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Congressional Support Growing to Send the “Cadillac Tax” to the Junkyard

House of Representatives vote on American Health Care Act 3-24-17

Congressional leaders continue efforts to garner support to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s 40% “Cadillac Tax” on employer-provided health care coverage— boosting cosponsors in the House to 300 on H.R. 173, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017. The Senate companion bill is S. 58. “On behalf of the Alliance to Fight the 40, I thank Representatives Kelly and Courtney ...

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Way Past Time to Let Congress Enjoy Obamacare

Every presidential administration reaches a pivot point. Many observers thought that President Trump’s came when Anthony Scaramucci walked in the White House door. Others thought it came 10 days later when Scaramucci walked out the door. For me, the Scaramucci saga was just part of the excitement when the circus comes to town. The pivot point I’m looking for is ...

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Senators eye piecemeal approach to health care reform

Senate to try piecemeal health care fixes

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle appear to have given up on a single repeal, repeal and replace or a repair bill for Obama’s troubled health care law. Members of the Senate are pushing several tactical approaches to fix Obamacare: regulatory changes, short-term legislative fixes and a change in how health care is funded by the federal government. ...

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Repeal of Obamacare is dead; up next: Fix Obamacare

What's Left

In an epic establishment GOP failure, repeal of Obamacare is gone. For the next 14 months, Republicans will promote the repair of Obama’s failing health care law exactly as Democrats have demanded for months and failed to do for years. Families struggling under the weight of massive premium increases and astronomical deductibles will get no relief, but politicians will improve ...

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Senate Republicans Vote No on Straight Repeal of Obamacare

Straight repeal voted down in Senate

Republicans threw away Wednesday their one good shot at the complete repeal of Obamacare by voting against the full Obamacare repeal. Senators voted 45-55 on the measure, with seven Republicans and all Democrats voting no. The Republicans voting no were Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Dick Heller of Nevada, John McCain of Arizona, Rob ...

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Senate votes to consider health care bill

51-50 Vote on Health Care

The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to allow an Obamacare replacement bill to be debated on the Senate floor. In a 51-50 vote that required Vice President Mike Pence to issue a tie-breaking vote, the Senate has allowed H.R. 1628, The American Health Care Act of 2017, to proceed to the floor for debate and amendment. Read: What’s the American ...

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How Republicans learned to stop worrying and love Obamacare

I am just a bill schoolhouse rock

Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced Monday night that they will not support a motion to consider the Senate version of the GOP health care bill and it looks like repealing Obamacare is now politically dead. “This closed-door process has yielded the [bill], which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address health care’s rising costs,” ...

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McConnell delays health care vote[Video]

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell (R-KY) announced Tuesday that Republicans wouldn’t be voting on the new health care bill until after the 4th of July recess. What does this mean? McConnell hasn’t garnished enough support with fellow Senate Republicans to ensure the successful passage of the bill. President Trump has been trying his best to get some hesitant Senators on ...

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More DemoCare Delusions

I have a chapter in my book, “Ramblings of a Right Wing Bible Thumping White Guy’ called. “Why do they have to lie to win?” I always feel that if the issue or product you have is true and good then it will stand on its own, don’t lie about it. Democrats are talking about how bad this new healthcare ...

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California fails to pass single-payer blames Trump, Voters

single-payer

California’s Assembly Speaker has tabled the “woefully incomplete” overhaul of California’s health care market and, not surprisingly, blamed Trump and voters for the failure. “Even senators who voted for Senate Bill 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or ...

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California Reinvents Medical Tourism

Until very recently medical tourism was traveling from your home to find less expensive medical care, usually overseas. Medical tourists were leaving the warm embrace of the American Medical Association and the FDA to journey far from home. There were three motivations: Elective plastic surgery not covered by insurance, wanting to try an experimental procedure not covered or getting surgery ...

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What’s in the House passed American Health Care Act of 2017

House Republicans released their plan in March to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) also known as Obamacare. The original bill got through the required committees but failed to gain enough support to be brought to the floor for a vote. GOP leadership spent weeks working with conservatives and moderates to reconcile differences and create ...

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Republicans excited and confident about Thursday’s health care vote

House GOP leadership

Republican members of the House of Representatives told reporters that they were confident that the American Health Care Act would pass through their chamber Thursday afternoon. Republicans held a closed-door meeting Thursday morning where leaders told members that the bill was going to pass, but by a comfortable margin. Rep Louis Gohmert (R-TX-01) said that while they may not get ...

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