The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Magazine

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

Pelosi solicits Democrats for Obamacare tweaks

Updated 03/28/17 12:32 PM EDT<p>House Democrats are charging ahead with their own push to tweak Obamacare, after the GOP effort to dismantle the law imploded last week.<p>Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to her caucus Tuesday, requesting members send their ideas to strengthen the law …

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Paul Ryan: House Republicans will continue their push for health-care reform this year

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan told Republican donors Monday that he intends to continue pushing for an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system by working “on two tracks” as he also pursues other elements of President Trump’s agenda.<p>“We are going to keep getting at this thing,” Ryan said three days …

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Gov. Herbert says health care reform is ‘absolutely a necessity’

After meeting Monday with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and numerous members of Congress, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he feels …

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How Right-Wing Media Saved Obamacare

Years of misleading coverage left viewers so misinformed that many were shocked when confronted with the actual costs of repeal.<p>As the Republican Party struggled and then failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, pulling a wildly unpopular bill from the House without even taking a vote, a flurry of …

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How Trump Lost On Health Care

The House’s failure on Friday to even vote on a Republican bill to repeal Obamacare — something party leaders promised for seven years and President …

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Some Lawmakers Now Look to Bipartisanship on Health Care

WASHINGTON — The sudden death of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act has created an opening for voices from both parties to press for fixes to the acknowledged problems in President Barack Obama’s signature health law, as lawmakers and some senior White House officials appealed for …

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Failure of their healthcare bill leaves Republicans running Obamacare. That could open the way for bipartisan changes

Unable to kill the Affordable Care Act, Republicans may now have to fix it.<p>The White House and even GOP members of Congress risk a huge political backlash if they allow the healthcare law to come apart, as President Trump has predicted it will.<p>That leaves Republicans with a strong incentive to take …

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More States To Expand Medicaid Now That Obamacare Remains Law

More states will pursue expansion of Medicaid health benefits for poor Americans under the Affordable Care Act after Republicans failed to repeal and replace the law.<p>The American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, would’ve rolled back the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and put restrictions on …

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2017 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces

This brief analyzes 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace data on premium and insurer participation, including data made available through …

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What Does Failed Repeal Of Affordable Care Act Mean For Current Health Care Law?

House Republicans have backed away from the American Health Care Act. Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, breaks down what this means for the current health care law<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>We're going to spend much of today's program trying to understand what …

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With GOP Plan Dead, Trump Weighs Other Ways to Reshape Health Care

With the collapse of Republicans’ health plan in the House on Friday, the Trump administration is set to ramp up its efforts to alter the Affordable Care Act in one of the few ways it has left—by making changes to the law through waivers and rule changes.<p>The initiative now rests with Health and …

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Obamacare survived: What all this means for you

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Republicans have shelved their plans to repeal Obamacare, so the sweeping health reform act remains the law of the land.<p>But with all the turmoil in Washington and the talk that Obamacare is on the brink of collapse, many people might be worried about the impact on them. Stay with …

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Obamacare Isn't Out of the Woods Yet

Even after the failure of the Republicans’ health-care bill, there are still significant ways Trump and his allies can roll back the Affordable Care Act’s provisions.<p>At least for the moment, the American Health Care Act is dead.<p>After two weeks of last-minute changes, Congressional Budget Office …

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Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year.<p>The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect …

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CBO releases new score for ObamaCare repeal bill

The CBO find that the latest version of the healthcare plan contains significantly less deficit reduction than the original bill, but would lead to …

Why are Republicans moving so fast on health care?

White House press secretary Sean Spicer promised that the Republican effort to replace Obamacare wouldn’t be “jammed down people’s throats” in the way he said the Affordable Care Act was in 2010. Republicans would observe “regular order” in Congress, moving the legislation through committee and …

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Obamacare repeal in jeopardy as Trump offers 11th-hour concessions

'Everybody's frustrated,' says one lawmaker.<p>Updated 03/23/17 12:25 PM EDT<p>The Republican plan to replace Obamacare — backed vehemently by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan — continued to bleed support from moderate House members Thursday morning just hours before an expected vote.<p>An …

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Health Law Presents a Painful Choice for a Divided G.O.P.

WASHINGTON — For the House Republicans who have never served under a Republican president — roughly two-thirds of them — Thursday’s vote on a measure that would repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is a legislative fantasia, the culmination of seven years of campaign promises …

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill's fate

<b>(CNN) —</b> House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side.<p>The dramatic shift -- which would strike at blow at the …

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Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrambling to nail down votes for the House health care bill, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment.<p>Lawmakers emerging from a meeting late Wednesday …

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Conservatives claim votes to stop GOP Obamacare repeal

A Freedom Caucus spokeswoman says more than 25 members are opposed. It takes only 22 GOP lawmakers to block the bill.<p>Updated 03/22/17 03:11 PM EDT<p>House conservatives say they have the votes to bring down a Republican plan to replace Obamacare, threatening a core piece of President Donald Trump's …

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President Trump Puts Pressure on Conservatives for Health Care Overhaul as Voting Nears

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump and House leaders revved up pressure Wednesday on balky conservatives and other Republican lawmakers as crunch …

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Don’t count on ‘third prong’ of GOP health overhaul

House Republicans hope to follow up Obamacare repeal with a batch of additional legislation. But those bills are likely to die in the Senate.<p>House Republicans chasing the final votes to repeal much of Obamacare are promising hard-liners they'll fix the rest of the health care system with another …

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Trump, GOP leaders lack votes to pass Obamacare repeal

With less than 48 hours to go before a vote, the president and senior House Republicans are scrambling to corral wayward members.<p>Updated 03/21/17 06:29 PM EDT<p>Despite a frantic lobbying effort, President Donald Trump and House GOP leaders are still short of the votes they need to pass their …

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Better Health Care for Less Money? It's Not Easy

"America spends more on health care than other rich nations, but has lower life expectancy." If I had a nickel for every time I have been informed this by an email, seen it in a headline, heard it in conversation, or watched it scroll across my social media feed, I would be able to personally fund …

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GOP Health Plan Has Its Own Financial Stick To Prod People To Buy Insurance

The Affordable Care Act's tax penalty for people who opt out of health insurance is one of the most loathed parts of the law, so it is no surprise that Republicans are keen to abolish it. But the penalty, also called the individual mandate, plays a vital function: nudging healthy people into the …

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Freedom Caucus: We won't formally oppose health bill

<b>FREEDOM CAUCUS: WE WON'T FORMALLY OPPOSE BILL —</b> House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Monday night that Republican leaders are successfully picking off its members on Obamacare repeal — a sign that the repeal bill may get enough support on the House floor Thursday.<p>The hard-line …

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