Consumer Power Report #460
On Tuesday Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced he is suing the Obama administration, claiming its unwillingness to extend $1 billion in federal funding for a program designed to help low-income Floridians is an attempt to coerce the state into expanding Medicaid.
The state argued that federal healthcare officials cut the funding as a way to coerce Florida into dropping its refusal to expand Obamacare for the working poor in Florida.
Florida’s Republican leaders and the Democratic Obama administration are deeply split over $51 billion available over 10 years to expand Medicaid coverage to some 1 million Floridians under the Affordable Care Act, the formal name for Obamacare.
“The president, once again, is overstepping his authority, this time by trying to force Florida to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
“The federal government is trying to do precisely what the U.S...
Consumer Power Report #459
In a bipartisan vote this week, the Senate undid the longtime Sustainable Growth Rate can-kick for a more permanent fix – but one that is not paid for by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the Senate rejected an opportunity to require the increased payments to physicians be paid for:
Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee had introduced a potential amendment to the bill that would have subjected the bill to spending rules known as pay-as-you-go, which would have required...
On the eve of the Supreme Court hearing of King v. Burwell, three House Republican leaders—Paul Ryan (WI), John Kline (MN), and Fred Upton (MI)—unveiled an important new alternative to Obamacare.
The plan would do two important things: The proposal would abolish the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance, and it would give everyone purchasing insurance in the individual market a fixed-sum, refundable tax credit to buy health insurance of their own choosing.
I would give...