Tag Archives: Lamar Alexander

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill in 51-49 Vote. Health coverage imperiled as Obamacare’s individual mandate traded for $338 billion in tax cuts.

The News: By a vote of 51-49, the Senate passed a tax overhaul bill early Saturday morning that included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, which… Read more »

McConnell willing to hold Senate vote on bipartisan health deal if Trump endorses, but what are the odds of passage?

The News: Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said on Sunday (October 22, 2017) that he would be willing to bring a bipartisan proposal to stabilize health insurance… Read more »

McConnell scraps Graham-Cassidy bill; but be mindful of Yogi Berra’s quip back in 1973.

The Latest: Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday (September 26, 2017) officially pulled the plug on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, abandoning a planned vote on the… Read more »

GOP Sen. Alexander’s plucky, bipartisan bill to fix Obamacare headed to Senate vote this week; does this dark horse have a chance in such a crowded field?

The News: The month of September has been blitzed with healthcare bills. Last week alone, Democrat and Republican senators introduced both a single-payer plan and an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement… Read more »

Obamacare fails to implode as Ohio’s CareSource fills last “bare” US county.

The News: Obamacare plans will be sold in every part of the US next year after an insurer agreed to do business in a small Ohio county, overcoming predictions that… Read more »

Government to make August CSR payment to health insurers; meanwhile, CBO says Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums 20% higher.

The News: The federal government will make crucial Obamacare-related subsidy payments to health insurers in August despite threats by President Donald Trump to end them, a White House spokesman said last week…. Read more »

Centene rescuing Obamacare as just two US counties still lack insurers for 2018.

The News: Centene Corp. (St. Louis MO) on Tuesday (August 15, 2017) said it will sell Obamacare plans in Nevada’s remaining 14 “bare” counties in 2018. The insurer previously announced… 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 »

NIH proves immune to Trump’s budget scalpel

The News: Lawmakers expanded instead of slashed the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in its bipartisan deal to fund the government earlier this week, essentially snubbing the… Read more »