The Trump administration is cutting grants for non-profits that help people get health insurance, and instead directing them to offer people junk health insurance plans.
In an unusual Saturday announcement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) said it will no longer collect and pay out money under the “risk adjustment” program of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare.
A new poll of voters found that they are opposed to the Trump administration's lawsuit to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions by a 2 to 1 margin.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was chased away from a movie theater by protesters one day after she protections for people with preexisted conditions.
Trump bragged that he basically gutted Obamacare. The result of his gutting is that 4 million people lost their health insurance.
Virginia and Maryland have just made public health insurance company requests for 2019 premium increases under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), and the results are shocking.
Health insurers in both states want double-digit increases in monthly premiums for individual medical plans. CareFirst, for example, wants to nearly double the amount it charges on average for coverage in Maryland, and increase the cost in Virginia by 64 percent.
Consider these separate but related news items:
- The cost and availability of health care is the #1 issue that Americans care about right now, according to the Gallup poll.
- The Gallup poll for the last year has been showing that Obamacare (ACA) is approved of by over half of American voters.
- A new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that American voters are more focused on health care than any other issue. Over 30 percent of voters polled said that health care was their top issue, which was more than twice as many as any other issue.
- In a December Gallup poll nearly half of Americans support a government-run healthcare system, the highest number ever. In fact, through Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans’ Administration, the federal government and the prison system, about 40% of Americans already receive their healthcare from government-run programs. And most people like these programs and want to keep them.
Add all this together and you can’t help but reach an inescapable conclusion: If health care plays a prominent role in this year’s election, it could provide a huge advantage for Democrats.
The Obamacare fixes that were promised to Senator Susan Collins in exchange for her support of the Republican tax bill in December appear to be in serious trouble.
Earlier this week Republicans in Congress released their plan to stabilize healthcare exchanges under Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act or the ACA).
Over the last July 4 holiday, in an infamous moment inspiring public outrage, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was captured on film enjoying a public beach with his family. His family were the only ones on the beach, as the beach had been closed to the public because the state, due largely to a Christie veto, had failed to pass a budget, preventing funds from being disbursed to public parks.
Remember last July when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros and his regime? At the time the Maduros regime was attempting to re-write Venezuela’s constitution to erode provisions enforcing democratic institutions in order to secure dictatorial powers for himself.
Mnuchin issued a statement last July 31 that, looking back, we can see contains language remarkably resonant with the recent behaviors of not just the Trump administration but, it is important to note, the current GOP regime itself. In this statement, Mnuchin said, “As President Trump said earlier this month, the strong and courageous actions by the Venezuelan people to stand for democracy, freedom, and the rule of law have been continually ignored by Nicolas Maduro who dreams of becoming a dictator. Yesterday’s illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the absurd claim that Republicans are killing Obamacare so that they can cut more taxes for the middle-class. McConnell is a lie.
More than 600,000 people selected health insurance plans on the exchange in the first four days of open enrollment despite the efforts of Trump and the Republicans to sabotage the law.
In the early going, it appears that Trump's efforts to keep people from getting health insurance are failing – but it still remains to be seen what the long-term effects of his sabotage will be.
Several U.S. states sued the federal government and asked for an immediate order halting Trump's move while the case is being litigated.
President Donald Trump's reversals in the past week on maintaining Obamacare subsidies to insurers are sowing new confusion over what kind of health insurance will be available to consumers, and at what price, when enrollment for 2018 begins in two weeks.
"It seems like he is trying to hurt the middle class," said Westerman, who is retired from a manufacturing company in Pennsylvania, a state that Trump won by little more than 44,000 votes over Democrat Hillary Clinton. It was the first time a Republican candidate had won Pennsylvania since 1988.
As key Senators announced that they had reached a bipartisan deal to stabilize the health insurance market, on another planet, Trump was standing in the Rose Garden declaring Obamacare dead.
Trump thinks voters won't notice his sabotage of the health care system because the plan was called Obamacare. (It wasn't.)
While speaking at the Value Voters Summit, Steve Bannon admitted that Trump ended the CSR payments not to make healthcare better, but as part of a plan to make healthcare worse by blowing up the Obamacare exchanges.
"Donald Trump no more knows anything about the insurance company than the man on the moon. So, you know, this is silly. This is typical Trump. He gets upset about something, he reacts."