Author Archive | Peter Suderman


Trump Is Recycling Old Real Estate Marketing Gimmicks in Hopes of Reviving the Obamacare Repeal Bill

Early yesterday, The Washington Post‘s Robert Costa reported that a senior White House official said that a vote on the House bill to partially repeal and replace Obamacare was just days away. New legislative language based on a tentative deal struck between conservative moderate factions would circulate over the weekend, and a vote would be […]

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The GOP’s New Obamacare Repeal Deal Would Give States More Choice—But Only With Federal Permission

After a months-long standoff, conservative and moderate GOP factions may be nearing an agreement on measure to partially repeal and replace Obamacare. The apparent deal, which still may not have enough support to push through the House, is likely to be portrayed by supporters as a compromise that allows states to decide on their own […]

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CBO Says the GOP’s Updated Obamacare Repeal Bill Would Be Worse for the Deficit

The Republican health care bill would still reduce insurance by 24 million and raise insurance premiums before 2020. Peter Suderman|Mar. 23, 2017 6:00 pm Jeff Malet Photography/NewscomOn Monday, House GOP leadership released a package of updates to the health care bill in the form of a manager’s amendment. The changes, which included a carve out […]

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Republicans Are Trying to Embrace Obamacare’s Ideas Without Embracing Obamacare. It Won’t Work.

If you want to understand how awkwardly constructed the House Republican health care bill is, and how unlikely its policy scheme is to work, look no further than its continuous coverage requirement. It’s just one of the many ways that Republicans are trying to embrace Obamacare’s ideas without technically embracing Obamacare. The rule requires insurers […]

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The White House Analyzed the House GOP Health Care Bill—and Found an Even Bigger Coverage Reduction Than CBO

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected yesterday that 24 million fewer people will have coverage a decade from now than would under current law. The Trump administration has objected to the CBO’s score as implausible—but an internal analysis found that an even larger coverage decline, according to a report in Politico. It’s hard to square […]

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CBO’s Report on the GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill Offers More Proof That Neither Party Offers Health Care Choices People Want

Jeff Malet Photography/NewscomObamacare’s individual mandate is forcing millions of people to buy coverage they don’t want—but the GOP’s replacement plan wouldn’t give them desirable insurance options either. That’s one potential conclusion from a report released today by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimating the coverage and budget effects of the American Health Care Act, the […]

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Cory Booker Wants America to Believe in the Power of Love

Credit – Peter SudermanNew Jersey Sen. Cory Booker opened this year’s South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin today with an extended meditation on the power of love. Love, he said, is the “most powerful force in the universe” and the guiding idea of America’s founding: America is here because of “a conspiracy of love.” […]

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The GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Has Finally United the Right On Health Care—Against the Bill

At a health care conference in Florida earlier this month, John Boehner, the former Republican Speaker of the House, said he “started laughing” when he first heard about the GOP’s plan to rapidly repeal and replace Obamacare. “In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed […]

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