President Donald Trump Suggests Republicans Repeal Then Replace Obamacare

President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet that if Republicans remain unable to pass their current healthcare bill, they should immediately repeal and then replace Obamacare.

President Trump previously endorsed the Senate healthcare bill, otherwise known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), however, since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the vote on the BCRA President Trump has looked into other options. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently suggested repealing and replacing Obamacare in two separate bills, an idea that apparently President Trump might endorse if Republicans remain unable to pass the BCRA.

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America’s Health-Care Crisis Is A Gold Mine For Crowdfunding

Sites such as GoFundMe and YouCaring are poised for a wave of medical appeals if Trumpcare leaves millions uninsured, and even if it doesn’t.

Crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe and YouCaring have turned sympathy for Americans drowning in medical expenses into a cottage industry. Now Republican efforts in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare could swell the ranks of the uninsured and spur the business of helping people raise donations online to pay for health care.

But medical crowdfunding doesn’t have to wait for Congress to act. Business is already booming, and its leaders expect the rapid growth to continue no matter what happens on the Hill.

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5 Things You Need To Know About The Latest CBO Score On Trumpcare

Much to the bated breath of political analysts, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their analysis on the Senate iteration of Trumpcare on Monday. The most appropriate reaction to the report is, of course, this:

Here are five things you need to know about the CBO score.

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Obamacare Repeal: Why Democrats Can’t Break Through

A Trump-obsessed media and the GOP’s secrecy and speed have stymied the left and put a sweeping conservative bill on the verge of Senate passage.

Even before Senate Republicans released their Obamacare repeal plan last week, a call went out from liberal activists: Head to the airport and greet departing senators with a furious protest.

About five dozen demonstrators showed up at Reagan National Airport, chanting loudly and hoisting signs that read “Don’t Take Away Our Health Care” and “Resist.” Organizers hailed the turnout given the short notice, but the contrast with the thousands of people who flocked to the last airport protests — against President Donald Trump’s travel ban — was inescapable.

And compared with the tea party fervor aimed at Democrats when they worked to pass Obamacare seven years ago, this year’s liberal defense of the law hasn’t mustered the same energy to seize, and stay in command of, the nation’s attention.

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Obamacare Repeal Will Not Kill Thousands

The hyperbole relies on cherry-picked data and outright distortions.

Repealing Obamacare will kill 24,000 people a year! No, 36,000! No, 43,000! The tax cuts are blood money!

There is more than a little hyperbole about the overhaul of Obamacare proposed by the House and the Senate, and the rhetoric about tens of thousands of deaths is not a bad example. The numbers are inflated, the studies are cherry-picked, the uncertainties are ignored, the context is dismissed, the framework is laughably distorted.

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Rand Paul Tells ABC How Senate Leaders Can Get Him To A ‘Yes’ Vote On GOP Health Care Bill

Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), one of five conservatives in the Senate objecting to the GOP’s latest health care bill, detailed the bill’s fatal flaws, and spoke about how he could get to a “yes” vote:

The fundamental flaw of Obamacare was that it added regulations to insurance — mandates — which made insurance more expensive. But then it also told individuals, you know what, if you don’t want to buy it now, you can wait and buy it after you’re sick. That still remains.

Ten of twelve regulations that add cost to insurance remain under the Republican bill, and we still say you can still buy insurance after you’re sick. If you add those two together, you still get the death spiral. The Republican plan acknowledges that we’re still going to have this death spiral — which is sicker and sicker people in the individual market, and the healthy people don’t buy insurance — they acknowledge this by putting over $100 billion of insurance bailout money to try to say: “Oh, we’re going to tamp down prices. We’re not going to fix the problem; we’re going to acknowledge the problem will continue forever, and we’re just going to pile taxpayer money into it.” That is just not a conservative notion, to add a new federal program to bail out insurance companies.

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How ‘Repeal-And-Replace’ Legislation Could Increase The Deficit

Even if the Congressional Budget Office releases an estimate early next week claiming that the Senate Obamacare discussion draft reduces the deficit, the legislation could well end up increasing the deficit. That’s because the bill repeals most of the law’s taxes, but leaves one in place—for the moment. Under the discussion draft, Obamacare’s “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health plans would return in 2026.

The New York Times noted earlier this week that Republicans intend to offer an amendment to eliminate the tax outright. If an outright repeal of the “Cadillac tax” receives more than 60 votes in the Senate—as it has before—that would mean the legislation could (and likely would) increase the deficit in the long term, while still passing through budget reconciliation measures on a simple majority vote.

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