The Trump administration has lost another Obamacare legal battle — its second this week — just as the president has revived his drive to destroy and replace the 2010 health law.
Eighteen U.S. states vowed to sue President Donald Trump's administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal.
In a move likely to roil America’s insurance markets, President Donald Trump will “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to persuade Congress to unravel for months.
President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations. Many advisers oppose the move because they worry it will backfire politically if people lose their insurance or see huge premium spikes and blame the White House, the sources said. Trump has said that the bold move could force Congressional Democrats to the table to negotiate an Obamacare replacement.
It will hit areas of the country that are rural and poor — and predominantly supported Trump — very hard.
"First you get the votes, then you take the vote,” the Washington saying goes. Paul Ryan failed to get the votes for his health bill. So he’s not taking the vote. Republican leaders told members of Congress Friday that the House vote on the American Health Care Act, which President Donald Trump demanded for Friday, will not in fact happen.
President Obama broke his relative silence since leaving office to tout the Affordable Care Act on its seventh anniversary—coincidentally, the same day that the House of Representatives is scheduled to try to repeal large chunks of the law.
President Donald Trump often blasts Obamacare as a total disaster, a pathetic failure doomed to implode. But sometimes he adds a twist, suggesting that instead of trying to fix the situation, Republicans would be smarter to exploit the situation. “Let it be a disaster, because we can blame that on the Democrats,” Trump mused to the National Governors Association on February 27. “Let it implode, then let it implode in 2018 even worse … Politically, it would be a great solution.”
A key policy in the Republican health care plan — one crucial to making the bill work — is shaping up to be a big obstacle to the bill’s success, both in Congress and beyond. The American Health Care Act includes a “premium surcharge” for Americans who have at least a two-month break in coverage. When those people return to the individual market, they would have to pay premiums 30 percent higher than everybody else.
For days, the political world had been waiting nervously for the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the House Republicans’ Trump-endorsed proposal to replace Obamacare. On Monday afternoon, when the numbers-heavy report finally appeared, one figure it contained dominated all the others: twenty-four million.
The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 24 million more Americans without health insurance by 2026 than under current law, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office released Monday. The CBO report found that 14 million more people would be without health insurance by 2018. Following a two-year spike, the plan would also lower average premiums after 2020, relative to President Barack Obama's healthcare law.
The health care bill House Republicans unveiled earlier this week has a serious defect?—?it cannot pass the Senate in its current form even if every single Republican backs it. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) explains why.
President Donald Trump has promised that his replacement for Obamacare will “increase access, lower costs and provide better health care,” an ambitious standard for a policy revolution in a modern industrialized nation. But in recent years, there is one country that managed to pass a reform achieving all three of those goals.
On Monday, House Republicans released their Obamacare replacement plan. Vox's Sarah Kliff has a must-read explainer on the bill, which was developed with the White House and Senate Republicans. One key component is that it gets rid of the individual mandate — the most unpopular part of Obamacare, because it fines people who don't have health insurance.
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz set off a social media firestorm Tuesday morning when, during a CNN appearance to stump for the House Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, he compared health care spending to the decision to purchase an iPhone.
If there is a single person who made Paul Ryan the Speaker of the House, it is probably Mark Meadows. Back in 2015, Meadows, a former restaurant owner who, in 2012, was elected to represent the most conservative district in North Carolina, set into motion the events that led to Speaker John Boehner’s resignation. Meadows, who had no legislative experience, filed an obscure parliamentary procedure known as a motion to vacate that would have forced a referendum on Boehner in the House. Boehner resigned rather than face the prospect of losing that vote, and Ryan emerged as the only Speaker candidate acceptable to all the factions of the House G.O.P.
Republican lawmakers around the country are facing angry backlash from their constituents over Obamacare and other issues at packed town halls. But an event for Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton on Wednesday night got especially heated.
Republican lawmakers are getting more than they bargained for at town hall meetings across the country this weekend. Instead of calm question and answer sessions, residents are showing up in hordes to tell their members of Congress what they think about the GOP’s plans to dismantle health care reform and reproductive rights, as well as general criticisms of President Donald Trump’s policy decisions.
Deep uncertainty and serious divisions within the Republican coalition about the way forward on Obamacare have surfaced in the new Congress, and they’ve put the future of repeal and replace in doubt.
They’ve tried to repeal it over 50 times. Now they’ve finally managed to get a real Bill to his desk. And they’re so proud of themselves: