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Obamacare

As Round Two of GOP’s Healthcare Reform Hits Snag, Trump Says ‘I’ll Be So Angry’ If It Fails

Washington, DC, May 1, 2017The Hill reports that President Donald J. Trump called out two Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers on Saturday during a rally in their home state, saying he would be “so angry” if Congress doesn’t pass a measure repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“I’ll be so angry at Congressman [Mike] Kelly and Congressman [Tom] Marino and all of our congressmen in this room if we don’t get that damn thing passed quickly,” Trump said at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., celebrating his first 100 days in office. Continue reading

Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Majorities Oppose GOP’s Latest Health-Care Reform Proposals

Washington, DC, April 25, 2017The Washington Post reports today that, in strategy and substance, the American public disagrees with the course that President Trump and congressional Republicans are pursuing to replace the Affordable Care Act with conservative policies, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Large majorities oppose the ideas at the heart of the most recent GOP negotiations to forge a plan that could pass in the House.

These would allow states to choose whether to keep the ACA’s insurance protection for people with preexisting medical problems and its guarantee of specific health benefits. Continue reading

Trump Looks to Complete Health Care Reform Before Tackling Tax Reform and Infrastructure

Washington, DC, April 12, 2017 — In an interview on Fox Business Network yesterday, President Donald J. Trump said he plans to finish healthcare reform before moving on to tax reform and formulating an infrastructure plan.

“I have to do healthcare first, I want to do it first to really do it right,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo.

Although tax reform is critical to economic growth and businesses large and small, the president said “hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars” would be saved on reforming the health care, which would help with tax reform. Continue reading

Gallup Poll: Affordable Care Act Gains Majority Approval for First Time

Washington, DC, April 5, 2017The Hill reported that more than half of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Gallup poll out Tuesday, marking the first time the law has gained majority support since Gallup began tracking public opinion on it in 2012.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say that former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law should remain in place, though 40 percent say it needs significant changes.

Still, the new rate is up significantly from November, when only 42 percent said they approved of the law. Continue reading

Poll: Americans Dislike Republican’s, Trump’s Obamacare Replacement Plan

Washington, DC, April 1, 2017 — Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don’t like your approach to overhauling America’s health care. If you’re hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.

The New York Times reported that 62 percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump’s handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday. Continue reading

NJPP Study: 500K New Jersey Residents Would Lose Insurance Under GOP Healthcare Plan

Trenton, NJ, March 22, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that U.S. House Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 500,000 more New Jersey residents without health insurance, according to a study released by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) just two days before lawmakers will be asked to vote on the bill.

Study highlights include:

  • Half a million New Jersey residents would lose health coverage;
  • 250 millionaires in the state are set to receive a total $14 million tax break;
  • The hardest-hit would be the 45 and older population and Medicaid populations — both of which are the largest enrolled groups.

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CMS Reports 295K from New Jersey Enrolled in Obamacare in 2016

Trenton, NJ, March 17, 2017 — Anjalee Khemlani reports in NJBIZ that New Jersey saw about 295,000 enrollees in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this year, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

According to the CMS data, that is an increase from 288,000 who selected a marketplace plan in 2016.

In rankings of financial assistance and consumers who switched plans, New Jersey was placed in the bottom half of the list, according to CMS data. Continue reading

GOP Senators Warn House’s Trumpcare Bill Won’t Pass Without Changes; 50-Plus Republicans Skeptical of Obamacare Replacement Plan

Washington, DC, March 15, 2017 — By Kristina Peterson, Michelle Hackman and Louise Radnofsky report in The Wall Street Journal that Republican senators, alarmed by a nonpartisan report showing millions would lose insurance under the GOP health-care plan, warned Tuesday that the bill wouldn’t become law without fundamental changes.

Concerns mounted on Capitol Hill after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the independent legislative analyst, released a report on Monday that estimated the GOP health plan would reduce deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of uninsured by 24 million in 2026, compared with current law. Continue reading

CBO Report: GOP’s Health Care Bill Could Leave 24M More Without Coverage by 2026

Washington, DC, March 13, 2017 — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released a report that finds the House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over a decade, but would also leave 24 million more Americans uninsured during that same period.

That legislation has already drawn opposition from major interest groups, health policy experts, and even some GOP lawmakers. Continue reading

Despite No Price Tag, House GOP Advances Health Reform Plan

Speaker Paul Ryan

Washington, DC, March 9, 2017 — Michelle Hackman reports in The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. House Republican leaders are set to take the politically risky gamble Wednesday of asking their colleagues to vote on a bill replacing the Affordable Care Act without official estimates of the GOP plan’s cost or coverage losses.

By moving ahead without an official “score” from the Congressional Budget Office — an estimate of how much the bill would cost and how many people might lose coverage over the next 10 years — Republican leaders are asking members to vote on a bill without independent verification that it achieves what it claims. Continue reading