Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Trickle of Obamacare Schadenfreude

Obamacare continues its death spiral as There Are Now 45 Counties In The U.S. With No Obamacare InsurerObamacare Enrollment Drops To 10.3 Million from 12.2 million in March. Like rats from a sinking ship. No wonder; Iowa’s Last Obamacare Insurer Asks For 43% Rate Increase For 2018. But Don’t Blame Trump When ObamaCare Rates Jump
Insurers must submit applications by next Wednesday to sell plans through HealthCare.gov, and these will give us some of the first indicators of how high ObamaCare costs will skyrocket in 2018. ObamaCare supporters can’t wait to blame the coming premium increases on the “uncertainty” caused by President Trump. But insurers faced the same uncertainty last year under President Obama. . .
So where are the Republicans on this? Republicans are closer to killing ObamaCare than you think, the Senate GOP Sees Path To ObamaCare Repeal and Obamacare Repeal Moves Steadily Forward. It must be true because the Washington Post hyperventilates that Senate leaders plan to rush a health-care bill to a vote, and there’s nothing Democrats can do about it. About as much as Republicans could do with O-care. But it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings. House Republicans To Send Letter To McConnell Demanding Conservative Provisions In Senate Health-Care Bill. Trump didn't help when he told Republican Senators: The House Health-Care Bill Was “Mean”, and GOP considers keeping ObamaCare taxes.

Meanwhile, on the other side, Democrats fume over 'secret' Republican healthcare bill, and deciding once again that obstruction is not a naughty word, Democrats Plan To Halt Senate Business Over GOP Health Bill. Watch McCaskill Ripping GOP ‘Back Room’ Tactics Goes Viral

In new civility news, New Stanford debate group criticized for giving ‘legitimacy’ to Obamacare repeal. Wouldn't want the bad guys to win the debate:
The Obamacare debate was not fair because it gave “legitimacy” to the idea of repealing Obamacare, Daily columnist Terence Zhao wrote.

“But does that position really deserve half the stage? Does it really deserve any part of the stage?” Zhao said, citing the low public support for the Trump administration’s replacement bill, the American Health Care Act.

Repealing Obamacare is “a position that is even more on the fringe and almost twice as unpopular as … overthrowing the democratically elected U.S. government via a military coup,” so it should not be “respected as a legitimate position we should hear out,” he wrote.

Asked whether he thinks certain ideas shouldn’t be debated, Zhao told The Fix in an email: “I generally think that all ideas ought to be debated …What I was advocating for in the article was merely discussions that could be more nuanced and not framed around a yes/no question.
The Washington Post considers the Democrats favorite alternative Single-payer and discovers that Single-payer health care would have an astonishingly high price tag. UH-OH! Lefties are NOT liking WaPo editorial board’s single-payer reality check. Unicorns are expensive! Worse than horses! But There’s A Christian Alternative To Health Insurance, But It's Not For Everyone. You have to have faith; that's a barrier for me.

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