Why Some Can’t Wait for a Repeal of Obamacare

For Linda Dearman, the House vote last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act was a welcome relief.

Ms. Dearman, of Bartlett, Ill., voted for President Trump largely because of his contempt for the federal health law. She and her husband, a partner in an engineering firm, buy their own insurance, but late last year they dropped their $1,100-a-month policy and switched to a bare-bones plan that does not meet the law’s requirements. They are counting that the law will be repealed before they owe a penalty.

“Now it looks like it will be, and we’re thrilled about that,” Ms. Dearman, 54, said. “We are so glad to feel represented for a change.”

Read more at The New York Times

Leading House Republican Upton Says He Will Vote ‘No’ on Obamacare Replacement Bill

The GOP’s Obamacare replacement might need some emergency treatment.

A leading House Republican on Tuesday said he has told the GOP leadership he will vote against their bill to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act.

The loss of a vote from Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, could make it much more difficult for Republicans to even dare to call a vote on their replacement bill, much less to get it passed this week.

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4 Key Questions Surrounding Obamacare Repeal

House Republicans are mounting yet another effort to tear down Obamacare and remake the health care system — but the path to delivering on one of the GOP’s longest-standing priorities remains complicated and fraught with uncertainty.

House GOP leadership is working furiously to rally support for its Obamacare repeal bill amid threats of a government shutdown, rebellion within its ranks and dire warnings about the consequences for the nation’s most vulnerable Americans. The Trump administration and Republican leaders contend they’re drawing closer to a deal. Still, the situation is more fluid than ever.

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Emerging GOP Obamacare Repeal Would Mean Sick People Pay (Much) More

Republicans are trying to bring back Obamacare repeal. And the emerging deal would make a mockery of those promises ― by forcing people with medical problems to pay more for their health care, and in many cases leaving them unable to get insurance at all.

It would be a breach of faith, but also a revealing window into what Republicans who support this measure think the world should look like.

The whole point of health insurance is to protect people from financial ruin just because they happen to be injured or sick. Living with diabetes, battling cancer, recovering from serious injury ― these things are hard enough without having to worry that paying the medical bills will drive you into bankruptcy.

The Affordable Care Act was an effort, however imperfect and incomplete, to protect people from those problems. This Republican proposal would expose them all over again.

Read more at The Huffington Post

FACT CHECK: Trump Says Obamacare Is ‘Exploding.’ It’s Not

President Trump is doing his best to put a good face on defeat in his party’s attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

His strategy is simple: declare that the law is failing. And he is selling that message in his own distinctly Trumpian way: concocting it out of simple, bold words and then hammering that message home, over and over: Obamacare, in his words, will “explode.”

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Ryan Predicts House Will Pass Obamacare Repeal, but With Changes to Help Older Consumers

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Sunday said he felt “very good” about the chances that the House would pass the Republicans’ healthcare bill, even as changes were being made to lure votes, such as providing more assistance for older Americans.

“We’re still having conversations with our members,” Ryan (R-Wis.) said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people’s concerns, to reflect peoples’ improvements.”

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

Milbank: the Masterminds Behind Obamacare’s ‘Death Spiral’

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) says Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” and he should know: He’s the one who cut the power to Obamacare’s engines and pointed its nose downward.

President Trump says, “Obamacare is imploding and will only get worse,” and he should know: He’s the one who placed the explosives under Obamacare’s foundation.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), co-author of the GOP health-care bill, says of Obamacare: “We’ve arrived at the scene of a pretty big wreck.” And he, too, should know: He’s the one who dumped oil and tire spikes on the road.

Read more at the Quad-City Times

Democrats’ Sudden Amnesia about Obamacare’s Many Ills

Reminder: Republicans are struggling to mend a system that’s badly broken.

Hillary Clinton was conspicuously quiet about Obamacare in the final weeks of the election, and for good reason. One week before Election Day, the law’s fourth open-enrollment period began, accompanied by a wave of policy cancellations and rate hikes. After analyzing published prices from every state, the New York Times’ Upshot blog confirmed on November 4: “Average Obamacare insurance rates really are going up by 22 percent.”

Read more at the National Review

GOP Health-Care Plan: Republican Hard-Liners’ Reaction Puts Bill’s Future in Doubt

Conservative lawmakers in the House and the Senate continued to attack the Republican health-care plan Tuesday after congressional budget analysts found it would dramatically increase the number of uninsured Americans while raising premium costs in the short term.

The reaction from Republican hard-liners to the Congressional Budget Office report cast doubt on the viability of the American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s proposal to revise Obamacare, which could receive a House vote within two weeks.

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3 Fatal Flaws Of The Republican Plan to Replace Obamacare

This month, the Republicans have finally introduced their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. For anyone familiar with the economics of insurance, the plan is highly problematic. The death spiral of Obamacare (which is real) will only get worse with Trumpcare. This article discusses three of the biggest flaws, and their implications.

Read more at Forbes