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Vast Majority of Americans Want Changes to Obamacare

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by Ali Meyer • Washington Free Beacon

The vast majority of Americans want to change the Affordable Care Act regardless of whether they support the law or want it repealed, according to a poll from Gallup.

Since the election, more Americans, 53 percent, disapprove of Obamacare and 42 percent approve of it.

“Going forward, the vast majority of Americans want to see the law changed,” Gallup says. “This includes the 37% who want it repealed and replaced, along with a total of 43% of Americans who want the law kept, but with major changes.” Continue reading


Conservative Agenda: Tax Reform, Replacing Obamacare

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Rep. Brady touts tax code built for growth

by Ali Meyer • Washington Free Beacon

Rep. Kevin Brady (R., Texas), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Tuesday that his two top priorities for the coming year are tax reform and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

At the Wall Street Journal‘s CEO Council meeting, Brady said President-elect Donald Trump is making economic growth the pillar of his presidency and that these two issues will play key roles.

“We have two overarching goals in tax reform,” Brady said. “We want a tax code not merely designed to wring money from you, which is the one we have today, [but] a tax code actually built for growth, designed to grow wages, jobs, and the U.S. economy.”

“Our other goal is to leapfrog America from dead last among our global competitors back into that lead pack, and keep us there going forward,” he said. Continue reading


Populist rhetoric doesn’t repeal or replace ObamaCare

By George LandrithThe Hill

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The headlines are awash with stories of huge ObamaCare premium cost increases. Some have even referred to the news as an “October Surprise.” But for those of us who read the bill and knew from the start that the President was lying when he said if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan and that his plan would save families more than $2,500 a year, these headlines were completely predictable.

But it is a bewilderment that some Republicans are backing a bill that if enacted will insure that future premiums will cost even more. Oddly, the bill is named the Taxpayers Before Insurers Act, but in the end, it harms every American by jacking up their health insurance premiums even higher. Continue reading


Putting Obamacare Out of Its Misery

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Trump’s health care opportunity.

By Michael Astrue • Weekly Standard

Discontent with Obamacare—and with the delivery of health care more broadly—unites most Americans across our other divisions. That discontent creates enormous opportunities and risks for our president-elect.

The new administration would be misguided to start a typical Washington process that brings the usual suspects to town for dull sessions that grind out pablum that no one will digest. On the other hand, they will not inherit a detailed roadmap from congressional Republicans and should not expect that any Health and Human Services (HHS) transition team, no matter how talented and focused, can quickly create a workable plan in isolation. Continue reading


GOP Bill Hikes Taxes, Helps Raise Obamacare Premiums but Doesn’t Kill Obamacare

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by Crystal Wright    •    Morning Consult 

Just when you thought the disastrous Obamacare literally couldn’t get any sicker or more costly to Americans, think again.  However, this time it isn’t the law’s namesake President Obama and his Democrat cronies harming our country’s health care system while ballooning the federal budget, it’s Republicans.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) introduced a bill — the Taxpayers Before Insurers Act which requires funds paid in by private insurance companies collected under the auspices of the “reinsurance program” mandated under the Affordable Care Act to go the U.S Treasury instead of being used to reduce consumer medical costs.  And many Republicans in Congress say it’s a great idea. Continue reading


A doctor asks: Was ObamaCare designed to fail?

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By Jeffrey I. Barke • The Hill

As ObamaCare’s troubles mount, I’ve heard my patients and my peers in healthcare ask: How could the law’s authors not have seen this coming?

For my part, I think a different question needs to be asked: What if they did? What if ObamaCare was purposely designed to fail?

Every day, it seems like there are a dozen new headlines about the crisis facing ObamaCare. Premiums are rising faster than ever. Meanwhile, health insurance companies are abandoning the law’s exchanges left and right, unable to compete in the top-down, regulation-driven environment created by the law. Less than three years into its implementation, the law has never looked so precarious. Continue reading


Expert: Obama Administration Could Bail Out Obamacare Insurers

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by Ali Meyer • Washington Free Beacon

The Obama administration could bail out Obamacare insurers through its risk-corridor program, according to an expert from the Mercatus Center.

The risk-corridor program was designed to constrain risk for health insurers who had uncertainty in pricing premiums for new plans they offered through Obamacare. The program was established and administered in years 2014, 2015, and 2016 and transferred funds from profitable insurers to insurers with losses.

In 2014, the risk-corridor program experienced a shortfall of more than $2.5 billion. Poorly performing insurers requested $2.87 billion in that year, while profitable insurers could only make up about $362 million, leaving a deficit of about $2.5 billion. Continue reading


Audit: Obamacare Enrollees Had Trouble Affording and Accessing Care

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by Ali Meyer • Washington Free Beacon

Obamacare enrollees had trouble affording and accessing health care as well as understanding how to use their plans, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

The top factors that Obamacare enrollees considered when selecting a plan in 2015 were the cost of premiums, deductibles, and copayments.

The auditors talked to stakeholders including policy experts, state departments of insurance, and exchange officials, and found that some Obamacare enrollees said the out-of-pocket expenses were too expensive before reaching their deductible. Continue reading


Tax the Private Sector, Increase the Size of the Federal Government and Hand the White House a Big Victory in a Scheme to Kill Obamacare

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Instead of attempting an outright repeal of Obamacare, some in Congress are abdicating conservative principles and throwing the private sector under the bus in a reckless effort to kill the ACA.

The tool of choice in this instance is the so-called “transitional reinsurance” program (“reinsurance”) established by Section 1341 of Obamacare.  It was designed as a temporary program to spread out the financial risk associated with providing health insurance to sicker patients in the individual market and exchanges.

Under its terms, health insurers, not the government, were required to pay into a fund that was to be distributed to those insurance plans that had risky patients with medical claims above a certain level.

Now that we’re approaching the end of this temporary program, in place from 2014-2016, some in Congress want to steal the money in this program  (in order to precipitate a collapse in the overall ACA program) and instead give it to the U.S. Treasury – but for what?  It’ll just be more federal largesse to spent by Obama and big spenders in Congress. Continue reading


Another ACA failure

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New Hampshire Union Leader

New Hampshire residents will have even fewer choices for health insurance next year as Community Health Options announced last week that it is dumping the Granite State to concentrate on its core business in Maine.

One insurance company after another has decided that it can’t operate under the Affordable Care Act, especially after Congress shut down the “risk corridors” they had hoped to use to defray losses.

The entire Obamacare scheme was set up on faulty premises. You can’t force people to buy health insurance they don’t want, subsidize mediocre insurance plans people can’t afford, and still claim to hold down rising medical expenses. Continue reading


Obamacare is unsustainable — the backbone could collapse, expert warns

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by Abigail Stevenson • CNBC

If politicians don’t fix the Affordable Care Act, then the vulnerable Blue Cross and local HMO plans — which serve as the backbone of Obamacare — must exit, said Robert Laszewski, the President of Health Policy and Strategy Associates.

“What the politicians need to do is to understand they have got about a year to fix this,” he said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

Republicans do not want to fix the existing flaws for Obamacare, Laszewski said. Instead, they want to repeal and replace it. He added that Democrats are now stating that they would rather go to a single-payer insurance plan or a public option within a government-run plan. Continue reading


ObamaCare Is Failing Exactly The Way Critics Said It Would

By Investor's Business DailyInvestor's Business Daily

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Aetna’s decision to abandon its ObamaCare expansion plans and rethink its participation altogether came as a surprise to many. It shouldn’t have. Everything that’s happened now was predicted by the law’s critics years ago.

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said that this was supposed to be a break-even year for its ObamaCare business. Instead, the company has already lost $200 million, which it expect that to hit $320 million before the year it out. He said the company was abandoning plans to expand into five other states and is reviewing whether to stay in the 15 states where Aetna (AET) current sells ObamaCare plans.

Aetna’s announcement follows UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) decision to leave most ObamaCare markets, Humana’s (HUM) decision to drop out of some, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s announcement that it was quitting the individual market in Minnesota, Continue reading


Report: Administration Officials Circumvented Constitution to Make Obamacare Payments

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by Ali Meyer     •     Washington Free Beacon

Obama administration officials circumvented the Constitution and appropriations laws in sending taxpayer dollars to insurance companies for Obamacare payments, according to a joint report from the House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means committees.

A provision in Obamacare known as the cost sharing reduction program lowers deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance for individuals who qualify to provide extra savings. The Obama administration has been paying for this program without congressional appropriation since January 2014, despite the fact that the Constitution makes clear that the executive branch cannot spend taxpayer money without the approval of Congress.

The administration has been funding it through a permanent appropriation, which can only be used for specific programs including tax refunds and enumerated refundable tax credits. The permanent appropriation must be amended by Congress to include other programs. Continue reading


Health Care Premiums: Up, and Rising Again

By M. Anthony Mills      •     RealClearPolitics

Obamacare NeedleIn presidential politics, party professionals on both sides of the aisle live in fear of the dreaded “October surprise” that can compromise their candidates’ chances.

In 2016, the joker in the deck may come the first week of November — and it won’t be a surprise, just a shock: Fueled by the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, Americans’ health insurance premiums are likely to spike.

The policy debates that preoccupy Beltway insiders are often far removed from the concerns of most American voters. The Export-Import Bank, the intricacies of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory requirements, quantitative easing, and rules promulgated in obscure administrative agencies — this is not the stuff of middle-class anxiety. While such policy and regulatory decisions do affect citizens nationwide, it’s not always immediately obvious how. Not so jobs, wages, schools, and health care — these issues hit home. Continue reading


Judge rules in favor of House Republicans in Obamacare lawsuit

Says administration usurped Congress’s power of the purse

By Tom Howell Jr.     •     The Washington Times

President Obama has been hoping to shore up his health legacy — roughly 20 million have gained coverage under his reforms — instead of fending off repeated legal challenges to reforms. (Associated Press)

A federal judge dealt President Obama and his health care law a major blow Thursday, ruling in favor of House Republicans who said the administration broke the law and trod on Congress’ fundamental powers by paying Obamacare insurers without permission from Capitol Hill.

An appeal is certain, but should U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer’s ruling be upheld, it could spark the economic “death spiral” Republicans have predicted and Democrats feared would doom the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

But the ruling has implications far beyond Obamacare, signaling that federal courts may begin to play a more active role in reeling in executive powers that many legal experts say have grown far beyond what the country’s founders intended. Continue reading