Tag Archives: Healthcare Reform


It’s the Healthcare, Stupid!


“Health care was the most important issue across all three groups: 45% of Democrats, 30% of Republicans and 31% of independents ranked it their No. 1 issue from a list of six that were shown. For Republicans, 29% said the economy was the No. 1 issue and 28% immigration. 62% of all people polled said health care is the No. 1 or 2 issue,” Axios reports.


Ryan Thinks Tax Reform Will Be Easier than Healthcare

“I believe it’s going to be far easier for us to do tax reform than it was for, say, health care reform.”

— Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), in a CNN town hall meeting.


Single-Payer Healthcare Gaining Popularity

19 points

NBC News: “Support for single-payer has jumped 19 percentage points among Democrats since 2014 — and nine points since January alone — to 52%, according to a Pew survey in June. With 85% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents now saying the federal government has a responsibility to make sure every American has health care, two-thirds of liberals favor single-payer as the means.”


Majority Wants GOP to Work with Democrats on Bipartisan Healthcare Bill


A new Fox News poll finds 74% of Americans want GOP lawmakers to reach out to Democrats and try to find a compromise on a new health care bill. That includes 86% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans.


Two-Thirds Say They Disapprove of Trump’s Handling of Healthcare


“Just 40% of Americans approve of the job he is doing in the White House, and 55% now view him unfavorably, up 12 points since December. Worse, even more — 61% — say the nation is headed down the wrong path, also up 12 points since December…. And despite his assurances that he and congressional Republicans will repeal Obamacare and replace it with a ‘beautiful’ new health care bill, 64% of Americans say they disapprove of his handling of the issue.”



GOP Senator Admits the Healthcare Bill Process Isn’t as Transparent as It Should Be

“The process is better if you do it in public, and that people get buy-in along the way and understand what’s going on. Obviously, that’s not the route that is being taken.”

— Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), quoted by the New York Times, on drafting the Senate healthcare bill.


GOP Healthcare Bill Is Not Getting Better with Time

“The Republicans have spent eight years insisting that they could produce a better health-care-reform plan if they had the chance. They have come to realize that this promise was false. The only thing they can do is rip away the benefits Obamacare has given millions of Americans. Their sole objective now is to do so with the minimum level of transparency or accountability.”

Jonathan Chait


Half of Americans Account for Only 3 Percent of Healthcare Spending


Washington Post: “The top 1 percent of health-care spenders use more resources, collectively, than the bottom 75 percent, according to a new study based on national surveys. Slice the data a different way, and the bottom half of spenders all together rack up only about 3 percent of overall health care spending — a pattern that hasn’t budged for decades. This creates a fundamental inequality in the country’s health spending that is the crux of the challenge policymakers face: They need a system that works for people who are ill, but is attractive to those who are healthy and spend little on health care.”

Poetic Justice

Missing His Mystique

All Donald Trump can do is grimace and glower,
After the Freedom Caucus sent his team to the shower.
Those GOPers don’t fear him,
Respect him or love him,
And it seems Trump’s lost his famed “mystique of power.”


Brookings: 15 Million Will Lose Insurance Under House Bill

15 million

A new Brookings Institution report suggests that at least 15 million people will lose their health care insurance under the House Republican plan currently being considered. Key finding: “Estimates could be higher, but it’s is unlikely they will be significantly lower.”