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Thursday, July 21, 2016

President Barack Obama is calling for the resurrection of his failed "public option" ( a "Medicare-like" plan) to compete directly against private health plans in his government-run health insurance exchanges.

"The public plan did not make it into the final legislation," the president writes in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Now, based on the experience with the ACA [Affordable Care Act], I think Congress should revisit a public plan to compete alongside private insurers in areas of the country where competition is limited. Adding a public plan in such areas would strengthen the Marketplace approach, giving consumers more affordable options while also creating savings for the federal government."

Yeah…right. read more


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

President Barack Obama and his first attorney general, Eric Holder, called for an honest conversation about race. Holder even called us "a nation of cowards" because we were unwilling to have a "national conversation" about race.

The truth of the matter is there's been more than a half-century of conversations about race. We do not need more. Instead, black people need to have frank conversations among ourselves, no matter how uncomfortable and embarrassing the topics may be. read more


Monday, July 18, 2016

Donald Trump may be winning converts from an unlikely source -- Democrats -- a new unpublished poll shows.

What's more, according to the poll, Trump is tied with Hillary -- and in fact, the Republican candidate is within striking distance in several historically Democratic states.

Sources I interviewed said the poll was conducted by the Harper Polling Firm for the U.S. Senate campaign of GOP State Rep. Dan Carter.

The as-yet published poll shows Trump tied with Clinton -- each with 43 percent -- in heavily Democratic Connecticut.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Another co-op is shutting down, becoming the 15th to do so and bringing the total number of federal loans given to the failed nonprofit insurers to more than $1.5 billion.

Oregon's Health Co-Op announced last week it will no longer be able to continue operating and will be shutting down. The insurance company is the third in the state to struggle financially and Oregon's second co-op, following Health Republic Insurance of Oregon, to close its doors.

Health policy experts expect more co-ops to collapse in the wake of the federal government's announcement.

Just eight of the 23 co-ops that launched remain. read more


Senior Obama administration officials took a series of decisions beginning in late 2013 that ranged from the reckless to the illegal in an effort to keep insurers participating in health insurance exchanges.

A report issued last week jointly by the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees explores how the administration came to unlawfully funnel $7 billion in unappropriated money to insurers through a single ObamaCare program. read more


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