Days after the House GOP announced a plan to roll back Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid, the provision appears to be more popular than ever.
Health Care Reform
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By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times
Obamacare entered its final hours of open enrollment — perhaps its last ever — under a cloud of uncertainty this week, as President Trump did little to prop up the program he's now tasked with administering. Published January 30, 2017
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.
Former House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that outright repeal of Obamacare is "not going to happen."
Former Sen. Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, said Thursday that Obamacare has become a "cancer" on the country's health care system and must be removed immediately.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will not vote to repeal Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid so long as state lawmakers in Alaska want to keep it, a bold stance that underscores the challenge before GOP leaders who want to dismantle the 2010 health law and phase out its vast expansion of government insurance for the poor.
Republican-aligned groups poured millions of dollars into ad campaigns Wednesday urging Congress to gut and replace Obamacare, hoping to remind voters why they disliked the health care law and to stiffen spines among wavering Republicans on Capitol Hill.
The share of voters who want Congress to fully or partially scrap Obamacare has dipped noticeably since January, according to a poll released Wednesday that finds zeal for repeal is waning even as President Trump and congressional Republicans craft plans to gut and replace the law with market-oriented reforms.
House Republicans and the Trump administration begged a federal court Tuesday for more time to figure out how to settle a thorny Obamacare case, now that the GOP stands to be blamed for any new hiccups in the health law.
The Trump administration called for cutting Obamacare's next enrollment period in half as it took the first steps Wednesday to "stabilize" the health insurance marketplace, trying to give insurers some certainty even as Republicans try to figure out a repeal-and-replace strategy.
The IRS is no longer requiring that tax returns indicate that a person has health insurance under Obamacare -- a move that Reason magazine called a major blow to the law's individual mandate.
Humana, a major health insurer, said Tuesday that it will pull out of the Obamacare marketplace after this year, delivering yet another blow to a program that was already on life support.
Conservatives in the House said Tuesday that the GOP needs to move faster in repealing Obamacare, saying governors who counted on the health law to expand Medicaid are out of luck unless Congress crafts a fairer deal for everyone.
Two members of Congress on Monday demanded to know why an Illinois company plans to charge $89,000 per year for a muscular dystrophy drug, even though it's been widely available overseas for just $1,000.
Eight years after the tea party turned town hall meetings on Obamacare into hands-on melees, liberals furious with President Trump are flipping the script by shouting down Republicans who have struggled to outline better health care plans.
Rep. Tom Price was confirmed early Friday, 52-47, by the Senate, after surviving yet another Democratic onslaught against a Trump nomination. President Trump's new health secretary already has a massive to-do list built up, with the White House saying it was awaiting his arrival to roll out a replacement for Obamacare, and to begin taking steps to ease the transition.
Republicans are ready to overpower Democrats and push another of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees through the Senate, the man who will help lead the GOP drive to erase and replace the health care law.
Congress must hurry up and repeal Obamacare this spring to avoid the wrath of voters who expected Republicans to ease the anxiety about soaring rates and dwindling insurance options in their home states, conservative lawmakers said Wednesday.
Insurers and drug companies are making out like bandits under the current health care system, a leading Senate progressive and one of its most vocal conservatives said Tuesday, though they're far apart on what do about it.
More than a third of Americans still don't realize that the "Affordable Care Act" and "Obamacare" are the same exact thing, according to a poll released Tuesday.
After years of steady growth Obamacare's sign-ups slumped in 2017, according to early numbers that suggest the law is struggling now that President Obama is no longer in office to give it a boost.
The Trump administration said Friday that 9.2 million people signed up for health coverage this year on the main Obamacare website, a drop-off of about 400,000 customers from last year's effort.
Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, on Friday said lawmakers need to get going on fully repealing Obamacare and that calling for a "repair" of the law suggests there are parts of it worth fixing.
House Republicans floated legislation Thursday to start replacing Obamacare bit by bit, but some vocal conservatives said the GOP needs to speed the whole process up, saying they promised voters during last year's campaign a quick vote on repealing the health law.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that fixing the country's health care system entails fully repealing and replacing Obamacare, after a report suggested congressional Republicans might be trying to rebrand the effort as a "repair."
Key players in the U.S. health insurance market told Congress on Wednesday to tread carefully with Obamacare, saying the law hasn't worked as intended but clumsy repeal efforts could made a stressed marketplace even worse.
Republicans who lead a key Senate panel suspended their own rules Wednesday and advanced President Trump's picks to lead the Treasury and Health and Human Services departments unilaterally, saying they had no choice after Democrats boycotted committee votes for a second day in a row.
President Trump told pharmaceutical executives Tuesday he wants lower drug prices, and he pledged that the government will speed up approval times for new medicines.
Republicans have scheduled a Tuesday vote by the Senate Finance Committee on President Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary.
Capitol Hill Republicans swept into power vowing to swiftly dismantle Obamacare with President Trump, but they already have blown their first self-imposed deadline to begin repealing the law.
Though "Obamacare" still divides Americans, a majority worries many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation's long-running political standoff over health care.
The Trump administration has pulled the plug on federal Obamacare outreach and advertising in the critical final week of the 2017 signup period.
Congressional Republicans leaders outlined an aggressive agenda Thursday for the first 200 days of their partnership with President Trump, pledging to overhaul the U.S. health care and tax systems while looking for up to $15 billion to pay for Mr. Trump's border wall with Mexico.
Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he filed legislation that would replace Obamacare with a plan that lets Americans shop for insurance across state lines and use tax credits to save for care and prescription drugs.
Americans are largely in agreement about two central questions regarding abortion, according to a new poll, with majorities saying the procedure should not be permissible after the first trimester or financed with taxpayer dollars.
The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday passed legislation prohibiting taxpayer dollars from financing abortions or health care plans covering them.
Senate Democrats accused President Trump's pick for health secretary Tuesday of abusing his position through stock trading and warned him not to implement an executive order targeting Obamacare before the GOP offers a replacement.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and President Trump discussed the next steps for replacing and repealing Obamacare at the White House Monday night, along with border security and other priorities of the new president.
President Trump's sweeping order against Obamacare late Friday appears to give the new administration enough leeway to target the most unpopular aspect of his predecessor's law -- a mandate requiring Americans to get covered or pay a fine, policy analysts said.
President-elect Donald Trump's choice for health secretary, Rep. Tom Price, on Wednesday said the government should replace federal regulations aimed at universal health coverage with market forces that ensure "access" to affordable care, without pulling the rug out from anyone who got used to Obamacare.
A leading Senate Republican Wednesday used a courtesy hearing for Rep. Tom Price to become President-elect Donald Trump's health secretary to lay down his marker on repeal of Obamacare, saying it cannot occur until the Republican-led Congress has a suitable replacement in hand.
President-elect Donald Trump is offering a few more hints about what he'd like to see in a health care overhaul package, mentioning block granting Medicaid dollars to the states as one possibility and cooperating with private companies to insure people who can afford it.
The number of people who are uninsured would spike to 32 million and premiums would double by 2026 if Congress passes a GOP-driven bill to repeal key portions of Obamacare without a replacement, congressional scorekeepers said Tuesday.
The House passed a 2017 budget Friday that lays the groundwork for dismantling Obamacare, brushing aside intra-GOP anxiety and defiant Democrats to launch the repeal-and-replace strategy staked out by President-elect Donald Trump.
I feel like Republicans in Congress are about to blow it.
A prominent Democratic congressman said Friday that lawmakers have an obligation to ensure their constituents have health care coverage, and he vowed to work with Republicans on replacing Obamacare if the law is soon repealed.
President-elect Donald Trump is giddy about the legislative steps that are being taken to scrap Obamacare.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that lawmakers plan to advance legislation both to repeal and to replace Obamacare at the same time, a day after President-elect Donald Trump said repealing and replacing the law would be done "essentially simultaneously."
Senate Republicans on Thursday imposed a deadline on their plans to dismantle President Obama's health care law, saying Americans are demanding relief from rising prices and dwindling choices even if the path toward a replacement is politically perilous.
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.
The latest round of Obamacare sign-ups is running ahead of pace compared to a year earlier, the administration said Tuesday, providing backup for Democrats who say the law isn't spiraling out of control and only needs fixes, not a full repeal.
President Obama's top health official on Monday used her final public defense of Obamacare to accuse Republicans of scheming to cut benefits under the banner of "state flexibility," while daring them to devise a plan that doesn't take a step backward on health care.
After six years of resisting legislative changes to Obamacare, President Obama and Democrats now say they're ready to work on fixes to the massive health law — so long as they expand the federal government's role in health care.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser warned Congress Friday that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cost the city more than $600 million dollars per year.
President Obama on Friday openly dared Republicans to craft a better health care plan than his signature overhaul, saying he will concede the mantle of reform if they can cover as many people, keep costs down and produce a stable marketplace.
The American public remains deeply divided over Obamacare, but only 1 in 5 back a Republican plan first to repeal the law, then to come up with a replacement, according to a timely poll that says most people want Congress to have a firm alternative in hand before it pulls the plug on the existing system.
A group of 13 Senate Democratic Caucus members said Thursday that they are ready to work with Republicans on changes to Obamacare, but objected to the quick pace GOP leaders are pushing to repeal the law entirely.
Rep. Chris Collins suggested Thursday that major effects from repealing Obamacare aren't likely to be felt until after 2018, saying there's "no reason to worry" for the next two years.
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday called on Democrats and Republicans to come together to find a replacement for Obamacare, saying Democrats are well aware of the mess they're currently in with the law.
Republicans won the first skirmish in the Obamacare repeal fight Wednesday, voting to begin debate on fast-track procedures that would allow them to kill the 2010 health law without having to face a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.
President Obama rallied his troops on Capitol Hill Wednesday to defend his health care law, insisting the politics are on their side as the GOP plots its Obamacare repeal.
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Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he'd be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect.
The head of the agency in charge of the new health care law apologized Tuesday to people who've tried to use the flawed federal Obamacare website, but she said she still has faith that the site will be working for most Americans by the end of November.
The Obama administration waited until the last minute to test the main Obamacare website and refused to ask for a delay when hiccups arose, government contractors testified to Congress on Thursday as they tried to explain why the rollout of the insurance exchanges has been so rocky.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday put off Republican lawmakers who want to question her about the disastrous rollout of Obamacare this week, instead agreeing to testify about the program's computer problems next week.
Dr. Ben Carson didn't mince words: Obamacare is "the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery."
President Obama said in comments broadcast Tuesday, on the cusp of enrollment in Obamacare's exchanges, that of course there will be "glitches" in the implementation of the health reform — months of glitches, he added.
Senators from both parties linked arms to defy Sen. Ted Cruz, overcoming his attempt to filibuster the stopgap spending bill, which allowed Democrats to add back in full funding for Obamacare and power the bill through the chamber and sending it back to the House.
With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.
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.
Coping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemotherapy this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay up to $3,125, on top of premiums.
Citing Obamacare, the United Parcel Service plans to remove 15,000 spouses from its health care plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere.
The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled $67 million in grants to more than 100 organizations tasked with helping Americans understand the new health care law and its potential benefits.
Tea party Republicans are girding for a fight with the White House — and members of their own party — over how to block President Obama's health care law, saying Congress must not miss the chance to use this year's funding bills to try to starve Obamacare to death.
The Obama administration launched its promotion of the new health care law in earnest Monday, revealing that it has asked the National Football League to advertise insurance options as it rolls out a glossy new website and a 24-hour call center to clear up confusion about the law.
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.
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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.