Trump Blames Democrats for Failure of Obamacare Repeal

In Trumpworld, absolutely nothing is ever the fault of himself or those he is allied with; everything must be the fault of his enemies. So he is now absurdly trying to blame the Democrats for the failure of Senate Republicans and his administration to repeal and replace Obamacare. … [Read more...]

The Health Care System is Now in Serious Danger

On Monday night, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare died when they couldn't get enough votes. Not long after, an alternative plan of just repealing the ACA and replacing it later also died, for the same reason. This is good news. But danger still abounds for our health care system and for people like me. … [Read more...]

Two More Republicans Bail on Health Care Bill

Rand Paul and Susan Collins had already said they would not vote for the Senate's second attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare, which put the vote at exactly 50/50 with Pence casting the tiebreaking vote. But now two more Republicans have rejected it, killing the bill for the moment. … [Read more...]

Senate Health Bill Would Deeply Slash State Medicaid Funding

A new study, not from the Congressional Budget Office but by a private group, finds that if the new version of the Senate's Obamacare repeal and replace bill were to become law, states would see cuts in their Medicaid funding of up to nearly 40%. … [Read more...]

Even Insurance Companies Say Cruz Amendment is Disastrous

I wrote last week about the amendment that Ted Cruz added to the 2nd version of the Senate Obamacare repeal bill, which would allow insurance companies to market policies not compliant with the ACA and herd everyone else into high-risk pools. Even the insurance companies are saying this is a terrible idea that will lead to higher premiums. … [Read more...]

Senate Health Care Bill 2.0: Even Worse This Time

The Senate Republicans released their second attempt at a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday and, predictably, it's every bit as bad as the first one, perhaps even worse. Ezra Klein, who does as good a job of digging into policy details as anyone, identifies the key problem: … [Read more...]

Klingenschmitt: Defund PP and We Won’t Need Doctors

The mind of Gordon Klingenschmitt is a dark and scary place, the kind of bewildering hell chasm from which emerges arguments like this: If only we would defund Planned Parenthood, God would heal us of all sickness and we wouldn't need any more doctors! … [Read more...]

Why Single Payer Would Be Cheaper and Better

Robert Frank, an economics professor at Cornell, explains in a New York Times op-ed why a single payer health care system is ultimately cheaper and better than a system involving lots of private insurance companies. Every country that has a single payer system spends far less than we do on health care overall. … [Read more...]

Is This Really the Argument They’re Going to Make?

Did the White House send out the "people losing insurance is no big deal because we all die anyway" argument as a talking point? Because suddenly people are making this extraordinarily stupid, hypocritical and callous argument all over Fox News. … [Read more...]

When Numbers Obscure Real People

Those who are trying desperately to defend the vicious Obamacare repeal efforts are resorting to the kind of mathematical arguments that obscure the fact that real people are affected in the real world in very serious, even deadly, ways. Case in point: … [Read more...]

GOP Staffer: Trump Has No Idea What’s In Senate Bill

The New York Times has a report on the meeting between Republican Senators and Donald Trump at the White House the other day, a meeting that was intended to clear the way for passage of the health care bill. It didn't work, the vote was canceled. And one Republican Senate staffer said Trump had no idea what was in the bill: … [Read more...]

White House Whistles Past the Graveyard

I know I keep saying this, but I just don't understand how anyone could ever do the job of a political press secretary. This is a perfect example why. The Senate pulled their health care bill yesterday, which is obviously bad for its prospects to pass, but Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to convince the press -- herself? -- that everything was just fine. … [Read more...]