Senate ‘Skinny’ Repeal Vote Was All About John McCain – WSJ

July 28, 2017

As Mr. McCain entered the chamber, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) was urging his colleagues to find common ground. From a corner of the Senate chamber, Mr. McCain quietly clapped. It would be one of his most visible final gestures before Mr. McCain, at about 1:27 a.m., stuck his thumb down and formally registered himself as the vote that would block the GOP health plan from advancing.

Source: Senate ‘Skinny’ Repeal Vote Was All About John McCain – WSJ


Paul Ryan’s Health-Care Vise – The New Yorker

March 7, 2017

Forced to navigate House Republican politics, the lobbying pressure from the insurance industry, and the obscure rules of the budgeting process, Ryan has produced a bill that nobody would ever propose as a sane solution to the problems with Obamacare. Its only chance is speed. If Ryan can rush and muscle it through the House and Mitch McConnell can do the same in the Senate, it might end up on Trump’s desk. But the more scrutiny this House bill is subjected to, the more likely it is to share the fate of most efforts at health-care reform and die somewhere on its journey to the Senate, and perhaps long before then. If his health-care-reform effort fails, Ryan himself may not survive as the House leader. Meadows and his colleagues catapulted Ryan to the Speakership, and they still have the power to bring him down.

Source: Paul Ryan’s Health-Care Vise – The New Yorker

In Age of Trump, Some Democrats and Republicans Explore Alliance – Bloomberg

February 3, 2017

Pro-business House Democrats who call themselves the “New Democrat Coalition” and a group of Republican moderates gathered Wednesday without any fanfare in a Capitol Hill basement room to talk about joining forces — and potentially combining their vote clout.”There are 54 New Dems, and we have 54 members,” said Representative Dan Donovan of New York, a member of the House Republican “Tuesday Group” of centrists. “That’s 108 votes, altogether.”

“That’s a pretty powerful group,” Donovan said, in the context of a 435-seat House chamber.These lawmakers say they are exploring paths to middle grounds on a tax-code overhaul and infrastructure spending, as well as health care, the nation’s debt and other legislation.

Source: In Age of Trump, Some Democrats and Republicans Explore Alliance – Bloomberg

ObamaCare: CBO report shows full repeal is better than partial repeal | TheHill

February 2, 2017

But Senate rules do, in fact, allow repeal of ObamaCare’s insurance regulations through the special “budget reconciliation” process that requires only 51 votes to approve legislation. Even if the Senate parliamentarian misinterprets those rules — and this would be an egregious misinterpretation — a majority of the Senate can overrule that misinterpretation.In short, the question is not whether Republicans can repeal the regulations. It is whether they have the will.

Source: ObamaCare: CBO report shows full repeal is better than partial repeal | TheHill

Republicans Rebrand Obamacare Strategy From ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’ – Bloomberg

February 1, 2017

Using the word repair “captures exactly what the large majority of the American people want,” said Frank Luntz, a prominent Republican consultant and pollster who addressed GOP lawmakers at their retreat.“The public is particularly hostile about skyrocketing costs, and they demand immediate change,” Luntz said in an e-mail response to questions. “Repair is a less partisan but no less action-oriented phrase that Americans overwhelmingly embrace.”

Source: Republicans Rebrand Obamacare Strategy From ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’ – Bloomberg

An empowering health care plan for America

January 30, 2017

Rand Paul’s health plan ensures that Americans can purchase the health insurance coverage that best fits their needs by eliminating Obamacare’s essential health benefits requirement, along with other restrictive coverage and plan requirements, to once again make low-cost insurance options available to American consumers.

It also protects individuals with pre-existing conditions by providing a two-year open-enrollment period under which individuals with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.

The plan helps more people save to buy health insurance and cover medical costs by authorizing a tax credit (up to $5,000 per taxpayer) for individuals and families that contribute to HSAs, removes the annual cap on HSAs so individuals can make unlimited contributions, and allows those HSA funds to be used for a wide range of uses. Its money you have designated for health related costs, so you should be able to use it for things like prescription and OTC drugs, dietary supplements, nutrition and physical exercise expenses, and direct primary care, among others.

Source: An empowering health care plan for America

Here’s how Republicans plan to repeal Obamacare within weeks of Trump taking office | Washington Examiner

December 16, 2016

In the weeks following the presidential election, there’s been some debate about whether Republicans would actually go through with repealing Obamacare as opposed to getting cold feet. But after a number of conversations with senior GOP leadership aides in both chambers of Congress, this is the message I’ve received: Republicans are moving full-speed ahead on Obamacare, and could have a bill repealing much of the law on President Trump’s desk within weeks of him being sworn into office.

Source: Here’s how Republicans plan to repeal Obamacare within weeks of Trump taking office | Washington Examiner