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5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare

5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare

The White House can take a number of behind-the-scenes steps to sabotage the exchanges and hasten their undoing. Already, it’s deploying some of those tactics. Here’s a look at five ways the White House is already working to weaken the health law, and what that means for consumers.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate parliamentarian upends GOP hopes for health bill

Senate parliamentarian upends GOP hopes for health bill

The official rules keeper in the Senate Friday tossed a bucket of cold water on the Senate Republican health bill by advising that major parts of the bill cannot be passed with a simple majority, but rather would require 60 votes. Republicans hold only 52 seats in the Senate.

July 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

The latest Senate health proposal reins in costs by effectively splitting the individual insurance market, with healthy people diverted into stripped-down plans and chronically ill individuals left with pricey and potentially out-of-reach options.

July 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too

Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too

Hospitals in sparsely populated areas, particularly in states that did not opt to expand the Medicaid program, have been cutting back services like maternity care or closing altogether in recent years. These are the same parts of the country that voted for President Donald Trump by large margins.

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

Senate Republican leaders Thursday released their revised bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, but they acknowledged that furious days of negotiation have not yet secured the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure over unanimous Democratic objections.

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Republican bills to replace the federal health law would worsen rural areas’ financial straits through reductions in Medicaid funding. Patient advocates predict that would lead to fewer enrollees, more shutdowns of rural facilities, reduced payments to doctors and fewer programs for people with health needs or disabilities.

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Compared with Canada’s single payer system, American doctors and hospitals have nearly twice as many administrative staff workers. So whether the ACA remains in force or it’s replaced by something else, I believe we won’t be able to control health costs until we revamp the system with something like single payer.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

Health Care Sector Will Lose Nearly 1 Million Jobs; Most Medicaid Expansion States Will See Deeper Economic Losses

If it becomes law, the draft Better Care Reconcilliation Act proposed by the U.S. Senate could cause an estimated 1.45 million jobs to disappear by 2026 and trigger an economic downturn in all but one state.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predisposition to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. But the results recorded on patients’ charts could haunt them, experts say.

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
For Millennials, both good and bad news in Senate’s GOP health bill

For Millennials, both good and bad news in Senate’s GOP health bill

The proposed legislation also would retain a popular Obamacare provision that allowed young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance. But the bill in its current form also could dramatically reduce health coverage and care for other young adults.

June 28, 2017 | By | Reply More