Tag Archives: Obamacare

HHS Deletes LGBT Resources From Obamacare Site

Just in from the Democratic National Committee: Today, the Sunlight Foundation reported that the Trump-Pence administration’s Department of Health and Human Services removed and altered language from its website on the provision of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination in health care services.  The move limits access to information and resources that protect women and LGBTQ people, particularly transgender ...

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Trump Suspends Obamacare Payments To Insurers

The New York Daily News reports: The Trump administration announced Saturday it will temporarily suspend a program meant to stabilize Obamacare markets by halting billion of dollars in payouts to insurance companies. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — known by the abbreviation CMS — will temporarily stop so-called “risk-adjustment payments” used to steady Obamacare health insurance premiums. ...

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RNC Spox Flogs Obamacare Repeal After Midterms

From this morning’s The Rising: Republicans could still repeal and replace ObamaCare if they are able to keep the House majority and gain seats in the Senate, Republican National Committee (RNC) spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told “Rising” on Thursday. McEnany specifically noted legislation proposed by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.), which was defeated last fall. “We were ...

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Lindsey Graham To Attempt Obamacare Repeal Again

Gotta keep the base riled up no matter what: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday he is working on a new version of his ObamaCare repeal and replacement bill, and has not given up on efforts to repeal ObamaCare despite Republicans’ failure last year. “I haven’t given up,” Graham said. “Will there be another effort to replace ObamaCare with a ...

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Midterms: Dems Run On GOP’s Obamacare Sabotage

Politico reports: Democrats are confidently running on Obamacare for the first time in a decade. They’ve got a unified message blaming Republicans for “sabotaging” the health law, leading to a cascade of sky-high insurance premiums that will come just before the November midterm elections. They’re rolling out ads featuring people helped by the law. And Tuesday, they’re starting a campaign ...

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Orrin Hatch Apologizes For “Off-Color” Comment Calling Obamacare Supporters “Stupid Dumbass People”

The Hill reports: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Friday apologized for calling supporters of ObamaCare “the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met.” “Yesterday, I made a poorly worded joke about Obamacare supporters — a joke that was not reflective of my actual feelings towards my friends on the other side,” Hatch said in a statement. “Throughout my term of service, ...

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GOP Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch: Obamacare Supporters Are The “Stupidest Dumbass People” I’ve Ever Met [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Thursday called ObamaCare supporters “the stupidest, dumbass people” he’s ever met. Orrin made the comments during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute about the GOP tax overhaul, which repealed the ObamaCare individual mandate. “[We] finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called ObamaCare,” ...

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POLL: 31% Say Trump Has Repealed Obamacare

The Economist reports: Last week, Trump claimed the tax bill — which has since been signed into law — “essentially” repeals the Affordable Care Act. The Republican bill to overhaul the tax system eliminates the fine Americans pay for foregoing health insurance, known as the individual mandate. Despite Trump’s claim, however, the bill doesn’t fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, ...

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2017 Obamacare Enrollments Robust Despite Trump

Talking Points Memo reports: The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that despite the Trump administration’s many attempts to undermine and weaken the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in the federal health care marketplace nearly reached last year’s total of 9.2 million, clocking in at 8.8 million. Considering that the Trump administration cut the length of the open enrollment ...

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Trump Lies That Obamacare Has Now Been “Repealed”

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump has prematurely declared “Obamacare” dead and displayed a misunderstanding of where the money comes from to make the health law work. A look at his remarks Wednesday about the tax plan he will soon sign into law and its effect on President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul: TRUMP: “Obamacare has been repealed in ...

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Court Blocks New Trump Rules On Birth Control

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The law required most companies to cover ...

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GOP Rep Who Said People Who Lead Good Lives Should Pay Less For Insurance Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

CNN reports: Rep. Mo Brooks, who lost to Roy Moore in Alabama’s GOP Senate primary, announced Wednesday he has prostate cancer and that losing the race “may have saved” his life. Speaking from the House floor, Brooks said that he learned of his “high risk” prostate cancer in October. Appearing to hold back tears, the congressman talked about the night ...

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GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski Backs Obamacare Repeal

Politico reports: Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she supports GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, the Alaska Republican wrote in an op-ed for a local newspaper Friday. “I have always supported the freedom to choose,” Murkowski wrote in her op-ed for the Daily News-Miner, an Alaska newspaper. “I believe that the federal government should not force anyone ...

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New RNC Ad Laughably Blames Democrats For “Failing” To Repeal Obamacare: “Trump Will Fix It” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: A new ad from the Republican National Committee (RNC) claims ObamaCare is “failing,” and blames Democrats for congressional Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace the law earlier this year. The ad points to “skyrocketing” insurance premiums as an example of ObamaCare failing, and hits Democrats for blocking “a better plan to repeal and replace Obamacare once and ...

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1.1 Million Fewer Obamacare Enrollments Forecast After Trump Slashes Federal Outreach Advertising By 90%

Joshua Peck writes at Medium: The Trump administration recently announced that they were cutting the outreach and education budget for Obamacare by 90 percent, from $100 million to $10 million. As the person in charge of how that money was spent last year, I decided to crunch the numbers to figure out what that would mean for enrollment this year. ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Patch reports: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will brief reporters Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern. Sanders will likely face questions about the president’s recent decisions on the Iran deal and health care. At a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day, Trump declared that Obamacare is “dead,” despite the fact that his administration is still tasked with enforcing ...

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Trump Predictably Blows Fuse About New York Times Story Noting Failures To Fulfill His Campaign Promises

Here’s a bit of the story that has Hair Furor raging: President Trump leaves little doubt about what he thinks of his predecessor’s top domestic and international legacies. The health care program enacted by President Barack Obama is “outrageous” and “absolutely destroying everything in its wake.” The nuclear deal with Iran is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions ...

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Major Medical Groups Denounce Trump’s “Catastrophic” Decision To Stop Obamacare Subsidy Payments

The Associated Press reports: Six physician groups are condemning a Trump administration decision to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law. Their statement Friday calls on Congress to act immediately to restore the payments to prevent what it called “dramatic, if not catastrophic, increases in premiums across the country” and millions of Americans losing coverage. The groups ...

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Trump Orders Halt To Obamacare Subsidy Payments

The Associated Press reports: In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. Before sunrise Friday morning, Trump went on Twitter to urge Democrats to make a deal: “The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding,” he wrote. “Massive subsidy ...

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Rand Paul Defends Trump’s Exec Order After Having Blasted Obama’s Orders As “King Complex” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended President Trump’s use of an executive order on Thursday, after Republicans previously criticized former President Obama for overusing the tool to bypass Congress. “We’re creating something that is freedom. He’s not creating a new government program,” Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “We’ve read the original law and we believe what the president ...

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