Trump Budget Trifecta: Plan Aims to Gut Obamacare, Roll Back Medicaid Expansion, Cut Medicare

  • President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal calls for another effort to repeal Obamacare.
  • Trump’s budget uses a failed Republican bill known as Graham-Cassidy as a template.
  • The proposal also seeks a rollback of the expansion of Medicaid benefits achieved under the Affordable Care Act.

 

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The GOP’s Coming Obamacare Capitulation

If conservatives don’t coalesce behind a new repeal plan soon soon, they will find themselves bystanders as their Republican colleagues link arms with Democrats.

ongressional Republicans were elected to repeal Obamacare. They may run this year as the politicians who saved it. Since late last year, GOP leaders have been planning to pump tens of billions of dollars’ worth of new federal spending into the veins of insurance companies that are hemorrhaging red ink on the Obamacare exchanges.

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Does Obamacare Still Exist?

Health care is the most desired topic for the upcoming State of the Union address: 82% of voters voters want President Trump to discuss improving the health care system.

Health care is also the most important issue for voters in the upcoming 2018 congressional elections, according to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. A fifth of voters in battleground states consider health care to be their top issue.

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Out-of-Pocket Health Spending Dropped by Nearly 12 Percent — But Premiums Rose After Obamacare Rolled Out

  • Out-of-pocket spending on health care dropped by an average of 12 percent in the two years after Obamacare was fully implemented.
  • But household spending on health insurance premiums jumped by an average of 12 percent during the same time.
  • The poorest households saw the biggest savings as a result of the Affordable Care Act, largely as a result of the expansion of Medicaid benefits.

Obamacare Repeal Fades From GOP Priorities List in New Year

The chances of repealing Obamacare this year are fading further, with top Republicans saying they hardly discussed repeal of the law during a Camp David retreat last weekend focused on their 2018 agenda.

Meanwhile, Republicans say talk of welfare or entitlement reform this year is also narrowing down to an emphasis on things like job training, not the broad overhaul of Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlements that Democrats have warned against.

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Trump Administration Rolls Out Health Plan Rules That Could Weaken Obamacare

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed new rules to let certain small businesses and trade groups band together to buy health care, in its latest move that could weaken Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces.

The expansion of so-called association health plans is part of a broader effort to encourage the rise of cheaper coverage options that are exempt from certain Obamacare patient protections and benefit rules.

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Obamacare Enrollment Ends With Surprising Results in Kansas and Missouri

Analysts thought President Trump’s decision to cut the open enrollment period in half would make it difficult, if not impossible, to match last year’s figure of 98,780 Kansans enrolled.

But when the dust settled after the Dec. 15 enrollment deadline, Kansas had enrolled 98,919.

Missouri’s total of 245,580 enrolled also beat last year’s number, by about 1,000 people.

Nationwide the ACA enrolled about 8.8 million, just short of last year’s total of about 9.2 million.

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8.8 Million Sign Up for Obamacare in Strong Showing

Some 8.8 million people have signed up for 2018 coverage on the federal exchange during an open enrollment season that was half the length of prior years and far less promoted, the Trump administration said Thursday. That’s only 400,000 fewer than signed up on healthcare.gov during open enrollment a year ago.

Nearly 2.4 million consumers were new to the exchanges, while more than 6.4 million continued their coverage during the period, which ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

Traffic was heavy in the final days. More than 4.1 million people selected plans in the last five days, including those who were automatically renewed.

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The Stealth Repeal of Obamacare

Obamacare survived the first year of President Donald Trump, but it’s badly damaged.

The sweeping Republican tax bill on the verge of final passage would repeal the individual mandate in 2019, potentially taking millions of people out of the health insurance market. On top of that, the Trump administration has killed some subsidies, halved the insurance enrollment period, gutted the Obamacare marketing campaign, and rolled out a regulatory red carpet for skimpy new health plans that will change the insurance landscape in ways that are harmful to former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

None of these individually represent a death blow. But in aggregate, the past year adds up to a slow, stealthy erosion of the law.

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Rollback of Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

A federal judge in Pennsylvania temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s recent rules allowing moral and religious exceptions for ObamaCare’s birth control requirement.

The injunction comes after state Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the administration, arguing the changes to the mandate undermine women’s health.