Uncertainty Over Health Care’s Future Hobbles Entrepreneurs
The Affordable Care Act gave some Americans the chance to strike out on their own in new business ventures because they didn’t have to worry about keeping a job just for health insurance. But the repeal-and-replace efforts reignited this week create uncertainty about whether they can count on that insurance option in the future.
Thinking About A Single-Payer System: Pros And Cons Of ‘Medicare For All’
Opinion writers communicate their takes on the health care plan advanced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Parsing The Policies: Is This Just Another ‘Lousy’ Bill Or Does It Advance A ‘Great Idea’?
There are a variety of ideas about the Graham-Cassidy bill now pending in the Senate, with some saying it’s “poison” and others praising its intent to give states flexibility.
Political Reverberations: How Graham-Cassidy Impacts The Health Care Debate
Editorial pages feature opinions praising this “last-chance” legislation or calling it “nonsense” and “cynical.” They also detail how, regardless of the outcome of the vote planned for next week, the GOP will own it.
Longer Looks: Cassidy-Graham; A Man-Made Epidemic & A Single-Payer Failure
Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.
Children’s Health Program And Community Health Centers’ Funding Stuck In Senate Logjam
A bipartisan deal on the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program was reached by senators earlier this month, but it looks unlikely to get a vote before the program’s authority expires on Sept. 30 because the Senate is consumed with efforts to replace the federal health law. Also in Medicaid news, officials in New Mexico unveil plans to charge enrollees premiums and copayments.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Back-And-Forth With Bill Cassidy Captures Confusion, Rhetoric Around Hurried Health Bill
The health policy debate is more complicated than the soundbites from both sides may convey.
Insurers Were Reluctant To Criticize Previous GOP Efforts, But New Bill Prompts Them To Speak Out
Not only would the legislation further destabilize the marketplace and jeopardize patient care, but it could potentially allow “government-controlled single payer health care to grow,” said AHIP’s Marilyn B. Tavenner. Among the other groups opposed to the bill are the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association and more.
After Other September Successes, Unlikely Duo ‘Chuck And Nancy’ Set Sights On Health Care
Democrats are trying to rally to stop the last-ditch Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. If they can stop it, will Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) convince President Donald Trump to consider modest reform measures?
McConnell Will Bring Graham-Cassidy To Floor Next Week — But Only If He’s Sure It Will Pass
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) left himself some wiggle room if negotiations don’t go his way.
Critics Point To Loopholes In Republicans’ Promise That Bill Covers Preexisting Conditions
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) says states would have to tell the government how they would provide “adequate and affordable” coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Experts say that’s not enough.
State Flexibility At Core Of Republicans’ Latest Repeal-And-Replace Efforts
Outlets take a look at what’s in the Graham-Cassidy bill and how it would all work.
Majority Of States Would Lose ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Amounts Of Funding Under Graham-Cassidy Bill
A new study by Avalere Health finds that red states would disproportionately benefit, while 34 states would be hit hard by cuts under the proposal for Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
For GOP, Political Incentive Is ‘As Much Of A Reason As The Substance’ To Pass Repeal Bill
The driving force behind this last-ditch attempt for many lawmakers it the simple fact that they promised their constituents they’d make it happen. Meanwhile, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is once again in the spotlight with one of the deciding votes. And news organizations look at where other Republicans stand on the matter.
First Edition: September 21, 2017
Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.
Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Zombie Repeal-And-Replace Bill Rises Again
In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss Senate Republicans’ last-ditch effort to upend the Affordable Care Act ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline.
Thoughts On Graham-Cassidy: ‘Bad Idea’; ‘Shoddiest’ Repeal Idea Yet; ‘Ideological Crusade’
Opinion writers offer dim views of the current measure being advanced by Senate Republicans to undo the Affordable Care Act.
Cassidy Got Credit For Coining ‘The Jimmy Kimmel Test’ But TV Host Says Senator Has Failed His Promise
Jimmy Kimmel made headlines during the Republicans’ summer push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with his story about what his son has gone through with his medical treatment.
Health Groups Join Opposition To Repeal-And-Replace Efforts
“This proposal would erode key protections for patients and consumers and does nothing to stabilize the insurance market now or in the long term,” said Rick Pollack, the American Hospital Association’s president and CEO.
Democrats Try To Rally As They’re Criticized For Having Celebrated Too Soon
Between the debt deal cut with President Donald Trump and the single-payer proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — which Sen. Lindsey Graham says is “a gift from the political gods” — some people are starting to wonder if the Democrats got ahead of themselves. Meanwhile, lawmakers are trying to get their base motivated one more time to stave off the latest round of repeal-and-replace efforts.