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Opinion GOP, slow down on killing ObamaCare

19:35  19 june  2017
19:35  19 june  2017 Source:

Republicans Aren’t “Sabotaging” Obamacare. It’s Failing On Its Own.

  Republicans Aren’t “Sabotaging” Obamacare. It’s Failing On Its Own. As Obamacare continues its slow-motion collapse, liberals have latched onto an effective talking point: accusing Republicans of 'sabotaging' the law by creating 'uncertainty.'As Obamacare continues its slow-motion collapse, liberals have latched onto a talking point: accusing Republicans of “sabotaging” the law by creating “uncertainty.” Nearly every elected Democrat, every major media outlet, and every liberal pundit has used the word to deflect attention from the unsustainability of the law.

At the macroeconomic level, the American Health Care Act is far more stable and functional than ObamaCare . The lesson to learn from the British election is that Republicans are better off slowing down .

OPINION: Newt Gingrich: GOP , slow down on killing ObamaCare . They should think through all the practical, individual impacts their health care bill will have as it goes through the Senate and conference processes.

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In 2009, when President Obama proposed his healthcare bill, Republicans warned it was the first step toward a singlepayer system. Eight years later, if Washington Republicans do not change course soon, they will make that prediction reality.

Washington Republicans are operating under the faulty assumptions that they must pass a healthcare bill quickly to "move on" with the rest of their agenda and that the collapsing individual health insurance marketplace is giving them the momentum and mandate they need to do so. Two recent events should cause them to reconsider.

Insurance lobbyists meet GOP staff on ObamaCare repeal

  Insurance lobbyists meet GOP staff on ObamaCare repeal GOP staff provided some details on the bill, but did not share the text of the measure, the sources said. Insurers did get one bit of good news on their end at the meeting: The bill will fund key ObamaCare payments to insurers, known as cost-sharing reductions, likely for two years.An industry source said that fact is making at least some insurers look more favorably on the legislation.Insurers have been pounding the drum about the need for the payments. President Trump has threatened to cancel them in order to bring about instability in ObamaCare marketplaces.

WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations Thursday urged congressional Republicans not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without first offering a replacement, joining the growing list of voices urging the GOP to slow its Obamacare repeal push.

They showed up en masse to town halls, shaming and shouting down lawmakers. Unable to roll back Obamacare 's health- care expansion legislatively, they're now doing so administratively, through This GOP effort ramped up last week when the Trump administration began allowing states to erect new

First, look at the election in Great Britain. Six weeks ago, Theresa May's conservative party was leading most polls by 20 points. Then May's Tories made the mistake of proposing changes in the way British citizens were taxed in home care, which is primarily used by the elderly. These measures might have made macroeconomic sense to the Tory policy experts, but the Labour party successfully branded the change a "dementia tax." Health care is an intensely personal topic, and voters care more about how laws personally affect them than they do about the system at large. The Tories backed off, but the damage was done, and British voters made them pay at the polls.

In Washington, Republicans are making similar errors with their healthcare proposals. At the macroeconomic level, the American Health Care Act is far more stable and functional than ObamaCare. However, several micro-level problems make the bill politically toxic. For example, the bill's tax credit structure, when combined with an otherwise sensible change in regulations governing the difference in premiums allowed for young and old customers, opens the bill to being branded an "age tax." Republicans need only to look overseas to see how the public would respond to an "age tax" branding.

NYT lists 'Trump's Lies'

  NYT lists 'Trump's Lies' The New York Times has compiled a massive list called "Trump's Lies," in what they say catalogues "nearly every outright lie" President Trump has made since his January inauguration.The Times's list, which ran in the paper's opinion section, including his inaccurate claim that there was a terror attack in Sweden last Februa ry and his recent incorrect statement that the Paris Agreement isn't non-binding. The list also includes Trump's claim that he has been on the cover of Time magazine more than any other person - a distinction actually held by former President Nixon.

Plain and simple, the GOP ’s seven-year-old promise to repeal and replace Obamacare was dealt a significant—maybe even fatal—setback. He doubled down on his calls for a return to regular order in the Senate—namely, holding hearings and involving Democrats in the process.

The latest poll from Pew Research Center — perhaps the most reliable of all pollsters — has the GOP down to only 19 percent identification No wonder the GOP ’s anti- Obamacare shenanigans aren’t helping their brand with the public.

The lesson to learn from the British election is that Republicans are better off slowing down. They should think through all the practical, individual impacts their health care bill will have as it goes through the Senate and conference processes. Otherwise, they are likely to fail to pass healthcare reform - or worse, they might pass a bill that is unacceptable to the American people. Either result would bring huge Republican losses in 2018 and further entrench ObamaCare.

The second relevant recent event received much less attention, but it could also be a harbinger.

Like many states, Nevada has been trying to deal with its collapsing individual marketplace. To provide Nevadans more affordable choices, the state's legislature passed a bill that would allow anyone to enroll in the state's Medicaid program - essentially creating a public option.

On Friday, the bill was vetoed by the state's Republican governor, who rather than saying he opposed the idea, said it needed further study.

Mitch McConnell: Replacing failed Obamacare

  Mitch McConnell: Replacing failed Obamacare Seven years ago, Democrats imposed Obamacare on our country. By nearly any measure, it has failed and no amount of 11th hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something. We’ve long called for a better way forward, and we’ve been engaged in intensive talks on how to get there. We debated many policy proposals. We considered many different viewpoints. In the end, we found that we share many ideas about what needs to be achieved and how we can achieve it. We agree on the need to free Americans from Obamacare’s mandates, and policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandate so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don’t need or can’t afford; we’ll repeal the employer mandate so Americans no longer see their hours and take-home pay cut by employers. We agree on the need to improve the affordability of health insurance. Policies contained in the discussion draft will eliminate costly Obamacare taxes that are passed on to consumers, and shift power from Washington to the states so they have more flexibility to provide more Americans with the kind of affordable insurance options they want. We agree on the need to stabilize the insurance markets that are collapsing under Obamacare as well, and ultimately transition away from Obamacare’s collapsing system entirely so more Americans will not be hurt.

The attacks failed because of the energy of ObamaCare supporters – and the iron will of President Obama , Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. The GOP will certainly be held responsible for shutting down the government, and if they keep it up through the debt ceiling fight – for threatening the financial

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that the GOP may need to " slow down " on repealing the Democratic health care law, to better understand the changes and give the public time to absorb them. But for GOP leaders, it's apparently full steam ahead. The replacement bill would scrap Obamacare 's

A public option should be anathema to any Republican, but the failing marketplace has put Governor Brian Sandoval in a difficult position. Ten of 17 counties in Nevada only have one insurer option for silver level plans. The other seven have no more than three. They need a solution.

The situation in Nevada shows that chaos and instability in healthcare does not help the Republican case for free market reform - it undermines it. Increased voter anxiety and financial stress caused by the collapse of ObamaCare will increase pressure on lawmakers to accept rash, big government decisions over sustainable ones. It will erode trust in more responsible Republican health proposals. Voters will associate the party in charge with their current pain and will question whether the private market can offer affordable coverage.

Republicans must solve the immediate crisis in the individual markets and take time to write a responsible health care bill. Both are possible.

Taking simple steps to stabilize the individual marketplace will give Republicans breathing room to develop a health care bill the American people will like. But they need to act fast. The window to stabilize the marketplace for 2018 is closing.

Rand Paul: 'If you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it'

  Rand Paul: 'If you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it' Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he would consider voting for a partial repeal of ObamaCare ."I've been telling leadership for months now that I will vote for a repeal and it doesn't have to be a 100 percent repeal," Paul said on ABC's "This Week.""For example, I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want, but if you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it. I might vote for 80 percent repeal."Paul said people need to realize that the "ObamaCare subsidies in this bill are actually greater under the Republican bill than they are under the current ObamaCare law.

They know that killing Medicare is toxic politically. Unlike their GOP brethren in the House, they have to run in districts (i.e., states) that were A couple weeks ago, Paul Ryan was boasting that he might take down Obamacare and Medicare in the days just after the inauguration, in one combined action.

Yet on Monday, Gingrich published an opinion piece headlined, “ GOP , slow down on killing Obamacare .” In that article, Gingrich cited the shifting tide on the healthcare issue, and so he urged a careful, not hasty, legislative strategy: “This measured

In most states, insurers must submit their 2018 rates by June 21, 2017. Without commitments to stabilize the marketplace, insurers will submit rates based on worst-case scenarios, or continue to pull out altogether.

Republicans should start by following Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander's recommendation to fund the Cost Sharing Reduction program through at least 2018. They should also consider making available funding for states to defray the costs of those with significant medical conditions.

Both of these actions are part of the American Health Care Act. Taking these actions now will provide some stability for state governments to avoid rash decisions while Republicans in Washington work on a fuller health reform package.

This measured, slower approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare may not have been the ideal scenario Republicans imagined in their high spirits after winning the election in November. But given current circumstances, it is the responsible choice of a governing party dedicated to solving problems in the most practical way.

Republicans won a mandate to govern, now they must do so.

Newt Gingrich is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Rand Paul pitches ObamaCare repeal wish list .
Paul outlined four areas where he wants changes to be made.Paul sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) outlining his "policy priorities" for the legislation, which he opposes as presently written.


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