Category Archives: Obamacare

GOP’s latest health bill looking more like a white flag on Obamacare repeal promise; McCain’s return won’t save McConnell’s maneuvers.

The News: Shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a revised bill last Thursday to overhaul the US healthcare system, lawmakers undecided about the proposed changes to Medicaid gathered together… Read more »

McConnell changes tune on healthcare bill, hints at need for Dems’ input; share the pain maneuver?

The News: Some political policy wonks believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a risk by calling for a bipartisan healthcare plan if the Republican-only bill fails. While his… Read more »

Trump’s rejoinder to Senate GOP: repeal Obamacare now, replace it later; or just forget the whole thing.

The News: US President Donald Trump urged Republican senators on Friday (June 30, 2017) to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new healthcare plan to replace it,… Read more »

FDA chief Gottlieb makes good on promise to increase drug price competition; will expedite review of generics

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday (June 27, 2017) moved to try to spur more competition in the market for generic drugs, an effort aimed at driving down prices. In… Read more »

GOP Senate bill ignites massive rally in healthcare stocks; remember the dot-com era?

US healthcare stocks posted sharp gains last week, with pharma, hospitals and insurers climbing after Senate Republicans released a draft bill to scrap Obamacare, while a recent explosion in biotech… Read more »

GOP Senate health bill finally unveiled; Republicans now can say at least they tried to scrap Obamacare.

A lot of Americans, including all but literally a handful of our elected representatives, have been sitting on pins and needles, waiting for the Senate to divulge its version of… Read more »

Universal health care: a “right” or “privilege.” Wrong question, or already settled?

Steve’s Take: Bloomberg’s Ramesh Ponnuru poses the question: “Is there a ‘right’ to healthcare? Our arguments about health policy frequently highlight the question.” He goes on to say that “as… Read more »

Surprise! GOP health bill never left the House

The News: The US House of Representatives will send its healthcare overhaul plan passed earlier this month to the Senate in a couple of weeks after it receives a final… Read more »

Senate health plan will either fine-tune Obamacare or set the clock back to 2008

Steve’s Take: Obamacare is a great, albeit imperfect, work-in-progress health program, destined to catch us up with the rest of the world where access to care is a right, not… Read more »

GOP healthcare bill heads to Senate where fate far from certain

The News: The US House of Representatives on Thursday (May 4, 2017) voted 217 to 213 in favor of proposed legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into… Read more »