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Readthis today and thought I would share


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Time for some schooling. Let's say there are only 2 people in an island. If one has to have right to health you're forcing the other to become a doc. The other has a right to do whatever he wants. So one has no right to health. Kapiche?
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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:14 pm

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Exclusive: Over 60 House Democrats are forming a Medicare for All Caucus

After years on the fringe, Medicare for All is becoming a central plank of the Democratic Party. Dozens of Congressional Democrats are set to announce the formation of an official Medicare For All Caucus on Thursday, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The caucus is expected to have over 60 founding members, or approximately one-third of all the 193 House Democrats with more expected to sign on in the coming weeks. More could join following the 2018 midterms with many Democratic challengers embracing Medicare for All.

“This is a sea change from just four or five years ago and people are more likely to see health care as a right,” said Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who will be one of the caucus co-chairs along with Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan. Member of Congress will formally announce the caucus 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Capitol along with representatives from National Nurses United, Social Security Works, and other progressive groups.
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Trump promised them better, cheaper health care. It’s not happening.
President Donald Trump handed an influential business advocacy group what should have been a historic lobbying victory when he recently rolled out new rules encouraging small businesses to band together to offer health insurance.

Trump, who’s touted the expansion of so-called association health plans as a key plank in his strategy to tear down Obamacare, even announced the rules at the 75th anniversary party of the National Federation of Independent Business last month, claiming the group’s members will save “massive amounts of money” and have better care if they join forces to offer coverage to workers.

But the NFIB, which vigorously promoted association health plans for two decades, now says it won’t set one up, describing the new Trump rules as unworkable. And the NFIB isn’t the only one: Several of the nationwide trade groups that cheered Trump’s new insurance rules told POLITICO they’re still trying to figure out how to take advantage of them and whether the effort is even worth it.
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Apparently, health care is kind of complicated.
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Trump promised them better, cheaper health care. It’s not happening.
A key small business group says Trump’s new insurance rules are unworkable, after pushing the idea for nearly 20 years.

...But the NFIB, which vigorously promoted association health plans for two decades, now says it won’t set one up, describing the new Trump rules as unworkable. And the NFIB isn’t the only one: Several of the nationwide trade groups that cheered Trump’s new insurance rules told POLITICO they’re still trying to figure out how to take advantage of them and whether the effort is even worth it.

That could signal there’s minimal early interest in an initiative the administration says will help lower health care costs — and one that Trump himself has prematurely hailed as a wild success. Trump falsely claimed during rallies in recent weeks that “millions” are signing up, though the new health plans can’t be sold until Sept. 1.
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But those close to the NFIB said the organization’s lukewarm official response to the Trump administration’s new association health plan rules spoke volumes about its flagging interest in the idea it long championed.

“That’s a far cry from the full-court press,” said one person close to the group. “NFIB mobilizes when it wants to.”
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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:42 pm

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Red-state Senate Democrats are redoubling their efforts to protect Obamacare

Red-state Democrats are signaling some solidarity with the rest of the caucus on at least one policy issue flaring in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Lawmakers including Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Joe Donnelly (IN), and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) — all Democrats representing states that Donald Trump won by a wide margin in 2016 — are among those backing a new Senate resolution aimed at defending the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

It’s important to note that this resolution is not explicitly related to the Supreme Court nomination. In fact, Manchin stressed that he sees this measure as its own independent effort during a press conference last week. Its main focus does, however, have some hefty overlap with a key argument party leaders have been using to gin up opposition to Kavanaugh: Democrats argue that the ACA could face an existential threat from the Texas v. United States lawsuit if the conservative judge ascends to the bench.

This resolution seeks to stymie this exact threat, suggesting that health care is something Democrats can still agree on across the board. It also indicates that the issue could offer the common ground that party leadership is hoping for as the Supreme Court fight continues.

If enacted, the resolution would give Senate legal counsel the authority to intervene on the Senate’s behalf in the Texas v. US suit, further bolstering defenses for the ACA. It would also pit the Senate legal counsel against the Trump administration directly.

As part of the suit, several states are questioning the constitutionality of the ACA’s protections for those with preexisting conditions, and they’re doing so with the White House’s backing. Their challenge argues that the congressional repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate penalty rendered the mandate and other parts of the law unconstitutional. It would effectively decimate many aspects of the law if successful.
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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:53 pm

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Koch-backed study finds ‘Medicare for All’ would save U.S. trillions

An estimated cost of $32.6 trillion over 10 years is less than the US would spend over the next 10 years under the current system.


A single-payer Medicare for All system would reduce the amount the U.S. spends on health care by more than $2 trillion, a Koch brothers-funded study released Monday found.

Research by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University — a libertarian think tank backed by the Koch brothers — projected that the Medicare for All plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would cost the government $32.6 trillion over 10 years. The highly critical report found that even doubling all federal individual and corporate income taxes would not cover the costs of Sanders’ Medicare for All plan.

The study did conclude, however, that Medicare for All would result in significant savings for the government because of lower prescription drug costs, saving $846 billion over the next decade. Streamlined administrative costs under the plan would save another $1.6 trillion, the researchers at the Mercatus Center found.

When we talk about a Medicare for All system, it’s important to discuss the costs in the context of what the U.S. already spends on health care. As of 2016, national health expenditures — which includes federal spending, state Medicaid programs, and private employer health care spending — totaled $3.3 trillion per year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

That means that over the next decade, the U.S. is projected to spend more than $33 trillion, plus inflation, on health care services without any changes to our current health care system, significantly more than Mercatus’s estimated $32.6 trillion cost to the federal government over the next ten years.
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Business Insider: That study going around on Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan comes with a big catch — the US would actually be saving money overall on healthcare
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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:27 am

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Liberal Dems lay groundwork to push Medicare for All

Democrats are laying the groundwork to make a push for “Medicare for All” legislation if they win back the House in November.

More than 60 House Democrats launched a Medicare for All caucus this month, a sign of the popularity surrounding the concept of a government-run health insurance system for all that’s supported by liberal firebrands like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The caucus plans to hold briefings with experts as part of its efforts to revise a previous bill that will act as the framework for future legislation to establish single-payer national health insurance. ...

While a government-run health insurance system like the one being discussed by Democrats has no real chance of becoming law with President Trump in office, House action on the issue next year would move the ball forward and intensify the debate within the Democratic Party for 2020.

Democratic leaders have not endorsed that kind of drastic change to the American health-care system, but they haven’t ruled it out either.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:29 am

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Study finds New York state’s proposed single-payer system financially feasible

A proposed single-payer health care system in New York state is economically viable and could insure a million people currently without coverage, according to a study from RAND Corp. released Wednesday.

The analysis, which looks at the New York Health Act, was commissioned by the New York State Health Foundation. It makes a number of charitable assumptions about the institution and implementation of the single-payer system, but ultimately concludes the plan would be a cost-effective way to provide health insurance to all New York residents, including undocumented immigrants, while also lowering costs.

According to the study, after moving to a single-payer system, spending in New York would remain the same through 2022 and 3 percent lower — about $15 billion less — by 2031.

The plan would cover comprehensive outpatient and inpatient care, primary and preventative care, prescription drugs and laboratory tests, rehabilitative care, and dental, vision, and hearing on top of all benefits currently required by state insurance law. The bargaining power of the state could also result in prescription drug cost savings, according to the RAND analysis.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:17 pm

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Blue Cross Blue Shield: Trump short-term health plans expansion could ‘harm consumers’

Health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) on Wednesday warned that the Trump administration's proposal to expand short-term health care plans could harm patients.

The association's vice president, Justine Handelman, warned that the proposal “has the potential to harm consumers” who don't know the risks of lower-coverage plans.

“Health insurance should be available and affordable for everyone, regardless of their health status. The broader availability and longer duration of slimmed-down policies that do not provide comprehensive coverage has the potential to harm consumers, both by making comprehensive coverage more expensive and by leaving some consumers unaware of the risks of these policies," Handelman said in an emailed statement.

Handelman went on to warn against a system that allowed "cherry-picking" of coverage options by healthier consumers while those with medical needs were left carrying financial burdens.
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Once Its Greatest Foes, Doctors Are Embracing Single-Payer

When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.

Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long opposition to single-payer health care, this was the first time it got a full hearing. The debate grew heated — older physicians warned their pay would decrease, calling younger advocates naïve to single-payer’s consequences. But this time, by the meeting’s end, the AMA’s older members had agreed to at least study the possibility of changing its stance.

“We believe health care is a human right, maybe more so than past generations,” said Dr. Brad Zehr, a 29-year-old pathology resident at Ohio State University, who was part of the debate. “There’s a generational shift happening, where we see universal health care as a requirement.”

The ins and outs of the AMA’s policymaking may sound like inside baseball. But this year’s youth uprising at the nexus of the medical establishment speaks to a cultural shift in the medical profession, and one with big political implications.

Amid Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act, an increasing number of Democrats — ranging from candidates to established Congress members — are putting forth proposals that would vastly increase the government’s role in running the health system. These include single-payer, Medicare-for-all or an option for anyone to buy in to the Medicare program. At least 70 House Democrats have signed on to the new “Medicare-for-all” caucus.
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The Nation: Single Payer Is Actually a Huge Bargain

It would save both dollars and lives compared to our current system.
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Good.
Obamacare Repeal A GOP Albatross As Midterm Elections Near

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“Republicans running for re-election in competitive districts have one thing in common: they overwhelmingly voted to take away Americans’ health care — and they’ll have to answer for this on the campaign trail,” says Amanda Harrington of the group Protect Our Care, which is campaigning to protect the ACA and tracking Congressional races on healthcare issues.

Protect Our Care says all but three incumbent Republican U.S. House members who have Congressional races rated “toss up” or “lean Republican” by the Cook Political Report voted in May 2017 for the GOP House health repeal bill, The American Health Care Act. The AHCA, also known as Trumpcare, would’ve caused more than 20 million Americans to lose their healthcare coverage, the Congressional Budget Office said at the time.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of polls show healthcare is back on top as an issue more important than the economy, education and crime. And when voters are asked about healthcare, they say they want politicians to leave it alone.
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Post by MsDaisy » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:14 am

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The Justice Department cleared CVS’s purchase of the insurance giant after the companies agreed to spin off Aetna’s Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business. The merger will allow CVS to turn its locations into medical hubs for basic services.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.
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Post by Orlylicious » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:51 pm

I hope healthcare and preexisting conditions drive a stake through the GOP's heart. Because with Obamacare they are covered. Watching them try to squirm after taking 60 friggen votes and Mitch McConnell saying they will do it again is not fooling anybody.

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Even Faux News polls show Healthcare as #1. We've been killed in South Florida with premiums. Hope Republicans truly pay the price.

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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:58 pm

Trump Rollback of Disability Rules Can Make Doctor’s Visits Painstaking
Patients with disabilities cope with rollback of regulations to make medical treatment more accessible

By Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News on November 1, 2018

Going to the doctor’s office can feel so routine. You sit in the waiting room, fill out the paperwork, get measured and hop onto the exam table.

But medical appointments for patients with disabilities require navigating a tricky obstacle course, full of impediments that leave them feeling awkward and could result in substandard care.

Despite laws that require ramps and wider doors for access, many health care providers don’t have scales that can accommodate wheelchairs, or adjustable exam tables for patients who can’t get up on one by themselves.
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The Affordable Care Act was set to update standards for accessible medical treatment within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is enforced by the Justice Department. But the Trump administration stopped action on this change late last year as part of its sweeping effort to roll back regulations across the federal government.

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The result is that movie theaters and laundromats have to be accessible to all people, but important aspects of the medical industry do not, said Megan Morris, an assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Colorado who has studied patients with disabilities and their access to health care.

The ACA directed a federal panel, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, to take steps to close this gap by issuing standards for determining what medical equipment could be deemed “accessible.” Their report was finalized in January 2017, just before President Barack Obama left office.

But the DOJ’s decision in December not to update enforcement accordingly reinforces the disparities in how people are treated, said patients and disability rights advocates.



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Post by tek » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:49 pm

I really hate these people.
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Post by Fortinbras » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:04 pm

The coverage for pre-existing conditions in the ACA could be saved and protected with one small bit of legislation. A simple bill or joint resolution in which Congress holds that "clauses in group health insurance contracts denying coverage for pre-existing conditions are against public policy."

Under the Constitution, Congress cannot (or at least cannot easily) impair the obligation of contracts .... but a contract cannot contravene 'public policy' and Congress is able to effective negate specific provisions in contracts across the country, all at once, by declaring certain provisions to be contrary to public policy. For example, the notorious HJR 192 of June 1933 declared gold clauses in contracts, which had been perfectly legal up to that day, to be contrary to public policy, which immediately nullified all existing gold clauses (nullified them until that 1933 declaration was repealed around 1977). There are a smattering of other examples even in current law.

By declaring exclusions of pre-existing conditions to be against public policy in group health policies, the result is that group health insurance, both in and outside Obamacare, no longer can deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. I specified group contracts so individualized insurance policies could still deny coverage, but I doubt that anyone who already has an ailment would sign such an individual contract. The effect would be tremendous - even people not participating in Obamacare, if there were any, would get broad insurance coverage whenever and with whomever they signed up.

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Post by RVInit » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:35 pm

It's not enough to require that coverage is available to those with preexisting conditions, it has to be affordable. Without many of the other requirements of ACA it would be impossible for preexisting condition coverage to be affordable for most of us who have a preexisting condition. All the Republican assholes who are now claiming that preexisting condition coverage has been important to them all along fail to give the details - that there plans for covering preexisting conditions involve it being impossible for most people to afford the coverage. But hey, it's available, amirite?
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Post by p0rtia » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:52 pm

:yeah:

For example, my revolting congresswoman touts the "choices" the R's will bring to health insurance. Which translates to no Essential Care. Ergo junk insurance for the young and stupid (two groups) and high prices and pools for anybody who's ever had a cold.
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Post by Fortinbras » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:11 pm

Portia nails it. The ACA itself must be defended.

I can appreciate that affordability is crucial to this insurance. It is my feeling that if all group insurance Must cover pre-existing conditions, then the insurance companies, if they want to sell at all, must keep the resulting policies at attractive prices or else too many people will go uninsured and the insurance underwriters will not have any revenue.

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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:47 am

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House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats will scrutinize the Trump administration’s decision not to defend Obamacare in federal court, when Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, a leading Democrat said on Monday.

In June, the Department of Justice declared the healthcare law’s individual mandate unconstitutional in federal court, which threatened to undermine insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, and helped make healthcare a winning issue for Democrats in House elections on Nov. 6.

The decision was also a break with a long-standing executive branch practice of defending existing statutes in court and prompted three Justice Department career attorneys to withdraw from the case. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as Obamacare is a favorite target for Republicans, who have repeatedly tried and failed to repeal it.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, who is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in January, said he is concerned about the Justice Department’s actions, which took place in a Texas court in response to a lawsuit brought by 20 state attorneys general.

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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:14 pm

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Number of Uninsured Children Rises for First Time This Decade

The uninsured rates for children increased at nearly triple the rates in states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report.


After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017, according to a Georgetown University report released Thursday.

While not a big jump statistically — the share of uninsured kids rose to 5 percent in 2017 from 4.7 percent a year earlier — it is still striking. The uninsured rate typically remains stable or drops during times of economic growth. In September, the U.S. unemployment rate hit its lowest level since 1969.

“The nation is going backwards on insuring kids and it is likely to get worse,” said Joan Alker, co-author of the study and executive director of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families.

Alker and other child health advocates place the blame for this change on the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, saying their policies and actions cast a pall on enrollment.

The number of children without coverage rose to 3.9 million in 2017 from about 3.6 million a year earlier, according to census data analyzed by Georgetown.

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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:03 pm

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Trump admin can’t use Congress to repeal Obamacare, so it’s asking states to rewrite the health law

States can use waivers to redraft Obamacare rules but they can't, for example, create a Medicare for All program.


Less than a month after the midterm elections ended the possibility of Obamacare repeal in Congress, the Trump administration has called on states to rewrite the health law in the image of failed GOP health bills.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new guidance on Thursday encouraging states to implement changes to the marketplace that fundamentally undermine the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

States have always had the ability to modify the ACA, but they required federal permission to do so through what’s known as a “1332 waiver.” To get federal approval, states had to, among other things, abide by statutory guardrails. The new guidance issued on Thursday gives states far more latitude to make drastic changes to the ACA — including how they use tax credits from the federal government.

Thanks to the ACA, the federal government subsidizes private health plans for certain people — tax credits for those earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line — who don’t get insurance through work. But the federal government only subsidizes premiums for comprehensive health plans that play by the Obamacare rules and cover, for example, maternity care or addiction treatment.

The Trump administration is now saying the federal government will subsidize short-term health plans; states just need to ask. The administration expanded these cheaper plans in August and is being sued for it, as these plans have skimpy benefits rendering them useless for people with pre-existing conditions.

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