The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Magazine

By Alan Katz | The policies and politics surrounding health care reform in a Donald Trump world.

Beleaguered health care bill gets new terms in effort to secure votes

White House, Senate GOP agree to add $45 billion to address opioid crisis, near agreement on Health Savings Account money.<p>Senate Republicans and the White House have agreed to add at least $45 billion to their Obamacare repeal bill to address the opioid crisis and are near agreement on allowing …

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As Affordable Care Act Repeal Teeters, Prospects for Bipartisanship Build

WASHINGTON — With his bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act in deep trouble, Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, raised an alternate possibility on Tuesday evening: Either Republicans come together in the days ahead, or he may have to work with Democrats to shore up the deteriorating …

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McConnell is trying to revise the Senate health-care bill by Friday

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aiming to send a revised version of his health-care bill to the Congressional Budget Office as soon as Friday as he continues to push for a vote before Congress’s August recess.<p>The effort reflects the tight timeline McConnell faces in his attempt to hold a …

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Republicans May Have a Plan B If Their Health-Care Bill Fails

With the news that Mitch McConnell is delaying action on the Senate health-care bill until after the Independence Day recess, it could be late July …

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GOP Delays Health Care Vote Amid Defections, Disagreement

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans Tuesday postponed a planned vote on the GOP bill to replace Obamacare until after the July 4th recess.<p>The move is a blow to Republican leaders who had been pushing for a vote this week out of concern that a delay would only make it more difficult to pass. But it …

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GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing their health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within GOP ranks.<p>Under the new provision, people who've had at least a 63-day gap in …

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Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.<p>The federal-state program for low-income people has …

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Trump Confirms He Called Health Bill 'Mean'

President Trump accused former President Barack Obama of stealing his terminology when Obama said last week that there was a “fundamental meanness” …

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The good news/bad news for Senate Republicans

<b>The good news:</b><p>$321 billion in net deficit reduction ($202 billion more than the House).<br>• Average premiums would go down starting in 2020.<br>• The markets …

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How the House and Senate bills would change "Obamacare"

Here is a rundown of the main elements of the Affordable Care Act, which ones would be wiped out and which could survive under the House and Senate …

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Twenty-two million Americans would lose health coverage under Senate bill: CBO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two million Americans would lose their health insurance coverage over the next decade under draft legislation unveiled by Senate Republicans last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.<p>By comparison, the CBO had earlier estimated that similar …

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Senate Republicans face key week as more lawmakers waver in support for health-care bill

Senate Republicans are facing down an increasingly daunting challenge to secure the votes necessary to pass legislation to dramatically change President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, and several senators said they would like more time to debate and tweak the plan as GOP leaders push for …

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Even if the Senate healthcare bill passes, it's headed straight for a wall

The future of the Senate Republican leadership's healthcare bill, released on Thursday, is already in doubt as at least five Republican senators have come out in opposition of the legislation in its current form.<p>Even if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell successfully wrangles his members and gets the …

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Senate Version of ACHA a Step in the Wrong Direction

If you’ve ever wondered why Americans hold the President and Congress in low regard, the health care reform legislation currently careening through …

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Trump defends GOP health care bill, blasts Obamacare

Updated 06/24/2017 05:33 PM EDT<p>President Donald Trump on Saturday criticized the Affordable Care Act and Democratic opposition to the Senate's Obamacare repeal bill as he continues to push for its passage.<p>"Democrats slam GOP healthcare proposal as Obamacare premiums & deductibles increase by over …

How The Senate Health Care Bill Could Disrupt The Insurance Market

Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some lawmakers are already raising concerns that the bill could aggravate the problem of healthy people going without insurance, driving up costs for …

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Winners And Losers: 40 Is Old In Senate GOP Health Plan’s Subsidy Structure

People getting subsidies to help buy health insurance would see at least three sharp changes — tied to both age and income — that could dramatically …

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How Medicaid Works, and Who It Covers

<i>One of the biggest flash points in the debate over Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is the future of Medicaid. Here are some basic facts about the 52-year-old program.</i><p><b>What is Medicaid?</b><p>It’s a public health insurance program largely for low-income people, though …

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Trump joins the effort to pass a health-care bill, but another GOP senator is opposed

President Trump and his allies are waging their most aggressive effort yet to help Senate GOP leaders pass an expansive health-care bill next week, but the endeavor encountered new resistance Friday when a fifth Republican senator said he does not support the bill as is.<p>Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) …

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How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more …

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Inside McConnell’s plan to repeal Obamacare

The Senate majority leader doesn’t have the votes yet. But if anyone can get them, it’s him.<p>As Mitch McConnell unveiled the Senate’s long-anticipated Obamacare repeal bill at a closed-door briefing Thursday morning, he urged GOP senators to withhold statements announcing outright opposition to the …

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The Senate GOP's backdoor Obamacare rollback

By expanding a little known waiver, the GOP bill enables states to opt out of almost every major Obamacare regulation—with almost zero federal oversight.<p>Buried deep in the 142 pages of the Senate’s new health care bill is an immense reform that could pave the way for a new rollback of parts of the …

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“There will be deaths”: Atul Gawande on the GOP plan to replace Obamacare

Gawande just reviewed the research on what taking health insurance away means for Americans.<p>As the GOP inches closer to repealing and replacing Obamacare, there’s no shortage of claims flying around about the impact giving people health insurance — or taking it away — has on American …

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Why the GOP sticks with an unpopular health bill, in one revealing quote

“We won.”<p>Congressional Republicans keep pushing forward on a health care bill that, by all measures, is very unpopular. A Quinnipiac poll late last month found that only 20 percent of the public support the American Health Care Act.<p>The Republican plan polls much worse than the Affordable Care Act, …

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7 questions about the Senate bill to repeal and replace the ACA

No one other than Senate GOP leaders know the details of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But it's certain the bill would …

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G.O.P. Rift Over Medicaid and Opioids Imperils Senate Health Bill

WASHINGTON — A growing rift between Senate Republicans over federal spending on Medicaid and the opioid epidemic is imperiling legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act that Senate leaders are trying to put to a vote by the end of next week.<p>President Trump had urged Republican senators to write …

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Here's What We Know About The Senate GOP Health Care Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans will release a discussion draft of their version of the health care bill on Thursday, with a vote likely next week.<p>Private health care talks have been underway in the Senate for weeks. McConnell tapped a 13-member working group last month to …

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Buffett Is Right, The U.S. Pays A Huge Economic Price For Its Wasteful Healthcare

The US healthcare system is rife with inefficiencies; as a consequence, it's much more expensive compared to other advanced nations.<p>This would be …

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The Latest: Spicer says Trump wants health bill with 'heart'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Obama health care law (all times local):<p>3:20 p.m.<p>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the president "clearly wants" Senate Republicans to put forward a health care bill "that has heart."<p>Spicer tells reporters …

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