Obamacare

pertaining to the so-called Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The GOP Establishment Is About To Blow-Up The Pro-Growth Tax Plan

We urge CHQ readers to call their Representative and Senators through the Toll-Free Capitol Switchboard at 1-866-220-0044. Tell them to lower the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, keep the special rate for repatriation at 12 percent and to keep the focus of the tax reform bill on job creation and economic growth, not class warfare.

Senate Bill Kills Obamacare’s Taxes on the Poor

David Catron, The American Spectator

The Republicans, for all their myriad faults, seem to have finally grasped that they must respond to the will of the voters if they wish to maintain their majorities in Congress. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, reconciled with the House tax bill in conference and signed by President Trump into law is a good start toward regaining the trust of their constituents by doing what they were sent to Washington to do.

Outsider Mike Braun Charging Ahead In Indiana GOP Senate Primary

Outsider businessman Mike Braun yesterday released his second television and radio advertising flight of the campaign, titled “Outsider.” The ads will run statewide on broadcast television and radio. Braun is vying for the GOP nomination to take on first-term Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.

Progressives Whine about Obamacare Premiums

David Catron, The American Spectator

I seem to remember promises about reducing costs, increasing access, and improving quality of care for all Americans. Like most of the public, I never believed that BS, but millions of progressives did. Now it’s time to pay for their magical thinking. Yet they still don’t want to face this undeniable reality — they got punked. Obamacare is, and always was, a scam. It’s time to wake up and smell the fair trade coffee.

The individual mandate belongs in the trash heap

Hadley Heath Manning, Washington Examiner

To really help hardworking Americans get the insurance coverage they need, our approach to healthcare should be very different from the Obamacare approach. We should focus on bringing down costs and offering consumers more options through more vibrant market competition. In the meantime, we can offer Americans tax relief through repeal of Obamacare’s misguided and unproductive individual mandate.

Stop saying 13 million people will lose coverage if the individual mandate is repealed

Philip Klein, Washington Examiner

Now that Senate Republicans have formally decided to add repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate penalties to the tax bill, we're going to be hearing a lot more about the Congressional Budget Office's estimate that 13 million more Americans would be uninsured. But it's important to keep in mind that this doesn't mean that all 13 million will lose coverage.

Maine, Medicaid, and the Gruber Principle

David Catron, The American Spectator

The voters of the Pine Tree state evidently have short memories. The Democrats rely heavily on “the stupidity of the American voter,” as Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber famously phrased it. And the “news” media certainly cannot be counted upon to remind forgetful Mainers that none of the claims made 15 years ago on behalf of expansion were ever fulfilled.

Ron Johnson urges end of 'failed' Obamacare program

Robert King, Washington Examiner

The Affordable Care Act created the Multi-State Plan Program to drive competition on the law’s exchanges, but only one state — Arkansas — is participating in the program next year. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he is concerned about wasting the manpower of 42 federal employees on the program, which gets $10 million a year.

Does Ralph Northam Think 67% of Virginians are Racists?

David Catron, The American Spectator

If I were voting in tomorrow’s election, I’d have trouble getting past what Northam said about the 67 percent of Virginians who oppose Obamacare: “Why is it that people don’t like the Affordable Care Act? I’ll tell you why, they never accepted who our president was.” Should Virginia be led by a man with such contempt for his constituents? Nope. The Old Dominion can do better than Ralph Northam.

Poll: 68% of Voters Say Dems Own Obamacare

David Catron, The American Spectator

No amount of propaganda will make voters believe President Trump or the GOP created this mess. In fact, their primary complaint about the Republicans is that they haven’t repealed Obamacare yet. The Democrats and their media co-conspirators should be grateful that only two-thirds of the voters blame them for the risibly titled “Affordable Care Act.”

Democrats yelp as Trump upholds Constitution

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Democrats have naturally complained that Republicans, having failed to repeal or replace Obamacare, are trying to wreck it. There's some basis for that, but also for saying it's Democrats' own fault, since they passed Obamacare in a form even they knew was flawed. One lesson: It's hard to make complex one-size-fits-all laws work. Another: If you don't obey the law, even the cleverest lawyers may not be able to keep you out of trouble.

Trump Faithfully Executes Obamacare; Media, Democrats Go Nuts

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

What Trump has actually done is end the illegal payoffs without which insurance companies have no rational choice but to jack up premiums or flee the Obamacare exchanges. The culprits here are the charlatans who gave us Obamacare. To portray Trump as the bad guy is not merely fake news. It’s an out-and-out lie.

Trump gives Congress a kick in the rear to finally act on health care

John Fund, Fox News

President Trump can follow up on his cancellation of the bailout to Big Insurance by telling members of Congress his next step will be to zero out their exemption, an action which would throw both members and staff on the individual ObamaCare exchanges. Now that would finally put a fire under Congress for real action.

Trump to end Obamacare insurer subsidies, putting pressure on Congress to act

Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

President Trump intends to end insurance subsidies under Obamacare, a move that would likely result in lawsuits and put pressure on Congress to act. According to a statement Thursday evening from the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, the Trump administration is making the move based on guidance from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, which have concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare.

Trump Sticks an Executive Order in Obamacare

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

And for those Never Trump conservatives, that it was the populist-nationalist president acting to make reality a key piece of conservative policy that the GOP establishment couldn’t muster its own Senate membership for has to be something of a wakeup call. Trump’s move Thursday is as much a repudiation of what passes for Beltway conservatism as it is a victory for conservative policy, and perhaps it’s time for the Capitol creatures to get the message and work with him on things like tax reform they also purport to be for.

Obama Lied. My FOURTH Health Plan Died.

Michelle Malkin, Townhall

People suffering under Obamacare are expendables to establishment Republicans who hoovered up campaign donations on the empty promise to repeal Obamacare -- and now consider amnesty for immigrants here illegally and gun control higher legislative priorities than keeping their damned word. We're the canaries in the Obamacare coal mine. Ignore us at your peril, America. You're next.

The answer to Obamacare ain't blowin' in the wind

Editors, Washington Examiner

The president's action should give health insurance customers at least a few ways out of the Obamacare confusion by allowing them sometimes to buy insurance across state lines, by expanding health savings accounts, and by quadrupling the upper limit on short-term health insurance plans from three months to nearly a year. Trump should sign this executive order, and it will be celebrated not just by the administration but by all those who suffer under Obamacare. But Republicans in Congress must pass reform legislation or get their just deserts at the ballot box.

Trump Drains Obamacare’s Regulatory Swamp

David Catron, The American Spectator

President Trump is now using legitimate executive measures to drain the swamp. As we saw last Friday and through the weekend, the alligators are not happy. But the public hates gators, and they like Obamacare even less. They will reward Trump for doing what he can do. The man isn’t perfect, but anyone who can make the swamp creatures squeal with frustration can’t be all bad.

Outsider Erik Prince Looking At Challenging Establishment Senator John Barrasso

While Erik Prince’s views on the conservative agenda need to be explored further before we can make any kind of endorsement, we do know a lot of things we don’t like about Senator John Barrasso, and first among them is his crony relationship with Mitch McConnell.

Conservative Outsider Mike Braun Enters Indiana Senate Race

Mike Braun is a smart guy and successful businessman. He will be a formidable candidate if he can stay the course of pushing the Trump MAGA agenda, while avoiding a mudwrestling match with Congressmen Rokita and Messer.