opinion Andrew Sprung Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EDT Oct 9, 2018 The ad went viral. Joe Manchin, Democratic senator up for re-election in West Virginia, a state where President Donald Trump's approval rating is 60 percent, raises a rifle and shoots a hole in a document emblazoned in red: "LAWSUIT ON COVERAGE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS." That's a suit filed by 20 Republican attorneys general and governors — including Manchin's opponent, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey — seeking to void the entire Affordable Care Act . In the ad, Manchin intones: "Now the threat is Patrick Morrisey's lawsuit to take away health care from people with pre-existing conditions. He is just dead wrong, and that ain't gonna happen." Straight talk? It's really a bank shot that Democratic candidates are attempting across the nation. They're using "pre-existing conditions" as a stand-in for a host of other health care benefits that would … [Read more...] about Health care could win Democrats the election, thanks to Republicans
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Richard Wolf USA TODAY Published 1:54 p.m. UTC Sep 5, 2018 WASHINGTON – Brett Kavanaugh began two days of intense questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday in an effort to allay concerns that he would steer the Supreme Court sharply to the right. Democrats opposed to his nomination will attempt to draw out his views on abortion, civil rights, health care, gay rights, gun control and a host of other issues that could reach the court in the decades he could serve there. And with President Donald Trump implicated in campaign finance violations and special counsel Robert Mueller probing Russian influence in the 2016 election, Kavanaugh will be grilled on his view that presidents should not be subject to criminal investigations. The 53-year-old's confirmation hearing opened in dramatic fashion Tuesday as Democrats demanded documents withheld from his years working in the White House under President George W. Bush. Dozens of protesters … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh: Supreme Court nominee faces grilling on abortion, guns, health care
Deirdre Shesgreen and Maureen Groppe USA TODAY Published 12:00 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic candidates and allied outside groups have devoted more than 40 percent of their TV ads so far this year to health care – spending a combined $17 million on spots pledging to protect people with pre-existing conditions, fight for lower drug prices, and guard against cuts to Medicare. The sharp focus on health care from Democrats stands in contrast to a more diffuse message on the GOP side. In hotly contested races across the country, Republicans and the GOP-leaning groups have divided their ad dollars on a broader set of issues –spending about $10.5 million on spots embracing President Donald Trump, $14 million on ads touting the GOP tax law, and $7.6 million on commercials highlighting a hard line on immigration. The divergent ad strategies – based on a USA TODAY analysis of data from Kantar Media – offers a snapshot of Senate … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Democrats flood airwaves with health care ads, while GOP spots tout Trump in 2018 midterms
opinion Arthur "Tim' Garson Jr. Opinion contributor Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 It's hard to think of a law that's been more controversial in the last decade than the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Yet as the country continues to endure bitter division over the ACA, one provision remains extraordinarily popular: the requirement that insurers cover those who are sick. Even in the thick of the Obamacare debates a decade ago, 80 percent of Americans agreed the federal government should require insurance companies to offer coverage to everyone, regardless of their pre-existing illnesses and conditions. As Americans prepare to vote in a midterm election where polls show health care is a top issue, they will need to decide whether they want to choose candidates who would permit discriminating against sick people and support undoing the progress we've made on one of the few policy issues where the country has managed to find consensus. Before … [Read more...] about Don’t deny insurance to sick people. There are other ways to reduce health care costs.
Adam Shell USA TODAY Published 9:44 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 The Trump administration's decision to freeze billions in payments to health insurers with plans under Obamacare that cover a higher number of sicker patients could cause health care premiums to rise in 2019. In the latest swipe at the Affordable Care Act, which Trump was unable to repeal in his first year in office, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Saturday said it was putting "on hold" its "risk adjustment" program in which it collects money from insurers with fewer high-cost plan members and transfers the funds to insurers with more high-need patients that require more expensive care. The CMS said a February federal court decision in New Mexico, which ruled it was using a flawed formula to determine its collections and payments amounts, prevented it from continuing the program. The CMS, which noted that a federal court in Massachusetts found its formula fair, has asked … [Read more...] about Trump administration freezes payments required by Affordable Care Act, health care premiums could rise