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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Health Care Sabotage

Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t care about the people he harms in his personal mission to sabotage the ACA. He’s hurting American families in a shameful attempt to score political points and tear down President Obama’s legacy. o    After learning that Iowa requested permission to make certain changes to its ACA exchanges, the President went […]

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Die In – Flagstaff

Join Nationwide DIE IN’s to protest the deadly repeal of the ACA. Monday a 2 hour Senate hearing on Cassidy-Graham will occur before a vote later this week. Trumpcare aka the AHCA, will kill 500,000 Arizonans and 6,000 vets. Republicans are looking for money from cutting health care to use for tax cuts for the wealthy. […]

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“Cruelty, Incompetence, Lies” — not unique to Graham/Cassidy

In this useful essay, Paul Krugman exposes what happens when modern Republicans are asked to govern. To become particularly outraged, read the Vox.com article to which he provides a link. The point is that Republicans treatment of health care is not limited to health care. Cruelty, Incompetence, Lies

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Update on Graham-Cassidy: Looming Threat to Healthcare

Mitch McConnell says he won’t go through the embarrassment of another floor vote unless he can count 50 votes. Good news is that Rand Paul has declared he won’t vote for this one. If McCain, Murkowski, and Collins hold firm — or if we only lose one — we’ll be ok. But Collins has shown […]

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