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Obamacare signup’s break records since November first….

Nothing like a YUGE dose of media attention to get a YUGE number of people to sign up for a program that Republicans want to0 REEAL?

Anybody want to explain to the knucklehead Republicans and Donald Trump their leader that THEY ARE MAKING the Affordable Healthcare program named after President Obama MORE POPULAR than Barcak Obma and Democrats could even do…..

Over and OVER we see that the American Healthcare program is STRONGER than many could ever think….

ObamaCare signups surge in early days to set new record

A record number of people signed up for ObamaCare in the first few days of open enrollment this year compared to the same period in previous years, several sources close to the process told The Hill.

The surge in sign-ups, which was confirmed by an administration official, comes despite fears from Democrats that enrollment would fall off due to the Trump administration’s cutbacks in outreach and advertising.

On the first day of enrollment alone, Nov. 1, one source close to the process told The Hill that more than 200,000 people selected a plan for 2018, compared with about 100,000 last year. More than 1 million people visited healthcare.gov that day, compared to about 750,000 last year, the source said.

It is still early in the process and it is unclear how the final sign-up numbers will come out. Sign-ups early in the enrollment season are often people renewing their coverage, not new enrollees.

Standard & Poor’s forecasted last week that enrollment could drop by as much as 1.6 million people below last year’s level of 12.2 million signups, in part due to uncertainty from the administration’s actions.

The enrollment period is also about half as long this year, ending Dec. 15.

But the spike in sign-ups is some positive news for supporters of the health-care law who have been worrying about its fate under Republican control of Washington…..

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Obamacare Healthcare Open Enrollment begins November 1…The Trump increases coming….

People will have to deal with the ‘Trump ‘ premium increase’s since he won’t reimburse  insurance companies  for subsidizeing premiums for thosands who need coverage…

For some ?

Not paying the first subsidy will kick in tax credit’s for some people  anyways…(Probably no good for poorer people though)….

Consumers can now begin previewing 2018 plans and premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, even as President Donald Trump continues his push to dismantle the Obama-era law.

Open enrollment begins Nov. 1.

Officials at the Health and Human Services department said Wednesday that plans and premiums for the coming year were posted on HealthCare.gov. Starting next week, new customers can begin submitting applications, and returning ones can make changes to their coverage. Open enrollment will end early, on Dec. 15, about half the time allotted under Barack Obama’s administration.

The Trump administration’s launch comes after the president abruptly pulled the plug on federal payments that reimburse insurers for reduced copays and deductibles they’re required to provide to people of modest means. That exposes insurers to a potential $1 billion loss for the remainder of this year, and state regulators have been approving premium increases for next year to compensate.

In Rhode Island, the state insurance marketplace has dubbed its 18 percent to 20 percent increase a “Trump tax.” Administration officials say the payments were not properly approved by Congress and Trump is following the Constitution.

About 10 million people currently have private coverage through government-sponsored markets like HealthCare.gov. More than 8 in 10 customers receive tax credits to help pay their premiums, and that aid is still available despite the political turmoil.

Unlike the Obama years, the Trump administration has set no enrollment goal…..

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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…..

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Anybody rmention Bernie Sanders ‘Single Payer’ rants?

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…

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….

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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….

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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….

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*Update….CBO score is out on this….

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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!

No Repeal….No other action…Healthcare Insurers move to raise rates for individual’s….

Republicans have failed to repeal the law….

And have NOTHING to fix it…..(they could do something later…Congress is NOT good on deadlines)

So in a lot of states?

They are allowing the insurance companies to raise their rates by up to 60%…..

Of course this is a effort to get Congress to continue to subsidize the insurance companies …..But?

In the end?

The Republicans are trying to get what they wanted in the first place…

To make something that people have come to like and depend on?

A failure….(They are sure to place the blame for the increased premiums on Obama, not their none efforts…)

Health insurers are aggressively increasing prices next year for individual policies sold under the federal health care law, with some raising premiums by more than 50 percent.

By approving such steep increases for 2018 in recent weeks, regulators in many states appeared to be coaxing companies to hang in there, despite turmoil in the market and continuing uncertainty in Congress about the future of the law, the Affordable Care Act.

In Georgia, the state insurance commissioner, Ralph T. Hudgens, an outspoken critic of the law, often referred to as Obamacare, said the rates he approved would be up to 57.5 percent higher next year. The state had already lost Anthem, the large insurer that offers for-profit Blue Cross plans in several states, which left many markets in Georgia.

“Obamacare has become even more unaffordable for Georgia’s middle class,” Mr. Hudgens said in a statement. “I am disappointed by reports that the latest Obamacare repeal has stalled once again and urge Congress to take action to end this failed health insurance experiment.”

In Florida, the average rate increase will be about 45 percent, according to state regulators. And in New York, where officials said prices would still be below where they were before the law took effect, premiums were expected to increase by an average of about 14 percent. Many states have not made insurers’ rate increases public, and experts said the rise in costs for consumers could run from 10 percent to nearly 60 percent…..

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REALLY?…Republican supporter sues his party over NO Obamacare repeal….

The guy just didn’t get his monies worth . eh?

Now…..

Want’s it back….

A retired Virginia Beach attorney is so angry that Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act that he’s suing the GOP for raising millions of dollars campaigning on a pledge that they knew they wouldn’t be able to fulfill, per The Virginian-Pilot. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court Thursday by 70-year-old Bob Heghmann….

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Breaking …NINE Republican Senator’s vote WITH Democrats AGAINST First Senate Repeal Bill…

Forget the this afternoon’s vote to  VOTE….

Mitch McDonnell and his guys tried a quick vote on the  Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) or the straight Ted Cruz included Repeal of the Healthcare Bill…

No Joy….

The Cruz Amendment would subtract up to $700 Billion form Medicaid  and cut low income tax credits in favor of high income cuts….Conservatives would have been happy…But Republican moderates may have voted to have a vote. this afternoon … .But won’t just put themselves out to get politically beat up in next years Midterms…Conservatives on the other hand  will not vote for something that makes moderate Republicans and Democrats happy….

Drastic cuts, or an outright repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Law just isn’t in the cards…The idea of an outright Repeal is unpopular in the national polls…

McConnell has just begun this journey….

After pushing through—on a narrow, party-line vote—a motion to proceed to debating various plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday afternoon, Republicans brought their first plan up for a vote late Tuesday night, only to watch it fail 43 to 57 in a procedural vote.

Nine Republicans joined with Democrats to kill the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA): Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY), Bob Corker (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dean Heller (R-NV).

Scathingly dubbed “Trumpcare 3.0” by Democrats, the bill was the Senate’s stab at crafting a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It would have gutted more than $700 billion from Medicaid and sharply cut the tax credits available for low income people to buy health insurance….

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GOP Senate Leader to try to get something done on Healthcare…

It’s NOT gonna be easy….

And has a good chance to NOT work at all.

Senate leaders, facing their restive colleagues after the Fourth of July recess, vowed on Tuesday to press ahead with their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, with a new version of their bill on Thursday and a vote next week — regardless of the deep divisions in the party.

The weeklong recess only seemed to generate more doubts about the Senate bill, but Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, signaled that he was not ready to give up on his party’s seven-year-old promise to gut President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Accusing Democrats of obstructionism, he announced he would delay the Senate’s scheduled August recess by two weeks so that senators could keep working.

But pessimism among Republicans still pervaded the Capitol on Tuesday after a week in their home states that did little to resolve the disputes that thwarted a vote last month.

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, said Tuesday that he was “very pessimistic” about passing a bill, while Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said it was “very possible, very probable” that the Senate bill was dead.

Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said, “Minor changes and tweaks will not be sufficient to win my support for the bill.”….

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Changes are coming, but none that are likely to radically alter the estimate by the Congressional Budget Office that 22 million fewer people would have health insurance in 2026 under the Senate health care bill than under the Affordable Care Act. A new estimate is expected from the budget office early next week.

“I Don’t Like Obamacare Because of Obama” Says Woman on Obamacare

I mean REALLY??????

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This story was on NPR today on the ATC evening news. It is so frustrating.

Rural Northeast CA is in a predicament. Clinics know their patients need ACA coverage or Medicaid but won’t tell their reps to support it so county officials are doing it themselves.

Before the election while Obamacare was being implemented officials had to rename MediCal to make it sound like it was a regular insurance plan, not a “government handout” which these people were too proud to take (from a black man). Since they still didn’t pay anything  for it I don’t know how they filled in that logic gap.

The area went for Trump in a landslide. And now they won’t contact their reps to vote against repeal. Either they don’t believe Republicans will really take their insurance away, or they’re dumb enough to think it will be replaced with something better. Which at this point you’d have to be weapons grade stupid to believe. Or, they’d rather be destitute than admit the black guy helped them. There is nothing you can do when people are so willing to vote and act against their interests. I’ve said it before, I just can’t help wanting to see the repeal actually take away their insurance.

One patient at the Mountain Valleys clinic in Bieber, Kay Roope, 64, knew she had Medi-Cal, and she liked it.

“It did me good,” she says.

Now she has a subsidized commercial plan through Covered California with modest premiums and copays, and she likes that, too.

“It’s OK, ’cause I’m at the doctor’s at least once a month,” she says.

But when asked what she thinks of Obamacare overall, she says she doesn’t like it.

“Because of Obama himself,” she says with a laugh. “I rest my case.”

The confusion and the contradictions are common among patients, explains Morris, the enrollment counselor.

“People just don’t understand the different names,” she says. “But of course, it’s the same thing.”

Morris has seen the difference the Affordable Care Act has made for people in the region. She has seen patients get treatment for diabetes and breast cancer, or get knee surgery that they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten.

Those patients won’t fight for Obamacare, Morris says, so that’s why the clinics have to.

Notice how she “laughs” when she says “because of Obama himself” .  Yeah, hawhaw, you sure made that case.  The nervous laugh because she knows that makes no sense, and trying to hide her racism.

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House Trump/Ryancare Bill in Deep trouble….Only 24% of Americans support it…Poll

Efforts to woo Republican Conservatives to vote for the bill as it is currently drawn up is NOT working….

Changes to make the hard leaning Conservatives will drive other  Republicans in Democratic friendly districts away…

In addition, the rush in the way the whole thing is going on has alienated  an increasing number of Republicans House lawmakers who are looking over their shoulders’ at the increased  support for the Obama healthcare program…

House Republican leaders are coming under intense pressure to change their ­ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill ahead of a possible floor vote next week.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday said the administration is working with House leadership on a manager’s amendment that would make changes to the legislation. Those changes, which GOP leadership offices declined to discuss, could be aimed at bringing conservatives on board.

Yet any changes to the bill could further alienate moderate members who are worried about lost coverage and price spikes for lower-income and older people. Their fears were heightened by a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, released Monday, that found the bill could result in 24 million people becoming uninsured over the next decade.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who represents a district won by Hillary Clinton in November, came out against the bill on Tuesday. Her opposition could signal movement against the bill, titled the American Health Care Act, among GOP centrists.

“I plan to vote NO on the current #AHCA bill,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “As written the plan leaves too many from my #SoFla district uninsured.”…..

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A new Public Policy Polling survey finds just 24% of voters support the GOP health care bill as compared to 49% who are opposed.

Even among Republican voters only 37% are in favor of the proposal to 22% who are against it, and 41% who aren’t sure one way or another.

Affordable Healthcare Law = Obamacare = ACA = Trumpcare?

The Replublican Top-Secret Bums Rush effort to get Trump blessed Trumpcare through Congress IS typical Trumpish…..

The names will be changed to hide the guilty?

The best indication of the quality of the plan is that it has drawn almost universal scorn from the health-care-policy community. It’s predictable that experts on the left would dislike Trumpcare. But the right seems barely any more favorable. Conservatives like Peter Suderman, Philip Klein, Bob Laszewski, and Avik Roy, who have spent years savaging Obamacare, are united in their disdain for its replacement.

The artificial role of the House GOP’s self-created deadline played a crucial role in the development of Trumpcare. After the surprising election handed them full control of government, Republicans quickly decided to capitalize on power with a pair of lightning-strike budget assaults. First, they would repeal Obamacare while delaying any consideration of its alternative, perhaps for several years. Having eliminated Obama’s health-care law — and, especially, the taxes on the affluent that helped finance it — the baseline of expected revenue would be lower. This would enable Republicans to then pass another huge tax cut later in the summer, which they could construct in a way to appear not to lose any revenue (and thus, because of arcane but important budgetary rules, be permanent). After passing their tax cut, they could leisurely set out to design a new plan to replace Obamacare.

When Republicans quickly discovered repealing Obamacare without a replacement was wildly unpopular — polling under 20 percent — they had to change strategies. The new approach would force them to pass a repeal-and-replace all at once, so Republicans in Congress could reassure voters they had something in place after taking away Obamacare. But now they had a vastly more complicated task…..

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