Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Washington Post: Affordable Care Act revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects

Mod: Is this what "Making America Great Again" was supposed to look like? Somehow I am not so sure.

Affordable Care Act revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects (Washington Post link): House Republicans’ proposal to rewrite federal health-care law would more than reverse the gains the Affordable Care Act has made in the number of Americans with health insurance, while curbing the federal deficit, according to a widely anticipated forecast by congressional analysts.

The analysis, released late Monday afternoon by the Congressional Budget Office, predicts that 24 million fewer people would have coverage a decade from now than if the Affordable Care Act remains intact, nearly doubling the share of Americans who are uninsured from 10 percent to 19 percent. The office projects the number of uninsured people would jump 14 million after the first year.

But the GOP legislation, which has been speeding through House committees since it was introduced a week ago, would lower the deficit by $337 billion during that time, primarily by lessening spending on Medicaid and government aid for people buying health plans on their own.

The report predicted that premiums would be 15 percent to 20 percent higher in the first year compared with those under the Affordable Care Act but 10 percent lower on average after 2026. By and large, older Americans would pay “substantially” more and younger Americans less.

The 37-page report provides the most tangible evidence to date of the human and fiscal impact of the House GOP’s American Health Care Act. It also undermines President Trump’s pledge that no Americans would lose coverage under a Republican remake of the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by a Democratic Congress in 2010.

Chaos in the White House and war among Republicans makes Obamacare repeal less certain (Daily Kos link): Remember when Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan were going to prove that Republicans could govern, and all they needed was a unified government? Once they had both chambers of Congress and the White House, it was going to be all business. Less than a month into that "unified" government, they're falling deeper into disarray and that one thing they all agreed on—Obamacare repeal—is slipping away.

Consider Paul Ryan's feel-good meeting with Senate Republicans on Tuesday. The House speaker trekked across the Capitol to reassure senators that lawmakers are making more progress toward repealing the health care law than the media are reporting.

But not everyone was buying it. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) left before it was over, having heard enough of a conversation that he says centers around keeping Obamacare's Medicaid expansion intact and creating tax credits that he called a "new entitlement program," though a Republican in the room rebutted the notion that the topic of Medicaid expansion came up in the Tuesday meeting with Ryan.

"I hear things that are unacceptable to me," Paul said in an interview afterward. "If they don't seem to care what conservatives think about complete repeal of Obamacare, they're going to be shocked when they count the votes."

It may take a direct intervention from Trump to get the party's warring factions in line.

At first, Trump's call to repeal and replace simultaneously disrupted the party—which at the time was intent on repealing now and figuring out the rest later. But eventually, they came around to Trump's apparent position and stopped sniping for a few weeks. Now that the party is back in disarray, no one is quite sure what Trump wants. They're straining to read the tea leaves from a president whose latest statements about Obamacare have confused the timeline and offered no clear direction.

The hard-liners in the Freedom Caucus are using this confusion to become even more entrenched. Trump has other things to think about, clearly, and expects Ryan and McConnell (who has faded into the wallpaper on this one) to figure it out. Meanwhile, Tom Price and the Trump regime team are putting the wheels in motion to sabotage the law, destroying it from the inside if they can.

At some point, and it really should be sooner rather than later to save everyone's asses, the Republicans need to recognize that they will own the destruction of our health care. That it will be Trumpcare and he and they will be blamed for it all. That what they need to do is take a few deep breaths and figure the few things Democrats would like to tweak, too. Do those, call it "fixed" and declare victory. That would be best for everyone involved, especially the people who have health insurance and enjoy it.

But the maniacs aren't going to let that happen, so we all have to suffer.

No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums: It Pushes Out Older People (New York Times link): There are a lot of unpleasant numbers for Republicans in the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of their health care bill. But congressional leadership found one to cheer: The report says that the bill will eventually cut the average insurance premiums for people who buy their own insurance by 10 percent.

House Speaker Paul Ryan pressed that point in a series of appearances Monday night, suggesting that the budget office had found that the House bill would increase choice and competition and lead to lower prices. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, issued a statement saying, “The Congressional Budget Office agrees that the American Health Care Act will ultimately lower premiums and increase access to care.”

But the way the bill achieves those lower average premiums has little to do with increased choice and competition. It depends, rather, on penalizing older patients and rewarding younger ones. According to the C.B.O. report, the bill would make health insurance so unaffordable for many older Americans that they would simply leave the market and join the ranks of the uninsured.

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77 comments:

  1. We know a few things for sure. Obama lied when he said "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" and the "average family will see their premiums reduced by $2,000". The democrats knew that was a lie and sure enough the opposite happened. We also know that if nothing is done, Obamacare will implode in its own which is starting to happen as rates continue to rise and insurance companies drop out because the costs to insure all these additional people for free goes through the roof.

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    1. Next to 24 million losing their health insurance your concerns are insignificant.

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    2. Obamacare was sabotaged by elite corporate republicans at the inception.

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    3. The insurance companies only raise the rates in election years to give the GOP something to yap about since they are bereft of any ability or desire to help anyone who isn't already wealthy.

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  2. Continued misdirection coming from every which way; it's time to just step back and let ObamaCare implode on it's own.
    Let Chuck and Nancy; the entire Democratic Party own this mess.
    "You can keep your Doctor and your insurance if you like it". The cost will be astronomical and you will have a plan or two from which to choose; but you'll own the "golden ticket".
    The group of government insured, may as well claim a spot on the sidewalk, for all the good that the coverage and months of wait time they will receive.
    Let the Democrats own this.
    It will take years to repair all the damage ObamaCare is causing; that will be his legacy.
    Suffering from the hands of Politicians, is what this Country does best.

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    1. Republican leadership at its finest. Take no responsibility and put the health of tens of millions of people at risk. Incompetence is too kind a word for it.

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    2. 6:40 AM, What are you talking about. ObamaCare has nothing to do with Repulicans. How does fixing this mess put anyone at risk? You are corect in one thing, "Incompetence" is too kind a word for ObamaCare.

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  3. Richard Spencer's white nationalist group loses tax exempt status as the IRS investigates Trump ties

    The nonprofit run by one of America's most prominent white nationalists, Richard Spencer, has lost its tax-exempt status for failing to file tax returns with the federal government, according to IRS records.

    An inquiry by the Los Angeles Times also raised questions about whether Spencer had properly filed paperwork allowing the National Policy Institute to raise funds in Virginia, its primary place of business, and whether Spencer, a Donald Trump supporter, had flouted federal rules that forbid nonprofits from supporting or opposing political candidates.

    On Monday, Spencer said an IRS error led him to believe his group was not required to file federal tax returns, and said he would appeal the loss of his tax-exempt status.

    "I don't know what to say. I don't want to make a comment because I don't understand this stuff," Spencer said in a telephone interview. "It's a bit embarrassing, but it's not good. We'll figure it out."

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/richard-spencers-white-nationalist-group-loses-tax-exempt-status-as-the-irs-investigates-trump-ties/

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    1. What a loser
      I hate white trash

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    2. The little Hitler fanboy didn't file his tax papers? Oh dear.

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    3. Here we go again, the racist white hating nonsense. You people are sad little whiners. "The people who voted for Trump are uneducated white trash." Elitist snobbery at its finest.

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    4. Crybaby. Go shine your jackboots.

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  4. The aluminum foil hat you are showing is Trump’s so that his microwave can't read his thoughts.

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    1. It is how Breitbart readers get their news.

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  5. Wikileaks Switched To Russian Web Hosting During Election
    http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/03/14/breaking-wikileaks-switched-russian-web-hosting-election/

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  6. Approximate cost per citizen for Iraq/Afghan invasions: $18,000.

    Cost of the republican-created homeland security: over $1.2 trillion.

    Sick people are dying so republicans can fund their war machines.


    Don't be fooled by the two trolls.

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  7. Trump’s biggest supporters are uneducated white men
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/trumps-biggest-supporters-are-uneducated-white-men/

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    1. I'm a stupid old white man and I certainly didn't vote for the traitor,I think rawstory is trying to be PC by leaving out the words "southern and uneducated"

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    2. Flyoverland-think: Coach promised the factory job would always be there for me and I don't like book learn'n so I hope the whole country burns to the ground and that's why I voted for Trump.

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  8. 9:04am. LOL about your self loathing.

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    1. I didn't vote for him. What are you talking about?

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    2. Nice try, trump chump. Go oil your gun

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  9. “As part of our company’s commitment to offering solution-oriented products at accessible price points, we have decided to discontinue the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry collection,” Ivanka Trump president Abigail Klem told Racked in a statement.

    She added, “We will be focusing our efforts on existing and new categories that are most relevant to our loyal customers—including fashion jewelry, which successfully launched last fall with price points that are aligned with the rest of our collection.”

    Squeezing the fools dry before they go broke on healthcare

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  10. Steve Bannon 'under criminal investigation' for voter registration fraud
    Submitting false information on a voter registration form is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/steve-bannon-voter-fraud-criminal-investigation-donald-trump-adviser-white-house-a7626721.html

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    1. Geez. First Milo, then Nazi Boy, and now Stevie Bannon? What is going on?

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    2. Perhaps read the article you are disseminating,the Independent is the National Enquirer of England,fake news......
      "However, Mr Bannon did not vote in Florida which is likely to lower the odds of the investigation against him coming to prosecution.
      He was later removed from Florida's voter rolls because he was registered in two places".Happens all the time,no voter fraud,no anything but a catchy headline and fodder for fools

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    3. Tiffany Trump, Steve Bannon, Steven Mnuchin Registered to Vote in Multiple States
      President Trump called for an investigation into voter fraud, alleging that registration in two states could be an indication of fraudulent activity.
      https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-01-25/tiffany-trump-steve-bannon-steve-mnuchin-registered-to-vote-in-multiple-states

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    4. Steve Bannon's Bad Day: Allegations of Voter Fraud and Domestic Violence
      https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/bannons-bad-news/497612/

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    5. Just wondering. Do you actually read any of the articles you cut and paste? They are speculation based on rumors. Fake news catchy headlines. My father has been dead for 35 years he's still on the voter roles in Sierra Madre,my sister has not lived in S.M. for 40 years still there. It happens all the time and is normal,not fraud.

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    6. Speculation based on rumors. Sure. Kind of like Breitbart. Or 95% what the Orange Baboon tweets. Unfortunately if you are a highly placed public official, and you are registered to vote through the United States, people are going to talk.

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  11. Obama Care is blowing up. The Democratic Party plan of one payer, the government; is causing American's across the Nation to loose their health insurance.
    Many states have only one system of choice for their residents. Obama Care as the insurer, get in line, if you are hoping to see health technicians. It is not feasible for Physicians to be employed under Obama Care.

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    1. Do you often make so little sense?

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    2. I didn't realize that thank you so much,what states are those again? I didn't even know ACA employed physicians?I must have missed the Breitbart article on that.

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    3. The best way to keep track of what Breitbart is pushing is to follow Trump's twitter feed.

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  12. Instead of Trumpcare the White House is requesting that this program be referred to as the Republican Insurance Plan. Or R.I.P. for short.

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  13. 8:40am. Not a single Republican voted for The Affordable Care Act, the Dems own it.

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    1. Trump promised his deluded followers that they would be able to keep their health insurance and everyone would be covered. The Republicans in Congress promised they would give the country something better than the ACA. Both lied and then failed. In 2018 many of the GOP crackpots in the House will be tossed out on their big fannies.

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    2. The Chief Justice voted for it!!

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  14. 9:45am. The United States commerce gets by on lollipops and gumdrops; thanks for your sharing and insightful blogging on how the "real World"operates.

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    1. What is "The United States commerce?"

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  15. 6:40am. Have you had your morning "Joe"?
    The government is not responsible for your healthcare, just like the government is responsible for you owning a car or a house.

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    1. They took taxes and, as promised, used it to fund health care for millions of people. Now they're reneging on their promises. Do the taxpayers get their money back?

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    2. Then why are emergency rooms at hospitals free and paid for by taxpayers? I guess you want the sick folks laying on the streets dying i.e India,nice world you envision..
      The government is responsible to care for the citizens,remember we have had that principal for 200 years despite evil doers such as yourself

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    3. In all modern industrial democracies the government covers health care. This frees up businesses to invest their money in things like new products and services. Only in the United States are companies required to cover employee health benefits. And people wonder why big corporations move overseas.

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    4. Trump sells a bill of goods to Obamacare 'victims'
      http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-obamacare-victims-20170314-story.html

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  16. Trump's Gallup approval # drops below 40%.
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/201617/gallup-daily-trump-job-approval.aspx

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  17. CBO numbers are way off.
    Approximately 20 million people don't have Health Care, under Obama Care.
    The mandated law caused people to either claim hardship or pay penalties.
    ObamaCare costs continue to soar. Higher premium's and less choices.
    Patient Centric Health Care is what is being proposed.

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    1. The Congressional Budget Office is wrong, but anonymous here is right. Sure. Like you wouldn't say anything.

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    2. Show evidence or stfu

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    3. C'mon now be kind. 11:41's logic is that 20 million don't have insurance and the CBO number is 24 million and those numbers sound so close and close numbers must cancel out so that means everyone will have insurance like Trump promised!

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    4. 11:41 knows troll magic math.

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  18. Promises, promises...
    Yes, your tax paying dollars "allow" you to drive on the roads and highways.
    "They" took taxes and promised Social Security checks to be issued in our Golden years (show me the money!; oh wait; "they" have spent the majoriety of that).
    Hospital Emergency Rooms are "free", because the uninsured (and undocumented) use the Emergency Room as a doctors visit; paid for with "your "; taxes.
    Clinics are availabe in California when "you" cough and sneeze; "you"don't need to tie up the Emergency Rooms.
    Could "you" name any modern industrial states/countries the approximate size and population of the United States?
    President Trump is working hard to make insurance affordable and available to all Americans.
    The plan comes in three phases.

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    1. Laughable BS.

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    2. Healthcare in China consists of both public and private medical institutions and insurance programs. About 95% of the population has at least basic health insurance coverage. Despite this, public health insurance generally only covers about half of medical costs, with the proportion lower for serious or chronic illnesses. Under the "Healthy China 2020" initiative, China is currently undertaking an effort to cut healthcare costs, and the government requires that insurance will cover 70% of costs by 2017.[1][2][2] The Chinese government is working on providing affordable basic healthcare to all residents by 2020.[3]

      China has also become a major market for health-related multinational companies. Companies such as AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, and Merck entered the Chinese market and have experienced explosive growth. China has also become a growing hub for health care research and development.[4]

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  19. An appropriate for corrupt swamp nepotism:

    A company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, stands to receive more than $400 million from a prominent Chinese company that is investing in the Kushners’ marquee Manhattan office tower at 666 Fifth Ave.

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  20. National Potato Chip Day, today.

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  21. 12:01pm. You are correct. The United States government is responsible for "making" laws.

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  22. President Trump on witness list in Palm Beach lawsuit involving billionaire pedophile
    http://www.floridabulldog.org/2017/03/trump-on-witness-list-lawsuit-pedophile/

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    1. Prosecution or defense? At work on my cell phone.

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  23. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/water-and-power-a-california-heist/

    Watch this tonight on Nat GO channel: Water and Power: A California Heist

    Water wars are upon us!

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  24. The Huffington Post headlines for the day says "Syrian Government Blocks Lifesaving Aid For Hundreds Of Thousands Of People".... We could say the same thing here in America, would read, "American Government Blocks Lifesaving Aid For Hundreds Of Thousands Of People" America will never be great again.

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  25. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/syria-humanitarian-aid-report_us_58c6be76e4b0d1078ca847cc?

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  26. Nothing left but the craziesMarch 14, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Rattled by CBO report, moderate Republicans turn against GOP bill

    A devastating analysis from the Congressional Budget Office on the House GOP bill to repeal Obamacare has rattled moderates Republicans in the House, who are uneasy about the prospects of voting for a proposal that increasingly appears dead on arrival in the Senate.

    Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said publicly Tuesday that she wouldn't be able to support the GOP health care legislation after the CBO score revealed the high number of people who would lose insurance.

    "I plan to vote NO on the current #AHCA bill. As written the plan leaves too many from my #SoFla district uninsured," the Florida congresswoman wrote in two consecutive tweets. "As #AHCA stands, it will cut much needed help for #SoFla's poor + elderly populations. Need a plan that will do more to protect them."

    Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, a moderate from New Jersey who Democrats believe will be vulnerable in 2018, told CNN that he believes the House bill will fail in the Senate. As he eyes his own reelection campaign next year, Lance said he doesn't want to support a legislation that would be rejected by his Republican colleagues across the Capitol.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/14/politics/moderate-republicans-health-care/index.html

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  27. 3:15pm. Switch back and fourth between NGO and Cable Ch. 3, tonight's City Council with new Mng. being introduced. 6:30 pm.

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  28. As senior members of society we have been paying into our health care all of our lives. Now, government is going to allow insurance companies to charge is more because of our age. Let me get this straight, we pay all of our lives and many of us never have clams but, as we get older they are going to charge us more. Where has all the money gone that we paid in all these years? I know, big salaries, bigger buildings and well paid lobbyists. Just have to love this great country of ours.

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    1. Well, yes. When Social Security was started the retirement age was set at 65, yet the life expectancy for males was 58 and four females 62...

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  29. I want the same insurance Congress gets.

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    1. Members of Congress have good health insurance by any standard, but it’s not free and not reserved only for them – and it’s not government insurance. House and Senate members are allowed to purchase private health insurance offered through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which covers more than 8 million other federal employees, retirees and their families.
      It’s not a “single-payer” system where the government acts as the one and only health insurance company. As President Bush’s chief of personnel Kay Coles James said in 2003, while lecturing at the conservative Heritage Foundation, “the FEHB program is not centralized, government-run health care.” It has drawn praise both from conservatives and liberals, including President Obama, who held it up as a model for his own health care proposals.

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    2. Healthcare: Where do members of Congress get their coverage? - The answer is that, thanks to Obamacare, which Republican lawmakers have dedicated themselves to repealing, all members of Congress and their staffers have to purchase coverage through an online exchange, just like everyone else who doesn't receive insurance from an employer.

      Nearly 13,000 members of Congress and staffers are currently enrolled in gold-level Small Business Health Option Program plans on the Washington, D.C., exchange.

      However, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have introduced bills challenging the federal subsidies received for their coverage.

      For example, a proposed “Members Play By the Same Rules Act of 2014” would have ended government subsidies for members of the House and Senate who served on or after March 23, 2010, the day Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.

      The idea was that most members of Congress are a good deal wealthier than ordinary Americans and thus shouldn't qualify for government assistance, which was made available when Congress members were shifted from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

      http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-laz-congress-members-health-insurance-20150218-story.html

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  30. Don't you just love the new government Trump gives us. May his voters die a slow death and nothing but bills to leave there kids.

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    1. Only if you're white. If you're a minority under trump you're likely to die a quick death.

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    2. Wow 4:38, you have some real issues.

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  31. Swamp the vote! Trolls keep getting trumped:

    Ivanka Trump Imported 53 Metric Tons of Chinese Goods During Her Dad’s ‘Buy American’ Speech

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  32. Former Mossad agent Juval Aviv predicts that President Trump will be impeached on grounds of treason.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNARIrqQ9oE

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  33. President Trump wrote off $100 million in business losses to reduce his federal taxes in 2005, according to forms made public on Tuesday night in a rare glimpse at documents that he has refused to disclose since becoming a candidate for the nation’s highest office.

    Trolls get trumped again!

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  34. Dp you mean the tax form that was mailed to a reporter by accident? Does that really seem legit to you? It shows he made $153 million amd paid $38 million in taxes. That puts him in the 25% catagory like most people. What do you suppose the chances are that this documemt was mailed to a reporter by "accident." The story does not wash folks, think about it for just one minute.

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