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    Senate Blocks Democrat Attempt to Reinstate ObamaCare Rules Trump Eliminated

    Senate Blocks Democrat Attempt to Reinstate ObamaCare Rules Trump Eliminated

    “Senators voted 43-52 on the resolution” with only Susan Collins (R-ME) voting with Democrats

    Just days after taking office, President Trump signed an Executive Order returning power over health care and insurance to the states.  Although Congressional Republicans clearly have no intention of repealing ObamaCare, Trump went on to further weaken the disastrous health insurance scheme of his predecessor.

    Democrats are not happy. They attempted on Wednesday to roll back a Trump administration rule that permits states to ignore sections of ObamaCare and to loosen requirements on health insurance that increased costs on individuals and businesses within the states.

    The Senate blocked their effort, with only one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins (ME), voting with the Democrats to reinstate the crushing ObamaCare rules.

    The Hill reports:

    The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Democratic effort to roll back a Trump administration rule that allows states to ignore parts of ObamaCare.

    Senators voted 43-52 on the resolution, falling short of the simple majority needed to pass the chamber.

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote for the resolution.

    Democrats wanted to overturn a Trump administration rule that makes it easier for states to opt out of certain ObamaCare requirements and prioritize cheaper, less-inclusive plans than ones offered under ObamaCare.

    Pre-existing conditions are a political and fiscal quagmire for both Democrats and Republicans because there is no way to force insurance companies to cover these without raising costs down the line and across the board.

    Ultimately, though, Democrats are trying to keep ObamaCare in the spotlight leading into the 2020 presidential election.  They believe health care is a winning issue for them, and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday accused Democrats of playing politics.

    The Hill continues:

    Members of the party have termed the plans “junk insurance” because companies can refuse to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

    . . . .  Republicans and the Trump administration have repeatedly said they will continue to protect people with preexisting conditions, while simultaneously advocating for ways to end ObamaCare.

    A federal circuit court in New Orleans is expected to rule in the coming days or weeks on an administration-backed lawsuit to overturn the entire health care law.

    But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) knocked Democrats on Wednesday, arguing they were playing politics.

    “Democrats’ resolution has zero chance of becoming law. This is just another political messaging exercise with no path to making an impact,” McConnell said.

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    texansamurai | November 2, 2019 at 12:23 am

    am a physician’s son and have several docs in my family–as well as a couple of jds–the docs all say(and have said for many years)the two things that would immediately lower the exhorbitant cost of medical care(at practically every level/facility)are 1) sweeping tort reform and(with 1)as a result, a dramatic(huge, in fact)reduction in the cost of liability insurance–they often said(again over many years)those two things alone could lower medical treatment costs by at least 25-30% and, more importantly, those actions cost NOTHING to implement


       
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      gibbie in reply to texansamurai. | November 2, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      I agree that tort reform is needed. The legal profession has perpetrated some extraordinary harmful frauds.

      “those actions cost NOTHING to implement”

      Not true! Think of all the welfare costs for unemployed lawyers.

      Seriously though, without significant improvements in how physician incompetence is handled, I don’t see how effective tort reform is possible.

      More deeply, without significant improvements in human character in general, no reforms or laws will have much of a positive effect.

      The way you get better people is through the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah – one person at a time.


     
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    artichoke | November 3, 2019 at 1:18 am

    When thinking of preexisting conditions, think of HIV. It can cost $100,000 PER MONTH (over $1 million per year) to treat, according to one person who was complaining at a senator’s town hall meeting. And the new therapies are pretty good so they live decades.

    I think a large part of the motivatio for Obamacare is to hide this cost in a way that nobody can back it out. Why else would all the Obamacare plans be such ripoffs unless you’re one of the favored who can get subsidized?


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