Suddenly, Vulnerable House Republicans No Longer Bash Obamacare on Their Websites

If you visited Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’, R-Wash., campaign website in 2014, you would have had no doubt what she wanted to do with Obamacare. She wanted to kill it.

Four years later, Rodgers’ hatred for President Obama’s signature domestic law has not just softened on her campaign website, it’s disappeared. Her site today doesn’t make reference to the Affordable Care Act under the healthcare section. Instead, it refers to Rodgers “getting a ten-year extension for children’s health care funding” and her support for “more doctors in rural communities.”… Read More at The Daily Beast

Trump’s Plan to Lower Drug Prices Tests Limits of the Law

In his effort to bring down prescription drug prices, President Trump is testing the limits of a law that prohibits the government from interfering in negotiations between drug manufacturers and insurance companies that provide drug coverage to more than 42 million people on Medicare.

The prohibition was adopted 15 years ago when a Republican Congress added drug benefits to Medicare, and since then Republicans have repeatedly invoked it to quash Democratic demands for the government to rein in drug costs.

But now, with prices of new drugs often topping $10,000 a year, Mr. Trump has unveiled a blueprint to lower drug prices, and some of his ideas envision a larger role for the government.

He wants to require insurers to reduce retail drug prices to reflect the discounts they receive from drug manufacturers. These discounts often take the form of rebates paid to insurers and middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers.

Read More at The New York Times

1 Big Thing: The Next Health Care Wars

Forget the Affordable Care Act. The future of our health care system will be shaped by a much bigger and broader fight — one that will likely culminate with a 2020 choice between private markets and an authentic government-run program in the form of a Bernie Sanders-style Medicare for All.

  • This is one of America’s great unsolved problems: We have the world’s best care, talent and innovation. But before it gets to patients, the magic goes through a hodgepodge of inexplicable, expensive and unnecessary hurdles.
  • What’s next: The health care debate is no longer a linear fight over a straight repeal of President Obama’s health care law. Instead, it has metastasized into a multifront war.

Read More at Axios

Your Right to Choose Restored by Health Mandate Repeal

On Dec. 22, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law. This legislation simplified and reduced taxes for job creating corporations and millions of Americans. In addition, one of its key provisions removed the individual mandate penalty of the euphemistically-labeled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ACA).

This effective repeal of the mandate was urged by President Trump, who has made restoring consumer choice in health care, which was all but eliminated by the costly, regulation-laden, one size fits all ObamaCare, a cornerstone of his administration’s health-care reform policy.

Read More at The Hill.

Obamacare Appears to Be Making People Healthier

Obamacare has provided health insurance to some 20 million people. But are they any better off?

This has been the central question as we’ve been watching the complex and expensive health law unfurl. We knew the law was giving people coverage, but information about whether it’s protecting people from debt or helping them become more healthy has been slower to emerge.

A few recent studies suggest that people have become less likely to have medical debt or to postpone care because of cost. They are also more likely to have a regular doctor and to be getting preventive health services like vaccines and cancer screenings.

Read more at The New York Times

Google’s Healthcare Brush-Off?

While 21st healthcare beginning in 2010, with passage of the Affordable Care Act, Google, the tech giant, finds itself shaken by the prospect of potentially having to tackle the nebulous web of federal ACA-based healthcare regulations. While priding itself on its youthful and forward, versus retro, corporate world vision, having taken on such daunting hi-tech innovations such as ”Google Glass” and driverless cars, its can-do almost anything attitude now diminishes at the prospect of employing its own technology to become a “health company”.

Co-founder Larry Page’s response has been that while glucose-sensing contact lenses are hip, he would rather work on “cool” projects – and none of them is about healthcare.

Read more at Forbes

Dunkin Donuts Pushes for Obamacare Rule Change

Dunkin’ Brands — the owner of Dunkin’ Donuts — is working to overturn a major provision of Obamacare.

The company, based in Canton, Ohio, is lobbying the White House to change its definition of full-time work from at least 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, CEO Nigel Travis told the Financial Times.

The change would leave Dunkin’ and other companies with fewer workers to insure under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Read more at Newsmax