The Senate’s consideration of health-care legislation will soon result in a grueling series of votes dubbed ‘vote-a-rama.’ It will be wild.
This vote sets up days of debates and votes over what parts of the Affordable Care Act this ‘skinny bill’ will repeal and replace.
Without a clear vision of the final legislation and an agreement from 50 Republican senators to preserve that vision on the Senate floor, proceeding to the bill will result in a policy morass.
As Vince Lombardi might ask, ‘What the h— is going on out here?’
Former Obama official Andy Slavitt made the bold claim that Republicans were changing their health-care bill ‘not just to gut Medicaid, but to allow states to eliminate it.’ False.
Moderates want other senators to respect their states’ decisions on Medicaid expansion, but want to dictate to other senators how those senators’ states should regulate health insurance.
The defund Planned Parenthood campaign hinges on whether we can convince wavering GOP leaders to leave the defunding provision alone as they tweak the Obamacare repeal.
Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to allow insurers to sell non-Obamacare plans would turn the exchanges into high-risk pools for the old and sick. That might not be such a bad thing.
If the Obamacare mandates are not repealed, it would be a serious betrayal of voters, and grounds for mounting primary challenges to incumbents.
This past week, frictions caused by federalism helped create the legislative stalemate, but the forces of federalism can also pave the way for a solution.
Ten years ago, Deamonte Driver died of a toothache even though he had Medicaid. In today’s debate over Obamacare, Democrats refuse to face the facts.
Here’s a concrete example of what ‘skyrocketing premiums,’ ‘gargantuan deductibles,’ and ‘outrageous co-pays’ look like on the ground for a blue-collar, middle-class truck driver.
The overhaul being contemplated in Washington could give states flexibility to modernize Medicaid and provide better care to patients, which could end up saving taxpayers money.
The accusation that Republicans really want to shove the inhabitants of pediatric cancer wards onto the streets to die is obscuring the health-care debate we need to have.
If an outright repeal of the ‘Cadillac tax’ receives more than 60 votes in the Senate the legislation likely would increase the federal deficit in the long term.
The GOP has a chance to begin reforming health care by undoing Obamacare. Can they really afford to pass up this opportunity?
On June 22, Senate leadership released a discussion draft of their Obamacare ‘repeal-and-replace’ bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Here’s a detailed summary.
If the Senate’s Obamacare replacement includes strict pro-life protections, why are Senate staff suddenly contradicting Mitch McConnell’s claims about tax-funded abortion?
Senators have floated a lengthy phase-out of the enhanced federal match associated with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. That likely dooms any real Medicaid restraint.
The CBO’s report on Republicans’ Obamacare revamp revealed its inherent bias towards liberal cost-saving solutions rather than conservative ones.
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