Could This Backup Plan for Obamacare Repeal Save the Senate GOP?

After spending the last seven years promising the American people that they would repeal and replace Obamacare, GOP members of Congress are getting cold feet now that they actually have the opportunity to do it. All indications are that, as of this afternoon, the current Senate GOP bill lacks the votes to pass. In the meantime, two GOP senators and one former senator are preparing a backup plan if the bill doesn’t pass, in the form of a federalism-based bill that would largely put the states in charge of health care policy. The backup bill is being sponsored by Sens.

PredictIt Plays of the Week: No Obamacare Repeal, Thomas Next Justice Out?

Have you heard of PredictIt? PredictIt is a prediction market that attempts to “guess” the outcome to a number of political questions. For example, during the 2016 election, PredictIt had a market for “Will Donald Trump win the presidency?”. On PredictIt, you have the opportunity to buy YES shares and NO shares on any of these questions for anywhere between $0.01 and $0.99/share. When the question resolves to a YES, the YES shares will close at $1 and the NO shares will close at $0, and vice versa. This creates a market. When an event is perceived to be more

The Secret to Repealing Obamacare? Make Politicians Use It, Too.

July 4th has come and gone, but Obamacare is still the law of the land. Despite Senate Republicans’ assurance that health care would be put up for a vote before the fireworks, American families are unable celebrate their independence from Obamacare’s skyrocketing premiums and dwindling insurance options. But while the media is relishing in the Republican Congress’s inability to repeal a law they’ve been campaigning against for years, the fact is, breaking the health care gridlock might not be so complicated. It might even be easy. The secret to repealing Obamacare is likely hiding in plain sight — President Trump

Obamacare’s Collapse Continues as Enrollment Plunges, Premiums Skyrocket

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report showing that Obamacare enrollees are fleeing as fast as their premiums are skyrocketing. The findings, which were announced in the 2017 Effectuated Enrollment Snapshot, are part of a growing stack of evidence revealing how much of a failure Barack Obama’s health care program is. The report found that last year alone, over one quarter of enrollees left the program, followed by another 16 percent in the first three months of 2017. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that enrollment in Obamacare would be 22 million in 2016. In

Trump Admin Submits New Rule to Protect Little Sisters, End HHS Mandate

With their commander-in-chief back in the country after his first overseas trip as president, federal officials in the Trump administration are moving towards fulfilling one of his key campaign promises. A newly drafted rule submitted this past week for review will reportedly solidify religious liberty protections for the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups, who had previously been threatened with penalties for refusing to provide contraception coverage as part of their health insurance plans. Back in October 2016, in a letter to leaders of Catholic organizations, then Republican nominee Trump wrote: I will make absolutely certain religious

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood, Passes Obamacare Replacement

Today, the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood by passing the American Health Care Act, Republicans’ replacement plan for the disastrous Obamacare. Leading pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List released the following statement upon the bill’s 217-213 passage, urging the Senate to finish the job and get the bill to President Donald Trump’s desk: As the Vice President said last night at our annual gala, the legislation passed by the House today does two important things. First, the legislation stops the Obamacare abortion expansion by preventing taxpayer funding of health care plans that cover abortion on-demand. Second, the

Trump’s Latest Interview Shows Why He Could Be a Great President

Since yesterday, the media, in a tabloid-like rush, has been focusing on the least important part of President Donald Trump’s frank interview with the editors of The New York Times: [GLENN] THRUSH: Do you think [Susan Rice] might have committed a crime? TRUMP: Do I think? THRUSH: Yeah. TRUMP: Yes, I think. He also chided the media for their failure to cover in a high-profile way Susan Rice’s admission that she unmasked Trump associates who were being surveilled and for their obsessive focus instead on something so unimportant to the well-being of the country: Bill O’Reilly’s settled sex harassment cases.

NEW POLLS: Voters Blame Congress, Not Trump, for Health Care Failure

Last Friday, the country learned House Republicans’ attempt to repeal Obamacare had been officially abandoned, at least for the time being. Paul Ryan later admitted their failure, declaring Obamacare to be “the law of the land” and that Republicans would have to live with the former president’s healthcare law “for the foreseeable future.” Since last week’s events, various mainstream media outlets have used the GOP’s failure to push the narrative that voters are likely to hold President Trump to blame for the failure of the repeal effort as they continued to focus on his negative approval ratings. A Politico headline