keeps in place the majority of the Obamacare, namely the supposedly popular provisions." (03/22/17)


Why were Republicans willing to repeal ObamaCare last year, but not now?

Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

"The Republicans won in 2016 largely due to their repeated promises to repeal Obamacare. They passed bills to repeal Obamacare 50+ times, including in 2016, only to have President Obama veto them. S. 554 is the exact same bill the Republicans passed in 2016! If the Republicans were willing to pass it then, they should be even more willing to pass it now, when they actually have the power to cause the change their constituency craves." (03/21/17)


Republicans change health care bill in search for votes

Source: CNN

"House Republican leaders released a package of amendments Monday evening to modify the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare — the culmination of days of negotiations and closed-door meetings to win over critics and skeptics of the proposal. The amendments mark efforts by GOP leaders and the White House to appease both conservatives and moderates who have expressed reservations about the bill. As of Monday, senior Republicans were continuing to whip the GOP conference to ensure that they will have the 216 votes necessary to pass the bill out of the House on Thursday." (03/20/17)


ObamaCare Repeal or ObamaCare 2.0?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

"This Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote on a Republican bill that supposedly repeals Obamacare. However, the bill retains Obamacare's most destructive features. That is not to say this legislation is entirely without merit. For example, the bill expands the amount individuals can contribute to a health savings account (HSA). HSAs allow individuals to save money tax-free to pay for routine medical expenses. By restoring individuals' control over healthcare dollars, HSAs remove the distortions introduced in the healthcare market by government policies encouraging over-reliance on third-party payers. … Unfortunately the bill's positive aspects are more than outweighed by its failure to repeal Obamacare's regulations and price controls." (03/20/17)


What my patients want to know about ObamaCare's replacement

Source: Fox News
by Dr. Marc Siegel

"Here's what my patients want to know: If I get sick, will someone take care of me, and will I get better? If I have health insurance, will it get me the tests and treatment I need? If I pay a high premium, can it go toward lowering my deductible? If I choose a high deductible, will my premiums be lower? If I have pneumonia, will I have to wait to see my doctor behind someone who has a cold? Will I have coverage but not access to the health care I need? ObamaCare has failed on all fronts." (03/16/17)



Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

"Republicans don't believe in the free market when it comes to health care. Although they talk about their desire for a smaller, less-intrusive government with fewer regulations and the glories of the free market, they believe nothing of the kind when it comes to the subject of medicine. They differ from Democrats only on the details of the federal laws, rules, regulations, and mandates regarding health care and health insurance. The Republican argument against Obamacare was never about advancing medical freedom. They may not believe that the federal government should force Americans to purchase health insurance for themselves (the Obamacare mandate), but they certainly do believe in forcing some Americans to pay for the health insurance or health care of other Americans through socialized medicine programs such as Medicare and Medicaid." (03/16/17)