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Turns out that now, a Majority of Americans do NOT want the program Repealed….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

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I repeat….

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

They deserve NOTHING LESS….

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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.”……

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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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49% of Americans support a Single Payer Healthcare…Poll….

That number is strongly influenced by Democratic support the Universal Healthcare Insurance concept ….

There have been other polls with the same basic results….

But there is also a caution to this …..

When those same voters are asked if they would support the increase in taxes to impliment the new government run system?…. The support for it drops  …..

“The surge of support for single-payer health care among Democrats is striking,” Dropp said. “In April, 54 percent of Democrats supported the notion. Just five months later and that support has risen to 67 percent.”

Single-payer was part of a battery of questions on four progressive proposals, but those questions did not include any mentions of funding mechanisms for these programs.

A single-payer system is even more popular than the “public option,” described to poll respondents as “a government-run health insurance agency that would compete with other private health insurance companies within the U.S.” Forty-four percent of voters back a public option, compared with 33 percent who oppose it. More voters, 22 percent, have no opinion.

GOP voters generally oppose both single-payer and public-option proposals — though the poll doesn’t show overwhelming opposition. A 52 percent majority of Republicans oppose single-payer, while 33 percent support it. On a public option, it’s 43 percent of Republicans opposed and 36 percent in support….

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The Senate Bill that doesn’t follow it’s own rules….

McConnell is desperately making shit up to get ‘Aye’ votes….

Even if what gets voted on has NOTHING to do with what will  be  put on paper…

The Senate Parliamentarian, who determines whether the bill follows those rules, has issued guidance that many of the GOP ideas included in the various iterations of Senate legislation proposed so far don’t comply. That includes provisions that would:

  • Restrict funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • Allow insurers to charge older adults five times as much as younger adults.
  • Institute a six month waiting period to buy insurance if you haven’t had continuous coverage (which is supposed to function as a replacement to the individual mandate).
  • Make available waivers to allow states to forgo insurance market regulations.

Getting rid of these provisions makes Swiss cheese out of the bills Republicans have put forward so far. It’s unclear what that will mean for their final bill proposal. At the moment, two of the options seem to be to leave those provisions out (as would be the case with a true “skinny repeal” bill that just ended the individual mandate, the employer mandate and perhaps a few other things) and hope they can get enough votes without them, or they could choose to overrule the Parliamentarian, ending the Senate as we know it….

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Texas House Rep. blames ‘some female Senators’ for Healthcare Bill passage problems…

Sexism is alive in the Grand Ole party in 2017…..

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Rep. Blake Farenthold on Monday blamed “some female senators from the Northeast” for hampering Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, telling a local radio station that he might challenge them to a duel if the allegedly obstructive lawmakers were men.

The Texas Republican’s remark appeared to be a reference to Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), both of whom have expressed some degree of hesitancy toward Senate Republicans’ specific plans to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has also expressed reservations about the GOP’s repeal-and-replace efforts, although she represents a state thousands of miles from the Northeast.

That the GOP has not yet made good on its repeal-and-replace promise is “absolutely repugnant,” Farenthold told a radio station in his Gulf Coast congressional district.

“The fact that the Senate does not have the courage to do some things that every Republican in the Senate promised to do is just absolutely repugnant to me,” Farenthold said during his segment on Corpus Christi, Texas, radio station 1440 KEYS, according to Talking Points Memo. “Some of the people that are opposed to this, they’re some female senators from the Northeast.”

“If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold added…..

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House Obamacare Repeal Bill ain’t popular in 3 key GOP Senator states…

Will the Senator’s in these state’s vote to help Trump get a campaign and party pledge when they get the chance?

Or?

Will the cover their own rears and vote AGAINST?

Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm, conducted polls in three states where a Republican Senator will have a key swing vote on the GOP health care plan: Nevada, West Virginia and Alaska.

The revelations: The Senate plan isn’t out yet, but the repeal and replace plan that passed the House is deeply unpopular in all three states, and there are concerns about the secretive process through which the Senate plan is being crafted.

The findings:

  • In Nevada: 31% of all voters, 34% of independents and 61% of Trump voters approve of the AHCA.
  • In Alaska: 29% of all voters, 17% of independents and 59% of Trump voters approve.
  • In West Virginia: 35% of all voters, 27% of independents and 50% of Trump voters approve.
  • In all three states, majorities had either very serious or somewhat serious concerns about the lack of public hearings on the Senate plan, and lack of time for the public (and some members) to read and understand the bill…..

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GOP Senator in Nevada…Dean Heller….

GOP Senator in Alaska……Lisa Mukowski

GOP Senator West Virginia ….Shelley Capito

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