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If Trump and Congress don’t bring back the healthcare subsidy?…Another one kicks in….

A new wrinkle has been added to the football of healthcare insurance subsidy payments….

It seems that there are fail safes in the law that kick’s in if one type of subsidy is gone….ANOTHER subsidy would become available …This one would make available tax credits that would replace the subsidy money gone….And could be used by even MORE people that us the current system…(The number of uninsured Americans is reported to have risen recently by one poll)

Insurance companies would raise rates , but a good amount of people who idamize their taxes could claim the higher payments and rcoup some of the increased money they paid to insurers from the government…This would surely cost the government MORE than just paying the insurance comoanies direct since it requires more papaerwork and handling….

This would NOT help those low-income people who need the current subsidy availablity up front….(But they have states lining up to sue the Trump Admin to free the subsidy money….The US Senate has the votes to pay the subsidies for 2 years, but the House is another thing)

If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major “Obamacare” health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable.

The unexpected assessment comes from consultants, policy experts, and state officials, who are trying to discern the potential fallout from a Washington health care debate that’s becoming even more complicated and volatile.

What’s driving the predictions? It’s because another subsidy that’s part of the health law would go up for people with low-to-moderate incomes, offsetting Trump’s move.

“It’s a kind of counter-intuitive result,” said Kurt Giesa, a health insurance expert with the Oliver Wyman consulting firm.

Think of pushing down on one end of a see-saw and the other end goes up.

According to one estimate, more consumers would sign up for coverage next year even though Trump says the Affordable Care Act is “virtually dead.”….



The chances of the Affordable Healthcare Law (Obamacare) going away in its entirety are remote….

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Healthcare Uninsured rate begins to climb back up…

It’s much lower than before the ASffordable Healthcare program began, so the Obamacare program IS working….

But with the Republicans working hard to get rid of the program, which now is liked by a majority of Americans?

A drop isn’t a good thing…(The Blame HAS to involve the Republicans)

The Gallup report doesn’t include data proving the causes of the uptick in the number of uninsured, but the likeliest explanation includes a mix of factors that include shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace itself, and actions taken by President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress.

Although premiums for people who get health benefits from their employers ― the most common source of health coverage in the United States ― have held relatively steady in recent years, the same can’t be said for the price of health insurance from an exchange or bought directly from an insurer. The share of Americans in this segment of the insurance market without health insurance increased from 20 percent at the end of 2016 to 21.3 percent as of Sept. 30, Gallup reports.

Premium increases on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges rose sharplyin many parts of the country from 2016 to 2017, putting coverage out of reach for households that qualified for little or no financial assistance. Those who are eligible for tax credits to reduce their monthly insurance bills generally are shielded from rate hikes because their subsidies increase to compensate, but those who must pay full price bear the brunt of the rate hikes. Even so, the uninsured rate rose slightly more last quarter for low-income households than for higher earners.

In addition to those underlying issues in the market regulated by the Affordable Care Act, Trump and the GOP Congress have created uncertainty about the state of the exchanges and the future of the health care system that likely depressed enrollment…..


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The Senate has the votes to pass compromise Healthcare fix…The House?

The problem is getting a bill vote….

And getting past Conservatives in the House?

On Thursday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that every single Senate Democrat would back a bipartisan bill to restore the subsidy payments to health insurance companies defunded by President Trump. Combined with the 12 GOP senators who officially co-sponsored the bill, that gives the measure a filibuster-proof supermajority if and when it comes to the floor for a vote.

But with a powerful committee chairman and several other lawmakers in staunch opposition, hostility to the bill radiating from the House of Representatives, right-wing advocacy groups mobilizing against it, and a President who appears to hourly change his mind on the policy, there is no guarantee the bill will pass.

The list of Republican co-sponsors of the bill unveiled on Thursday includes half a dozen committee chairs, making it more difficult for Senate leaders to refuse to hold a vote. But Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who chairs the Finance Committee that would take up the bill if it goes through the committee process, is not one of them.

“I’m concerned we’re just perpetuating a bad process,” Hatch told TPM. “They want to do it for another two years. I’d rather face the problem now.”

Hatch is referring to the heart of the bill, which provides two years of funding for cost-sharing reduction subsidies to health insurance companies that go towards lowering the cost of care for low-income patients.

Bill co-author Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told TPM Thursday that if the bill does go through a regular committee markup, an open question at this point, it would go through Hatch’s Finance Committee. Asked if Hatch would commit to holding a hearing and markup on the bill, a GOP aide called the question “premature.”

“He would have to talk to committee members about it to see how they want to move forward,” the aide said…..


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Key Senate Republicans want Trump to back Healthcare compromise deal….

This won’t just go away because Conservitive Republicans keep mentioning ‘Repeal’, which is a goner with THIS Senate….

And actually?

Donald Trump wants a deal and win….No Matter what it is….

And it is no fluke that he keeps trying to bring the Democrats into the picture with his adopted party…

None at ALL…

Key Senate Republicans are urgently trying to get President Donald Trump to reconsider his apparent opposition to a bipartisan deal shoring up health insurance markets, several senators said Thursday morning.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who negotiated the deal with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, both spoke to the president about it on Wednesday evening. Trump has variously praised the deal and trashed it as a “bailout” of insurance companies, and both Graham and Alexander are trying to pull him back from the brink.

In a conversation on Wednesday, Trump told Graham: “I want a deal. I want to get something for this money,” Graham recounted. The South Carolina Republican responded by explaining that Republicans’ bills to repeal and replace Obamacare continued the law’s subsidy payments and argued the plan is a bridge to the Obamacare repeal bill he wrote with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

“I told him that if Graham-Cassidy became law tomorrow, you’ve got two or three years before this thing gets implemented. You’ve got to do something in the interim period,” Graham said in an interview. “You can’t save Obamacare but you can keep the markets from collapsing until we get a replacement, which will be Graham-Cassidy.”

Alexander said it was his fourth phone call from the president over the last 10 days…..


In the end?

I keep mentioning here that Republicans WILL HAVE TO make deals with the Democrats and ignore the rightwingnuts of the party to get ANY major legislation passed…

It IS the way the Congress is designed to work….

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Forget all the Bull Shit…Congress WILL repay the Health Insurance Companies….

I mentioned this fact earlier today in a post here at the PDog before any of the paid media types did THEIR posts,  whose  get better play than mine…

No Matter….

By January 1, 2018?

The American Congress WILL find a way to pay healthcare insurance companies for offering policies for low income people…And they will NOT Repeal the Affordable Healthcare Law known also as Obamacare…

Bet on it ….

The Republicans put themselves in  this jam by selling the public that the Affordable Healthcare program was ‘BAD’….

Turns out that now, a Majority of Americans do NOT want the program Repealed….

They want it fixed…

As I pointed out in my earlier post?

No changes in the program with TONS of media screaming about increases that will effect millions, and cause them to drop out of the plan, which rich people get tax breaks from,  is simply NOT what you run on during the midterm season….Unless you REALLY do NOT want to be a Majority party anymore…

Even if the deal struck by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray goes nowhere, Republican sources say it’s only a matter of time before Congress must find some way of addressing the reeling insurance markets — a vote the GOP sources know will infuriate lawmakers and their base. Put simply, the fight over Obamacare is nowhere near an end.

Alexander plans to introduce the bill Thursday along with a “significant” number of Republican and Democratic cosponsors. He predicted Wednesday that “by the end of the year chances are very good this agreement or something like it is law.”

The most likely scenario is to push the matter off and fold a yet-to-be-determined solution into a year-end package they hope will include some GOP concessions as well as Democratic perks. Such a strategy, they argue, would be less painful than voting on a stand-alone bill that conservatives view as a “bailout” for insurance companies — and a vote to “prop up” a law they’ve tried to dismantle for years.

“We do know there’s a problem with the high premiums and high deductibles because of the failures of Obamacare,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). “And until we can come up with a long-term solution, I think stabilizing the marketplace and keeping premiums affordable is not a bad idea.”…



I repeat….

Trump IS right to throw this BACK at the Republicans in Congress …

They deserve NOTHING LESS….

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Trump changes his mind on Senate Healthcare compromise ‘deal’….GOPer’s are stuck….

I posted up the announcement that Senators LamarHunt and Patty Murray had what they thought was a compromise to pay insurance companies for carrying low income people on health insurance, that they MUST cover in turn for allowing states wiggle room in their coverage….

I DID mention that the announcement was met with a thud….

President Trump was happy for about two hours with the ‘deal’ until he heard that his party memebers , particuly House Conservertives began to complain LOUD and CLEAR that they would not go along with something that would let Trump boast he got a deal with Democrats that would SAVE a program they have vilified for the past six year….Of course the ageement would be viewed as a direct reputation of their politics on healthcare…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t said much about the whole thing so far…

House Speaker Ryan wants healthcare to go away….

But it’s NOT that simple…

By kicking the whole thing to Congress, where it should be?

Trump has put the responsibitly for a possible loss of health insurance for tens of millions in Congress’s lap….And could be providing Democratic talking points to run on in next years Midterm elections …Something conservatives are being short sighted about…

No matter what?

Republicans in Congress WILL end up doing something to save the healthcare bill …..

To have people losing their health insurance due to HUGE premium increases next year for a program that a majority of Americans NOW want to keep, just fix, is a recipe for political disaster ……

A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception.

Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced their accord Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and five days after Trump said he was halting federal subsidies to insurers. Under the lawmakers’ agreement, the payments would continue for two years while states were given more leeway to let insurers sidestep some coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama’s health care law.

In remarks Tuesday in the Rose Garden, Trump called the deal “a very good solution” that would calm insurance markets, giving him time to pursue his goal of scrapping Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, the target of Republican derision since it was signed into law.

Although top Democrats and some Republicans praised the Alexander-Murray compromise agreement, Trump backed off after a day of criticism from many in the GOP.

In an evening speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation, he said that “while I commend” the work by the two senators, “I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the Obamacare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies.”

A White House official said Trump’s statement was aimed at conveying opposition to the Alexander-Murray plan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

The subsidies — called cost-sharing reductions — go to insurers for reducing out-of-pocket costs for lower-income people. Since Obama’s law requires insurers to make those cost reductions, insurers and others have warned that halting the subsidies would force premiums higher and prompt some carriers to abandon unprofitable markets.

“This agreement avoids chaos,” Alexander said when he announced the deal. “I don’t know a Republican or Democrat who benefits from chaos.”

Alexander said the president had encouraged his efforts in two phone calls in recent days. But Trump has also repeatedly called the subsidies bailouts of insurers, who he’s pointedly said have contributed little to his campaigns…..


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Bipartisan Senate Obamacare agreement lands with a thud for GOPer’s….

The agreement worked out between Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democrat Senator Patty Murray seems like a compromise that will keep money flowing to healthcare insurers and let states have some wiggle room on their coverage….

It is NOT a Repeal of the current National Healthcare Program….

It IS a reinforcement of the very law that Republicans tried to hang around the Democrats….

Donald Trump has forced his own Republicans to either take the blame for casting tens of millions of American out of their coverage or YES…Making a compromise with Democrats…(They can’t pass a Repeal we KNOW)

If they approve this?

Republicans KNOW they are eating their OWN ‘crow’….Served up by their party leader……

In advance of the deal’s announcement, many Republican senators were already distancing themselves from the emerging plan.

“I don’t know. I’m not sure what the Senate should do,” said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) Tuesday morning.

In the House, which passed an ACA repeal bill, there appeared to be even less appetite for a bill that bolsters an element of the law that they have pilloried for seven years without more forcefully rolling back other parts of it.

“This is like we have to fix the Senate’s failure,” said Cole. Using a football analogy, he blamed Senate Republicans for fumbling the ball on the one-yard line.

In the eyes of Cole and other leading Republicans, the party’s congressional majorities were put at risk by the unsuccessful repeal push. With Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon already threatening primary challenges against senators up in 2018, some fear that asking lawmakers to reinforce the bill they tried to undo is simply not a defensible position.

On the other hand, doing nothing is also likely to spur criticism of the Republicans.

As senators announced their agreement, a new analysis emerged Tuesday showing the large stakes for insurers in the short term if the cost-sharing payments are not restored. By the end of 2017, health plans will lose more than $1 billion nationwide, according to the analysis by Avalere Health, a Washington-based consulting firm.

Both state and industry officials welcomed the prospect of a possible deal on the subsidies, but they also warned that it could come too late given that the 45-day open enrollment period for the ACA begins Nov. 1.

The timing — just two weeks before the start of the fifth enrollment season for ACA coverage — could mean havoc back in states, where some insurance regulators already are reeling from Trump’s decision to stop funding CSRs…..


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Is Trump actually gonna push Congress to support Obamacare?

While the media chorus has been anti-Trump on the Affordable Healthcare law know as Obamacare….

There does seem to be a plan afoot to get Congress to work on fixing the countries healthcare program….

It seems that Trump in his own way  IS pushing Republicans and Democrats to get together and work out  a ‘deal’…..

Trump stopping of insurance payments to insurance companies puts the onus on Congress to do so….Trump wants to stop having ok the monthly payments and he’s right…The monthly thing was a dig at Obama , who is gone….

The problem is now where it should be…In Congress….

Republicans cannot do this alone…

So Democratic leaders WILL have to sit down and work out a deal with the Republicans to make the payments a longer term thing that comes from them , Not the White House and yes….Like things are supposed to be?…Democrats are gonna have to let the states  have more flexibility ….

This won’t hurt blue state healthcare users….But it WILL hurt red sate state users, some who surely lose some coverage…. Red state Democrats might be able run on those cuts since the Obamacare program has gained support by more Americans even in Red states….

The last few years actions by Republican against the nations healthcare system have come home….

Here’s the latest….

Congressional Democrats have to decide how badly they want an ObamaCare deal.

Senate Republicans are open to renewing the insurer payments that President Trump canceled last week, but, in return, they want to expand a program that allows states to waive Affordable Care Act regulations.

That asking price could be hard for Democrats to swallow.

While Democrats want to protect ObamaCare, they fear that expanding the waivers would allow states to chip away at the bedrock protections of the law, including the rules on what an insurance plan must cover.

The politics of the health-care debate are also shifting.

While ObamaCare used to be a liability for Democrats, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll in August found that 60 percent of respondents think Republicans are responsible for problems in the Affordable Care Act going forward. Only 28 percent said the responsibility rests with Democrats.

Polls like that make some Republicans nervous about an ObamaCare backlash in the 2018 elections. And Democrats, hopeful of winning back the House and potentially even the Senate next year, are eager to hang ObamaCare’s problems around the GOP’s neck.

“Republicans in the House and Senate now own the health-care system in this country from top to bottom, and their destructive actions, and the actions of the president, are going to fall on their backs,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Friday.

Negotiations over an ObamaCare bill have been going on for weeks, with Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) seeking an agreement to stabilize the markets and protect people’s coverage options.

Democrats say they are pushing for a deal, and Murray said Friday she was “optimistic” that one could be reached…..



Anybody rmention Bernie Sanders ‘Single Payer’ rants?

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Trump’s Obamacare action is going to court…State’s announce lawsuit..

Why NOT?

The Republican’s took President Obama to court on the program…..

18 State Attorney General’s have joined together to file against Trump’s excutive actions  concerning the Affordaable Healthcare law….

President Donald Trump’s move to cut off critical Obamacare subsidies will almost surely be tied up in the courts for years as Democratic-led states seek injunctions, while insurers seek to recover payments they say they’re owed.

It’s impossible to predict whether a judge might order the administration to continue the payments while the lawsuits are heard, but at least some legal experts express doubts.

“Forcing an administration to continue making payments when the president believes there is no appropriation, and when Congress believes there’s no appropriation, would be a pretty extreme move by the court — even if it was a temporary measure,” said Nicholas Bagley, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who has written extensively about Obamacare legal issue

The result is that consumers are likely to be caught holding the bag if their insurers bolt and their Obamacare markets teeter on the verge of collapse. Many will end up paying higher premiums to make up for the shortfall, estimated at $7 billion this year alone. And although most insurers have locked in commitments to participate in the Obamacare markets for 2018, some may re-examine those decisions….


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Donald Trump is throwing shit back to Congress….

He just finished telling the world that he doesn’t like the Iran deal…But won’t scrap it….He want’s Congress to ok and better deal….

He just made two executive moves on the Affordable Healthcare program…Again…Congress CAN do something…(And Trump can go back to watching the Media and play Golf)

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The Republicans who are supposed to be a majority party of Donald Trump the ‘head’ Grand Ole party guy can’t get anything done…So Trump, who has been frustrated by  ‘his’ party not getting anything done?….

Is doing things that are dearing Congress to DO SOMETHING….

And Republicans won’t so far if they have to reach across the aisle and work WITH Democrats….Anytime Trump mentions Democrats?Conservatives and Some Republicans scratch their heads and dig in against anything…Others are NOT happy with this stuff)

Republican’s in Congress made this problem to themselves by NOT allowing Barack Obama any backing on ANYTHING he wanted to do…

Bill Clinton fought Congress tooth and nail, from shutdowns to impeachment. George W. Bush boasted that he was “the decider.” Barack Obama groused that if lawmakers were unwilling to take actions he wanted, he would take up his “pen and phone.

Donald Trump, however, is more than willing to let Congress act. Of all the norms that he has upended in his short tenure as president, Trump’s willingness to pass the buck back to lawmakers is one of the most unexpected, curious, and perhaps salubrious. This impulse was on display in two major moves this week, on health care and the Iran deal, and this week the White House also laid out its principles on a third—how to deal with so-called Dreamers. In each of these cases, the Trump administration seems to be shifting responsibility to Congress so that the president is freed of it, while also hoping or expecting lawmakers will act to preserve the status quo.

In each of these cases, Trump is also taking a power that Obama specifically claimed for the presidency and insisting that Congress take it instead…..



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Trump to stop paying Healthcare Insurance Subsidies….

Frustrated by not having Congress be able to Repeal the Affordable Healthcare program also known as Obamacare…..

Donald Trump is going at the program on his own….

In actions in the last two days he is pulling away the basic of the program….The idea of healthy people helping to support lower rates for sicker people…And making healthcare insurance affordable for more Americans…His actions do NOT repeal the program…The simply take chucks of the whole thing apart…piece by piece….The process will drag on for months…

Trump’s throw down at Democrats, who  with, several Republican Senator’s have been able to stop Repeal efforts is ‘come and see me and we’ll deal’….

Insurance markets and hospital stocks are in flux right now due to Trump’s typical chaos theory of doing things in order to try to steer people to him….

He has the ability to do these things because Republicans NEVER approved writing most of the program into a law they where trying to use against Democrats….Congress COULD in fact provide the money for the payments (and other Trump actions) and put them in the current law taking the President’s control of them away…

The law has gained in  popularity  and Trump’s actions will NOT make those who have been able to gain insurance (Republican voters included) at a lower rate will probably lose it again….Trump and the Republicans are sure to mount a campaign to blame THEIR moves affects on people on the Democrats….

The 2018 Midterm elections are just a year out….

President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers.

The twin hits to the Affordable Care Act could unravel President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, sending insurance premiums soaring and insurance companies fleeing from the health law’s online marketplaces. After Republicans failed to repeal the health law in Congress, Mr. Trump appears determined to dismantle it on his own.

Without the subsidies, insurance markets could quickly unravel. Insurers have said they will need much higher premiums and may pull out of the insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act if the subsidies were cut off. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments, the subsidies were expected to total $9 billion in the coming year and nearly $100 billion in the coming decade.

“The government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments,” the White House said in a statement.

It concluded that “Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people.”

In a joint statement, the top Democrats in Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, said Mr. Trump had “apparently decided to punish the American people for his inability to improve our health care system.”

“It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America,” they said. “Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.”

Lawmakers from both parties have urged the president to continue the payments. Mr. Trump had raised the possibility of eliminating the subsidies at a White House meeting with Republican senators several months ago. At the time, one senator told him that the Republican Party would effectively “own health care” as a political issue if the president did so.

“Cutting health care subsidies will mean more uninsured in my district,” Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican of Florida, wrote on Twitter late Thursday. She added that Mr. Trump “promised more access, affordable coverage. This does opposite.”

But Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, praised Mr. Trump’s decision and said the Obama administration had usurped the authority of Congress by paying the subsidies. “Under our Constitution,” Mr. Ryan said, “the power of the purse belongs to Congress, not the executive branch.”……



State Attorneys General Announce Lawsuit Against Trump’s O’care Blow

Democratic attorneys general from a handful of states announced Friday their plans to file a lawsuit against President Trump’s efforts to end Obamacare subsidies to insurers.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that those payments can continue to go forward,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said in a conference call the attorneys general held with reporters….


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Trump signs an internal change to Obamacare offering cheap Insurance across state lines…

*Update….CBO call is out on Trump’s excutive order

The move by Trump may drain healthy young people from the Affordable Healthcare insurance polls drving up premiums for those older and sicker ….

This is addition to Trump’s efforts to stop advertising the Obamacare programs….

But Trump does get a chance to annouce some action…

(Trump has said this was in the works for months….So the repeal thing was what?)


And drops this in his lap….

The White House and allies portray the president’s move to expand access to “association health plans” as wielding administrative powers to accomplish what congressional Republicans have failed to achieve: tearing down the law’s insurance marketplaces and letting some Americans buy skimpier coverage at lower prices. The order will be Trump’s biggest step to carry out a broad but ill-defined directive he issued his first night in office for agencies to lessen ACA regulations from the Obama administration.

Critics, who include state insurance commissioners, most of the health-insurance industry and mainstream policy specialists, predict that a proliferation of such health plans will have damaging ripple effects: driving up costs for consumers with serious medical conditions and prompting more insurers to flee the law’s marketplaces. Part of Trump’s actions, they predict, will spark court challenges over their legality.

According to numerous people familiar with the White House’s anticipated order, the most far-reaching element will instruct a trio of Cabinet departments to rewrite federal rules for association health plans — a type of insurance in which small businesses of a similar type band together through an association to negotiate health benefits.

The order also is expected to expand the availability of short-term insurance policies, which offer limited benefits meant as a bridge for people between jobs or young adults no longer eligible for their parents’ health plans. The Obama administration ruled that short-term insurance may not last for more than three months; Trump is planning to extend that to nearly a year….



This move has echo’s of how Barack Obama did things for Healthcare….

And Trump has given Democrats for props in how they have stuck together AGAINST the GOP on Repeal….


Here’s what’s in Trump’s executive order on health care…

The details: Trump’s executive order does three big things:
  • Expand access to association health plans, in which a group of small employers can band together to buy insurance as a collective.
  • Expand access to short-term health plans. These policies don’t cover much and don’t cost much; today, you can only keep one for three months. Trump will extend that time limit to a year.
  • Expand the use of health reimbursement accounts, which allow employers to set aside tax-free money to help cover their employees’ health care costs. Workers will likely be able to tap that money to pay the premiums for a plan in the individual market.

The reviews: Conservatives are thrilled. Sen. Rand Paul, a champion of association health plans, was at the White House for the signing….


*Update….CBO score is out on this….


CBO says this latest Trump move will raise ACA premiums by 20 percent and add 1 million people to the ranks of the uninsure. Terrific!

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Trump loses favorability among rural voters….

Month by month Donald Trump’s numbers ebb around the edges…..

His support from rural area’s was the highest in modern history…..

He IS losing his base….Voter by voter….

President Trump’s popularity is falling among rural voters, a new Reuters-Ipsos poll found.

Trump’s approval rating among people in non-metro areas of the U.S. dropped to 47 percent last month, compared to 55 percent during the first week of his presidency.

His disapproval rating in the communities reached 47 percent in the poll, compared with 39 percent in the earlier period.

His favorability dropped among white people, men and those who didn’t attend college, the poll found.

And satisfaction with Trump’s handling of immigration also dropped by double-digits, falling from 56 percent during his first month in office to 47 percent last month….



This actually typical for Trump, who ALWAYS starts off what he does then has it fall apart….(Airline, Casino’s, College, Steaks, Entertainment and other things including Healthcare )

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Trump reaches out to Democrats for Healthcare Help….

He does it again….

First it was for the Dreamers….

Now this….

The man is stuck in a nowhere land since doing this will only anger his adopted party people and embolden the Democrats to explore this out loud…

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Although it’s not known what Trump proposed or how Schumer responded, word traveled fast among Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill:

  • The initial reaction among some Republicans was consternation, even though they didn’t know the upshot of the call.
  • A well-wired Republican told us: “It codifies the Rs’ failure on repeal/replace and shows the President can move without hesitation or ideological impediment to make a deal with the Dems. It depresses R base turnout in the midterms, as Trump voters are further disconnected from the Congressional wing.”



It would be normal for a President to work with both parties to build a consesnsxse for legislation…

But Trump has knocked the Republicans to get the GOP nomination and continued to do so…And he has promised to work against the Demeocrats also…

The man doesn’t REALLY know what he’s doing…And he can’t seem to figure out how to do this ‘Congress’ thing…

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Trump Admin broadens employers exemptions to funding contraception…

It will allow almost any company or organiztion to stop funding birth control for it’s employee’s….Religous organiztions were always allowed to withhold coverage…

The Trump administration will immediately soften the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, broadening exemptions for employers who have a religious or moral objection to helping provide birth control to their employees.

What’s happening: Churches and some religious organizations have always been exempt from the contraception mandate, but the Trump administration is broadening the exemptions to all nonprofit organizations as well as for-profit companies, including publicly traded corporations…..


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House Republicans finish a $4.1 trillion fiscal 2018 Budget blueprint….

They have a plan and are trying to reach for enacting a HUGE Tax Cut….

They had a plan TWICE on healthcare….

You KNOW what happened with THAT….

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The party’s struggles have extended well beyond its failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing an annual congressional responsibility that the GOP once relished: passing a budget. House Republicans finally approved their $4.1 trillion fiscal 2018 blueprint on Thursday—nearly six months late and over the defections of 18 of their members.

Unlike past years, the importance of the House GOP budget is not its proposed overhaul of Medicare and Medicaid, or even the trillions of dollars in cuts it envisions for federal spending. Those ideas likely won’t make their way into law. But by clearing the resolution on a party-line 219-206 vote, Republicans took the first necessary step toward their ultimate goal of enacting an ambitious tax-reform plan by the end of the year. The budget again unlocks the procedure known as reconciliation that could allow the GOP to rewrite the tax code without having to overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. It’s the same process Republicans have tried—without success so far—to use to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“We haven’t reformed this tax system since 1986,” Speaker Paul Ryan said shortly before the vote. “We need to pass this budget so we can help bring more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for people across this country…..



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