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Why Republicans Need to Repeal Obamacare One More Time

Consumer Power Report #455 On Capitol Hill yesterday, House Republicans released their latest budget, which includes reforms to Medicare and Medicaid as well as the repeal of Obamacare: The plan envisions a remaking of the federal government. Future recipients of Medicare would be offered voucherlike “premium support” to pay for private insurance rather than government-provided health care. Spending on Medicaid would be cut substantially over 10 years, with the money turned into block grants to...

Three Potential Paths Post-Obamacare Ruling

Consumer Power Report #454 There are three paths Congress could take if the Supreme Court strikes down much of the Obamacare insurance exchange subsidy system in King v. Burwell. The three options are moving down a path toward doing nothing, a path toward doing something, or a path toward doing everything. The do-nothing path is essentially for members of Congress to shrug their shoulders and say it’s the White House’s problem the law is such a mess. The do-everything path would amount to...

All King v. Burwell, All the Time

Consumer Power Report #453 It’s finally here. The King v. Burwell arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week have sparked a number of Court-targeted “don’t worry, ruling against the administration won’t result in chaos” pieces from various Republican Senators. Here is an op-ed from Sens. Orrin Hatch, John Barrasso, and Lamar Alexander. For the House side, here is an op-ed from Reps. Paul Ryan, John Kline, and Fred Upton. And here is Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s standalone proposal. These op...

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