Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

How can Maine keep Obamacare subsidies no matter what Supreme Court does?

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Are over 60,000 Mainers at risk of losing subsidies for buying private health insurance? Yes, but the Maine Legislature could make sure those subsidies continue. By Monday morning, we’ll know if the Supreme Court rules that people buying health insurance through a federal exchange can continue to get subsidies. If the Court says no, this […]

Olympia Snowe clearly states a barefaced truth about Obamacare

Olympia Snowe. Photo credit: Troy R. Bennett l BDN

As court watchers wait for the Supreme Court to issue its ruling on King vs. Burwell, the Obamacare subsidies case, former Sen. Olympia Snowe has done us all a big favor by honestly and directly stating an obvious reality about the development of the law. The plaintiffs in the case claim that Congress didn’t want […]

People don’t want Obamacare’s repeal. Republicans start to get the message.

Since the Affordable Care Act was adopted, the tectonic plates of health care politics look like they’re shifting. Rep. Bruce Poliquin hasn’t even been in office five months, and already his positions on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have moved enough to make several flip-flop-themed campaign ads. Poliquin attacked primary opponent Kevin Raye for being […]

Supreme Court agrees about what nixing Obamacare subsidies would do

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Yesterday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court uncovered some rare unity about the Affordable Care Act. No, it’s not about the key question, whether the law allows subsidies to be available for insurance policies purchased through the federal exchange. Instead, it’s about what nixing Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans would do. Those who spoke […]

What does Pelosi’s “You have to pass the bill” comment have to do with Obamacare suit?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Obamacare is increasingly lowering the number of Americans without health insurance, but it faces a threat by a lawsuit before the Supreme Court today. This case (King v Burwell) would take away subsidies from millions who purchased their insurance through a federally run exchange. It’s based on the absurd argument that the Congress didn’t mean […]

Two top Maine conservatives say Obamacare is working. Have you signed up yet?

Rep. Bruce Poliquin

In the last week, the more conservative of the two Republicans in the 2014 primary for Maine’s second congressional district and the head of Maine’s conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center acknowledged that Obamacare is doing good for people. While both prefer other options and are quite critical of Obamacare, this is what they said about […]

How big a sham is the case seeking to gut Obamacare subsidies?

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Signups for health insurance through the ACA exchange are going swimingly, with Maine hitting the 2015 target more than a month before open enrollment ends. Now, with the Supreme Court to hear a case that could end subsidies to Maine people (since we have no state-based exchange), research shows how much of a sham is […]

Seven questions and answers about today’s Obamacare decisions

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Today’s decision from a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court about Obamacare is getting a lot of attention. 1. What did the decision do? Two of the three judges ruled that people cannot get subsidized health insurance unless they bought it through a state-run exchange. This would mean no subsidies for people in the states […]

No need to trust feds to see big drop in people without health insurance

From: Gallup,"U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops to 13.4%," May 5, 2014

As the federal government rolls out figures on the number of Americans with health insurance, some have denied the figures, claiming that the books are cooked. If one really doesn’t trust the numbers from the feds, then it would be best to consult an external, private source of data. Well, here’s the Gallup organization, to […]

LePage and other Medicaid expansion foes attacked the “alternative” they say they back

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Opponents of Medicaid expansion took strong steps and made strong statements against an “alternative” they now say they back. This makes their stated support for this “alternative” look like political rhetoric. Now, Medicaid expansion is supported by most Maine legislators and most Maine people. But that shouldn’t be surprising. Heck, even in New Hampshire, a […]