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What Trump and the GOP just don’t understand about Medicaid

“Importantly, Medicaid expansion made insurance more affordable for residents who don’t qualify for subsidized health care” writes Jennifer Fitzgerald for cnbc.com. That’s a far cry from the affordable health insurance Trump and his fellow Republican lawmakers have promised the American people.Studies have found the federal and state governments — and ultimately taxpayers, employers and health care consumers — cover the costs hospitals and health care providers incur when they treat people without a health care plan.The budget, unveiled Monday, eliminates the health care law’s premium subsidies, rolls back its Medicaid…

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Paul Ryan calls out John McCain for torpedoing ObamaCare repeal: Exclusive

“House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying entitlement reform is essential to limiting budget deficits, criticized Sen” writes Julia Limitone for foxbusiness.com. While he was unsure whether a reform package will be in place this year, tackling the “root cause” to bring down the cost of health care can be done in the meantime to limit budget deficits, Ryan said.Controlling health-care entitlements is essential to the budget process, according to Ryan.John McCain on Tuesday for voting last year against the repeal of Obamacare. “The house has passed these bills, but John McCain…

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Paul Ryan slams John McCain for torpedoing ObamaCare repeal: Exclusive

“House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying entitlement reform is essential to limiting budget deficits, criticized Sen” writes Julia Limitone for foxbusiness.com. While he was unsure whether a reform package will be in place this year, tackling the “root cause” to bring down the cost of health care can be done in the meantime to limit budget deficits, Ryan said.Controlling health-care entitlements is essential to the budget process, according to Ryan.John McCain on Tuesday for voting last year against the repeal of Obamacare. “The house has passed these bills, but John McCain…

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Hospital Consolidation Driving Up Consumer Costs

“To counter rising prices, health-care companies are trying to cut costs by reducing consumer choice in a number of ways” reports realclearhealth.com. Both of these mergers were blocked by Obama-era courts, which rightly feared mergers would limit competition, drive up consumer costs, and undermine Obamacare.Unfortunately, they were wrong to think consolidation would bring down costs or improve care.If Congress doesn’t act, Obamacare regulations will continue to incentivize consolidation across health-care industries, leaving American consumers with fewer choices and higher out-of-pocket costs. Source: realclearhealth.com Share This:

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EDITORIAL: It’s up to Illinois lawmakers to protect Obamacare from Trump

“Over the years, Illinois has enacted laws to mandate several health care benefits, including maternity care and cancer treatment” writes Sun-times Editorial Board for suntimes.com. Illinois lawmakers can — and should — pass legislation to prevent the president from bringing watered-down health care coverage to this state.We want lawmakers in Illinois to pass legislation that would prevent health care plans in this state from eliminating those basic and vital health services.This latest proposal by the Trump administration could weaken Obamacare by taking healthier people from individual marketplaces to these skimpy small business…

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GOP Report Claims Obamacare Contributed to Opioid Crisis

“The expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare made the opioid epidemic even worse, according to a report commissioned by Sen” writes Kimberly Leonard for washingtonexaminer.com. Johnson has been raising questions about the way Medicaid contributed to the opioid epidemic since last year.Democrats have rejected accusations that Medicaid is contributing to worsening the epidemic. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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The bill to avoid a government shutdown could include a slew of changes to Obamacare’s taxes

“The Cadillac tax has been frequently delayed as it is not politically popular with constituents on either side of the aisle” writes Bob Bryan for businessinsider.com. Lawmakers told reporters that the program could get a six-year funding extension as part of the bill this week.According to The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, delays of the implementation for a number of taxes built into the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could be included in the funding bill.Kevin Brady, the chair of the Ways and Means committee, told reporters on Thursday that the Cadillac…

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Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

“(Reuters) – U.S. health insurer Centene Corp said on Monday more than 1.4 million people had paid for its insurance plans via the federal Obamacare marketplace as of Jan. 7” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. While other insurers exited the individual insurance market last year amid concerns about the future of healthcare under U.S. President Donald Trump, Centene expanded operations and said it would offer plans in new states.We had planned on incremental growth, but not that much,” Centene Chief Executive Michael Neidorff said, adding “We’ve had people working…

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Trump’s latest move wants to weaken Obamacare — but will it work?

“Association health plans, which already exist, have never been very popular” writes Emma Court for marketwatch.com. If the rule is finalized, which is expected to take until at least mid-2018, these new “association health plans” would be exempt from mandatory benefits stipulated by the ACA, such as pregnancy care, prescription drug coverage and preventative services.Operating in several states requires developing networks of doctors and hospitals in each one, a proposition that is harder than it sounds. “Do I think you’re going to have 150 national association health plans springing up…

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‘Obamacare’ sign-up tally dips slightly to 8.7M

“Still, HealthCare.gov enrollment reached nearly 95 percent of last year’s level, outperforming expectations in a show of consumer demand” writes Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar for sun-sentinel.com. A complete national tally may not be available until March, as states running their own health insurance markets are continuing to sign up consumers. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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