by | Jul 19, 2017

Kudos to Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jerry Moran (R-Ks.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) for putting an end to the proposed “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” a.k.a. McConnellCare. And kudos to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) for opposing it too, even though she…

by | Jun 23, 2017

The new health care bill released by Senate Republicans has exactly the same major flaw that the original proposed “American Health Care Act” did. As such, it does not fix the problems with the Obamacare exchanges. Rather, their decline will continue apace….

by | Jun 13, 2017

It happens so often now that it has stopped being remarkable: another health insurance company leaves the Obamacare exchange. Near the end of May, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it would be exiting the Missouri and…

by | Jun 11, 2017

Do Senate Republicans have no understanding of how health insurance markets work? Or are they so afraid of taking political heat that they just don’t care? Probably a bit of both. Letting people with pre-existing conditions access insurance any time…

by | May 30, 2017

In late 2009, while the Obamacare debate raged, a Gallup poll found that the public’s top concern about the bill was its potential cost. Seven years later, long after “reform” became law, Gallup found that Americans still named cost as…

by | May 27, 2017

Sigh. Just when I’m about to give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) the benefit of the doubt, he opens his mouth. On Wednesday, McConnell threw cold water on Obamacare repeal by saying that he didn’t see how the Senate…

by | May 8, 2017

If one takes seriously the wild characterizations of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that have appeared in the media since last week, the Republicans have transformed the House of Representatives from a branch of the national legislature into a…

by | May 4, 2017

If Republican efforts at health care reform fail this time, moderate Republicans of the Tuesday Group will bear the blame. This will no doubt come as a surprise to many, in large part because the blame for the failure in…

by | Mar 29, 2017

I couldn’t agree more with my one-time colleague Andrew Malcolm: It’s worse than embarrassing. After seven long years of Obamacare opposition, Republicans couldn’t agree on what to repeal and what to substitute. Seriously? Fortunately, repealing and replacing Obamcare isn’t that…

by | Mar 29, 2017

The conservative House Freedom Caucus opposed the proposed “American Health Care Act” —a.k.a. RINOcare — because it was a lousy bill. It was a lousy bill because Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has a political tin-ear. Unfortunately, some pundits…

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