Category Archives: Obamacare

Trump tweet on drug prices sinks pharma shares; what’s next, doctors’ wages? Not.

Steve’s Take: President Trump’s morning ritual continues to enthrall millions, but occasionally causes Wall Street analysts covering the pharma industry to reach for their bottle of Maalox. After House Republicans… Read more »

Shrouded in secrecy, GOP health plan finally unwrapped; governing crisis now on full display

Steve’s Take: The healthcare goals Pres. Donald Trump articulated in his address last week to a joint session of Congress marked a new record high for policy specifics. But as… Read more »

Trumpcare slowly imploding; perhaps morphing into Obamacare 2.0?

Steve’s Take: Six years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act has demonstrated it’s far from perfect. But replacing such an immense, complicated law on an accelerated schedule is presenting… Read more »

Humana bails Obamacare exchanges; signals beginning of the end of private insurer involvement

The News: Humana Inc. (Louisville KY) said it will leave the commercial individual insurance business effective in 2018, including coverage offered on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, after being unable to… Read more »

Trump’s HHS cabinet pick eludes Congress’s Q&A about Trumpcare specifics; questionable stock investments obscure his suitability to run the US health show

The News: Georgia Rep. Tom Price, President Trump’s choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, on Tuesday rejected conflict of interest and abuse of power accusations related to… Read more »

UnitedHealth registers strong 2016 finish; foresaw Trumpcare downside, potential, early on

With conjecture churning about how Republicans might replace the federal health law, the CEO of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN) offered no specifics Tuesday (January 17, 2017) but said he… Read more »

Obamacare repeal rushed forward by GOP; realistically, what can we expect next?

House Republicans on Friday (January 13, 2017) took the first step in repealing President Obama’s signature healthcare law with a 227 to 198 vote on a budget resolution passed earlier… Read more »

GOP keeps promise to begin Obamacare repeal; will Trump’s chameleon stance on universal coverage matter?

With Republican leaders pressing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, possibly within weeks, moderate Senate Democrats reached out on Thursday to Republicans, appealing for them to slow down the repeal… Read more »

Democrats demand probe into stock trading of Trump’s HHS nominee; GOP’s righteous indignation misplaced, puzzling

Senate Democrats on Thursday (January 5, 2016) demanded an ethics probe into Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for US health secretary, following a report that the fierce Obamacare critic… Read more »