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Saturday, October 07, 2017

For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application. Trump's message was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations: Tell Iowa no. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act see the president's opposition even to changes sought by conservative states as part of a broader campaign by his administration to undermine the 2010 health-care law. In addition to trying to cut funding for the ACA, the Trump administration also is hampering state efforts to control premiums. In the case of Iowa, that involved a highly unusual intervention by the president himself.

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And with the fifth enrollment season set to begin Nov. 1, advocates say the Health and Human Services Department has done more to suppress the number of people signing up than to boost it. HHS has slashed grants to groups that help consumers get insurance coverage, for example. It also has cut the enrollment period in half, reduced the advertising budget by 90 percent and announced an outage schedule that would make the HealthCare.gov website less available than last year.

The White House also has yet to commit to funding the cost-sharing reductions that help about 7 million lower-income Americans afford out-of-pocket expenses on their ACA health plans. Trump has regularly threatened to block them and, according to an administration official who was not authorized to speak publicly, officials are considering action to end the payments in November.

The uncertainty has driven premium prices much higher for 2018. A possible move by the Treasury Department to ease the requirement that most Americans obtain coverage could further erode a core element of the law.

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And, of course, Trump and the GOP will blame Obama and the Dems for the ACAs failure. What circle of hell do the president and Republican lawmakers belong in?

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-06 10:18 PM | Reply

" THE GREATEST TRICK THE DEVIL PERFORMED WAS TO CONVINCE PEOPLE HE DIDN'T EXIST "

#2 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-07 02:33 PM | Reply

Trump openly harms the very people who voted for him. Congratulations fools, you deserve what you get.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-07 02:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Posted this yesterday on a different link...I bought health insurance thru the marketplace after I got laid off earlier this year. Took a gig as an independent contractor a little over month after my layoff, and make too much to be subsidized. Got a statement yesterday regarding my insurance for next year. The premium has increased 257 per month for the same plan. Congratulations, Dotard, you've screwed over the ACA, all right, and may kill it yet with the uncertainty you've sown.

#4 | Posted by HeeHaw at 2017-10-07 05:56 PM | Reply

I get the impression that Trump thinks that his sabotage will force "bleeding heart" liberal Democrats to the bargaining table. How wrong he is! Increasingly you are going to see more and more articles about his efforts to sabotage the ACA and the bi-partisan efforts to fix it. As a condition for discussion, Dems should require him to publicly suspend his efforts of sabotage.

#5 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-10-08 08:36 AM | Reply

You mean he is slashing all the "free" on our dime money rolling into the health insurance industry, what a shame.

#6 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-10-08 09:10 AM | Reply

Trump openly harms the very people who voted for him.

I don't know what boat you were on during his campaign, but he ran on getting rid of obamacare, those people who are on it and want it didn't vote for him. Get a clue!

#7 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-10-08 09:12 AM | Reply

"Get a clue!" CRASSUS
LOL

#8 | Posted by squinch at 2017-10-08 12:54 PM | Reply

I don't know what boat you were on during his campaign, but he ran on getting rid of obamacare, those people who are on it and want it didn't vote for him. Get a clue!

#7 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

it's been demonstrated many times..shown on TV..you describe the program and call it ACA and
they're all for it but THEY HATE OBAMACARE. a great one from west virginia...an agent traveling
around the state...says it just makes her sick to even say Obamacare...asked why she's
guiding people through the registration process, she says, "well people need insurance"
so many trump supporters are rabid racists and/or just plain stupid....

#9 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-08 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"so many trump supporters are rabid racists and/or just plain stupid...."

Most likely both, for instance Crassus.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-08 01:25 PM | Reply

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"As a condition for discussion, Dems should require him to publicly suspend his efforts of sabotage."

Democrats have been meeting with Republicans in efforts to stabilize insurance markets for some time now. Where have you been? Trump is a Republican, it is up to the other Republicans to rein in this lunatic, he's not going to listen to anything Democrats have to say because he knows we despise him. Riducule him. Can't wait for him to resign.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-08 01:27 PM | Reply

I don't know what boat you were on during his campaign, but he ran on getting rid of obamacare, those people who are on it and want it didn't vote for him. Get a clue!
#7 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

But he didn't get rid of it. He just screwed the entire country because he is having a hissy fit that he can't get rid of it.

He also ran on giving us a cheaper, better insurance plan than Obamacare. And he can't do that.

So maybe its time you pulled your head out of his ass.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-09 10:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The American people know a bad deal when they see one, and many won't be convinced to sign up for ‘Washington-knows-best' health coverage that they can't afford."

This is where they shoot themselves in the foot. Of course they are going to sign up for it...it's the freaking law. Some won't, sure, and they will pay the penalty but most will just because the rule says they have to. They may think it's a bad deal all day long but that won't stop them following the rules. Why put yourself in a corner like that? The numbers already prove people will sign up for it. There are many easier ways to fight ACA because it's just bad but Republicans aren't smart enough to let it kill itself. They always have to try to make something crappy look even crappier and just make themselves look crappy.

#13 | Posted by humtake at 2017-10-09 12:01 PM | Reply

There are many easier ways to fight ACA because it's just bad but Republicans aren't smart enough to let it kill itself.

#13 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Here's my issue: I don't like the ACA but there isn't anything better that still gets everyone covered without going to a Medicare for all system.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-09 12:25 PM | Reply

Here's my issue: I don't like the ACA but there isn't anything better that still gets everyone covered without going to a Medicare for all system.

#14 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2017-10-09 12:25 PM | FLAG: Agree with you to a point but as for everyone covered; not quite:

In the past, gaps in the public insurance system and lack of access to affordable private coverage left millions without health insurance. Beginning in 2014, the ACA expanded coverage to millions of previously uninsured people through the expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of Health Insurance Marketplaces. Data show substantial gains in public and private insurance coverage and historic decreases in uninsured rates under the ACA. Coverage gains were particularly large among low-income people living in states that expanded Medicaid. Still, millions of people -- 28.2 million in 2016 -- remain uninsured.
www.kff.org

#15 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-10-09 01:05 PM | Reply

"Coverage gains were particularly large among low-income people living in states that expanded Medicaid. Still, millions of people -- 28.2 million in 2016 -- remain uninsured."

Yeah.

And almost all 28 million live in Red states where the GOP governors wouldn't enact Medicaid expansion.

Thanks for the reminder on which party is regressive on health care.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-09 01:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

posted on another thread and for sure applicable here
..............." Share it fairly , But don't take a slice of MY pie "

#17 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-09 02:51 PM | Reply

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