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trump says obamacare in ‘death spiral,’ urges congress to act


u.s. president donald trump said on wednesday that the obamacare healthcare system is in a “death spiral” and must be reformed soon, a day after insurer anthem inc announced it would withdraw from the ohio healthcare insurance exchange next year.trump has struggled to get a healthcare package passed by the u.s. congress even though his republican party controls both the house of representatives and the senate. a house plan was approved on may 4, and the senate is trying to pass a version this summer.trump, visiting cincinnati, ohio, to tout his infrastructure plan, met with several people who dislike president obama’s signature healthcare law, formally known as the affordable care act, and afterward called on congress to act.“obamacare is in a total death spiral and the problems will only






michael moore calls on california and new york to show us how to really solve he


facebook, politics, trump news, u.s. newsmichael moore calls on california and new york to show us how to really solve healthcare once and for allsarah k. burris24 mar 2017 at 21:50 etfilmmaker michael moore urged liberal states like california and new york to lead the way in solving the healthcare crisis in the wake of the trumpcare failure. moore was grateful that the people with obamacare won’t be kicked out to the curb, but he urged democrats not to take their foot off the gas and celebrate too soon. instead, he hopes that democrats can work to fix obamacare by advocating for a single-payer option. “we have to push for this because we need to fix these parts of obamacare that did cost us votes in november,” moore explained. “this has to be fixed. do not sit around and say, ‘oh, we’ve g






obamacare getting more popular under president trump


president donald trump has reaffirmed this week his intention of walking back the affordable care act (aca), otherwise known as obamacare, and replacing it with a republican alternative. “if our healthcare plan is approved, you will see real healthcare and premiums will start tumbling down,” he tweeted. “obamacare is in a death spiral!” yet under trump,…






republicans lost big on healthcare — but forgot to cancel tv ads celebrating oba


watch: republicans lost big on healthcare — but forgot to cancel tv ads celebrating obamacare repealrepublican leaders had seven long years to come up with a viable alternative to obamacare, but instead, they offered a shit sandwich, one which the alleged president strongly endorsed. so, trump suffered a stunning political defeat after he could not manage to garner support from his own party, and with ‘repeal and replace obamacare’ being a…






a state single-payer healthcare system? nice idea, but it's just california drea


voters want politicians to be bold. they disrespect timidity. and trying to push every californian into a government-run healthcare system is certifiably bold.the voters’ desire for boldness has a caveat, of course: they’ve got to like what the politician is being bold about.we really don’t know how californians feel about government-run universal healthcare. people haven’t been asked for a while.the public policy institute of california surveyed voters in january, however, and found that 54% opposed congressional repeal of the affordable care act, or obamacare.but for generations, it has been the dream of many — mostly democrats — to enact whatever you want to call it: “single-payer,” “medicare-for-all” or “socialized medicine.”now, with congressional republicans and president trump tryin






michael moore calls on california and new york to show us how to really solve he


filmmaker michael moore urged liberal states like california and new york to lead the way in solving the healthcare crisis in the wake of the trumpcare failure. moore was grateful that the people with obamacare won’t be kicked out to the curb, but he urged democrats not to take their foot off the gas and celebrate too soon. instead, he hopes that democrats can work to fix obamacare by advocating for a single-payer option. “we have to push for this because we need to fix these parts of obamacare that did cost us votes in november,” moore explained. “this has to be fixed. do not sit around and say, ‘oh, we’ve got obamacare.’ democrats, you have to get this fixed. but the people who are watching, the people who are members of the resistance, and we’re talking tens of millions of people now, w






obamacare exploding? maybe just a slow burn


u.s. president donald trump said on friday that obamacare was “exploding” after republican lawmakers shelved legislation that would have dismantled the healthcare law.that’s not going to happen this month. probably not even this year.the more than 12 million people who bought 2017 health insurance plans on healthcare.gov and other websites the law created are not in danger of losing their healthcare or having their premiums go up right now, experts say.but 2018 is another story.republicans could choose to pass a budget that defunds obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies, which help low-income people cover out-of-pocket and other medical costs. but that would be highly unpopular among consumers who would likely blame the president and congress for skyrocketing healthcare costs, experts said.“th






u.s. healthcare will get worse without obamacare. california needs to chart its


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health-care bill vote in house to be held next week


the house will vote next week on the gop-sponsored legislation to replace obamacare, house majority leader kevin mccarthy, r-california, announced on the house floor friday. mccarthy said that after votes on a series of non-controversial bills, the house will consider “critical pieces” of the republican plan to repeal and replace obamacare. one of the votes will be on the american healthcare act. “this bill eliminates the many taxes and mandates of obamacare, gives patients enhanced tools to take control of their healthcare decisions and expands choice so that americans are free to pick the plan that is best for themselves and their families,” he said.the house will also consider measures that would create competition in the healthcare market by eliminating anti-trust protection for insura






healthcare debacle results from republicans believing their own myths


donald trump and congressional republicans created a political debacle for themselves by believing a set of scare stories about obamacare that came back to haunt them. it is an object lesson in how false realities ultimately pop like soap bubbles when pricked by plain old truth.there are five fatal fibs the gop sold to supporters and to themselves:obamacare is socialistic, government-run healthcare: actually, the ideas that led to the affordable care act, or aca, were developed in conservative think tanks in the 1990s as an alternative to a government-run, canada-like, single-payer scheme. the testing ground for these ideas was massachusetts under republican gov. mitt romney. it was a middle-of-the-road idea that kept the private insurance industry at the heart of healthcare, something man






california congressmen help pass obamacare repeal, replacement – the mercury new


the key to the house republicans’ victory on thursday in repealing and replacing obamacare was the support of many of california’s 14 gop congressional members, including three who at the last minute co-sponsored an amendment this week that adds $8 billion more to fund “high risk pools’’ for millions of americans with pre-existing conditions.though they had earlier announced their opposition or serious concerns to the replacement bill, called the american health care act, and as late as wednesday had declared they were undecided, california reps. jeff denham, r-turlock,  david valadao, r-hanford and steve knight, r-lancaster, had quietly changed their minds.none of the three representatives — or their staffs — could be reached for comment before the vote on thursday.the bill now heads to t






many of california's republican members of congress are saying very little about


many of california’s congressional republicans represent districts with a large number of people who have insurance under obamacare, and they’re taking a cautious approach to the house republican plan to replace the healthcare law.a proposed replacement for obamacare released earlier this week has drawn a firestorm of criticism on the left and the right. by thursday, most of the 14 republicans in the california delegation, including some of the seven who represent districts that backed democrat hillary clinton for president, had said only that they were still assessing the proposed law.millions of californians would lose health insurance if the gop bill is approved, experts have estimated, largely because 1 in 3 residents are covered by medi-cal, the state’s medicaid program that expanded






gov. jerry brown and two central valley gop congressmen squabble over obamacare


gov. jerry brown landed a last-minute jab at california house republicans who backed the gop bill to replace obamacare, which narrowly passed the house on thursday.in a statement released just before the vote, brown blasted the bill as "cruel and ill-conceived," and called out three house republicans who have been at the center of organizing efforts to guard the affordable care act — reps. david valadao of hanford, jeff denham of turlock and steve knight of lancaster — for leaving constituents' healthcare at risk."our california congressional delegation should vote no on this abomination," brown said.valadao and denham swiftly responded with a counter-punch, accusing brown of caring more about the healthcare of urban and coastal residents than that of their central valley districts."if he






gov. jerry brown and two central valley gop congressmen squabble over obamacare


gov. jerry brown landed a last-minute jab at california house republicans who backed the gop bill to replace obamacare, which narrowly passed the house on thursday.in a statement released just before the vote, brown blasted the bill as "cruel and ill-conceived," and called out three house republicans who have been at the center of organizing efforts to guard the affordable care act — reps. david valadao of hanford, jeff denham of turlock and steve knight of lancaster — for leaving constituents' healthcare at risk."our california congressional delegation should vote no on this abomination," brown said.valadao and denham swiftly responded with a counter-punch, accusing brown of caring more about the healthcare of urban and coastal residents than that of their central valley districts."if he






trump declares ‘obamacare is dead’ in sunday morning twitter frenzy


president donald trump was up to his early morning twitter hijinks on sunday, declaring that “obamacare is dead,” and saying his “healthcare plan in on the way.”the president got off to an early start, calling the democrats “leaderless” before saying they want to hand “billions” to insurance companies.“the democrats, without a leader, have become the party of obstruction. they are only interested in themselves and not in what’s best for u.s.,” trump tweeted.he later added, “you can’t compare anything to obamacare because obamacare is dead. dems want billions to go to insurance companies to bail out donors….new healthcare plan is on its way. will have much lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!” over two tweets.depite trump’s declaration






gop unveiled their obamacare replacement — and then ‘repealed it out of force of


late show host stephen colbert got in some digs at the republican leadership over their proposed alternative to obamacare only to state that they immediately shot it down after they proposed it.“well, it’s finally here, ” colbert announced. “after six years of trying, last night the republicans finally unveiled their healthcare plan. then, out of force of habit, they voted to repeal it.”according to colbert, “there is one thing that they are keeping from obamacare — nobody likes it,” before adding conserrvatives are calling it “obamacare lite”“great taste, less coverage,” he quipped.watch the video below via twitter:tonight! the new republican healthcare plan has something for everyone (to hate). #lsscpic.twitter.com/35unzcqqtu— the late show (@colbertlateshow) march 8, 2017






what the senate healthcare bill could mean for californians


senate leaders have released their obamacare repeal bill, which would slash federal funding for healthcare and could leave millions of americans uninsured.though the plan has not yet been analyzed by the congressional budget office, it isn’t too different from the one passed by the house last month. the cbo projected the house bill would save the federal government $119 billion over the next decade, raise insurance deductibles and leave 23 million fewer americans with health coverage.both bills would also undo several taxes on high-income americans that are used to fund obamacare.the affordable care act has had a huge impact on california, where roughly 4 million people have gained insurance and the percentage of uninsured residents has dropped more than half.below is a breakdown of some o






yes, california can (stick it to trump on healthcare)


good morning. i’m paul thornton, the times’ letters editor, and it is saturday, june 24, 2017. right now, during one of california’s worst-ever heat waves, more than 350 runners are trekking over the sierra nevada in the world’s most famous 100-mile foot race. let’s take a look back at the week in opinion.just when senate republicans are releasing the details of their obamacare repeal bill — which would cut billions in medicaid spending and likely leave millions of americans with no health insurance — california lawmakers are mulling a plan to establish a universal, single-payer healthcare plan in the state. you couldn’t make up a more dramatic way for california to declare itself the capital of “the resistance” than by guaranteeing access to care at precisely the moment president trump an






republicans lost big on healthcare — but forgot to cancel tv ads celebrating oba


republican leaders had seven long years to come up with a viable alternative to obamacare, but instead, they offered a shit sandwich, one which the alleged president strongly endorsed. so, trump suffered a stunning political defeat after he could not manage to garner support from his own party, and with ‘repeal and replace obamacare’ being a…






internet ruthlessly mocks #trumpcare vs. obamacare


the republican congress has finally come up with two bills that will replace some pieces of obamacare.it’s now being revealed that the congressional budget office won’t be able to score the law, so legislators and taxpayers won’t know how much the plan will cost. at the same time, millions still won’t be covered. there will be massive cuts to medicaid, meaning low-income people will no longer be covered.expansion of medicaid to cover more low-income people will be phased out over time so many won’t lose their healthcare immediately, but they’ll lose it in 2020. planned parenthood will be defunded in the gop’s new plan, so 2.5 million women will no longer be able to get birth control or mammograms. insurance companies will get a substantial tax break, which they can use for ceo bonuses. if






hhs secretary tom price boldly promises ‘nobody will be worse off’ after obamaca


health and human services secretary tom price promised on sunday that “nobody will be worse off” under the republican plan to place president barack obama’s health care reform law. on nbc’s meet the press, host chuck todd asked price how he could call the affordable care act a “failing system” if millions of people were being covered under the law.“can you say for certain that once this bill is passed that nobody will be worse off financially when it comes to paying for health care?” todd asked. “there are a lot of people worse off right now,” price insisted, opining on the cost of premiums under obamacare.“i notice you ducked the aspect of whether you can guarantee that nobody will be worse off financially,” todd pressed. “i firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the






gov. jerry brown on gop plan to replace obamacare: a 'harebrained scheme'


this is essential politics, our daily look at california political and government news. here's what we're watching right now:california assembly democrats have introduced a sweeping new proposal to help relieve public college students from debt.rep. darrell issa (r-vista) said monday that he is "not prepared" to vote for the gop healthcare proposal.our february archived news feed is here.be sure to follow us on twitter for more, or subscribe to our free daily newsletter and the california politics podcast.






a look at us healthcare spending as obamacare repeal looms


u.s. president donald trump and fellow republicans in the house of representatives have proposed a healthcare law to kick off their promise to repeal and replace obamacare.following are some questions and answers about healthcare spending and health insurance coverage in the united states as republicans try to throw out president barack obama’s signature piece of domestic policy, the 2010 affordable care act.    who is covered by what insurance?    the majority of america’s 323 million people are covered by either government or private insurance. less than half of u.s. spending on healthcare is publicly financed, a contrast to the 72 percent average among member countries of the organisation for economic co-operation and development. a core goal of obamacare was to cut into the numbers of






healthcare battle in rural america


donald trump campaigned on a promise to “repeal and replace” obamacare. now the republicans have come up with a new healthcare plan, which is dividing people across america. the bbc’s rajini vaidyanathan met two families, and a doctor, to see what they make of the reforms.






single-payer healthcare for california is, in fact, very doable


the california senate recently voted to pass a bill that would establish a single-payer healthcare system for the entire state. the proposal, called the healthy california act, will now be taken up by the state assembly.the plan enjoys widespread support — a recent poll commissioned by the california nurses assn. found that 70% of all californians are in favor of a single-payer plan — and with good reason. under healthy california, all residents would be entitled to decent healthcare without having to pay premiums, deductibles or copays.but as critics of the bill have pointed out, a crucial question remains: is healthy california economically viable? according to research i conducted with three colleagues at the university of massachusetts, amherst, the answer is yes.enacting healthy calif






the obamacare debate is not just about healthcare |


if you don't live in the us, the battle over the future of healthcare probably seems unimportant and even distant. you may watch with wonder and puzzlement but ultimately, you don't care or understand it...except that you should.under the surface, it is not just a tussle over healthcare - it's a struggle over what it actually means to be american. the result could have a profound and lasting impact on the country's future.the question at the centre of the debate is very simple: is america a nation where government helps out or is it one that needs to stick to the you’re-on-your-own philosophy that built it? the former belief helped bring us president barack obama into office in 2008 with his promise to reform a broken healthcare system. but it also ignited a movement built on the latter ph






health premiums would leap for many californians under gop plan


health insurance premiums would leap substantially for many californians, especially lower-income people living in high-cost cities, under the house republican plan to replace obamacare, according to an analysis released tuesday.californians purchasing insurance through the state’s obamacare program known as covered california received $4.2 billion in subsidies in 2016 to help them buy coverage.by 2020, the average subsidy would be only 60% of what is provided under the current law if the republican plan becomes law, according to a preliminary analysis by officials at the state insurance exchange.the decline would especially hurt those living in san francisco and other cities in northern california, where healthcare is more expensive, according to the report.for example, in los angeles, a






the obamacare debate is not just about healthcare |


if you don't live in the united states, the battle over the future of healthcare probably seems unimportant and even distant. you may watch with wonder and puzzlement but ultimately, you don't care or understand it ... except that you should.under the surface, it is not just a tussle over healthcare - it's a struggle over what it actually means to be american. the result could have a profound and lasting impact on the country's future.the question at the centre of the debate is very simple: is america a nation where government helps out or is it one that needs to stick to the you’re-on-your-own philosophy that built it? the former belief helped bring us president barack obama into office in 2008 with his promise to reform a broken healthcare system. but it also ignited a movement built on






senators worry about rush over healthcare bill ahead of release


u.s. senators expressed concern on wednesday about a plan to overhaul the u.s. healthcare system, fearing a rush to consider the major legislation as republican leaders prepare to unveil it.the healthcare bill will be released to the republican senate conference on thursday at 9:30 a.m. edt (1330 gmt) and posted online, senators john barrasso of wyoming and bob corker of tennessee told reporters in the capitol on wednesday. a vote could come as soon as next week, several senators said.“there is an urgency to get this done because of the continued collapse of the obama health care law,” barrasso, a member of the senate republican leadership, told cnn. “people across the country are suffering pain and the pain is getting worse as insurance companies are pulling out.”legislators from both sid






rep. ted lieu scorches trump for hoping obamacare ‘explodes’


democratic u.s. rep. ted lieu (ca) blasted pres. donald trump on twitter saturday after the president said he’s looking forward to watching the affordable care act (aca) — also known as obamacare — “explode” and fail so that people will listen to him on healthcare.thehill.com reported that in the wake of the humiliating failure of his first legislative push, trump tweeted on saturday morning, “obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for the people. do not worry!” obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for the people. do not worry!— donald j. trump (@realdonaldtrump) march 25, 2017lieu — who has been a fierce critic of the trump administration and its shady ties to the russian gove






abortion coverage could make most california insurance plans ineligible for tax


an antiabortion provision in the recently unveiled house gop plan to replace obamacare could make it impossible for most californians to take advantage of proposed tax credits meant to offset the cost of health insurance.the republican healthcare proposal would offer individual tax credits to people who do not get insurance from their employer, but it would prohibit that money from being spent on plans that cover abortion — a ban that would make virtually all health plans in the state ineligible for such credits.the restriction, should it become law, sets the stage for yet another clash between liberal california and the gop-dominated federal government.“on the face of it, it’s a direct challenge to how [health insurers] operate in california,” said amy chen, an attorney with the national






abortion coverage could make most california insurance plans ineligible for tax


an antiabortion provision in the recently unveiled house gop plan to replace obamacare could make it impossible for most californians to take advantage of proposed tax credits meant to offset the cost of health insurance.the republican healthcare proposal would offer individual tax credits to people who do not get insurance from their employer, but it would prohibit that money from being spent on plans that cover abortion — a ban that would make virtually all health plans in the state ineligible for such credits.the restriction, should it become law, sets the stage for yet another clash between liberal california and the gop-dominated federal government.“on the face of it, it’s a direct challenge to how [health insurers] operate in california,” said amy chen, an attorney with the national






trump sells a bill of goods to obamacare 'victims'


not long after the congressional budget office reported monday that the house gop leadership’s proposal to “repeal and replace” obamacare would nearly double the number of uninsured americans, president trump held a meeting in the white house with about a dozen people he described as “victims” of president obama’s 2010 healthcare law.it was a scene reminiscent of the photo opportunities arranged by democrats when they were trying to drum up support for their proposed healthcare reforms early in president obama’s first term. but instead of showcasing people with life-threatening conditions who couldn’t get coverage or had it capriciously rescinded after they’d gotten sick, as the democrats did, trump spotlighted people, many of them healthy, whose complaint is that they are paying a lot mor






everything president trump has tweeted (and what it was about)


in the midst of a republican push to pass legislation overhauling the affordable care act, or obamacare, president trump tweeted that he wants to make the united states healthcare system "the best anywhere."a gop-backed healthcare bill narrowly passed the house this month but faces difficult prospects in the senate, where many leaders expressed deep reservations about the potential that americans will lose their healthcare coverage under the measure.an analysis by the nonpartisan congressional budget office found the legislation would nearly double the number of people in the u.s. without health insurance over the next decade and projected that many additional consumers would see skimpier health coverage and higher deductibles.the house bill would be particularly harmful to older, sicker r






donald trump's us healthcare bill withdrawn


media captionpaul ryan: "i won't sugar coat this. this is disappointing"us president donald trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to pass in congress.house speaker paul ryan said he and mr trump agreed to pull the vote, after it became apparent it would not get the minimum of 215 republican votes needed.the last minute move was seen as a huge blow to mr trump. repealing and replacing the programme known as obamacare was one of his major election pledges.earlier on friday, white house press secretary sean spicer said that the vote would go ahead at 15:30 (19:30 gmt).mr trump had reportedly warned republicans that if they did not vote for his bill then they would be stuck with barack obama's healthcare programme for good.however, multiple reports sugg






republicans actually named an obamacare replacement bill the 'world's greatest h


(getty images)you know how obamacare’s real name is the patient protection and affordable care act? well, guess what republicans recently submitted as an official name of what might eventually become known as trumpcare? the world’s greatest healthcare plan of 2017. that’s what it’s really called.advertisement[update, 12:51pm: as asawin suebsaeng of the daily beastpoints out, this is just one of many obamacare replacement bills that have been introduced. it’s unclear what the one paul ryan is pushing might eventually be called, but it’s now referred to as the american health care act.]the bill will likely (hopefully?) be renamed as it makes its way through various committees and the us senate. but for now, we live in a world where one possible replacement for obamacare is called the world’s






sony xperia xa (2017) stars in a new video leak


if you recall, not too long ago, a number of renders leaked of successor (to be named) of the sony xperia xa. the easiest way to tell is the positioning of the front-facing era, as well as the usb-c port, and those corners with the funky design at around 01:36.paired with some interesting , the video by techlover hd is about 2 minutes long and shows the purported sony handset which carries the model number 'g3121'.the video shows a prototype of the aforementioned model in various angles, and a few menu screens that show its model number, android version, and its january 5 security patch.with a live video leak like this, it’s only a matter of time before sony officially announces more information about the xperia xa successor. this is expected to happen at mwc in about a month or so from to