Socialized Medicine For Me But Not For Thee

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

Rand Paul, one and a half years ago: He adds: We know the current system isn’t working for families or health-care providers, so perhaps it’s time to try something new. I say we try freedom. More freedom to choose and innovate, leading to more access and affordability, which will help ensure our health-care system remains the best in the world. … Read More

The Latest Court Attack On Obamacare Could Backfire

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Health CareLeave a Comment

The latest conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act, in which the Trump administration has taken the position that the health care law’s protections for preexisting conditions are unconstitutional, is heading to the courtroom. Federal judge Reed O’Connor, who has ruled against Obamacare before, is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday, September 5. Trump lawyers are arguing that Obamacare’s most popular provisions … Read More

What’s With The Bandage On Trump’s Arm? Inquiring Minds Want To Know!

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump Motor Skills, Coordination, Tremor. Trump wearing bandage with wires on left arm at Mar-A-Lago.That combined with his stumbling on way to the podium in France, sitting with his hands tucked, and drinking water with 2 hands.indicates a tremor & other coordination issues. pic.twitter.com/qvfhgTeWtc — Maria Lorraine (@MariaLorraine_) November 26, 2018 Stumbling and coordination issues point to many things. One … Read More

The Veterans Administration Is Run By Three Guys At Mar-A-Lago. Seriously.

Ken AshfordGeneral corruption, Health Care, Military IssuesLeave a Comment

This is amazing Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.” O’Rourke treated the email as an order, … Read More

What Is THIS All About?

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

NBC News is reporting that Trump’s bodyguard basically “raided” his personal doctor’s office and stole all Trump’s medical records. In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump’s longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump’s New York doctor without notice and took … Read More

Trump Gets The Healthcare Bill He’s Been Clamoring For, But Now He Doesn’t Want It

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Truth is, Trump never wanted to fix Obamacare. He said it was dead, and now he’s going to kill it. But the bill in question is a modest one. The compromise offered by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) yesterday gives a bit to both sides but does not fundamentally alter the Affordable Care Act. For Democrats, the … Read More

Trump Sabotage Of Obamacare In Full Swing

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Remember the Pottery Barn rule: You break it, you own it. The gutting of Obamacare continues, and it’s serious: President Donald Trump plans to cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage in his most aggressive move yet to undermine his predecessor’s health care law. The subsidies, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year and are paid … Read More

BREAKING: Graham-Cassidy Looks Dead

Ken AshfordCongress, Health CareLeave a Comment

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) just announced that he will vote against the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, potentially dooming the legislation.  He joints Rand Paul (R-Ky) in being against the bill. BREAKING: McCain says in statement, “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.” — Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) September 22, 2017 If both stick to their word, then the bill … Read More

Quick Thought About Graham-Cassidy

Ken AshfordCongress, Health CareLeave a Comment

Literally nobody in the health insurance industry likes this bill. Literally nobody in the health care industry likes this bill. The chaos and misery it would unleash are practically undebatable. So why are they doing this? Two reasons, I think. (1)  Sanders and others have been talking about, and getting endorsements for, “Medicare For All” (i.e. universal health).  For Graham and others, this screams … Read More

Graham-Cassidy May Be The Worst ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill Of Them All

Ken AshfordHealth Care, RepublicansLeave a Comment

There is no ambiguity about the terms of the Graham-Cassidy bill. It would roll back the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, which has enabled about fourteen million Americans to obtain health-care coverage. Then it would subject the rest of Medicaid to substantial cuts by converting it to a block-grant program. By targeting the low-paid, the sick, and the infirm, … Read More

It Happened Last Night

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It was dramatic.  Even for 1 a.m. But…. …it appears that any chance of repealing (and replacing?) the Affordable Care Act died last night as Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins were joined by John McCain in opposing the Senate’s “skinny repeal” bill. Here’s how it went down. Yesterday afternoon, the Senate voted against a straight repeal of the Affordable Care … Read More

BIG Vote Today On Something That Nobody Knows What It Is

Ken AshfordCongress, Health Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

In a few hours, Senate Republicans will vote whether to start debate on a plan to overhaul American health care, without knowing exactly what is in that plan or, by extension, how it will change the lives of millions of Americans. There are few, if any, comparable examples of a bill with such wide-reaching consequences, being voted on so abruptly, with so … Read More

Trumpcare Declared Dead But GOP Not Finished Screwing America

Ken AshfordCongress, Health Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

So this happened: My colleague @JerryMoran and I will not support the MTP to this version of BCRA #HealthcareBill — Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 18, 2017 Republican senator from Kansas and his Republican colleague from Utah said “no” to the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. This comes even before the CBO had scored it, but it would have resulted in … Read More

Healthcare Update

Ken AshfordCongress, Health Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Yesterday was a strange news day and not just because of the Trump’s tweets about Morning Joe.  I want to cover much of it, and it is going to take a couple of posts. First, healthcare. The Senate Health Care bill looks dead.  McConnell wanted to get the Senate bill, BCRA, passed before the July 4 extended break.  He wanted … Read More