FROM Noam Levey
What Trump's executive order could mean for Obamacare President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that could weaken Obamacare. The order would open the door for cheaper health plans that don’t have to meet the standards required under Obamacare. Meanwhile, California’s health care exchange announced it would tack on an additional surcharge to next year’s plans. The head of Covered California says it’s because of uncertainty from the feds.
Republicans are trying to repeal Obamacare again -- will they succeed? The Obamacare repeal and replace plan is back from the dead and now. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy say they’re very close to getting the 51 votes needed to pass their bill by the September 30th deadline. Cassidy and Graham say this plan will give more control to states. But last night, Jimmy Kimmel used his stand up to call Cassidy a liar.
Is it Repeal-and-Replace all over again? Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All plan in Congress today. The bill has virtually no chance of going anywhere, with Republicans controlling Congress. But a few people rumored to be mulling a 2020 Democratic presidential bid have signed onto it. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pushed his plan for another Obamacare repeal.
Lawmakers give bi-partisan health reform a shot The Republican Congress famously failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now the Trump Administration is cutting some funding for Obamacare outreach and marketing. That seems at crosspurposes with a bipartisan effort to fix health insurance markets.
Senate votes to proceed with debate on GOP health care bill John McCain made a dramatic return to the Senate floor today, after being diagnosed last week with a brain tumor. His vote helped get the Republicans to the 50 “yes” votes they needed. With Vice President Mike Pence on hand to cast the tiebreaking vote, Senate Republicans have passed the resolution to allow debate to begin on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
The death of the Senate health care bill, and where the GOP goes from here The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare is dead -- for now. Several senators have come out against the idea to immediately repeal the current health care law. So now what? Will Republicans suffer politically in next year’s midterm elections? What does this mean for their agenda and their party?
After CBO report, what the chances Senate GOP health care bill will pass? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he will delay the vote on the Senate GOP health care bill until after the July 4th recess. Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the Senate GOP health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans without health insurance by the year 2026. The big question is just how many Republicans are willing to vote for the bill.
How the Senate health care bill would change Obamacare The Senate Republicans’ health care bill mirrors much of what the House passed in May, which would mean overhauls to President Obama’s signature health law. It includes big changes to Medicaid, which covers poor and disabled people, and repeals the individual mandate. Democrats were quick to criticize it. Republicans say the Senate bill could still change.
How the GOP health care bill affects you The health care bill still has a way to go before it becomes law, but many Americans want to know what its effects will be on their coverage and health. How will it affect people with pre-existing conditions? What does it do to the essential benefits that Obamacare guaranteed, as well Medicaid expansion?
Republicans take to Capitol Hill to dismantle Obamacare The President went to Capitol Hill this morning with a message for Democrats: “Don't rescue the Republicans” when it comes to repealing Obamacare. After the meeting, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced, "We're here today to warn the American people that the Republican plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid, repeal the ACA will make America sick again." But House Speaker Paul Ryan voiced reassurance. "We want to make sure that as we give relief to people through Obamacare, we do it in a transition that doesn't pull the rug out from anybody during that transition period." Noam Levey, national health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times , says the devil will be in the details.
What's next for 'repeal and delay' of Obamacare? Next month when Congress returns and President Elect Donald Trump is sworn in, a vote to repeal Obamacare is likely one of the first items on the agenda. The emerging plan is called "repeal and delay" because lawmakers would call a vote in January to roll back insurance coverage but allow a lengthy period to develop a replacement. Noam Levey, healthcare reporter for the Los Angeles Times , has been following the story.
Obamacare Subsidies at Risk for Millions of Americans June is the month for major decisions from the US Supreme Court, and no case is being watched more closely by more people than King v. Burwell . At stake is continuation of the Affordable Care Act. And it all comes down to four little words. The Court may give Republicans what they've been demanding: a ruling that strikes at the heart of Obamacare. But the GOP can't agree on what to do when millions of Americans lose subsides for health insurance and the industry is thrown into chaos. There's no contingency plan from the Obama White House either, and politicians of both parties are worried about taking the blame in next year's elections. Possible options include an end to individual and corporate mandates — along with coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Does Obamacare Have a Shaky Future? This year's open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is about to close, with almost 10 million people having signed up so far. Some six million could be in for a big surprise as the US Supreme Court might decide they're not entitled to subsidized health insurance after all. Most of them don't even know they might lose the new coverage they couldn't afford on their own. Now Republicans — who've failed to repeal Obamacare in Congress — could face a hornet's nest of angry constituents if the Court guts the law for them. Both sides are jockeying for political advantage as the Court prepares to hear arguments and make a decision.
Will Obamacare Be There for Consumers on January 1? The number of people signed up for insurance coverage under Obamacare may be less than the administration hoped, but it still adds up to a quarter-million customers who expect to get new coverage on January 1. But, not so fast. Some of those who weathered the bug-ridden websites and spent hours on hold with insurance companies may find they don't have coverage next week after all. Noam Levey is Congressional and health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times .
Improved Healthcare Website: Mostly Sunny or Partly Cloudy? The White House claims it made the self-imposed deadline of November 30 to get the Affordable Care Act website up and running. But not everything is well with healthcare.gov . Noam Levey is congressional and health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times .
President Obama's Healthcare 'Fix' President Obama spent almost an hour with reporters today, announcing a change in Obamacare . Conceding that his personal credibility is on the line because his promises about the Affordable Care Act didn't come true, he's telling insurance companies they can re-issue those cancelled policies people liked, even if they didn't comply with new rules for benefits. Will that smooth the way for a program mired in computer problems and political controversy?
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”