Obamacare

pertaining to the so-called Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Democrats yelp as Trump upholds Constitution

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Democrats have naturally complained that Republicans, having failed to repeal or replace Obamacare, are trying to wreck it. There's some basis for that, but also for saying it's Democrats' own fault, since they passed Obamacare in a form even they knew was flawed. One lesson: It's hard to make complex one-size-fits-all laws work. Another: If you don't obey the law, even the cleverest lawyers may not be able to keep you out of trouble.

Trump Faithfully Executes Obamacare; Media, Democrats Go Nuts

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

What Trump has actually done is end the illegal payoffs without which insurance companies have no rational choice but to jack up premiums or flee the Obamacare exchanges. The culprits here are the charlatans who gave us Obamacare. To portray Trump as the bad guy is not merely fake news. It’s an out-and-out lie.

Trump gives Congress a kick in the rear to finally act on health care

John Fund, Fox News

President Trump can follow up on his cancellation of the bailout to Big Insurance by telling members of Congress his next step will be to zero out their exemption, an action which would throw both members and staff on the individual ObamaCare exchanges. Now that would finally put a fire under Congress for real action.

Trump to end Obamacare insurer subsidies, putting pressure on Congress to act

Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

President Trump intends to end insurance subsidies under Obamacare, a move that would likely result in lawsuits and put pressure on Congress to act. According to a statement Thursday evening from the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, the Trump administration is making the move based on guidance from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, which have concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare.

Trump Sticks an Executive Order in Obamacare

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

And for those Never Trump conservatives, that it was the populist-nationalist president acting to make reality a key piece of conservative policy that the GOP establishment couldn’t muster its own Senate membership for has to be something of a wakeup call. Trump’s move Thursday is as much a repudiation of what passes for Beltway conservatism as it is a victory for conservative policy, and perhaps it’s time for the Capitol creatures to get the message and work with him on things like tax reform they also purport to be for.

Obama Lied. My FOURTH Health Plan Died.

Michelle Malkin, Townhall

People suffering under Obamacare are expendables to establishment Republicans who hoovered up campaign donations on the empty promise to repeal Obamacare -- and now consider amnesty for immigrants here illegally and gun control higher legislative priorities than keeping their damned word. We're the canaries in the Obamacare coal mine. Ignore us at your peril, America. You're next.

The answer to Obamacare ain't blowin' in the wind

Editors, Washington Examiner

The president's action should give health insurance customers at least a few ways out of the Obamacare confusion by allowing them sometimes to buy insurance across state lines, by expanding health savings accounts, and by quadrupling the upper limit on short-term health insurance plans from three months to nearly a year. Trump should sign this executive order, and it will be celebrated not just by the administration but by all those who suffer under Obamacare. But Republicans in Congress must pass reform legislation or get their just deserts at the ballot box.

Trump Drains Obamacare’s Regulatory Swamp

David Catron, The American Spectator

President Trump is now using legitimate executive measures to drain the swamp. As we saw last Friday and through the weekend, the alligators are not happy. But the public hates gators, and they like Obamacare even less. They will reward Trump for doing what he can do. The man isn’t perfect, but anyone who can make the swamp creatures squeal with frustration can’t be all bad.

Outsider Erik Prince Looking At Challenging Establishment Senator John Barrasso

While Erik Prince’s views on the conservative agenda need to be explored further before we can make any kind of endorsement, we do know a lot of things we don’t like about Senator John Barrasso, and first among them is his crony relationship with Mitch McConnell.

Conservative Outsider Mike Braun Enters Indiana Senate Race

Mike Braun is a smart guy and successful businessman. He will be a formidable candidate if he can stay the course of pushing the Trump MAGA agenda, while avoiding a mudwrestling match with Congressmen Rokita and Messer.

Yes, the states can fix the Obamacare debacle

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

This isn’t about saving money or cutting the deficit. It’s about creating a 21st century health care system that taps into the power of free markets, consumer choice and competition to expand coverage, improve care, and make health insurance affordable to everyone. Hopefully, even Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t be against that.

Did Senator Lindsey Graham Finally Get One Right?

If Senator Graham can cajole his buddy John McCain into voting for his bill it just might allow Republicans to, at least part way, make good on their eight-year pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Last Best Hope to Euthanize Obamacare

David Catron, The American Spectator

In GCHJ, the Senate has a replacement bill whose provisions make more sense than Obamacare from the perspectives of economics, morality, and equitable distribution of health care resources among the citizenry. Moreover, the meter is running and there is no viable alternative. If GCHJ doesn’t pass, America loses and the Democrats may well retake Congress in 2018.

The Democrat Repeal and Replace Plan: Single-Payer

David Catron, The American Spectator

The single payer charade is, in fact, nothing more than a performance for the most clueless of their naive supporters. If congressional Republicans will only start working with President Trump, rather than surreptitiously impeding his agenda, they might get a few legislative accomplishments on the board. Once that is done, the Democrats won’t have a prayer in 2018 or 2020.

Obamacare: Time for Trump to Back up His Bluster

David Catron, The American Spectator

It is fully within Trump's power to halt illegal subsidies to insurers, order his Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) to dismantle the law’s regulatory foundation, and eliminate Congress’s special dispensation from Obamacare. It’s time for the President to stop tweeting and start whacking the D.C. establishment over the head with a two-by-four.

Obamacare Lives But Your Hospital Is Dying

David Catron, The American Spectator

Obamacare is rendering free-standing community hospitals extinct. They are being forced out if business or into the arms of medical monopolies. If you live in a rural area, this is dangerous for your health. If you have a medical emergency and must be rushed to the ER, you will likely be driven past a defunct hospital to a distant facility where you will be treated by a hospital-employed doctor whom you have never met.

Jeff Flake: A Book By A Fake Conservative With No Conscience

We urge CHQ readers to skip Flake’s screed against the voters he has failed as a member of Congress and read the original Goldwater – Bozell version of Conscience of a Conservative instead.

Obamacare: Time for Trump to Make Congress Share Our Pain

David Catron, The American Spectator

Republicans would bring new meaning to the term, “stupid party,” if they pass any legislation appropriating money for cost reduction payments or any other insurer bail-out. Meanwhile, Trump should immediately strip Congress of its illegal Obamacare exemption. He should allow every member of the House and Senate, as well as their small armies of aides, to experience the joy of Obamacare. That would focus their attention wonderfully.

So-Called Fact Checkers Keep Butchering The Facts About Obamacare

David Harsanyi, The Federalist

If people are persistently told that the GOP is preparing to “slash” Medicaid by a bazillion dollars and “revoke” the insurance of 26 million people, the average voter has every reason to be concerned. And if there isn’t a single Republican lawmaker out there effectively slapping down these misleading claims, voters will be. Republicans certainly can’t rely on factcheckers.

Senate votes to move forward on Obamacare repeal

Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

Republican senators voted Tuesday to move forward on their seven-year pledge to repeal portions of Obamacare, with Vice President Mike Pence issuing the tie-breaking vote to unlock hours of debate to assemble details of a final healthcare bill. The vote began as much as 20 hours of debate on the House-passed healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act, and a new bill will be swapped in its place.