Category Archives: Healthcare

WSJ: CVS Health Closes in on Deal to Buy Health Insurer Aetna

CVS Health Corp. is moving closer to a more than $66 billion cash and stock deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc. which could be announced as early as Monday, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Continue reading →

Democrats blame Trump for Obamacare rate hikes

As Americans sign up during Open Enrollment for health insurance in 2018, those on the Obamacare exchange are seeing higher premiums. It’s similar to what happened a year ago, President Obama’s last year in office, when premiums went up an average of 25 percent.Hey demonrats, you passed it without reading it, the high premiums are on hyour heads, not Trump.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, premiums in 2018 are rising an average of 18 percent for Gold and Bronze plans and 32 percent for Silver plans. President Trump blames the Affordable Care Act. When the price hikes were announced just prior to Open Enrollment, Trump tweeted, “As usual the Obamacare premiums will be up (the Dems own it) but we will Repeal and Replace and have great Health Care soon after Tax Cut!”

But many Democrats are trying to turn the tables.

In a report from the pro-Obamacare group called Protect Our Care, 20 states blame President Trump for at least part of the increases. Many insurance commissioners in states controlled by Democrats appear to be going even further. California’s Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones wrote: “2018 health insurance rates higher thanks to Trump and Republicans.” Washington State’s Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued a press release claiming President Trump “has taken deliberate steps to undermine the health care system and put lives at risk.”

“All of the negative things the Trump Administration has said since he came into office is affecting the market overall,” said Washington’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner Steve Valandra. “It’s made it unstable and created a lot of uncertainty and that’s something that health insurers don’t like.”

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President Trump did discontinue cost-sharing subsidies, which were direct payments to insurance companies to defray some of the cost of providing health care. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners estimates the move added 12 percent to 15 percent to the cost of Silver plan premiums. Nineteen Democratic state attorneys general are suing Trump over the stoppage.

But the Trump Administration says it was only complying with a federal judge’s order, which declared the CSR’s or Cost Sharing Reductions to be illegal because Congress never appropriated the funding. President Obama ignored that fact and paid the subsidies anyway.

Republicans also point out that premiums have gone up every year under Obamacare.

“It’s Obamacare’s regulations that have more than doubled premiums over the last four, five years,” said Avik Roy from the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, “and it’s the sloppy drafting of Obamacare that has led to the illegal cost sharing subsidies that the Obama Administration has been spending without authorization from Congress.”

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Despite the finger pointing, consumers are still looking into and signing up for coverage. Washington State’s Health Benefit Exchange has received a steady stream of inquiries.

“We’re seeing traffic both on our website as well as the number of new applicants, and the call center has been getting a lot of calls, about 30 percent over where we were last year,” said Michael Marchand, Chief Marketing Officer of the Washington state Health Benefit Exchange.

Marchand says with health care being in the media so much recently, it’s driven up interest. He also thinks consumers are less interested in the politics and most just want a solution that works for them and their family.

Congress opens door to nixing ObamaCare mandate in tax bill

Top House Republicans have opened the door to using their sweeping tax bill to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate, as they began retooling the tax proposal Monday in pursuit of a final version that can pass Congress. Continue reading →

Children’s health funds near House OK, but obstacles remain

Friday legislation providing five more years of financing for an expired children’s health program moved near House passage. But a partisan battle over paying for the extension seems certain to delay the bill in the Senate and has each party accusing the other of jeopardizing a program that serves more than 8 million low-income children. Continue reading →

Court: Undocumented teen must be allowed an abortion

Why should US taxpayers have to pay for abortions from illegals? If the courts let this criminal have one, then we will soon have to foot the bill for all illegals who come here and want one. Continue reading →

Trump Signals Opposition to Obamacare Deal

President Donald Trump said he can never support “bailing out insurance companies who have made a fortune with Obamacare.” His comments came in the form of a tweet after Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., worked out a deal to shore up Obamacare insurance markets. Continue reading →

Conservatives Unhappy With Trump’s Plan for Obamacare

Outside conservative groups aren’t too happy with President Donald Trump’s decision to use executive orders to affect changes to Obamacare, The Washington Post reports. Continue reading →

Kelly to oversee most Cabinet travel after Price resigns

how rotten and corrupt your Butt kissin’ demonrats are? They travel all over hell, at taxpayer expense, but no one says a thing. Hell, Piglosi did the same not too many years ago, and all was okay. Continue reading →

Trump: I’ll Use ‘Power of the Pen’ for Healthcare Reform

Tuesday President Trump said he will use the “power of the pen” to give “great Healthcare to many people — FAST” because Congress has failed to repeal and replace Obamacare. Continue reading →

Susan Collins, Voicing Doubt on Health Bill, Leaves It Close to Collapse

Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Sunday that it was “very difficult” for her to envision voting for the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, leaving President Trump and Republican leaders on the precipice of failure in their 11th-hour attempt to assemble the votes they need. Continue reading →