The Individual Mandate is a Tax on the Working Class. Get Rid of It

“Here’s the concern. If you haven’t made it affordable, how are you going to enforce a mandate. If a mandate was a solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house. The reason they don’t have a house is that they don’t have the money.” – Barack Obama in 2008.…
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Obamacare Premiums are On the Brink of a Death Spiral

In spite of its name, the Affordable Care Act, has led to health insurance plans that are anything but affordable. New data suggests that consumers can expect to see enormous rate hikes for the supposedly mid-priced “Silver” plans, which are used as the benchmarks for premium subsidies. These year-over-year increases could begin to tip the…
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While Democrats Celebrate, Obamacare Continues to Decimate Insurance Markets

“I imagine many of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are celebrating, probably pretty happy about this,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said from the Senate floor after a bill to repeal parts of Obamacare failed to pass. “This is a disappointment, a disappointment indeed.” “Our constituents have suffered through an awful…
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Senate Republicans Take Big Step Toward Repealing Obamacare

Sen. John McCain, the maverick of the U.S. Senate, who just days ago underwent surgery to begin his battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, strode onto the Senate floor to cast the decisive vote on the motion to proceed on the Republican health care bill. Elise Viebeck paints the scene for the Washington…
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Republicans Another Step Closer to Rebuilding American Health Cares

“It’s time to put up or shut up,” John Cornyn, the chief Republican vote counter in the Senate said of Mitch McConnell’s message to pass health care reform. “I think he’s right. We could talk about this endlessly and never reach a conclusion.” Repealing and replacing Obamacare is hard. Fundamentally transforming an enormous entitlement like…
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Obamacare’s Bad Deal for Young Adults Led to Its Demise

Republicans didn’t kill Obamacare. Young adults killed Obamacare. Many readers are sure to question that provocative statement, so let’s unpack it a bit. The first thing we have to understand is that demographics matter a lot when it comes to insurance. Insurance only works when there are enough low cost, healthy people in the “risk…
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Crisis Averted, Promise Fulfilled. Obamacare is No More

Republicans control the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House for one simple reason: They promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. Today was the first step in fulfilling that fundamental promise. There are certainly easier promises that Republicans could have made. Health care is complex, both when it comes to policy and politics,…
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Democrats’ Single-Payer Plans Come Into Focus

The fight over the federal government’s role in health care is far from over. Republicans’ failure to pass a repeal and replace plan did nothing to change the fact that Obamacare is failing. What it did was raise the political stakes for when the inevitable crash happens. First off, let’s put to bed any notion…
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Democrats Will Come to Regret Their Refusal to Work on Repeal and Replace

Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare is an enormous setback. Neither Speaker Paul Ryan nor President Donald Trump attempted to sugar coat their inability to collect enough votes on their endorsed plan. “You’ve all heard me say this before,” Speaker Ryan said. “Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with…
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CBO Score Doesn’t Tell the Full Story of Repeal and Replace

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Monday issued a report on the predicted impacts of the House Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Unsurprisingly it was a political Rorschach test – each side, with enough eye-squinting, could see what they wanted to see. Democrats immediately seized on one number: That 24 million fewer people…
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