Thankful for Sinema’s measured approach to policy

I wanted to write a brief note to say that I believe Senator Sinema’s tenure in the Senate has been measured and focused. It’s something that is rare these days of partisan rhetoric and finger-pointing. Her demeanor has shown that she is the perfect person to fill Senator McCain’s centrist shoes. She stays below the […]

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President has no plan for health care

Republicans and Trump are trying to strip millions of Americans of their health care insurance. Despite losing the House of Representatives over a lack of direction on health care, Republicans are still trying to derail the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, by appealing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn it. We […]

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Notes on the March Jobs Numbers

A few notes on the March job numbers, which the GOP has been touting for the last 24 hours. This is a continuation of the Obama era recovery. Furthermore, the biggest growth sector was the healthcare industry, with strong hiring in ambulatory care, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities. What happens if Trump and […]

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Democrats’ Plan for Healthcare

In 2018 Democrats won by promising to protect Obamacare. On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representative moved to make good on that promise. The Democrats’ bill aims to lower health insurance premiums, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, and ban the sale of “junk insurance,” which the Trump Administration has authorized insurance companies […]

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Brace for 2019 Premium Increases Due to GOP Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act

The average marketplace enrollee will pay about $1,000 more for health insurance than they should due to mandate repeal and the short-term plan rule. For those living in Arizona’s Congressional District 1 the increase will be higher. Depending on our age and family situation, our health insurance premium will go up between $1500 – $5250 […]

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Trump Takes Major Swipes at the Affordable Care Act

Even with majorities in both houses of Congress, Republicans were unable to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act in 2017 even though they had made “Repeal Obamacare” a campaign cry ever since it came into being in 2010. When Republicans finally controlled Congress and the Presidency in 2017,  the American people rose up […]

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Reneging on Campaign Promises, Trump Hails His New Drug Pricing Plan

The elephant in the room on Republicans’ drug pricing plans remains the failure to allow the biggest consumer of prescription drugs to negotiate prices with drug companies. Trump railed against other Republicans for refusing to get this done during the presidential primary. This week Trump held a Rose Garden photo op to talk about what […]

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Choose Medicare: A new route to better healthcare for all Americans

“We have here in America a system right now called Medicare in which we have a popular, affordable, high-quality health-care option,” Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said. “Shouldn’t every American deserve the opportunity to participate in such a plan? Why reserve such a plan to individuals who are 65 or older?” Why not, indeed! Democrats are […]

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A Gentle Reminder to the Middle Class About the Cost of Health Insurance

We’re reading that some hard-working people are building up resentment because their health insurance premiums have sky-rocketed this year while those who qualify for Medicaid or ACA subsidies don’t have to pay these increased premiums.  Here’s our message: You should be mad about this; but please direct your anger toward the cause rather than toward […]

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Birth Control

The Trump administration just heartlessly weakened an ACA mandate that requires insurers to provide coverage for no-cost contraception.  Hundreds of thousands of American women will be at risk of losing access to birth control if their employers chose to seek an exemption from this Obama-era rule. The ACA requirement has saved women billions of dollars […]

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