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Post by Dolly » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:58 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:41 pm

Yeah - that means that the trio of Trumpian slaves, John Barrasso, Rick Scott and Bill Cassidy, will not be spending their scarce time on presidential vapourware. Means that just after 2020, the deities please prevent this, there will be no legislation "to immediatly vote on". Depending the quality that then Republicans would invest in legislation, another couple of years could pass.
Rick Scott says any major GOP health care plan will come from White House, not him

S. Sen. Rick Scott backed away from President Trump’s comments last week that he and two other senators would be the ones coming up with a Republican health care plan.

“I look forward to, you know, to seeing what the president's going to put out,” Scott told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation on Sunday.

When Brennan asked Scott to clarify if he were saying the White House would be coming out with a health care proposal first, not the Republican Senate, Scott said, “I know in the end the White House is going to have to have their plan.” <snip>
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Post by ZekeB » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:08 am

A plan of any sort coming from Trump the Incompetent? :eek2:
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Post by Turtle » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:01 am

Here's a regular reminder that people have been asking him for a plan for 3 years and it always ends up going like this:


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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:08 am

Dolly wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:58 pm
RTH10260 wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:41 pm

Yeah - that means that the trio of Trumpian slaves, John Barrasso, Rick Scott and Bill Cassidy, will not be spending their scarce time on presidential vapourware. Means that just after 2020, the deities please prevent this, there will be no legislation "to immediatly vote on". Depending the quality that then Republicans would invest in legislation, another couple of years could pass.
Rick Scott says any major GOP health care plan will come from White House, not him

S. Sen. Rick Scott backed away from President Trump’s comments last week that he and two other senators would be the ones coming up with a Republican health care plan.

“I look forward to, you know, to seeing what the president's going to put out,” Scott told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation on Sunday.

When Brennan asked Scott to clarify if he were saying the White House would be coming out with a health care proposal first, not the Republican Senate, Scott said, “I know in the end the White House is going to have to have their plan.” <snip>
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/po ... story.html
Knowing how flip-floppy dotus is, Scott sure will not make the first step until dotus has made major commitments to the final outcome.

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Post by Chilidog » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:57 am

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"In the end we're all going to die, I hate to tell you. Don't dwell on it though!" Sen Cornyn tells @burgessev after Burgess asserts that Trump's new health care timeline is a "worst case scenario"
OK, I feel better now. :roll:

Did he just admit that the GOP health care plan. Is "Die faster?"

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Post by Addie » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:17 pm

Cross-posting

Vox
CBO: over 1 million Americans have become uninsured since 2016

It’s not the Mueller report, but it is important.


More than 1 million Americans have lost health coverage since 2016, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds.

The report — which came out within hours of the Mueller report on Thursday and so didn’t get much attention — follows other studies, all suggesting that America’s uninsured rate is rising under President Trump, whose administration has passed new rules that make it more difficult to enroll in coverage.

The CBO estimates that the number of Americans without insurance has risen from 27.5 million in 2016 to 28.9 million in 2018, an increase of 1.4 million Americans going uninsured.

Much of that increase is concentrated in the Medicaid program, where the Trump administration has approved new rules like work requirements that can make it more difficult for low-income Americans to enroll in the program.

The other area where health coverage has declined is among Americans who purchase their own health insurance outside the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces. ...

It’s notable that these declines in coverage are happening even though Republicans were unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act — and all before the repeal of the requirement to carry health insurance took effect (that provision only kicked in at the start of 2019). The rising uninsured rate is happening at a moment when, on paper, Obamacare looks a lot like it did under President Obama.

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Post by neonzx » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:09 am

Iowan to Grassley: You're Threatening My Life

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Published on Apr 25, 2019
Senator Chuck Grassley has voted 7 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite Iowans' reliance on its protections.

To which Trump replied, Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.

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Post by Slim Cognito » Fri May 10, 2019 10:20 am

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump ... latestnews

Trump administration may try to keep parts of ‘Obamacare’ after claiming it’s unconstitutional
The article points out that trump could be undermining his "totally unconstitutional" argument by now claiming he wants to keep parts of it.

I'm not sure what's going on here, but possibly trump is distracting his minions with talk of repealing the ACA, while working in the background (I should say staffers working in the background) to repackage the ACA and call it trumpcare.
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Post by Addie » Tue May 14, 2019 8:46 am

WaPo
Democrats press Trump administration for documents on lawsuit to dismantle health-care law

House Democrats seeking to draw a sharp contrast with President Trump on health care are pressing the administration for details on its decision to join a lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Five chairmen of House committees sent letters to White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Attorney General William P. Barr on Monday demanding eight categories of documents pertaining to Trump’s decision to direct the Justice Department to intervene in a federal-court case seeking to eliminate the ACA in its entirety on constitutional grounds.

The chairmen had requested the information in early April, but the deadline came and went without a reply from the White House.

“This action could deprive millions of Americans of health insurance coverage, including 133 million people with preexisting conditions,” they wrote. “Given the grave consequences that would result if the Trump administration’s legal position were to prevail, it is Congress’s responsibility as an independent and coequal branch of government to understand how this decision was made.” ...

House Democratic leaders have scheduled a series of health-care votes this week aimed at protecting people with preexisting medical conditions and other health initiatives, hoping to contrast their policy ideas with Trump’s.

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Post by Addie » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:14 pm

New York Times
House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a suite of health care bills that tied shoring up the Affordable Care Act to lowering drug prices, as Democrats tried to hold Republicans to their campaign promises to secure coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and rein in the cost of prescription medicine.

But Democratic leaders appeared to be focused less on the substance of the measures than on their likely demise in the Republican-controlled Senate.

“There’s been a relentless campaign of sabotage by the Trump administration to deny people health care, and thankfully, the new Democratic majority in the House has taken action,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a Wednesday news conference to push the legislation. “But the Republican-led Senate? No movement. Nothing.”

By combining the bills to shore up the Affordable Care Act with several bipartisan measures to address high drug prices, Democrats had hoped to lure in some Republican support. But the minority party did not bite, calling the package “a bailout” for the health law and instead introducing a Republican bill that included only the drug-pricing measures, plus an extension of funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. ...

The vote was 234 to 183, with five Republicans siding with the majority. One bill would restore $100 million in funding the Trump administration had cut for “navigator” groups that help people sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s online exchanges. Another would reverse a Trump administration rule that expanded the sale of short-term health insurance plans that often cost less than Obamacare plans but do not have to meet the same requirements, including covering pre-existing conditions and “essential health benefits” such as maternity care and prescription drugs.

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Post by Chilidog » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:08 pm

Donald Trump Accidentally Lowered the Cost of Obamacare. Enrollment Went Up.

A couple of years ago, as part of his temper tantrum against Obamacare, Donald Trump decided to eliminate CSR subsidies. Click here for more details about what this means, but the short story is that Trump thought this was a great way to sabotage Obamacare. However, thanks to the details of how this works—which Trump was naturally ignorant of—it turned out to be a net positive that increased Obamacare subsidies by nearly $200 billion over ten years. Nice work, Donald!
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Post by Slim Cognito » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:46 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pow ... 351d2ff6fc
Now Trump says he meant to keep Obamacare. Say what?

President Trump has a new spin on why Obamacare’s still around: He decided to keep the law instead of "kill" it.

“I had a decision to make,” Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd yesterday. “I could have politically killed Obamacare. I decided not to do it. But still it's not good. We're going to come up with great health care if we win the House, the Senate and the presidency.”

That’s quite the claim from the president, who has privately and publicly castigated congressional Republicans and staff for failing to help him deliver on one of his biggest promises in 2016, to replace the Affordable Care Act.
A couple of thoughts -

Has there been any noise on trump's/GOP's efforts to have the courts declare the ACA unconstitutional and it is not what trump hoped to hear?

and

Did McConnell finally get through his thick skull that the GOP has tried for 10 years to come up with something better and cheaper and they've realized it can't be done?

Sure, I'd love for the ACA to have cheaper premiums and smaller deductibles, but after cutting all its funding because it's sooooo socialist, how the fcuk are they going to explain that they're going to give their program even more funding? They sure as heck aren't going to raise taxes on the rich.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:29 am

New York Times - Paul Krugman
Self-Inflicted Medical Misery

Red America’s homemade rural health crisis.


Over the weekend The Washington Post published a heart-rending description of a pop-up medical clinic in Cleveland, Tenn. — a temporary installation providing free care for two days on a first-come-first-served basis. Hundreds of people showed up many hours before the clinic opened, because rural America is suffering from a severe crisis of health care availability, with hospitals closing and doctors leaving.

Since the focus of the report was on personal experience, not policy, it’s understandable that the article mentioned only in passing the fact that Tennessee is one of the 14 states that still refuse to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. So I’m not sure how many readers grasped the reality that America’s rural health care crisis is largely — not entirely, but largely — a direct result of political decisions.

The simple fact is that the Republicans who run Tennessee and other “non-expansion” states have chosen to inflict misery on many of their constituents, rural residents in particular. And it’s not even about money: The federal government would have paid for Medicaid expansion.

So if rural America is suffering, a large part of the explanation is gratuitous political cruelty. This cruelty has denied health insurance to millions who could have had it with a stroke of the pen. And rural hospitals are closing, rural doctors leaving, in large part because people can’t afford to pay for care.

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:21 pm

Trump Proposes Ways to Improve Care for Kidney Disease
The administration set ambitious goals to move people out of traditional dialysis and to encourage more organ transplants.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/heal ... &smtyp=cur
The president set an ambitious goal to remake how Americans with kidney disease get treated, by aggressively seeking to lower the costs by encouraging in-home dialysis and organ donation. Both options are seen as better treatment for patients than clinic-based dialysis.

More than 30 million people have chronic kidney disease, or about 15 percent of Americans. Medicare, the federal health insurance program, covers about half a million people with end-stage kidney disease and spends disproportionately on their care. Although they are just 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, they account for 7 percent of the program’s medical claims, some $35 billion. The total cost to Medicare for kidney care each year exceeds $100 billion.

Medicare has covered people who need dialysis since 1973, when the federal government took the unheard-of step of covering people with a single condition — end-stage renal disease — because they would not otherwise be able to afford care. Patients who need dialysis are hooked up to a machine that filters toxins from their blood three times a week, an onerous process that disrupts people’s lives and takes a heavy toll on their health. Half of the people who are on dialysis die within five years, according to federal officials.

:snippity:

The Trump administration wants to encourage living donors by adding reimbursements for lost wages and child care, as a way to double the number of kidneys available for transplant by 2030. Organs from living donors are considered the best option for people who need transplants, but they too require recuperative time.
Will be interesting to follow the implementation of these proposals.
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Post by Estiveo » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:28 pm

I happened to be at dialysis when news of this came out.

It was not well received by patients or staff.
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Post by Dan1100 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:29 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:21 pm
Trump Proposes Ways to Improve Care for Kidney Disease
The administration set ambitious goals to move people out of traditional dialysis and to encourage more organ transplants.



:snippity:

The Trump administration wants to encourage living donors by adding reimbursements for lost wages and child care, as a way to double the number of kidneys available for transplant by 2030. Organs from living donors are considered the best option for people who need transplants, but they too require recuperative time.
Will be interesting to follow the implementation of these proposals.
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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:34 pm

from LL but I suppose this clip is real

He must have studied anatomy at Trump University


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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:51 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:34 pm
from LL but I suppose this clip is real

He must have studied anatomy at Trump University
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Post by neonzx » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:06 pm

He just wants us all to die. That's his 'repeal and replace' "Obamacare" plan.
To which Trump replied, Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:44 pm

Conservative Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement plan

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/22/politics ... index.html
Months after President Donald Trump declared the GOP would become the "party of health care," House conservatives are set to announce a sweeping health care proposal -- one that has virtually no chance of becoming law.

The Republican Study Committee on Tuesday unveiled what members described as a "framework," nine months in the making, even as the White House continues to develop its own set of principles behind closed doors. It includes no legislative text and does not have the formal backing of the White House or broader GOP conference. The conservatives behind it hope the plan could help inoculate Republican congressional candidates against the perception that Republicans have no ideas for fixing a system they've vowed to destroy.

But the proposal comes as the attention of Washington is focused squarely on the mushrooming impeachment scandal engulfing Trump's presidency. And it recycles some of the policies that Republicans tried and failed to advance during the 2017 health care debate, when they controlled both chambers of Congress. That raises questions about how they plan to get a different result a second time around.

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The plan contains several elements that were in those 2017 replacement proposals, which narrowly fell short of enough Republican support to pass the Senate at the time. It would create federally-funded, state-run insurance pools to cover people with high-cost illness. For instance, states could establish high-risk pools, which existed before the Affordable Care Act with mixed levels of success, or institute reinsurance programs to stabilize the health care market.
Also would have block grants given to the states.
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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:10 pm

CBS News
Trump official dodges Obamacare questions at tense hearing

Washington — In her first appearance before a Democratic-led House committee, Seema Verma, the head of the agency that oversees the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, spent hours dodging questions about the current and future state of the U.S. health care system.

Lawmakers grilled Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on the future of Obamacare, the landmark 2010 law whose fate remains uncertain. Although the executive branch typically defends federal laws in court, the Trump administration earlier this year joined a lawsuit brought by Republican state attorneys general that seeks to strike down the law.

The title of Wednesday's hearing before the oversight subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee set a tense tone. It was called "Sabotage: The Trump Administration's Attack on Health Care."

The ACA pushed the number of Americans with health coverage to historic highs. But since President Trump took office, his administration and Republicans in Congress have made a series of changes that undermine the law, such as repealing the individual mandate that required people to have health insurance, limiting the amount of time people who have to sign up for health care, drastically cutting the budget for Obamacare outreach and allowing states to enact work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility.

As a result, the number of uninsured Americans rose in 2018, the first increase in 10 years. An additional 1.9 million people, including nearly half a million children, became uninsured last year, according to a Census Bureau report in September.

At Wednesday's hearing, Verma refused to answer how many people would lose insurance if the ACA is struck down. Representative Diana DeGette, the subcommittee's Democratic chairwoman, placed the number at 21 million.

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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:27 pm

I'm not sure if this is the best placement, but I'll copy over if need be.
Medicare would cover dental and vision if these bills pass Congress ...


"There have been proposals over the years that would do this, but in the past they haven't gone anywhere," said David Lipschutz, associate director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. "It looks like this time something could get passed in at least one chamber of Congress."

The bills (summarized further below) are generally supported by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. This means that even if the measures get approved in the Democrat-controlled House, they would would face an uphill battle in the Republican-dominated Senate.
H.R. 3: Includes provisions to allow the Medicare program to negotiate with drugmakers, cap out-of-pocket spending by beneficiaries on prescriptions at $2,000 and expand the low-income subsidy program, which helps cover Part D premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

H.R. 4650: Would add preventive and screening dental services, including oral exams and cleanings under Part B. It would also cover procedures such as tooth restorations and extractions, bridges, crowns, root canal treatments and implants and dentures. Beneficiaries would chip in the standard 20% for basic treatments and 50% for major treatments.

H.R. 4665: Would add routine eye exams to coverage through Part B, with beneficiaries generally paying 20% of the cost. It also would provide some coverage — $100 — toward contact lenses or eye glasses.

H.R. 4618: Would provide coverage under Part B for hearing exams and hearing aids, with beneficiaries contributing 20%.
This expanded coverage also might come with a cost. While some Advantage plans have no premium, the average is expected to be $23 in 2020, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Although down from $27 this year, any amount paid for a premium is on top of what Medicare enrollees pay for Part B: $135.50 is the standard for 2019 and forecast to be $144.30 next year. (Higher earners pay more).

Roughly 22.2 million, or 37%, of Medicare beneficiaries have Advantage plans. The remainder stick with original Medicare, which they can pair with a supplemental policy (i.e., Medigap) and a standalone Part D plan for prescription drug coverage (which also is typically included with Advantage plans).

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