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How to Replace Obamacare

© Ed Stein I still think Donald Trump could have a big win by replacing Obamacare with single-payer health insurance, but I’d be happy if the GOP would just make a bunch of improvements to the ACA and call it Trumpcare.

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Save the Children?

© Jen Sorensen This comic could contain so many additional panels. Like, what about Trump’s tweets claiming that vaccines cause autism, which encourages parents to not vaccinate their children? Or his denial of climate change, which threatens all children’s futures?

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Single-Payer Health Insurance?

If “only Nixon could visit China”, maybe “only Trump can pass single-payer health insurance”? The “alt-right”, that racist segment of the right that fueled Trump’s victory, is moving more and more towards supporting single-payer health insurance (Medicare for all). And after the defeat of the repeal of Obamacare, they are getting more vocal about it. […]

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Unhealthy Entrepreneurship?

Despite their recent failure, efforts to repeal Obamacare are already negatively affecting our economy, including job creation. It’s the uncertainty, stupid! For example, one person who has been planning on starting her own business says: If Obamacare gets repealed, I’m anxious. What do I do? Right now, there is just so much instability. I don’t […]

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Doctors Prefer Single Payer Insurance

A new survey of US doctors shows that 48% of them are in favor of a single-payer health insurance system (like Medicare for all), while only 32% are against it, and 21% answered “I don’t know”. What was especially interesting was that the doctors acknowledged that they might take a financial hit under a single-payer […]

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Bait and Switch

After claiming that there was no Plan B if they didn’t pass Obamacare repeal last Friday, it is becoming obvious that Republicans had a Plan B all along. In fact, Plan B might have been their Plan A. Let me explain. When the ACA repeal bill failed, Paul Ryan immediately said that “Obamacare is the […]

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Make America Greater

The New Yorker has a must-read article about health care. If you can, go read it now. Their point is that conseratives are treating health care as if it is just another business. A way to make a profit. But health care is not about economics, in fact, it is actually anything but. Health care […]

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Republicans Lose, Bigly

The Republicans have been trying to repeal Obamacare for seven years. While Obama was president, they passed bills over 50 times repealing the ACA, only to have them vetoed by the president (or die in the Senate). Back then, that was easy because they knew it wouldn’t ever become effective, so they would not have […]

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Keeping us Safe?

© Ruben Bolling Humans are really bad at evaluating risks. We are scared to death of terrorists, but not of the things that are far more likely to kill us. Just Wednesday, Donald Trump announced that he is rolling back fuel economy standards that were put in place under Obama. And he has not ruled […]

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What’s At Steak?

Donald Trump’s most die-hard fans didn’t blink at his “locker-room talk” about grabbing pussy. They didn’t seem to mind his “alternative facts” when he lied to them. But now he seems to have finally angered them. A few weeks ago, the Independent Journal Review reported that Donald Trump had dinner at the Trump Hotel in […]

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Worse than the CBO

Even before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came out with their analysis of the repeal of Obamacare, Trump and the Republicans started attacking the CBO. Congressman David Brat (R-VA) even said “CBO has scored everything wrong forever so they’re a minor concern.” So even though the CBO is non-partisan and its director is a conservative […]

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Healthy Questions?

Monday, the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) report on the Republican health care bill came out, and it was even harsher than I expected. The CBO says that the new bill will increase the number of uninsured by 86%. Donald Trump promised that no Americans would lose coverage. In fact, the Republican bill is so bad, […]

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Insurance for the Insurer

A few days ago, Anthem (the second largest US health insurance company) came out in favor of the Republican bill repealing major parts of the ACA. This surprised me, because both of the major trade associations representing health insurance companies came out strongly against that bill, and yet here was a major insurer singing its […]

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Dump Truck

© Kevin Kallaugher On Tuesday, a man named Charles C.W. Cooke tweeted “I’ve yet to read a single positive analysis of the House’s Obamacare bill.” A woman responded by chastising him for being so liberal, tweeting “Try going 2 a conservative source? Open up your reading habits 2 include those w/ whom u would naturally […]

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Rush Job?

Republicans are trying to ram their Obamacare replacement bill down the throat of Congress as quickly as possible. The bill was only introduced on Monday, and already the House Ways and Means committee was kept up until 4am (that’s 18 hours) so they could approve the bill. Which they did, even though the Congressional Budget […]

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