Cyberbullying might be harder to spot, but it can be just as dangerous. #StopBullying
Sen. John McCain has announced that he will vote in favor of a bipartisan bill to continue paying ObamaCare subsidies for low-income Americans that President Trump ended, saying the bill “shows that good faith, bipartisan negotiations can achieve consensus on lasting reform.” Two holdouts on the GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare are throwing their support behind a bipartisan deal to extend payments to insurers after President Trump moved to nix them. Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) on Tuesday both praised the agreement to provide two years of the cost-sharing reduction payments. “While this deal certainly doesn’t solve all the problems caused by Obamacare, it shows that good faith, bipartisan negotiations can achieve consensus on lasting reform. … I look forward to voting in support of this bill,” McCain said in a statement. Read more at http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/355924-mccain-murkowski-signal-support-for-deal-on-obamacare-payments
Several health groups, including insurers and hospital associations, signed a joint letter to House and Senate leadership on Saturday, urging Congress to fund cost-sharing reduction (CSR) benefits, following President Trump’s decision to halt the key ObamaCare payments. “There will be serious consequences without Congressional action: millions will face higher premiums, fewer choices, and less access to the medical care they need. Let’s work together on solutions that deliver the access, care, and coverage that the American people deserve,” the letter said. Read more at http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355464-insurers-calls-on-congress-to-act-on-trump-halted-obamacare-payments
Unconscionable. Absolutely abhorrent. And we will fight this, those of us on the front lines of actually helping those who need it; we will fight this with or without those of you who will not. I’ve never seen anything so blatantly hateful in all of my years in health, healing and helping field.
The only thing that this does is keep sick, old, vulnerable people even sicker and closer to death. There is no human value whatsoever in doing this. Only self-serving ego motivation.
Pray some day it is not you or a loved one that this affects, because the odds are against you.
Do something. Speak up. Do the right thing.
Counselor Xiomara A. Sosa
In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months.
The Health and Human Services department made the announcement in a statement late Thursday night. “We will discontinue these payments immediately,” said acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan and Medicare administrator Seema Verma.
In a separate statement, the White House said the government cannot legally continue to pay the so-called cost-sharing subsidies because they lack a formal authorization by Congress.
However, the administration had been making the payments from month to month, even as Trump threated to cut them off to force Democrats to negotiate over health care. The subsidies help lower copays and deductibles for people with modest incomes.
Halting the payments would trigger a spike in premiums for next year, unless Trump reverses course or Congress authorizes the money. The next payments are due around Oct. 20.
The top two Democrats in Congress sharply denounced the Trump plan in a joint statement.
Since President Trump and the GOP’s efforts to dismantle the ACA through legislation have failed, President Trump tries a new tactic: sabotage by executive order. This executive order won’t “improve access” or “lower costs” for healthcare — it will raise costs for seniors and Americans with pre-existing conditions and lead to higher premiums. Read nore at https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-to-sign-executive-order-to-gut-aca-insurance-rules-and-undermine-marketplaces/2017/10/11/40abf774-ae97-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.c144d2b36f03