The Trump administration confirmed Wednesday it will make critical Obamacare payments to insurers for August -- one day after congressional scorekeepers outlined the risks of cutting off the contested reimbursements over the long haul.
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Repealing Obamacare - the most famous and oft-repeated campaign promise in American history - is not yet dead, if the House Freedom Caucus and President Trump have anything to say about it. Published August 18, 2017
Cutting off Obamacare reimbursement payments for insurers -- as President Trump has threatened to do -- would send premiums soaring by 20 percent next year, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, predicting that health insurance companies would hike rates to make up for the loss of taxpayers' money.
Congress failed to repeal Obamacare but conservatives want to see the GOP take another swing at canceling some of the health law's tax increases, saying it could be part of the new push to overhaul the tax code.
Medicaid, a 1960s Great Society pillar long reviled by conservatives, seems to have emerged even stronger after the Republican failure to pass health overhaul legislation.
Rep. Jim Jordan said Friday that he's pushing a clean Obamacare repeal bill in the House in an end-run move around leadership.
The uncertainty sown by President Trump over health payments is causing double-digits premiums increases for Obamacare customers next year, according to new reports.
President Trump said Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's failure to get an Obamacare repeal bill across the finish line was a disgrace and that the Republican leader must start notching some wins or else it will be time to talk about ousting him.
Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Thursday that he has "the deepest respect" for Sen. John McCain and was not implying that the Arizona senator was impaired during the health care vote.
President Trump slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday in a tweet for his failure to repeal and replace Obamacare prior to the Senate's August recess.
A close aide to President Trump blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday for saying the president doesn't understand how Congress works.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Wednesday that Congress still needs to act on health care.
Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski both said they were relieved to have one another's support during the pivotal voting on health care.
The Obama administration "misled" Americans into thinking signing up for Obamacare would be cheaper than it really was, according to an inspector general's report Thursday that said the IRS dramatically understated the actual cost of enrolling.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Thursday there is more bipartisanship in the Senate than Americans may think, but argued it doesn't get covered in the media because it doesn't "generate a lot of drama."
Sen. Tim Kaine said Thursday that he plans to push for a public option in the health care market when the Senate returns after the August recess.
Governors from both parties implored President Trump to guarantee critical Obamacare payments to insurers though next year, arguing it is within the White House's power to help steady a wobbly individual insurance market.
Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday that nothing in the House or Senate health care bills did anything for "the forgotten man."
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday that President Trump isn't giving up on health care and the Senate shouldn't, either.
Bipartisan leaders of the Senate Health Committee announced Tuesday they will hold hearings on stabilizing the individual insurance markets when Congress returns from its summer recess in September.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that there is another round of debate coming over the health care law.
Top conservatives challenged President Trump on Monday to revoke the special $12,000 Obamacare subsidy members of Congress receive each year courtesy of taxpayers, saying the best way to force lawmakers back to the bargaining table is to force them to fully obey the struggling law.
President Trump has renewed his threat to yank critical Obamacare reimbursements from health insurers but experts said it's likely an empty gesture, insisting that if he does cut off the payments it would leave the markets even wobblier — and the GOP would get the blame.
Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren sparked a loud round of boos after she admitted during a Politicon discussion with liberal comedian Chelsea Handler that she's still using her parents' health insurance.
Not long ago, Sen. John McCain was reviled by leftists as a war-mongering hothead, but now he's their hero, thanks to his vote to preserve Obamacare.
Rep. Charlie Dent announced a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan Monday from a bipartisan caucus in the House.
Rep. Ron DeSantis said Monday that taking away insurance subsidies from members of Congress would force lawmakers to act on Obamacare.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Monday that the Senate needs to "show some spine" and help fix the heath insurance problem.
Dozens of U.S. counties might not have any plans to choose from on Obamacare's insurance exchanges next year while consumers with options face double-digit rate increases in many places -- putting Congress to choose among bipartisan fixes to the program, doubling down on repeal or following President Trump's advice to "let it implode."
Senate Democrats called on Republicans to immediately shore up Obamacare's flagging insurance markets and "sit down and trade ideas" over health reforms, extending an olive branch after the GOP push to repeal the 2010 law fell into tatters early Friday.
Moderate Republican Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have suddenly earned the praise of liberal Hollywood celebrities, all for voting no on the so-called "skinny repeal" bill to rescind key provisions of Obamacare.
Some House Republicans gathered on Capitol Hill Friday slammed the Senate for failing to pass its health care repeal bill earlier in the morning, saying they took care of business a few months ago and upper chamber colleagues didn't hold up their end of the bargain.
Sen. Tim Kaine said Friday that he'd like to see a public option proposed in the next round of the health care debate.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Friday that this is "a tough day" for Republicans.
Sen. Ben Cardin said Friday that the Senate will remain in session and could "quickly" hold a hearing if there was a new health care proposal to debate.
Sen. Jeff Merkley said Friday that there was an audible gasp from the Democrats when Sen. John McCain voted no on the "skinny" health care bill.
Drained by self-inflicted wounds, shifting aims and unrelenting protests, Republicans' push to kill off President Obama's signature health law sputtered out of gas early Friday, as Senate leaders failed to rally the votes for a significantly pared-down repeal bill in a vote after midnight.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski delayed a vote of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to confirm several Trump administration appointees on Wednesday, the same day she was criticized by a Cabinet member over her health care vote.
Senate Republicans, driven by their push to repeal Obamacare, turned the spotlight on Democrats Thursday by forcing them to stake out a position on a controversial alternative to the GOP's free-market push -- government-run, single-payer health care.
Long-awaited projects in Alaska -- including the potentially life-saving King Cove road and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- are now in jeopardy as President Trump reportedly looks for revenge on the state and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in particular after her vote against the GOP health care bill earlier this week.
President Trump continued goading Republican Senators on Thursday over the troubled health care vote.
The push for a "clean" repeal of Obamacare died Wednesday after Senate Republicans were unable to rally the votes, forcing leaders to turn to watered-down proposals that would repeal only some of the onerous parts of the troubled health care law.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski criticized her colleagues for positioning their vote on health care in terms of an electoral prospects.
Sen. Mike Lee said Wednesday that the closer Republicans get to a full repeal, the closer he will be to supporting the legislation.
Senate Republicans barreled ahead with their uphill battle to repeal and possibly replace Obamacare Wednesday, reviving a 2015 bill that would gut much of the President Obama's overhaul within two years.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday told his colleagues in the chamber that he's open to hearing amendments to the health care bill from both sides of the political aisle.
President Donald Trump called out Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Wednesday for failing to support moving forward on the health care debate.
Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to begin the debate on how to overhaul Obamacare, overcoming a series of false starts and setting up a weeklong showdown over options ranging from a full repeal to a complicated Republican replacement.
Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that the Senate will take up health care reform in pieces if their repeal efforts fail.
Sen. Bernard Sanders said Tuesday that the motion to proceed on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act needs to be "defeated," but acknowledge the law needs some changes.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Tuesday he will support a pivotal motion to debate a GOP health care bill, after party leaders signaled they will give "clean repeal" of Obamacare top billing and consider a more limited repeal if they cannot muster the votes for a bigger plan.
President Trump on Tuesday distanced himself from Republicans on health care and further pressured members of Congress to pass some sort of repeal bill.
Confucius, who lived so long ago that famine, not obesity, menaced public health, supposedly observed that "the first step to wisdom is to call things by their proper name." If so, then angry congressional town hall meetings and serial legislative impasses are not really about health care, let alone reform.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona gave the motion's prospects a potential boost by announcing he will return to work after surgery for a blood cot and a shocking cancer diagnosis.
President Trump's dismay with congressional Republicans burst into public view Monday as he implored them to get behind his agenda, starting with repealing Obamacare this week as he searches for an elusive first major legislative win.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday pleaded with Republicans to green-light debate on health care legislation, saying the best way to get rid of Obamacare is to sift through ideas and see what sticks.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Monday that Senate GOP leaders plowing ahead with a partisan health care plan are making a mistake and should focus on bipartisan fixes to Obamacare's "failings."
Several leading veterans' groups are voicing opposition to House legislation scheduled for a vote Monday that would shift $2 billion from some veterans' programs to fill a budget shortfall in a "choice" health care plan that allows veterans to see a private doctor.
Key parts of the Republican health care bill, including defunding Planned Parenthood and barring the use of tax credits for abortion coverage, are not eligible for the fast-track process Republicans are using to prevent a Democratic filibuster, says the Senate's referee, throwing yet another roadblock in front of President Trump's attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare this week.
The White House begged senators Friday to "step up" and start debate on a plan that throws Obamacare in the dustbin, declaring the GOP is just a few votes shy of taking up the repeal-and-replace bill that passed the House in May.
Former chiefs of the Congressional Budget Office defended the federal agency in a letter to congressional leaders Friday, saying its nonpartisan scorekeepers cannot nail every prediction about policy but frequently do a better job than less-informed analysts.
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I'm beginning to wonder whether anyone in Washington or in the media has the slightest clue what insurance is? Here is a standard dictionary definition of the term: "Insurance -- A promise of compensation for specific potential future losses in exchange for a periodic payment. Insurance is designed to protect the financial well-being of an individual, company or other entity in the case of unexpected loss."
Some things are worth an extra wait. Better health care could be one of them. Voters are about to see whether Obamacare repeal-and-replace is finally ready for prime time. If congressional Republicans who couldn't find common ground to pass the American Health Care Act a month ago can do it now, a major drag on President Trump's first hundred days won't be a drag on the second hundred. It would tell the Democrats, loud and clear, that resistance and insurrection are not working.
From the start of the new Congress and new administration, reining in the regulatory state has been a leading priority -- and for good reason.
If you decided your car is inadequate, you would not sell it before buying a replacement. Let's take same approach with health care.
There are two ways to achieve success. The best way is to make the right choice. A second way is to avoid the wrong choice. Washington avoided disaster by withdrawing the hastily constructed, ill-conceived American Health Care Act (AHCA).
In "The Breakfast Club" a group of high school deviants were asked to write an essay in 1,000 words or less describing "who do you think you are?" There was the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, the criminal you remember.
Kansas won't be expanding their Medicaid program after all, after the state House of Representatives fell three votes shy Monday of overriding Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that would have extended coverage to roughly 180,000 low-income residents under Obamacare.
The political fiasco that unfolded last week as President Trump and the Republican House leadership failed to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, is attributable as much to the failure of politics as it is to the failure of politicians to understand the constitutional role of the federal government.
Congressional Republicans have tried to turn the page on the Obamacare debacle, but the next page has another dismal message. Instead of repeal and replace, Americans face collapse and replace of Barack Obama's health care system. The only uncertainty is how soon and how bad it will be. While the humbled party leaders snipe at each other over what could have been, the nation's health-care system continues to wither at the edges, and sometime soon someone had better be ready with something better.
As of last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan's crumbling halfway house -- known officially as the American Health Care Act -- definitively collapsed.
"This is not the end of the debate." Rep. Mark Meadows said that on ABC's "This Week" regarding the House leadership's failed health care bill, and he's exactly right.
Marching the regiment up the hill, with every musket fully loaded, and then down again without firing a shot is no way to inspire an army. Paul Ryan's Republicans, who boasted for seven years that they couldn't wait to get their hands on the Democrats and Obamacare, promising to make quick work of repeal and replace, couldn't even get close enough to fire blanks.
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Oregon may drop its glitch-laden Obamacare exchange and rely on the federally run HealthCare.gov website instead, according to a new report.
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President Trump says his plan is to revisit tackling health care before moving onto tax reform, saying the savings generated through efforts to repeal Obamacare are vital to the broader effort on taxes.
The Trump administration on Thursday extended an Obama-era policy that allowed millions of Americans to keep health coverage that did not meet Obamacare's standards.
President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has a slate of orders ready to sign in the days after his inauguration, promised to nominate a Supreme Court justice by early February and vowed to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall -- not just a fence -- on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Americans are more likely to say Obamacare is a burden than a net benefit, according to a new poll that finds nearly three in 10 people think the health overhaul has hurt them and their family.
The nation's uninsured rate has fallen to its lowest point on record, the administration announced Wednesday, taking a victory lap on Obamacare just as the issue is heating up for voters.
The IRS mistakenly overpaid more than $8 million to HealthCare.gov customers and Obamacare users in California, and cheated tens of thousands of others out of nearly $2 million in 2015 because the government relied on incorrect information to figure their taxes, an audit revealed Tuesday.
A woman from Pennsylvania who now identifies as a transgender man wants to have his uterus surgically removed, and he says Obamacare requires the state to pay for it.
Roughly 12.7 million people have selected plans on Obamacare's exchanges, the administration said Thursday, giving the first comprehensive look at potential enrollment in the third year of the health overhaul.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings says he believes affordable health care for all Americans is an achievable goal, and cites President Obama's signature law as a good start.
President Obama has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he's taken five independent steps to delay the Affordable Care Act on his own, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, released Wednesday.
The Ohio Department of Insurance predicts premiums in 2014 will rise by 88 percent, a direct result of President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Amid growing concerns about the implementation of President Obama's health care law, Mr. Obama stepped up promotion of the law by pegging its benefits to this weekend's Mother's Day celebration.
The Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care overhaul Thursday. Below are comments from the justices on the ruling, which was 5-4 with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. siding with liberal justices.
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The Supreme Court upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul.
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President Obama speaks about the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va.