Obamacare

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

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.

A Peek Behind the Curtain at Our Incompetent Congress

Roger Kimball, PJ Media

I opined back in 2008 that there was  a "burgeoning democratic anger preparing to expel the smirking, incompetent toadies who orchestrated and presided over this catastrophe." In a way, I suppose that the election of Donald Trump was a fulfillment of that prediction.  But though a majority of representatives and senators now have Rs next to their names, the incompetent toady factor remains high, very high.

To Eliminate Obamacare Stress the Three Cs: Choice, Competition, and Cost Reduction

Stephen Moore, The American Spectator

Under a choice-based system perhaps as many as 80 percent of Americans will see premiums fall by as much as $3,000 to $5,000 a year. As costs come down, more will sign up for coverage and if the CBO doesn’t get this simple rule of economics, they should be fired. Liberals understand that giving Americans the right to freely choose their own insurance plan will quickly render Obamacare and its expensive‎ mandates and regulations irrelevant. It will be the death of Obamacare.

When insurance becomes a method of taxation

Daniel Oliver, Washington Times

People should be free to buy whatever health insurance they want, whether low deductible or catastrophic. Poor people can be subsidized as necessary, but not to the extent of making them better off than the people who pay the taxes that subsidize them. The inevitable free-riders should be dealt with sufficiently harshly to discourage free-riding. The market will work if we let it.

Blame dishonest Democrats who created Obamacare and lied about it

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Obamacare is circling the throat of the toilet and taking the economy, the American people and even insurance industry with it. And Mr. Schumer’s argument here is that Mr. Trump and Republicans are to blame for not FIXING the Obamacare that Mr. Schumer foisted on the American people? Like I said, only the most dishonest weasels are capable of preening at times like this.

Obamacare Survives Thanks to Republican Moral Narcissism

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Politics is not just the art of the possible; it's often the art only of the marginally possible.  Large changes, particularly in something like healthcare, are extraordinarily difficult to achieve and need the most ardent team play.  Democrats, honed on schoolboy marxism, know that.  Republicans, a significant number anyway, apparently don't care as long as they can appear untarnished to their constituents -- or is it to themselves?

Trump: 'I'm not going to own' Obamacare collapse

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

President Trump said Tuesday that Republicans should allow Obamacare to collapse and wait for Democrats to seek the GOP's help fixing it now that the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed. Trump told reporters at the White House that his preference is "to let Obamacare fail," an approach he said "will be a lot easier."