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Trump Takes Steps to Weaken Obamacare

Beginning to do things administratively amid continued holdup on legislative changes.

The Trump administration has taken a first step to reshape Obamacare through its own administrative powers, even as Republicans on Capitol Hill remain stymied over how to repeal and replace the healthcare law, the Washington Examiner reports.

A rule proposed on Wednesday, which would tighten up enrollment and allow plans across all tiers to cover fewer medical expenses, is likely to please health insurers facing deep marketplace uncertainty, and comes on the heels of an announcement Tuesday by major insurer Humana that it’s exiting next year due to heavy losses.

It’s a way for the administration to appease health insurers, who were already struggling with sicker, more expensive marketplace patients than expected and are now unsure about what the marketplaces will look like next year if Congress upends the law.

The 71-page rule proposed Wednesday morning contains a number of measures aimed at discouraging patients from enrolling in coverage only when they need care, and providing some more flexibility for insurers in the plans they can sell.

Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Plunge

Obama’s signature “achievement” is in its death throes.

Last-minute Obamacare enrollments dropped significantly this year compared to last year, as the debate over Republican vows to repeal and replace the law heats up, the Washington Examiner reported.

A total of more than 9.2 million people selected health plans on the federal healthcare.gov website during its fourth annual enrollment season, the administration announced Friday. But just around 400,000 people signed up in the last two weeks, compared to nearly 700,000 signups in the final week of enrollment last year.

Republicans quickly jumped on the announcement to broadcast their dire analysis of the law. Kevin Brady, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee which is working on an Obamacare repeal bill, said the numbers only partially reflect what he sees as the law’s failings.

“The enrollment numbers released today only tell a fraction of Obamacare’s disappointing story — for instance, the fact that these numbers are the result of a law that forces Americans to sign up for insurance they don’t want or need,” Brady said in a statement.

House GOP Sets Congress on Path Toward Obamacare Repeal

What I love about this is that they are repealing Obamacare while Obama is still in office. It’s like amputating a leg without giving anesthesia. From the Washington Examiner: Congress has officially taken the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act after the House voted to approve a budget resolution that directs committees to start… Continue Reading

Trump to Unravel Obamacare with a Pen and a Phone

There’s a downside to ruling by fiat. A new guy might come in and undo your fiats. From the Washington Examiner: President-elect Trump will use executive orders to unravel parts of Obamacare as Congress works to repeal the law, according to Republicans who met Wednesday morning with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Pence and Trump aides,… Continue Reading

Conservatives to propose Obamacare replacement

The Republican Study Committee, led by Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, is proposing to replace President Obama’s healthcare law with a system where people can get tax deductions to help buy coverage on their own instead of through an employer, the Washington Examiner reports. The plan, dubbed The American Health Care Reform Act, closely… Continue Reading

Obama to Plot with Dems on Ways to Maintain Obamacare

Republicans will have to take no prisoners. This is Obama’s legacy, and Dems will fight to preserve it. From the Washington Examiner: President Obama will meet with congressional Democrats next week to discuss efforts to preserve portions of his signature healthcare law despite the incoming administration’s promise to repeal it. House and Senate Democrats will… Continue Reading

Video || Obama’s Wrong, the Obamacare Gloom Forecasts Came True

A great video compiled by the Washington Free Beacon refuting Obama’s claim in Miami last week that none of the Republicans’ dire warnings about Obamacare had come true. “None of what they’ve said has happened,” Obama said. “So now, after 60 votes to repeal this thing that haven’t succeeded, now Trump said we got to… Continue Reading

Obamacare Premiums to Rise 25 Percent Next Year

Premiums for those by buying insurance under the AFFORDABLE Care Act will go up on average by 25 percent, according to the Associated Press. Meantime, about twenty-five percent will be down to just a single insurer to choose from as carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna flee the money-losing Obamacare scheme. We passed the… Continue Reading

Clinton Will Finish the March Toward Socialized Medicine

With her embrace of the “public option” for Obamacare, Hillary Clinton has signaled that her election will complete the long-sought Democratic holy grail: fully-socialized, government-run health care. The consequences cannot be understated. Americans will be taxed to pay for faulty care, and thousands or millions will die unnecessarily as a result. Meantime, the rich will… Continue Reading

Top Texas Insurer Seeks 60 Percent Obamacare Rate Hike

From the Washington Examiner: The largest health insurer in Texas wants to hike premiums for Obamacare plans by nearly 60 percent, the latest evidence that consumers may see steep cost increases this year under President Obama’s healthcare law. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has requested hikes it says could affect nearly 603,000 Texans buying… Continue Reading