The Republican tax cuts plan, now with more people losing their health insurance

What was definitely missing from the Donald Trump Tax Cuts Act the House Republicans unveiled this week? It didn’t have enough Obamcare repeal. So they’re going to add it. Because it’s just one more way to screw over the middle class.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Friday that lawmakers are considering repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-reform bill given President Trump’s repeated demands to do so.
Brady said Trump has told him twice by phone and once in person that he wants the mandate repealed in the tax bill. Trump has also publicly called for the idea. […]

“No decisions have been made; we’re listening to members and certainly the president as well,” Brady said.  

Still, he noted that the idea is under consideration. He said lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office for an updated analysis with the mandate’s repeal

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The Republican tax cuts plan, now with more people losing their health insurance

What was definitely missing from the Donald Trump Tax Cuts Act the House Republicans unveiled this week? It didn’t have enough Obamcare repeal. So they’re going to add it. Because it’s just one more way to screw over the middle class.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Friday that lawmakers are considering repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-reform bill given President Trump’s repeated demands to do so.
Brady said Trump has told him twice by phone and once in person that he wants the mandate repealed in the tax bill. Trump has also publicly called for the idea. […]

“No decisions have been made; we’re listening to members and certainly the president as well,” Brady said.  

Still, he noted that the idea is under consideration. He said lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office for an updated analysis with the mandate’s repeal

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Trump’s Obamacare sabotage backfires, which means free health care for many!

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How rich of this? Donald Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act, his work to send premium costs so high no one would sign up, has actually resulted in free health insurance for lower-income people in 98 percent of counties. Premiums aren’t skyrocketing for the very big majority of consumers in the Obamacare markets—they’re shrinking.

Trump’s refusal to pay cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies meant those companies had to figure out how to recoup their losses. In doing so, they did the exact opposite of what Trump wanted to happen—they made free health insurance available to people who qualify in 98 percent of counties, according to a analysis by Avalere. Astounding, isn’t it? What that means is this:

“This year, more than ever, it is important for consumers to shop around and compare their options across metal levels,” said Chris Sloan, senior manager at Avalere. “The

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

Continue reading “Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was”

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

Continue reading “Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was”

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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Tom Price is coming after Medicare, Obamacare under the guise of helping doctors

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, arguably the most corrupt member of the Trump administration outside of the Trump family, is going after Medicare and the Affordable Care Act and government all in one fell swoop. He’s doing it for his fellow physicians, he says, which is probably true. But there’s no doubt that his toxic anti-government, anti-Medicare ideology is at work here.

It was, on its surface, another of the health secretary’s many meetings with “victims” of Obamacare — this time with some of the conservative physicians who felt the law was hurting their patients and their own bottom lines. An official readout from Price’s staff trumpeted the eight participating physicians as “witnesses” to Obamacare’s failings.
But that wasn’t Price’s only message to the doctors, according to two participants in the meeting. The health secretary also signaled he would protect the doctors from a raft of

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Sen. Mike Lee escalates Republican war on CBO with astounding dishonesty

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), best known as Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) sidekick, just can’t let go of his hurt feelings over the reliably disastrous scores the Congressional Budget Office gave the various iterations of Trumpcare. He’s taking his war on nonpartisan, reality-based economic projections to the Senate floor, and op-ed pages. The CBO, he insists, was off “by more than 100 percent” in its projections of coverage on the health insurance exchanges. He also said it was off “by around 100 percent” on its Medicaid enrollment projections. But if you click on the links Lee is providing in his op-ed, you’ll notice that he’s linking to the 2010 estimates from the CBO—the ones before the Supreme Court decided that not every state had to participate in the Medicaid exchanges. But in reality, when you consider the CBO’s subsequent analyses:

The CBO actually nailed the overall impact of the law on

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Sen. Mike Lee escalates Republican war on CBO with astounding dishonesty

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), best known as Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) sidekick, just can’t let go of his hurt feelings over the reliably disastrous scores the Congressional Budget Office gave the various iterations of Trumpcare. He’s taking his war on nonpartisan, reality-based economic projections to the Senate floor, and op-ed pages. The CBO, he insists, was off “by more than 100 percent” in its projections of coverage on the health insurance exchanges. He also said it was off “by around 100 percent” on its Medicaid enrollment projections. But if you click on the links Lee is providing in his op-ed, you’ll notice that he’s linking to the 2010 estimates from the CBO—the ones before the Supreme Court decided that not every state had to participate in the Medicaid exchanges. But in reality, when you consider the CBO’s subsequent analyses:

The CBO actually nailed the overall impact of the law on

Continue reading “Sen. Mike Lee escalates Republican war on CBO with astounding dishonesty”

Sen. Mike Lee escalates Republican war on CBO with astounding dishonesty

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), best known as Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) sidekick, just can’t let go of his hurt feelings over the reliably disastrous scores the Congressional Budget Office gave the various iterations of Trumpcare. He’s taking his war on nonpartisan, reality-based economic projections to the Senate floor, and op-ed pages. The CBO, he insists, was off “by more than 100 percent” in its projections of coverage on the health insurance exchanges. He also said it was off “by around 100 percent” on its Medicaid enrollment projections. But if you click on the links Lee is providing in his op-ed, you’ll notice that he’s linking to the 2010 estimates from the CBO—the ones before the Supreme Court decided that not every state had to participate in the Medicaid exchanges. But in reality, when you consider the CBO’s subsequent analyses:

The CBO actually nailed the overall impact of the law on

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With Trumpcare back in the grave, red states move to slash Medicaid on their own

Since the dream of destroying Medicaid died with the latest Trumpcare failure, the Trump administration and red state governors are going to have to just do what they can with their existing powers, and those powers are making life as miserable as possible for those people who have Medicaid. One of the first things the Trump administration did was to relax the rules so that states could fundamentally alter and shrink the program.

At least six states with GOP governors— Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Maine, Wisconsin and Indiana — have already drafted plans meant to introduce new rules people would have to meet to be eligible for Medicaid, which provides healthcare to the poor.
Some want to add work requirements or introduce drug testing for recipients. Others want to raise premium prices. […]

Critics say the proposed changes will leave fewer people on Medicaid and hurt the poor and vulnerable.

“There are

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Another day, another threat from the White House to insurance companies

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There’s been a rampant rumor that this was going to be the week that the Trump administration pulled the plug on cost-saving reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies on Obamacare exchanges. The threats have been coming daily since the Senate failed to pass an Affordable Care Act repeal, and Wednesday is a repeat.

“We said from the very beginning that we would look at that on a month by month basis,” said Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney on CNN Wednesday. “That has not changed.” […]
However, Mulvaney left open the possibility of ending the subsidies as the White House moves soon to decide on what to do about the CSR payments, which he and the president have called insurance company bailouts.

“The way to fix that is not by bailing out the insurance companies. These cost sharing reduction payments are payments to the insurance

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Trump is not going to let Trumpcare go

It is now August. The House of Representatives got the hell out of town last week. Senate leadership is rushing to the doors. And popular vote loser Donald Trump is still having his Trumpcare tantrum.

While Republicans in the Senate have announced plans for bipartisan hearings on health care beginning when Congress returns to work after Labor Day, the White House is making clear that President Donald Trump continues to look for more immediate answers on a GOP health care bill that would involve getting only a majority of Republican votes in the Senate, as he meets Wednesday afternoon with one key GOP lawmaker, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. […]
Portman has made clear to reporters in recent days that while last week’s defeat of the GOP ‘skinny’ bill was a setback, he’s not ready to give up on the GOP figuring out how to get to 50 votes in

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Trump is not going to let Trumpcare go

It is now August. The House of Representatives got the hell out of town last week. Senate leadership is rushing to the doors. And popular vote loser Donald Trump is still having his Trumpcare tantrum.

While Republicans in the Senate have announced plans for bipartisan hearings on health care beginning when Congress returns to work after Labor Day, the White House is making clear that President Donald Trump continues to look for more immediate answers on a GOP health care bill that would involve getting only a majority of Republican votes in the Senate, as he meets Wednesday afternoon with one key GOP lawmaker, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. […]
Portman has made clear to reporters in recent days that while last week’s defeat of the GOP ‘skinny’ bill was a setback, he’s not ready to give up on the GOP figuring out how to get to 50 votes in

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As new Obamacare rates come in, insurers and state officials point finger at Trump and GOP

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Insurers participating in the Affordable Care Act’s markets are having to file their proposed rate increases for next year, and as they file in, states are seeing 30 percent increases as the norm. There’s one reason for the hikes everyone agrees to: Republicans. Between Congress’s Trumpcare fiasco and popular vote loser Donald Trump’s sabotage, there’s just too much uncertainty and insurers have to hedge their bets by increasing rates.

Big insurers in Idaho, West Virginia, South Carolina, Iowa and Wyoming are seeking to raise premiums by averages close to 30% or more, according to preliminary rate requests published Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Major marketplace players in New Mexico, Tennessee, North Dakota and Hawaii indicated they were looking for average increases of 20% or more. […]
Together the filings show the uncertainty in the health-insurance marketplaces as insurers around the U.S.

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