2/15 Freedom Caucus Just Showed The GOP What A Real Backbone Looks Like ... but leadership is still undermining the effort to repeal. https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/02/the-freedom-caucus-just-showed-the-gop-what-a-real-backbone-looks-like
2/14/2017: AC-T LTE: (Join the Conversation) Meadows Wrong ... http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/02/13/letter-meadows-wrong-what-constituents-want/97842194/
Obamacare continues to fail. Humana to pull out in 2018. Will repeal, replace & save healthcare for ALL Americans. https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/policy/healthcare/319538-humana-to-drop-out-of-obamacare-marketplace-at-end-of-2017 …
2/14/2017 8 Reasons Why Obamacare Should Be Repealed http://dailysignal.com/2017/01/23/8-reasons-why-obamacare-should-be-repealed/
2/10/2017 Congress Lets Obamacare Repeal Strategy Stall. Bad Idea! https://www.myheritage.org/news/congress-lets-obamacare-repeal-stall-bad-idea/
2/10/2017 Obamacarewatch.org articles: http://obamacarewatch.org/category/2016-elections/
Delaying Obamacare Repeal Is Not An Option http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/delaying-obamacare-repeal-is-not-an-option/
Republicans are giving every sign that they are backing away from repealing ObamaCare anytime soon. If the GOP fails to get this done, it won't be the result of Democratic opposition, but their own incompetence.
Over the weekend, President Trump suggested that repealing and replacing ObamaCare could take a year or more. After saying just a few weeks ago that he was putting the finishing touches on a replacement plan, he's now talking as though the work has barely begun.
Some Republicans are talking up proposals to tinker around the edges with the law, and of "repair" rather than "repeal," because that's more politically palatable. Everyone is talking about how complicated the whole thing is. "Slow down!" seems to be the order of the day.
The fact that Republicans — who have been agitating for ObamaCare's repeal for six years — seem so totally unprepared to get it done now that they have the opportunity is remarkable.
It's not as though they don't have credible replacement plans. Trump's own secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, introduced a replacement bill two years ago, and the House Republican leadership signed on to a detailed proposal over the summer. The GOP leadership and conservative health reforms are in general agreement about the basics of a replacement plan.
Maybe Republicans are confused about what needs to be done immediately, and what can be done over time.
The most urgent need is to repeal ObamaCare's disastrous insurance market regulations, its Rube Goldberg subsidy scheme and its costly benefit mandates. These are driving insurance premiums through the roof, industry profits into the ditch and pushing individual markets across the country to the brink of collapse.
Republicans don't need to be shy in arguing that they have a far better approach than ObamaCare-style central planning to fix the individual market.
Just eliminating ObamaCare's mandates and regulations will lower insurance costs, which can be further reduced by removing government-imposed barriers to competition and needless restrictions on Health Savings Accounts.
A simple, refundable tax credit can make insurance still more affordable to middle-income families, and more effectively than ObamaCare's bizarro-world subsidies. The sick can be taken care of without outlawing insurance underwriting through guaranteed renewability and high-risk pools.
The GOP also needs to remember that despite all the hoopla, relatively few people have actually gained coverage in the individual market because of ObamaCare. This year, for example, enrollment in the federal exchange was flat (and not because of any repeal talk), putting it dramatically below expectations. The young and healthy continue to avoid the exchanges because of costs, making these markets increasingly unstable. Before ObamaCare existed, 15 million managed to buy coverage on the individual market all on their own.
No matter what, the ObamaCare-caused crisis in the individual market must be dealt with, as soon as possible, particularly since insurance companies have to start announcing their 2018 premiums in two months. Delaying these actions will only embolden Democrats, and Republicans will take the blame for ObamaCare's inevitable market meltdown.
As for the rest of ObamaCare, the need for action is far less urgent.
ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion, for example, can be dealt with in due time as part of a wholesale Medicaid reform. Any changes to Medicaid will have to be phased in, which means that those who gained coverage under ObamaCare won't be affected in the interim.
ObamaCare's Medicare cost-cutting is likewise an issue that can be dealt with at a later date, also as part of broader fixes to the program. Most of the rest of ObamaCare amounts to tinkering around the edges of the health care system, and will be little missed by anyone.
Our advice is for the GOP to quickly and resolutely develop a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare's individual market monstrosity, and dare Senate Democrats to filibuster it and leave the law as is.
If Democrats do that, then at least then public will know who to blame as ObamaCare exchanges continue to crumble.
As Conservatives Review’s Daniel Horowitz has repeatedly warned, timid congressional GOP leaders have no intention of repealing Obamacare. Instead, they want to “fix” it — an impossible task.
But last Friday, they lost their last excuse for not repealing every word of the ill-conceived, destructive health care law.
Two new pieces of information change the equation dramatically.
2/8/2017 Sentinel Professionals: CBO Indicates Insurance Mandates Can Be Repealed Through Reconciliation http://heritageaction.com/sentinel-professionals/cbo-indicates-insurance-mandates-can-repealed-budget-reconciliation/
Melissa Quinn from the Daily Signal has gone back through the health care archives and pulled more than a dozen articles written in 2016 and 2015 that address Obamacare. Some are about individuals, while others are about businesses impacted and areas of the health care law we know have failed. Jessica Anderson, Heritage Action Grassroots Coordinator
Headlines and links below, feel free to use on twitter or facebook as needed:
Obamacare May Soon Be Over. Here’s What Americans Have Thought of the Law Since 2010.
Meet 2 Hurting Americans Who Are Ready for Congress to Repeal Obamacare
Post-Obamacare, These People Are Leaving Their Jobs
In 6 Charts, the Rising Costs of Obamacare Rates
In 3 Years, His Insurance Premiums Double as Options Decline Under Obamacare
The Obamacare Alternative More Americans Are Turning To
Her Health Plan Was $257 a Month. Now Her Obamacare Plan Could Be $650 a Month.
The 16th Obamacare Co-Op Has Collapsed. Here’s How Much Each Failed Co-Op Got in Taxpayer-Funded Loans.
Under Obamacare, Small Business Owner Forced to Get Rid of Health Care Benefits or Face Fine Up to $500K
This Nashville Deli Is Closing in Part Because of Obamacare
Indiana Man Says IRS Fined Him $2,344 for Violating Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
How Obamacare Will Cost Native American Tribes Millions of Dollars
Why This Family Struggled to Secure Health Insurance Under Obamacare for Their 4-Year-Old Son
After Expanding Under Obamacare, This 123-Year-Old Insurance Company Is Closing Its Doors
Obamacare a Factor in IHOP Owner’s Decision to Sell His 16 Restaurants
How Incorrect Obamacare Tax Forms Could Impact Students Applying for Financial Aid
How One Nebraska Woman Lost Her Health Insurance Three Times Under Obamacare
11/10/2016: Daily Signal: How Republicans Can Start Dismantling Obamacare With a Trump Presidency here.
Blueprint for Reform: A Comprehensive Policy Agenda for a New Administration in 2017 By The Heritage Foundation. See here for more.
Dec. 18, 2015
|Good afternoon from Washington, where Congress is headed home for the holidays after wrapping up a massive spending package. We've got the lowdown on a provision that may spell the end for fragile Obamacare co-ops. We spotlight an accounting gimmick that lets Congress spend more. And, in this last Capitol Bell until lawmakers return in the New Year, we chronicle how they failed to rein in the EPA after the agency allegedly broke the law. A Merry Christmas to you and yours.|
|A provision of the omnibus spending bill could jeopardize the future of Obamacare co-ops. The measure, which passed the House on Friday, prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to "bail out" insurers under Obamacare's risk corridor program. The Daily Signal's Melissa Quinn reports on another consequence.|
|There’s a $19 billion accounting gimmick in the government spending bill.The Heritage Foundation's Justin Bogie explains how lawmakers freed up more money for Congress to spend.|
|Federal agencies are probably celebrating today. They just learned there's pretty much nothing they can do, including allegedly breaking the law, that will earn the wrath of Congress. Heritage Foundation research fellow Daren Bakst says that's certainly the case for the Environmental Protection Agency.|
|What we're reading: The price of President Obama's personal getaways has topped $70 million since he took office in 2009. According to a report from Judicial Watch, personal trips by the Obama family cost taxpayers $11.6 million for travel in 2015. The Obamas are planning to leave for Hawaii today. Anita Kumar of McClatchy has the story.|
ONE MORE THING
|This morning, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill sailed through the House. Daily Signal congressional correspondent Philip Wegmann has the breakdown of the 95 Republicans who split with House GOP leadership to vote against the bill.|
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7/13/2015 Obamacare Repeal: In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell, it has become clear that the only way to deal with Obamacare is to repeal it. Obamacare was originally passed using reconciliation, the measure by which the Senate can pass budgetary bills with only 51 votes, and the Senate can repeal the entire law using those rules. The GOP in Congress was initially aiming to tackle Obamacare by July 24, but Senate Republicans are now downplaying expectations that they’ll use the tool. Sentinels should call their senators and urge them to use reconciliation to repeal Obamacare fully before the August recess.
4/23/2015: Moments ago, Senator David Vitter pleaded with the Senate Small Business Committee, which he chairs, to subpoena the secret documents in which the House and Senate each claimed to be a “small business” with less than 50 employees -- to avoid going into the regular Obamacare exchanges.
The same Obamacare exchanges they had the nerve to force millions of others Americans into. Now 13,700 House and Senate members and their staff have signed up as a “small business” under this false declaration.
Senator David Vitter’s effort to expose these fraudulent documents failed because his committee voted against the subpoena 5 to 14.
Kudos to the five Republicans who voted YES on the subpoena:
- Chairman David Vitter (La.)
- Marco Rubio (Fla.)
- Tim Scott (S.C.)
- Cory Gardner (Colo.)
- Joni Ernst (Iowa)
Shame on the five Republicans who voted NO:
- Mike Enzi (Wyo.)
- Jim Risch (Idaho)
- Rand Paul (Ky.)
- Deb Fischer (Neb.)
- Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
And shame on all nine Democrats who voted NO:
- Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)
- Maria Cantwell (Wash.)
- Ben Cardin (Md.)
- Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)
- Ed Markey (Mass.)
- Cory Booker (N.J.)
- Chris Coons (Del.)
- Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)
- Gary Peters (Mich.)
It’s sickening that Congress got away with this in the first place, but to double down and conceal these documents from the public is simply unacceptable.
Senator Vitter is fighting hard, but too many members of Congress of both parties are happy enjoying a special exemption for themselves and their staff. Even if it is based on the obscene fraud that Congress is a “small business.”
Thank you for all you do,
President, American Commitment
April 23, 2015
Dear Representative Meadows:
Dear Senator Burr:
Dear Senator Tillis:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires members of Congress and their staff to go into the Obamacare exchanges like millions of other Americans losing employer coverage.
Unlike all of the other Americans being dumped into Obamacare exchanges, and contrary to law, Congress received a special exemption forcing taxpayers to pay most of their premiums. That's wrong.
Even worse, both the House and Senate filed false documents claiming to have less than 50 employees so they could go into the “small business” exchange instead of the regular Obamacare exchange.
I urge you to support all efforts to hold accountable the people responsible for filing these false documents.
I further urge you to support Sen. David Vitter’s No Washington Exemption from Obamacare Act, support all procedural strategies to bring it to a vote, and to vote for it.
Obamac are Repeal Strategy 2017 http://heritageaction.com/2016/12/heritage-action-memo-repeal-obamacare-inauguration/
Mrs. Jane Bilello
218 Vincent Place
Hendersonville, NC 28739
3/27/2015: JLF Expert Says Obamacare Ruling will Have Major Impact on NC: http://ashevilleteaparty.org/?page_id=11181
Katherine Restrepom JLF expert on Obamacare, coming to ATP on Thursday, May 14th, 7 PM, Skyland FD, AVL. Crucial Supreme Court decision on this debacle is coming. We need to be armed with the facts.
3/20/2015: Piecemeal CON Reform Already Causing A Stir Amongst Hospitals:http://www.johnlocke.org/newsletters/research/2015-03-20-cq714tdlmtjl7v4uij11bd50g3-health-update.html
2/27/2015: Health Care Freedom NOT: http://www.johnlocke.org/newsletters/research/2015-02-27-f4oqfd2g3vtd2pbe2gr4h21hb0-enviro-update.html3/13/2015: Supreme Court Case to Determine Obamacare tax: King vs Burwell Recap: http://www.johnlocke.org/newsletters/research/2015-03-13-1almbkem56fb2ufdjoukdcung0-health-update.html/ Katherine Restrepo to be our guest speaker on Thursday, May 14th at Skyland FD for our General Membership Meeting.
10 Principles For Replacing Obamacare: http://www.freedomworks.org/content/10-principles-replacing-obamacare?source=02241514dayintro
JLF expert says Obamacare ruling will have major N.C. impact
Restrepo available to comment on March 4 Supreme Court hearing
RALEIGH -- The federal Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, heads to the U.S. Supreme Court again on Wednesday. Justices will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case in which plaintiffs seek to have the health care law operate as written.
If the court sides with the plaintiffs, Obamacare subsidies would end in states with no state-based health insurance exchange. The result for North Carolina could be "insurance upheaval," according to Katherine Restrepo, John Locke Foundation Health and Human Services Policy Analyst.
Restrepo recently previewed the case for Forbes readers. "Should the court's final ruling in June deem that subsidy distribution in federal exchanges is illegal, what will this mean for North Carolina?" Restrepo asks in her Forbes column.
"Since these subsidies are tied to the individual mandate along with the bipartisan-panned employer mandate, over 10,000 large employers, 2.5 million employees, and 400,000 individuals in the Tar Heel State could indeed be liberated from these penalties.
"Let me explain. In a state-based exchange -- where subsidies are legal -- if an employer with 50 or more full-time workers does not provide health insurance and one of the employees purchases an exchange plan on his own and qualifies for a subsidy, then the employer is hit with a penalty. Receiving a subsidy triggers a tax on the employer. However, for federal exchange states the absence of subsidies would eliminate the law's tax on employers who do not provide health coverage for their workers.
"Outrage would also ensue," Restrepo adds. "No subsidies mean that millions of citizens would be exposed to the full cost of Obamacare health insurance premiums."
The Republican congressional majority would have more opportunities to negotiate with President Obama on this "unworkable law," Restrepo said.
"Medical care can certainly be more affordable with fewer of the taxes and regulatory requirements Obamacare currently imposes," she said. "And there are ways that insurance companies can compete for individuals with pre-existing conditions by offering portable, secure, guaranteed renewable policies.
"A popular proposal co-sponsored by our very own U.S. Sen. Richard Burr advises the repeal of all 20 Obamacare taxes and fees that economically burden employers, insurance companies, medical device companies, individuals, and the like. Instead, it proposes to liberalize the exchanges (liberalization in the good sense) so that insurers can be more flexible with the products they offer."
See Katherine Restrepo video on King v Burwell Obamacare case: Here
2/11/15: Obamacare C0-Ops Cost Taxpayere $17,000 for Each Enrolee: See the chart!