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Obamacare

U.S. House Votes to Repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board

Washington, DC, November 6, 2017 — Nathaniel Weixel reports in The Hill that the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, November 2 voted to repeal a controversial Medicare cost-cutting board that has drawn the ire of both parties.

Lawmakers voted 307-111 to abolish what is known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).  The board is tasked with coming up with Medicare cuts if spending rises above a certain threshold but has been criticized as outsourcing the work of Congress.

Ten of New Jersey’s 12 members of the House voted in favor of H.R. 849, the “Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act.” Continue reading

Modern Healthcare Names 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2017; Senators Collins, McCain and Murkowski Top List

Senators Susan Collins, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski

Washington, DC, August 24, 2017 — Harris Meyer reports in Modern Healthcare that three Republican senators — Maine’s Susan Collins, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Arizona’s John McCain — decided their party’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be bad for the states they represent.

Resisting tremendous political pressure, the three voted against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stripped-down ACA repeal bill.

In doing so, they dramatically reshaped the epic political battle over the future of the ACA, which has been bitterly fought over by Republicans and Democrats since it was passed by Democrats on a party-line vote in March 2010. Continue reading

Kaiser Family Foundation Poll: 78 Percent Say Trump Should Try to Make Obamacare Work

Washington, DC, August 11, 2017 — Jessie Hellman reports in The Hill that 78 percent of Americans say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make Obamacare work, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation Poll released today.

That includes 95 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and even a majority of Republicans at 52 percent, according to the.

Seventeen percent, though, think Trump should make the law fail so it can be replaced later. Continue reading

Medical Device Group Launches Ad Campaign to Repeal Obamacare’s 2.3 Percent Excise Tax

Washington, DC, August 10, 2017 — Peter Sullivan reports in The Hill that the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) is launching a new advertising campaign to push lawmakers to repeal Obamacare’s tax on medical devices.

AdvaMed will be running the digital and social media ads in 15 states this month, pushing lawmakers to repeal the medical device tax when they return from recess in September.  Continue reading

Quinnipiac National Poll: Voters Disapprove 5-1 of GOP Handling of Health Care

Washington, DC, August 4, 2017 — More than half of Republicans in a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday do not approve of the way their party has handled healthcare in Congress.

Sixty percent of Republicans said they disapprove, while only 32 percent of Republicans said they approve.

American voters as a whole also voiced their disapproval with Republican efforts, with 80 percent saying they disapprove.  Fifteen percent said they approve. Continue reading

Quinnipiac Poll: U.S. Voters Reject GOP Health Plan More Than 3-1; Oppose Medicaid and Planned Parenthood Cuts

Hamden, Connecticut, June 29, 2017 — Despite its new name and some tweaks, American voters disapprove 58 to 16 percent of the Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released June 28.

Disapproval of various versions of the Republican health care plan ranges from 56 to 21 percent to 62 to 17 percent in surveys by the independent Quinnipiac University conducted since March.

On March 24, the House of Representatives cancelled a vote on its first health care bill after a Quinnipiac University poll showed voters disapproved 56 to 17 percent. Continue reading

Study: NJ Would See Job Loss Under House GOP’s Obamacare Repeal and Replace Proposal

Washington, DC, June 19, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NewJersey.com that New Jersey would lose more jobs than all but five other states under the House Republican health care bill, according to a study released June 14.

The Garden State would lose 42,000 jobs by 2026, behind only New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, and Illinois, according to the study by George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that supports efforts to increase health coverage.

Overall, according to the study, the 10 states with the largest job losses by 2026 are:

  1. New York (86,000)
  2. Pennsylvania (85,000)
  3. Florida (83,000)
  4. Michigan (51,000)
  5. Illinois (46,000)
  6. New Jersey (42,000)
  7. Ohio (42,000)
  8. North Carolina (41,000)
  9. California (32,000)
  10. Tennessee (28,000).

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CBO Reports: House GOP’s Health Reform Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured in 10 Years

Washington, DC, May 25, 2017 — House Republicans-drafted and -passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, would result in 23 million fewer people with health insurance over 10 years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced yesterday late afternoon.

This total is less than the CBO’s accounting of a previous version of the bill, which lacked enough GOP support to go to the House floor for a vote. Continue reading

Polls: GOP’s Obamacare Replacement Proposal Is Unpopular; 66% Disapprove of Trump’s Handling of Health Care

Washington, DC, May 15, 2017 — How enthusiastic are Americans for the House Republicans’ health care proposal, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which aims to repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act?

Not so much, find two recent polls.

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, released yesterday, found that the Republicans’ Obamacare-replacement bill, which has received the enthusiastic support of President Donald Trump, has the support of 23 percent of those Americans polled. Continue reading

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Says Trumpcare Bill ‘Will Not Be Quick’

Sen. Mitch McConnell

Washington, DC, May 9, 2017 — Jordain Carney reports in The Hill that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is signaling that the Senate will not quickly pass legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system after a bill cleared the House last week.

“This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done,” McConnell said on May 8.

McConnell added that “to those who have suffered enough already my message is this: We hear you, and Congress is acting.” Continue reading