health care politics


Senate Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill may be flatlining

  • Hours after a CBO report concluded the Senate health care bill would kick 22 million people off of insurance, defections among the party caucus in the Senate may doom the bill from ever reaching a vote.
  • Vox policy reporter Dylann Scott tweeted on Monday evening he had heard that senators such as Rand Paul, Dean Heller and Susan Collins were all opposed to a motion to start debate on the bill as proposed.
  • According to Politico, Sen. Ron Johnson has also “signaled” opposition to the procedural vote, while other senators including Shelley Moore Capito and Marco Rubio were “undecided.” Read more (6/27/17)

Democrats, the American Medical Association and US bishops blast the Senate health care bill

  • After the CBO report, several Democratic Senators and Congresspeople took to Twitter to deride the Republican health care plan.
  • On Monday, the American Medical Association also announced it strongly opposed the Senate’s health care proposal.
  • Additionally, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced in a statement shared to Twitter that the Senate bill was “unacceptable.” Read more (6/27/17)

Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor.

That’s the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is why it’s become the focal point of the battle in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama expanded Medicaid under his signature health care law to cover 11 million more people, bringing the total number of people covered up to 69 million.

Now Republicans want to reverse that expansion, and they want to go much further in cutting back on the number of people covered and federal dollars spent. The legislation they’re contemplating in both the House and Senate shrinks and fundamentally restructures the program.

The report issued by the Congressional Budget Office on Monday estimates that 15 million people would lose coverage through Medicaid by 2026 under the proposed Senate bill.

Here are five key things to know about Medicaid as the debate moves forward.

From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

Chart: Alyson Hurt/NPR

just read the saddest fucking twitter thread from a father who had a little girl with cancer. she ended up passing away but the point of his thread was to tell people how much their insurance helped his family deal with medical costs. you can read it here.

yesterday i read a thread from a mother who’s young son has already had multiple surgeries because of his poor health. if the senate “health care” bill passes, he could die. read it here.

the fact that we still don’t have a health care system in america that guarantees that you’ll be taken care of, no matter how much money is in your pocket, makes me sick. that the concept of your life being worth only as much as you’ve got in the bank is fucked up.

the fact that president obama tried to get it done, only to have gop governors refuse to expand medicaid and greedy insurance companies pull out of the markets, breaks my heart. especially since, despite some of its flaws, the affordable care act expanded access to millions more people than the previous health care system. yet all many ca talk about is how their premiums went up or how they have no insurance options, failing to realize that it’s mostly because of their governors refusing to expand medicaid and/or insurance companies pulling out because *they* don’t like the system that forced them to provide better care for the american people.

so now, the gop can take those stories of how obamacare “failed” these families (without all of the facts, of course) and use them as proof of the system’s failings. could we have a better system than the aca? of course. but it was a hell of a good start and could’ve been even better if every state had accepted it and implemented it the way it was meant to be implemented.

so the fact that people are now having to share their most personal and traumatic health stories with the entire country, either online or in person at town halls or elsewhere, in the hopes that their members of congress won’t literally vote for their deaths is absolutely disgusting. we were making so much progress, and now this.

we could’ve avoided all of this on november 8th, but that’s not the point at this point. the point is this: the fact that this is even a threat right now is insane. the point is that people who would inflict pain and death upon their constituents just to make a buck and/or keep their seats should not be in office.

i just hope y’all show up next year and vote the gop out of power. that’s the only way any of this changes.


Breaking: Senate Republicans postpone health care vote amid growing opposition

  • A vote on the Senate’s proposed health care bill has been postponed until after the July 4 recess, after a growing number of senators announced they would not support the bill in its current form, multiple outlets are reporting.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), as well as Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) had been adamant that a vote on the bill would happen before the Senate recessed for Independence Day.
  • However that’s no longer the plan after at least four Republican Senators announced they would not vote to begin debate on the legislation. Read more (6/17/17 2 PM)

The GOP health care bill’s one-year ban on Planned Parenthood is a bigger problem than you think

  • For the millions of people whose lives could be in jeopardy should the Senate bill pass, the decision by Republican leaders to include a provision to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any form of federal funding for a full year might seem as impactful as a hangnail. 
  • But regardless of whether the bill passes and is signed into law, it’s fairly likely that at some point, in some bill, a one-year moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding will become a reality.
  • If so, that could be more devastating than most are aware. Read more (6/27/17)
Tell Republicans who voted for the AHCA: We’ll remember

Republicans just passed a health care law that would take health insurance from 24 million people, raise costs on seniors, poor people and sick people, and give the super wealthy an enormous tax break.

We can still stop it in the Senate. But before you call your Senators, if you had a Republican rep who voted for this monstrosity, take a few minutes and call them. Yell at them for voting for a bill without even waiting for a CBO score to show how many of their constituents it would impact and without any debate. Let them know that you’ll remember this in 2018. Republicans in the Senate - and the House, when it comes back for reconciliation - will be watching to see what kind of fallout this vote causes. Make sure they feel it.

Script: “Hi, I’m [your name] and I’m a constituent from [your town.] I’m calling to say that I’m furious that Representative So and So voted for the American Health Care Act without even waiting for a CBO score to find out how people in [his or her] district would be impacted. This is going to effect millions of people’s health and it’s absolutely shameful that Rep. So-and-so voted to force it through with no debate or hearings. I’ll be voting against Rep. So-and-so in November for this vote and I’m going to encourage my friends and neighbors to do the same.”