What Is It about 17 Percent?
There was a poll a while ago that had the House health-care bill at 17 percent. Now there’s a poll that has the Senate bill at 17 percent. Considering the source of this poll — NPR/PBS — you might want to …
Ted Cruz in a Surprising New Role: Mediator, on Health-Care Reform
As Senate GOP leaders push for a procedural vote this week on a draft bill to reform the Affordable Care Act, one Republican has expended particular energy pushing for conservative modifications that he believes would make the bill a true …
How the Logic of Tribalism Is Driving the Health-Care Debate
I’m just thinking out loud here. But it seems to me this is one of those moments in American politics where no one can simply say what they really think or want. As Yuval noted yesterday, big chunks of …
Breaking Down the Senate Health-Care Bill, Supreme Court Rulings & More
Lots going on today on NRO. You don’t need to read any tomfoolery from me, pinch-hitting for the vacationing Jim G, so let’s get right to the links.
Okay, here are five NRO pieces you should …
Are the GOP’s Proposed Medicaid Reforms Mean?
At a recent meeting with Republican senators, President Trump reportedly called the House GOP’s proposed health-care reform “mean” and suggested that the Senate enact reforms that are “more generous.” Trump has repeatedly praised Canada’s health-care system, which has …
Unpacking the CBO Score for the Senate Health Bill
The Congressional Budget Office has released its cost estimate of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The CBO found that the BCRA would slash the net federal deficit by $321 billion, relative to the existing version of the Affordable …
The GOP Is Right: Medicaid Needs Fundamental Reform
Democrats are pouncing on the Medicaid provisions of the Senate health-care bill, saying Republican “cuts” to the program would decimate the nation’s health-insurance safety net. These attacks are overblown. The Medicaid provisions of the bill are not perfect, but …
Beware the ‘Virtually Eliminating Medicaid’ Argument
This is the last Jim-written Jolt until July 3 . . . unless National Review chooses to close that day for the Independence Day holiday, in which case I’ll return July 5. Enjoy the beginning of summer and the end of the school year. …
The Senate’s ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017’ Finally Revealed
After weeks of secrecy and speculation, Senate Republicans have finally unveiled a 142-page iteration of their health-care bill, titled the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.” Written by a group of 13 GOP Senators headed up by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the “…
On Health-Care Reform, George W. Bush Was Misunderestimated
The struggles faced by Presidents Obama and Trump since the passage of the Affordable Care Act have created the impression that it’s impossible to successfully reform American health care. On the non-group market, premiums have soared, networks have narrowed, …
Bipartisan Agreement on Health Care Masks a Deep Divide
Over the weekend, President Trump gave his weekly YouTube address, using the platform to bash Obamacare: “Millions of families across our nation are suffering under the disaster known as Obamacare.#…#Democrats in Congress created this calamity and now, if we …
Who Knew Governing Was This Hard?
More than five months after a Republican president was inaugurated and began to work with Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, it’s time to ask the party a question: Would they like to hand the reins of government …
The Senate Health-Care Bill’s Needed Medicaid Reforms
Republicans, first in the House’s American Health Care Act and now in the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, are proposing significant, necessary reforms to the sprawling Medicaid system, to slow its unsustainable growth rate and to encourage states …
Quick Decision on Health-Care Law
Even if President Trump manages to get his health reform through Congress, there is no guarantee it will survive the courts. Though the bill is still far from passage, the groundwork is already being laid to challenge its constitutionality. New …
Barbarism Isn’t What It Used to Be
The Brezhnev Doctrine said that the Soviet empire could only expand and never give back its gains. A domestic version of the doctrine has long applied to the welfare state — and never so brazenly as in the debate over the …
Free the Obamacare 15 Million
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today warned lawmakers that 15 million people will lose medical coverage next year if the Senate GOP’s health-care bill becomes law.
That’s not quite accurate. CBO doesn’t believe that millions will “lose” their …
Health-Care Reform: Looking at the Good and the Bad
Jim’s away having fun with the clan, so we wish him a week of true R & R, during which Yours Truly will pinch hit and do his best not to embarrass the Morning Jolt brand. I am on …
So, You Want a Swiss Health-Care System?
If you’re wondering what in Hell is actually going on with U.S. health-care policy, the short version is this: Policymakers in both parties are trying to replicate Swiss policies in a country that isn’t Swiss.
The Affordable Care Act …
John Kasich’s Campaign to Save Obamacare
Ohio governor John Kasich’s public-relations campaign for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion could wipe out whatever chance remains for Congress to pass a substantial Obamacare-repeal bill.
Medicaid expansion puts working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities on a welfare …
Why Did Trump Demand His Own Party Pass a ‘Mean, Mean, Mean’ Bill?
Breaking, horrible news:
CBS News has learned the shooting happened in the dugout at a field used for congressional baseball practice. Four people were shot and one congressman was shot in the hip.
A congressional source says the injured include …