Obamacare

Passed back in 2010, Obamacare amounted to a government takeover of the health insurance industry in America. While the stated intended goal of Obamacare is to provide health insurance to every citizen, Obamacare has caused millions of Americans to lose their health care plans, doctors, and in some cases their jobs. Obamacare gives the federal government unprecedented control over health insurance companies, individuals, and businesses and represents a significant step toward a single-payer system.

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Repealing Obamacare

Background: Passed back in 2010, Obamacare made dramatic changes to the health insurance industry in America. While the stated intended goal of Obamacare is to…

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Only a matter of time before GOP fulfills promise to kill ObamaCare

By Tommy Binion, Director, Congressional and Executive Branch Relations at The Heritage Foundation. The problems created by ObamaCare will outlast the latest effort to repeal…

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The GOP’s Last-Ditch Effort to Partially Repeal Obamacare

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Republican senators are pitching one last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare regulations before a Sept. 30 deadline.…

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Weighing Options on Obamacare

Congress reportedly has until September 30th to use the fiscal year 2017 budget reconciliation tool to repeal and replace Obamacare without Democrat support. With this…

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Why I and Other Lawmakers Should Live Under Obamacare

By Rep. Ron DeSantis, Republican, representing Florida's 6th District. For seven years, Republican candidates running for every office from president to dogcatcher campaigned on the…

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How States Can Get Exemptions From Obamacare’s Rules

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies The Senate’s failure to pass even a watered-down version of health care reform was…

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How the Latest GOP Health Care Bill Stacks Up

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert After last month’s disappointing failure to roll back Obamacare’s damage, senators are now reflecting on how…

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Here Are 7 Implications of Ending Obamacare’s Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert In the wake of Congress’ failure to pass Obamacare repeal and replace legislation, the Trump administration…

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No Mandate To Bail Out Obamacare

Washington — This morning, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced the Help, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that he chairs would hold a hearing in early September…

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How Trump Could Force Congress and Its Staff to Live Under Obamacare

By Fred Lucas, White House Correspondent for The Daily Signal President Donald Trump could have Congress in an uncomfortable corner over the lawmakers’ exemption, and that…

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GOP ‘Tax Principles’ Signal Strong, Pro-Growth Plan

Washington — Today, a group dubbed the “Big Six” released a broad set of principles to provide directions to a long-awaited overhaul of America’s cumbersome and…

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Congress Needs to Go Right Back to Work on Health Care Reform

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies Enough is enough. The Senate needs to get back to work and deliver a…

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What Comes After Skinny Repeal?

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action for America CEO Republican senators are reportedly working on a so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. While details remain sparse, no…

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Heritage Action Will Key Vote Health Care Amendments

Washington — This afternoon, the Senate voted to begin debate on the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). That successful procedural vote allows Senate Republicans…

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Senators Should Proceed to Health Care Debate

Washington — Tomorrow, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to offer a motion to proceed to the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). That key…

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Senate Health Care Bill Could Be Greatest Entitlement Reform in a Generation

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies The Senate health care bill (the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017) would fundamentally…

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7 Years of Promising Obamacare Repeal Leaves Republicans Just 1 Option

By Jarrett Stepman, Editor for The Daily Signal  Obamacare is failing. It has done little to fulfill its original promise of producing more choice and lower costs,…

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Dan Holler on the State of Healthcare Reform

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Next Steps on Obamacare Repeal

Washington — Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced “the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.” If the…

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Why the Revised Senate Health Care Bill Is a Major Improvement Over the Status Quo

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies On Thursday, the Senate Republican leadership unveiled an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation…

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Heritage Action To Review Revised Senate Obamacare Bill

Washington — This morning, Senate Republicans unveiled a series of changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Heritage Action released the following statement from chief…

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Senate Republicans Promised to Repeal Obamacare, Not Bail it Out

Washington – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said if Republicans cannot agree on Obamacare repeal legislation, the party will work with Democrats and liberal Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to pass legislation…

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Americans Need Relief From Obamacare

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action for America CEO Let’s state the obvious: The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is not full repeal of Obamacare. Any momentum…

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What the CBO Score Means for the Senate Health Care Bill

By Drew Gonshorowski, Senior Policy Analyst, Simulations The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score on Monday of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017.…

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Conservative Spotlight: Heritage Action For America

Watch below as Heritage Action's VP Dan Holler joins The Daily Signal to discuss the Senate's health care bill. https://www.facebook.com/TheDailySignalNews/videos/872195316279755/…

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4 Conservative Senators Say They Can’t Vote for GOP’s Draft Health Care Bill

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal Four conservative senators promptly said they can’t support the draft of a health care bill released Thursday…

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The Senate Health Care Bill Misses a Key Opportunity. Here’s What Should Be Done.

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert,  Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies, & Marie Fishpaw, Director of Domestic…

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How the Senate Can Begin to Undo the Damage of Obamacare

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert The Senate plans to release a draft of its counterpart to the House-passed American Health Care…

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Heritage Action To Review Senate’s Obamacare Bill

Washington — Senate Republicans are expected to unveil a “discussion draft” of significant changes to the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). Senate Majority Leader…

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To Reduce Health Insurance Premiums, Congress Must Return Regulatory Authority to States

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies Obamacare drove up health care costs by imposing federal mandates on health insurance. The…

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Video: 3 Tips for Discussing Obamacare

By Beverly Halberg, President of District Media Group Americans love coffee, and they love to customize it. Me, I’m a medium, one Splenda, soy latte kind…

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Trump says the House health-care bill is ‘mean.’ He’s wrong.

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action for America CEO Anyone who thinks real compassion is found in a federal government program hasn’t spent much time at…

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U.S. Senate Should Strengthen, Not Undermine Obamacare Repeal Efforts

As Senate Republicans continue to negotiate changes to the House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), conservatives must insist on repealing as much of Obamacare…

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Key Takeaways From CBO Score of the Republican Health Care Bill

By Drew Gonshorowski, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Simulations The Congressional Budget Office updated its score of the House-passed American Health Care Act this week, prior…

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In 3 Charts, the Biggest Revelations From New Obamacare Study

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal Health care costs continue to rise under Obamacare. A report released Tuesday by the Department of…

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How Republicans Stopped Pretending and Started Getting Real

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action CEO and Jacob Reses, Heritage Action Director of Strategic Initiatives "Republicans need to become a governing party.” It’s a mantra…

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The House Has Passed Its Health Care Bill. Here’s What Senate Republicans Are Up To.

By Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) This week, a working group of United States senators began meeting on a biweekly basis to reach a consensus on…

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Repeal Obamacare Progress (MacArthur-Meadows Amendment)

Heritage Action’s CEO Mike Needham said the proposed MacArthur-Meadows Amendment to the AHCA “advances the debate and raises key issues for the Senate to consider…

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House Health Care Bill Moving in the Right Direction

By Dr. Robert Moffit, Health Care Policy Expert at the Heritage Foundation New developments on the American Health Care Act may finally break the legislative…

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Macarthur-Meadows Amendment Moves Obamacare Repeal Process Forward

Washington – Last month, House Republican leaders unveiled the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which failed to repeal the regulatory architecture of Obamacare that…

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It’s Easter Recess: Check Out Our Town Hall Map

Members of Congress are back in their districts for a two-week Easter recess. During this current congressional recess, liberal activists are turning out at town…

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VIDEO: GOP Repeal Bill Left Too Much of Washington Power Grab in Place

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to The Daily Signal The federal government has been too involved in regulating America’s health care system for years. Yes, long…

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To Fix Health Care, Congress Must Reverse Costly Regulations

By Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) When I was first elected to the Senate in 2010, I ran on a promise to repeal Obamacare. When I…

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Freedom Caucus Is an Ally, Not an Enemy in Draining the Swamp

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to The Daily Signal President Donald Trump’s tweet that it’s the House Freedom Caucus that “we must fight” shows there…

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GOP Cannot “Just Hang Up” On Calls To Repeal Obamacare

Washington – According to reports, efforts to bring together the diverse House Republican Conference fell apart yesterday. Today, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told National Journal…

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House Resets Obamacare Repeal Debate

Washington — This afternoon, the House cancelled a scheduled vote on  the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). The bill would partially repeal and partially…

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AHCA: A Disaster On Policy, Process And Politics

Washington — After years of pledging to repeal Obamacare, House Republicans will vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) today. The bill would…

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New Analysis: Premium Hikes Largely Caused by Obamacare Regulations

By Drew Gonshorowski, Senior Policy Analyst, Simulations & Nicholas Poché, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Until recently, the House was scheduled to…

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As Republicans Debate Health Bill, Let’s Remember Why Americans Want Obamacare Repeal

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation scholar in health care policy With Congress enmeshed in determining the “what” of Obamacare repeal—that is, what gets included in the…

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Video: Michael Needham on why AHCA needs to repeal regulations

Check out this Fox News interview below to watch Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham discuss why the American Health Care Act (AHCA) fails to fully repeal…

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GOP plan to replace Obamacare

By Don Kirchoff, Heritage Action Sentinel Business Owner The GOP’s draft health-care bill to replace Obamacare is disappointing, because it fails to correct: •Features of…

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Video: 5 Reasons the GOP’s Obamacare Plan Isn’t Real Repeal

Check out this video from The Daily Signal where Genevieve Wood walks through the 5 reasons Speaker Paul Ryan's Obamacare Plan is not a full repeal. 1)…

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Misleading Rhetoric Can’t Mask Failings of GOP Health Care Bill

By Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham “When you look at where we are, there’s over 85 percent of this bill that has universal agreement among…

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Heritage Action Praises Brat, Palmer, and Sanford

Washington — This morning, Reps. David Brat, Gary Palmer and Mark Sanford voted against the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House Budget Committee…

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House Leadership’s Health Bill Is Not What Republicans Promised. We Can Do Better.

By Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) President Ronald Reagan once said, “We should carry a banner of no pale pastels—but one of bold colors, which make…

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We Must Keep Our Promise to Fully Repeal Obamacare

By Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) “For five years, Senate Democrats have blocked our efforts to repeal Obamacare,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Jan. 6,…

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Republicans Rename Obamacare, Call It A Day

By Michael A. Needham, CEO Heritage Action for America House Speaker Paul Ryan made the case in his op-ed, “Our health care plan for America,” that Obamacare…

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Conservative Lawmakers to Use Their ‘Enormous Power’ to Fight Obamacare Replacement Bill

By Melissa Quinn Conservatives in the House and Senate are forging their own path ahead on Obamacare’s repeal and replacement, with plans to introduce legislation unwinding…

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GOP Plan Fails to Move Past Obamacare’s Progressive Promise

Washington — Monday evening, House Republican leaders released text of their long-anticipated American Health Care Act (AHCA). Despite widespread conservative criticism and the lack of…

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Health Reform: Lowering Cost is Priority No. 1

A recent article written by Kevin B. O’Reilly of the American Medical Association (AMA), argued that Republicans should focus health care reform efforts on protecting…

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Voters won’t forgive Republicans if they fail to repeal ObamaCare

By Heritage Action COO Tim Chapman Two months into a new Congress and a bill to repeal ObamaCare has yet to move. Initially, Republicans had…

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Obamacare’s broken promises

By Heritage Action Sentinel Ginny Quaglia The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a list of broken promises and rate shock. North Carolina is feeling the sticker…

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ACA hardly affordable

By Heritage Action Sentinel Jude Eden The “Affordable” Care Act has turned out to be anything but; a complete failure by any measure. The very people…

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Obamacare in “Death Spiral” As Insurers Continue To Drop Out

As the fight to repeal Obamacare drags on, another insurer has called it quits. Last week Humana signaled its intention to completely pull out of…

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8 Reasons Why Obamacare Should Be Repealed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_Nwt7U0XI By Alyene Senger, Healthcare Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation As the debate over repealing Obamacare intensifies, it’s important to remember the law’s most…

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Conservatives Are Flooding Town Halls, Too. I Know, I’m One of Them.

By Ed Smith, Heritage Action Sentinel Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a town hall event in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.,…

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Momentum Grows on Capitol Hill for a 2015 Obamacare Repeal Repeat

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus (HFC) voted Monday to oppose an Obamacare repeal reconciliation bill that falls short of what Congress passed in…

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Why Delaying Obamacare Repeal Is Hurting the American People

By Sondra Clark, Digital Director of Heritage Action When President Donald Trump took office, repeal of Obamacare seemed like a guarantee—and then the timeline started…

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CBO Indicates Insurance Mandates can be repealed through Budget Reconciliation

Some Republican members of Congress have indicated convoluted Senate rules mean they cannot repeal all of Obamacare through reconciliation. Those Republicans cite the Senate Parliamentarian…

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Obamacare Relief: Letter to the Editor

By John Archer, Sentinel Business Owner As a small business owner, the rising cost of health insurance is one of the biggest concerns I have…

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Polls Show Personal Experience With Obamacare Increases Opposition

By Elizabeth Fender, market research associate at the Heritage Foundation As Congress comes closer to repealing Obamacare, proponents of the law have mounted a vocal…

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How to Talk About Repeal and Replace of Obamacare

By Beverly Hallberg,  President of District Media Group It’s no secret that conservatives love numbers. Numbers are often cited as reasons one, two, and three to…

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Obamacare Repeal Timeline Slipping

Washington — Last week, interim House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN) 85% told reporters in Philadelphia to “expect that (Obamacare repeal) probably toward the latter…

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Congressional Delay Threatens Obamacare Repeal

By James Wallner, Group Vice President for Research at The Heritage Foundation The effort to repeal Obamacare may be headed in the wrong direction. That…

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What Comes After Repeal? How to Fix American Health Care, Part 2

By Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint Thursday, I laid out the case for why Obamacare should be repealed, instead of propped up and tinkered on…

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Full Repeal: The Insurance Mandates Need to Go

By Gloria Taylor Last week, both the House and Senate took the first step toward fully repealing Obamacare. Each chamber passed a budget resolution with…

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“Yes” On Obamacare Repeal Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 3)

On Friday, the House will consider a concurrent resolution (S. CON. RES. 3). While the resolution will technically set the congressional budget for the United…

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Why the Repeal of Obamacare Must Come Before Replace

President Obama met with Democrats this week in a last ditch effort to save his signature healthcare law. But instead of working on a strategy…

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Obamacare Repeal Must Be on Day One: Congress Has No Excuses

By Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint In less than three weeks’ time, when Donald Trump becomes our next president, he will take an oath to…

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Why Congress Should Fully Repeal Obamacare through Budget Reconciliation

Since Obamacare was first signed into law in 2010, Republicans promised to repeal it, campaigned in Senate and House races to repeal it, and voted…

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Potential Solutions for Health Care Reform Post Obamacare

Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump announced Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as his pick for secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rep.…

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3 Things Congress Must Do to Prepare for a Trump Administration

By Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham Earlier this month, voters all across the country shocked the political and media establishments. America’s message was simple:…

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Preparing a Smooth Transition for the Repeal of Obamacare

By Nina Owcharenko and Edmund F. Haislmaier, The Heritage Foundation It is vital that the new Administration, Congress, and state officials orchestrate a smooth and…

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Professional Sentinel Strategy Call 11/10/16

Last week, conservatives working in the business, real estate, and medical industries all came together for a unique, monthly Professional Sentinel Strategy Call. During the…

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The Next 71 Days

Washington — On Tuesday, Americans voted to give Republicans control of the House, Senate and White House. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief…

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In Desperate Push to Save Dying Obamacare, President Wants to Bail Out Insurers

By William Wolfe, Heritage Action Deputy Director of Policy Initiatives and Coalitions The death knell for Obamacare has been rung. President Barack Obama’s own Department…

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Obamacare Premiums will Increase by 25 Percent Next Year

Yesterday, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed what many private companies and studies already said – Obamacare is about to get…

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Obamacare Is Experiencing Multi-Organ Failure

By Dr. Robert Moffit, Health Care Policy Expert at the Heritage Foundation President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday will likely highlight the “successes” of Obamacare, but…

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Stopping Another Obamacare Bailout

Special Guest Blog: Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) When President Barack Obama made his case to the American people for Obamacare, he promised that it would…

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Obamacare Bailout Declared Illegal

Last week, an Obamacare bailout for health insurance companies was declared illegal by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). This is now the second time…

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Video: What Pro-Growth Tax Reform and Conservative Health Care Reform Should Look Like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ev9fB2UU0 Watch Heritage Foundation scholars Paul Winfree and Ed Haislmaier, along with CEO of Juniper Research Group Chris Jacobs, discuss the impact that an outdated tax…

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How Bailing Out Health Insurers Creates Single-Payer Health Care

By Chris Jacobs, CEO of Juniper Research Group The bad news for Obamacare keeps on coming. Major health carriers are leaving insurance exchanges, and other insurance…

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Grand Theft Health Insurance

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert Recently, the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has been aggressively lobbying Congress to ignore…

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Clinton’s Small Business Plan is More Government

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will roll out her plan to make American small businesses great again, or in her words: “to support small businesses…

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Congress Should Stop All Obamacare Bailouts

Last Monday, Aetna Inc. announced it would stop selling health insurance on the vast majority of Obamacare state exchanges throughout the country. Aetna now joins…

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This Bill Would Stop the Obama Administration From Prioritizing Insurance Companies over Taxpayers

In order to convince health insurance companies to participate in the financially risky Obamacare exchanges, three health insurance bailout provisions were written into Obamacare including…

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14th, 15th and 16th Obamacare Co-Op Collapses as Health Care Costs Continue to Rise

Earlier this month, Connecticut’s Obamacare co-op health insurer became the 14th out of 23 co-ops to fail. According to Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), “With Connecticut’s…

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14th Obamacare Co-op Collapses as Health Care Costs Continue to Rise

Last week, Connecticut’s Obamacare co-op health insurer became the 14th out of 23 co-ops to fail. According to Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), “With Connecticut’s collapse,…

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Real Estate Agents Experience Less Choice on Individual Insurance Market Under Obamacare

Last week, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) issued a new report that does not bode well for real estate agents receiving health insurance through Obamacare. According…

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President Obama asks for more taxpayer funding for failed Obamacare Exchanges

President Obama’s most recent budget proposal calls for an additional $535 million to help operate state health insurance exchanges established under Obamacare. This request comes…

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Most states experience double digit increases in health insurance premiums in 2016

What many health care experts predicted, and what the White House admitted last year is coming true - consumers purchasing health insurance on Obamacare exchanges…

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