Republicans Working to Clean Up Democrats’ Health Care Mess

Republicans have long clamored for the opportunity to pass substantive, patient-centered health care reform. The health care system has become increasingly broken over time, the result of a steady shift away from anything resembling a market and towards a complex mix of mandates, subsidies, taxes, and regulations. In short, it became a powder keg, and…
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Obamacare is Collapsing and Republicans are Prepared to Act

First things first: Obamacare is collapsing. Not a slow, stylized disintegration like you’d see in a Zack Snyder movie. This is a quick and messy Michael Bay-like crash that threatens to hurt millions of Americans.  The most recent evidence came in February, when Humana announced that it was pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges because…
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President Trump: “The Time for Small Thinking is Over”

“The time for small thinking is over, the time for trivial fights is behind us,” President Trump intoned in the conclusion to his first address to Congress on Tuesday night. Apparently some people didn’t get the message. Despite President Trump’s powerful, substantive speech that was laser focused on how he intends to address America’s most…
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The Dreaded Obamacare Death Spiral Is Happening

Andy Slavitt, who ran the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, thought that he was really sticking it to Republicans. “I talked today/last night to 5 health plan CEOs,” Slavitt tweeted. “Won’t use names but: 1 Blues, 1 integrated w hospital, 2 non-profit, 1 VC backed. All 5 health plan CEOs believe…
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Democrats Health Care Strategy: Break It and Force Republicans to Buy It

Repeal and replace has long been the Republican slogan on health care. It played a large part in the GOP’s ascendancy to a House majority, then a Senate majority, and now, the presidency. Unsurprisingly, Democrats are now looking for a slogan of their own and, according to the Washington Post, seem to have settled on…
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Republicans Prove They’re in the Promise-Keeping Business

Donald Trump’s position on Obamacare has been consistent and clear: He wants to repeal and replace the president’s disastrous health care law. But, less famously, his position on universal coverage has also been unmistakeable. “I would absolutely get rid of Obamacare,” Trump said during the GOP primary, but “I want to keep the [provisions regarding]…
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Federal Government Admits Obamacare Premiums Soaring by 25%

Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 is an apt comparison to the struggling Obamacare, but not one that anyone expected President Obama to make about his signature policy achievement. “When one of these companies comes out with a new smartphone,” he said, “and it had a few bugs, what do they do? They fix it. They…
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Prognosis Grim: Obamacare’s Exchanges are Failing

There’s just no way to tap-dance around the stunning conclusion any longer: Obamacare is in serious trouble. Last month, Aetna decided to dump 80 percent of it’s Obamacare subscribers, UnitedHealth dramatically reduced the number of states it offered plans in from 34 to 3, and Humana is offering plans in just 156 counties, an 88…
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Obamacare’s One-Time Proponents Admit It’s On a Path to Failure

Oh, what a difference a year makes. Around this time last year the pundit class was out in force to publicize Obamacare as the greatest policy success story of modern times. “Obamacare Has Been Even More Successful Than Expected,” the New York Times blared. “The success of the Affordable Care Act is a hugely inconvenient…
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Obamacare is Failing and Democrats Don’t Know How to Fix It

There was once a day when Obamacare was going to be everything to everyone. Sarah Kliff writes for the Washington Post: Three years ago, health economists believed Obamacare’s soon-to-launch marketplaces would grow to replace much of America’s fractured, complex employer-based health insurance system. Predictions for the employer-sponsored insurance system’s collapse ran rampant. The question around…
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