Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

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 »

Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.

The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… 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 »

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 »

CBO clears GOP health bill for Senate; only 23 million to lose coverage this version

The News: A bill to disassemble the Affordable Care Act that passed the House by a razor-thin margin earlier this month would leave 14 million more people uninsured next year than under… 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 »

Molina Healthcare sacks founder’s sons; but don’t bet on a takeout

The News: Molina Healthcare Inc. (Long Beach CA) has fired its two top executives, sons of the medium-sized health insurer’s founder, in a surprise shakeup prompted by its poor financial… Read more »

Zombie Trumpcare doesn’t make it to Congress again despite Republican insistence it outshines first train wreck

After an embarrassing failure in March, with President Donald Trump pushing fellow Republicans in the US Congress to try again to replace his predecessor’s healthcare reform, US House leaders decided… Read more »