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Ann Coulter Slams GOP Over ‘ObamaCare Lite’ Healthcare Bill: ‘Like Buying Golden West Financial Right Before the Crash’

by Adam Shaw 27 Jun 2017

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter lambasted Senate Republicans Tuesday over the unpopular GOP Senate healthcare bill — warning that it will merely transfer ownership of ObamaCare from the Democrats to Republicans.


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Rand Paul on GOP healthcare bill negotiations

by Sean Higgins | Jun 25, 2017, 10:37 AM

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., one of five Republicans who has said he would vote against the the Senate healthcare reform bill, said Sunday he would change his stance if the White House and GOP leadership changed its approach.

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House Passes Bill To Dismantle ObamaCare.    Congressman Jim Bridenstine called into Tulsa morning talk radio, today, to share some thoughts on the congressional issues being discussed in Washington, this week.  Bridenstine admitted that he was wrong last month, when he declared that the leadership’s healthcare reform bill was “the best we can get at this time”.  He commended his friends and colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus (a group he helped establish a few years […]

  The Freedom Caucus refused to give up. First they dragged the Trump Administration back to the table. Then they teamed up with Trump to drag the House Leadership back to the table.​  Now they are dragging the entire House Republican Caucus back to a central pledge of the Republican Platform; namely, to repeal ObamaCare on Day One.  I just got off the phone with Bridenstine’s Washington office. Sheryl Kaufman (his press secretary) said Bridenst […]

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Just Two Points Separate Healthcare Repeal From Success

The Ryan plan to change ObamaCare has just 2 reforms. There were 12 key overhauls in the ObamaCare legislation. Most of those overhauls were delegated to the HHS Secretary’s discretion. Ryan only statutorily reversesthe Employer mandate to buy insurance for the employees, andthe personal mandate to have orthodox coverage. ​​  Mark Meadows, leader of the Freedom Caucus, offered a deal to Ryan and Trump, whereby the […]

Coddingtons Corner: Forget ObamaCare, RyanCare, and any Future Reform Care–the Healthcare System is Completely Broken

By Charles Hugh Smith

March 28, 2017

It’s time to start planning for what we’ll do when the current health care system implodes.

As with many another complex, opaque systems in the U.S., only those toiling in the murky depths of the healthcare system know just how broken the entire system is. Only those dealing daily with the perverse incentives, the Kafkaesque procedures, the endlessly negative unintended consequences, the soul-deadening paper-shuffling, the myriad forms of fraud, the recalcitrant patients who don’t follow recommendations but demand to be magically returned to health anyway, and of course the hopelessness of the financial future of a system with runaway costs, a rapidly aging populace and profiteering cartels focused on maintaining their rackets regardless of the cost to the nation or the health of its people.

Ask any doctor or nurse, and you will hear first-hand how broken the system is, and how minor policy tweaks and reforms cannot possibly save the system from imploding. Based on my own first-hand experience and first-hand reports by physicians, here are a few of the hundreds of reasons why the system cannot be reformed or saved.

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Heritage Action slams House GOP healthcare bill

Washington — Monday evening, House Republican leaders released text of their long-anticipated American Health Care Act (AHCA). Despite widespread conservative criticism and the lack of score from the Congressional Budget Office, the proposal (committee summaries here and here) is being called the “health bill you’ve waited for” by Republican leaders and key committee chairmen. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“In many ways, the House Republican proposal released last night not only accepts the flawed progressive premises of Obamacare but expands upon them. Ronald Reagan once said, ‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’ The AHCA does all three.

“Many Americans seeking health insurance on the individual market will notice no significant difference between the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) and the American Health Care Act.  That is bad politics and, more importantly, bad policy.

“Rather than accept the flawed premises of Obamacare, congressional Republicans should fully repeal the failed law and begin a genuine effort to deliver on longstanding campaign promises that create a free market health care system that empowers patients and doctors.”

Healthcare Costs Escalated From ObamaCare

  Since the January, 2014 rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), the Democrats’ claim of an inevitable drop in family healthcare spending has proven to be a lie.And not just a little lie.  Texas Senator, John Cornyn called it; “One of the biggest cases of consumer fraud ever perpetrated upon the people of the United States.”  In the previous few years, American consumers had seen a relative leveling of healthcare expenses. Even a slight d […]

Ex-legislator Pettigrew tapped to serve on Trump's healthcare reform committee

An Oklahoma insurance professional and former lawmaker will serve on the new committee formed by President-Elect Donald Trump to evaluate change to the nation’s health care system.

Wayne Pettigrew, the owner of Vanguard Benefits Group was contacted by officials with the Trump transitional team on Wednesday. The committee’s first meetings are to begin as early as next week.
Trump has vowed to “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” which is the nation’s law that requires individuals to purchase health care insurance coverage or face tax penalties. The law also has penalties for companies with over 50 employees that fail to offer compliant health insurance coverage.

Pettigrew said that he was honored to be asked to serve on the committee but expects the meetings to be intense. “I’m looking forward to serving but there is a lot of work to be done and a lot to evaluate and not much time before Congress goes back in session in January”, said Pettigrew. The meetings will be held in Washington DC.

Pettigrew is the immediate past president of the Oklahoma Association of Health Underwriters and has had experience in designing health insurance plans for over 30 years.

Pettigrew served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1994 to 2004 and was the author of the state’s Insure Oklahoma law that uses federal matching funds to leverage employer and employee dollars to provide health insurance to lower income employees and individuals. He was a Republican candidate for US Congress in 2012.