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Republicans Can Only Lose Two Votes and Still Pass Health Plan

“I feel an obligation to fix this disaster and intend to push forward for state-centric health care vs Washington-knows-best health care,” Graham said on Twitter” writes unknown author for bloomberg.com. QuickTake Q&A: What’s in Last Republican Shot to Kill Obamacare Hospital and health insurance stocks moved upward after McCain’s announcement. Source: bloomberg.com Share This:

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McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill

“McCain, of Arizona, is one of at least six Republican senators who either oppose the bill or whose positions are still not firm” writes Susan Heavey for aol.com. Alaska’s two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, are both still on the fence over the bill.Rand Paul, of Kentucky, is the only other Republican senator who has publicly said he opposes the bill. Source: aol.com Share This:

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GOP health plan, attractive in theory – and flawed | Opinion

“Single-payer health care, in which the role of private health insurers is ultimately eradicated, has become the cause celebre of the Democratic left” writes Avik Roy for sun-sentinel.com. It would be ironic, indeed, if a Republican health reform bill led to more Americans being on government health insurance than there are today.States, in turn, could use these block grants to address the health-care needs of their populations.Lawmakers can tweak Cassidy-Graham’s legislative language to require that states use block grants to support the private-sector individual insurance market and health savings accounts,…

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Graham-Cassidy: Another day, another lousy GOP healthcare bill

“Instead, the grants could free states to spend more of their own dollars on roads, prisons or other programs instead of healthcare” writes The Times Editorial for latimes.com. Just like food and housing, healthcare costs more in some states than others — and in some cases, much more.There’s a lot to be said for states’ role as laboratories of innovation in healthcare.But in another twist, it would change where those healthcare dollars went, gradually transferring federal aid from the 31 states that had expanded Medicaid to the 19 that had…

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Zenefits to end insurance brokerage business, using partners like employee benefits firm OneDigital instead, and shift focus to HR software for small businesses

“Zenefits went to its customers, focus groups, analysts and other groups to assess the kind of damage that had been done to the Zenefits brand” writes Matthew Lynley for techcrunch.com. That includes not only the kind of mechanical changes happening at the brokerage level but the actual nitty-gritty bits down to the logo of the company.People are excited about what we’re doing, they’re excited about the refreshed brand, they love the problem. Source: techcrunch.com Share This:

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Zenefits tries a rebrand and hands off insurance brokerage

“Zenefits went to its customers, focus groups, analysts and other groups to assess the kind of damage that had been done to the Zenefits brand” writes Matthew Lynley for techcrunch.com. People are excited about what we’re doing, they’re excited about the refreshed brand, they love the problem. Source: techcrunch.com Share This:

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Public Health: The G.O.P. Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard.

“One house of the California legislature recently voted to adopt a single-payer health care system” writes Margot Sanger-katz for nytimes.com. The bill would make health care an active, high-stakes political debate in all 50 states.Under the bill’s block grant formula, Mississippi would be one of the biggest winners, eligible for substantially more health care money than it gets now. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Big insurance shock for domestic partners

“Last year, just 31% of employers offered health care benefits to same-sex partners in civil unions and only 48% did for same-sex domestic partners” writes Kerry Hannon for marketwatch.com. If you currently use the domestic partner health care benefit, see if you received a notice about any planned changes.Some employers are freezing benefits, so employees who currently receive domestic partner health care may continue to do so, but no new domestic partner benefits will be offered.In 2016, however, there was a 20% drop in employers providing health care benefits to…

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Republicans and Democrats need a mental health break from Obamacare

“The Republican-led Senate is trying, yet again, to strip health insurance from tens of millions of Americans” writes Tim Mullaney for marketwatch.com. About 20 million Americans have gained health coverage, according to the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Bernie Sanders, would chuck the Affordable Care Act and move 180 million people off work-based insurance into a government-run Medicare-for-All plan. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Cassidy-Graham is attractive in theory. But it has a giant flaw.

“Single-payer health care, in which the role of private health insurers is ultimately eradicated, has become the cause celebre of the Democratic left” reports washingtonpost.com. States, in turn, could use these block grants to address the health-care needs of their populations.It would be ironic, indeed, if a Republican health reform bill led to more Americans being on government health insurance than there are today. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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