524 results for tag: Healthcare


Last Obamacare exchange in one Iowa county set to fold

Yet another of the health-insurance exchanges set up in the wake of Obamacare’s passage will likely fold in the days ahead as it struggles to meet its bottom line. The Washington Examiner has the details: The Des Moines Register reports that after the exit of Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield from Iowa's exchange, the only other insurer in 94 of Iowa's 99 counties is plotting its exit as well. You might think the exit of all competitors would be a boon for the last remaining insurer, but this is not the case, thanks to two of the important Obamacare rules that are a constant subject of discussion: "Community rating," which ...

HHS Secretary Tom Price: ‘We need our physicians to be patient-facing, not computer-facing’

Raise your hand if you've been to see a medical provider in recent years and been disappointed he or she spent more time behind a computer than interacting with you? Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price this week on behalf of the Trump administration says he hopes to change that by lifting the regulatory burdens that too often come between patients and their medical professionals, specifically regulations that pertain to information technology. The Washington Examiner has the details: "We simply have to do a better job of reducing the burden of health IT on physicians and other providers," said Price, speaking at the Health ...

House Speaker Ryan: Republicans ‘close’ to Obamacare-repeal compromise

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) this week says establishment Republicans and members of the House Freedom Caucus are one step closer to a deal on a new Obama-repeal bill. The Washington Examiner has the details: Lawmakers are "negotiating finishing touches" on a compromise, Ryan told the London think tank Policy Exchange during an overseas trip Wednesday. "We have a system that is in dire need of reform," Ryan said, referring to Obamacare. Since lawmakers adjourned for recess nearly two weeks ago, talks have been continuing among conservatives and centrists to let states opt out of some Obamacare insurer mandates. Conservatives ...

Sen. Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare is ‘a promise we can and will keep’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed other tea-party lawmakers’ sentiment that members of the House Freedom Caucus and more mainstream Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will come to a compromise and finalize an Obamacare-repeal bill that will be able to pass in both chambers of Congress. WFAA8 ABC has the story: "We must repeal Obamacare," said Cruz (R-TX). "I think that's a promise we can and will keep. We've got some more work to do." The GOP’s first effort collapsed spectacularly on itself last month when Republicans couldn't muster enough support in their own party to get the president’s proposal passed. When asked whether ...

House Freedom Caucus member on Obamacare repeal: “We’re going to get to ‘Yes’”

House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) in a recent interview said those in the congressional Republican establishment and members of the tea-party-inspired House Freedom Caucus in the next few weeks will come up with an Obamacare-repeal bill that satisfies both parties. USA Today has the details: “Within a few weeks, I think D.C. is going to be a little bit shocked,” he said in an interview with Capital Download. “We’re going to get to yes.” One reason: The consequences of not getting to yes could be catastrophic for Republicans, who have been promising for seven years to repeal President Obama's signature Affordable Care ...

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows: ‘Primary objective’ in Obamacare-repeal negotiation is to lower insurance premiums

House Freedom Caucus champions Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.); Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) recently sat down with POLITICO to talk about recent negotiations with the Trump administration concerning Obamacare-repeal legislation and what it should look like the second time around. “We were talking about a couple things – making sure that pre-existing conditions continue to stay protected, making sure that health care is affordable but the primary objective has been will be – always will be – is lower insurance premiums. And, if we don’t do that, we will have failed,” says Rep. Meadows. Members of the House Freedom ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: Don’t abandon your team, Mr. President

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest column says President Donald J. Trump should remember the team — namely, the members of the House Freedom Caucus and their constituents – who stuck by the now-commander in chief when establishment Republicans abandoned him ahead of the general election – especially when it comes to ironing out Obamacare-repeal legislation. The Hill has the full commentary: In a Thursday morning tweet, President Trump said, “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” That’s a rather odd ...

Rep. Massie’s tweet perfectly captures how Americans feel right now about GOP Obamacare replacement bill

Freedom Caucus member Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) Wednesday tweeted he is “changing” his vote on the proposed GOP Obamacare-replacement bill being negotiated between members of Congress and the Trump administration. But don’t worry – we think you’ll like what he did… NBC News Capitol Hill Producer Alex Moe this afternoon tweeted she was informed by a senior GOP aide that there will be no vote today on the GOP bill as originally planned. Both parties appear to be standing their ground — including members of the Freedom Caucus like Rep. Massie and Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who insist on a bill that fully repeals Obamacare, as promis...

House Freedom Caucus chairman: ‘We still have major concerns’ with Obamacare replacement bill

While House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows announced earlier this week that members of the caucus will not be bound to vote against the GOP Obamacare replacement legislation, he says a number of the members, himself included, have serious reservations about the bill. USA Today has the details: But just because they were given the OK to vote however they chose didn’t mean everyone was ready to vote yes. Several Freedom Caucus members, including Meadows, said late Monday they still expect most of the group will vote "no." "I think we still have major concerns with this bill," Meadows said after the Freedom Caucus met for their weekly ...

Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘We must honor our promise and repeal Obamacare’

Sen. Ted Cruz during a speech given during our “Day of Action” event with FreedomWorks on Capitol Hill Wednesday said members of Congress must do what the American people elected them to do and that is repeal Obamacare as promised. The Washington Examiner has the details: "We must honor our promise and repeal Obamacare. For six years, Republicans have campaigned over and over and over again saying if only you'd give us the House, we'll repeal Obamacare. If you only you give us the Senate, we'll repeal Obamacare. If only you give us the White House, we'll repeal Obamacare. You know what? We're out of excuses." The Texas Republican criticized ...