The Human Side of the Obamacare Debate

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump on Tuesday night is expected to explain how he will overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

Americans, especially those who are sick, have a complicated relationship with Obamacare. For some, the law has eased their burdens. For others, their health insurance struggles have continued.

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Obamascare: 60% of Online Obamacare Defenders ‘Paid to Post’ Hits on Critics

A majority of online and social media defenders of Obamacare are professionals who are “paid to post,” according to a digital expert.

“Sixty percent of all the posts were made from 100 profiles, posting between the hours of 9 and 5 Pacific Time,” said Michael Brown. “They were paid to post.”

His shocking analysis was revealed on this weekend’s Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, broadcast on Sinclair stations and streamed live Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Her upcoming show focuses on information wars and Matthew Brown was describing what happened when he had a problem with Obamacare and complained online.

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John Boehner Says Obamacare Repeal Is “Not Going to Happen”

With Republicans on Capitol Hill no closer to coalescing around an Obamacare replacement plan, and angry constituents and liberal activists staging protests at G.O.P. town halls across the country, former House Speaker John Boehner says there is little chance the party can successfully repeal Barack Obama’s signature health-care law this year—let alone replace it.

It’s not going to happen,” Boehner said Thursday while speaking at a health-care conference in Orlando, Florida, Politico reports. He dismissed claims by Donald Trump and G.O.P. leadership that Congress will successfully “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act by the end of the year, calling the prospect mere “happy talk.”

Boehner told the crowd on Thursday that he “started laughing” when congressional Republicans, ecstatic after Trump’s unexpected election triumph, predicted that they would rapidly repeal and replace Obamacare. “Republicans never ever agree on health care,” said Boehner, who resigned in 2015 from his House leadership role amid widespread turmoil in the party.

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Obamacare Getting More Popular With Voters in First Month of Trump’s Presidency

Obamacare is getting more popular with voters even as President Donald Trump moves to get rid of the landmark health-care law.

A total of 45 percent of registered voters say they approve of Obamacare, compared to 45 percent who oppose the law, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds.

Since early January — weeks before Trump moved into the White House — there has been a drop of seven percentage points among voters opposed to Obamacare.

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Obamacare Launched a New Wave of Startups. Now They’re Bracing for What’s Next.

Steadily and without fanfare, the Affordable Care Act has created a boom in Silicon Valley. Since the law passed nearly seven years ago, billions of investor dollars have flowed into digital health startups such as Stride Health that were spurred by the legislation’s overhaul of the health-care system and the market forces it unleashed. The law’s reach also extends to a generation of “gig economy” companies — including Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit and Instacart — that are dependent on the labor of flexible workers, who are among the biggest ACA consumers. Tech entrepreneurs have also relied on the law, saying it has made it easier for them to found startups.

Today, many startups are trying urgently to read the tea leaves of a new Congress and presidency that is set to strike down President Obama’s sweeping health law. With no clear replacement plan at hand, many in Silicon Valley wonder how its repeal will ripple across the region.

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‘Obamacare Orphans’ Could Be a Huge Problem for GOP Health Plan

As the Trump White House and Republican Congress start to flesh out their replacement plans for the Affordable Care Act, be prepared to hear a lot about “Obamacare orphans.” These orphans have the potential to be one of the most lethal political time bombs in American history.

Most people will think of “Obamacare orphans” as the millions of people who got health coverage because of the ACA and will lose it thanks to the expected repeal of the law by Congress as well as major insurers like Humana pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges.

It looks like there could be a lot of them.

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Trump Administration Proposes Stricter Obamacare Rules

The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed changes to the Obamacare individual insurance market that insurers welcomed as a good start but that others pointed out could raise out-of-pocket cost for consumers.

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to scrap the 2010 healthcare law that is a key legacy of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency. But they are struggling to agree on a replacement for the law, which extended health insurance to 20 million Americans.

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Fake Obamacare ‘Death Panels’ Are Back

A Republican Party chairman in Florida’s Pasco County was met with jeers last week when he brought up death panels at a town hall.

“There is a provision in [Obamacare] that anyone over the age of 74 has to go before what is effectively a death panel,” Bill Akins said. “Yes, they do. Yes, they do. It’s in there, folks.”

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12.2 Million Sign up for ‘Obamacare’ Despite Its Problems

More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law even with the uncertainty created by President Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace it.

A count by The Associated Press shows that many consumers returned to the program despite its problems. Aside from the political turmoil, those difficulties include a spike in premiums, rising deductibles and dwindling choice of insurers.

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One-Third Don’t Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same

A sizable minority of Americans don’t understand that Obamacare is just another name for the Affordable Care Act.

This finding, from a poll by Morning Consult, illustrates the extent of public confusion over a health law that President Trump and Republicans in Congress hope to repeal.

In the survey, 35 percent of respondents said either they thought Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were different policies (17 percent) or didn’t know if they were the same or different (18 percent). This confusion was more pronounced among people 18 to 29 and those who earn less than $50,000 — two groups that could be significantly affected by repeal.

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