WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that’s a symbol of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The so-called “Cadillac tax” never went into effect, since lawmakers kept delaying it. Wednesday’s 419-6 vote increases chances that the Senate will follow the House, going for full repeal. Beginning in 2022, the tax would slap a 40% levy on the value of health insurance plans above $11,200 for single coverage and $30,100 for family policies. The idea was to help control costs by putting a brake on the value of health insurance plans. To avoid the tax, insurers and employers might have to shift more costs to policyholders. Based on Congressional Budget Office estimates, repeal would add $193 billion to the federal deficit from 2022-2029, by scratching projected revenues off the government’s books. The … [Read more...] about House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax
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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Sep. 22, 2018, 12:00 PM GMT By WASHINGTON — Single-payer health care is hot right now among Democrats, but Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., got there early — first as an activist and then as a legislator. She's a co-chair of the Medicare For All Caucus, which has over 70 members. Now she's trying to give single-payer backers more electoral clout by founding the Medicare For All PAC, an organization devoted to backing like-minded candidates. The organization arrives at a critical time for single-payer advocates. While Medicare For All has made huge strides within the Democratic Party, there are internal debates about its viability and the issue is likely to play a big role in the 2020 presidential contest. Republicans are already attacking single-payer in midterm races around the country, providing an early test for supporters. … [Read more...] about Need answers on progressive plans for health care? This lawmaker’s a good place to start.
Fresh off a dominant re-election victory, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown unveiled her priorities for the next two years in a budget proposal Wednesday, headlined by an additional $1.9 billion for education to improve, among other things, the state's poor high school graduation rate. Brown also proposed expanding automatic voter registration, finding more and stable funding for the Oregon Health Plan, combating climate change, ending veteran's and childhood homelessness, modernizing the state's computer systems and reducing permit and inspection backlogs. "Our current strong economy gives us the best chance in a generation to address persistent, structural challenges so we can achieve our full potential," Brown wrote in a statement accompanying the budget. "We must accept this challenge now, while the While the state Legislature writes and adopts the final budget, the governor's $23.6 billion recommendation acts like a wish list and agenda for her vision of the … [Read more...] about Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed budget stresses education, health care, voting reform
Story highlights Democratic debate dominated by disputes between Clinton, Sanders Clinton, Sanders are neck and neck in Iowa, New Hampshire polls (CNN)Hillary Clinton embraced President Barack Obama's political legacy on Sunday, seeking to halt a late surge by rival Bernie Sanders, as fierce clashes over guns, health care and Wall Street ripped through the Democratic presidential debate. With Sanders threatening to upset Clinton in the first two nominating contests next month, the former secretary of state sought to stall his momentum, puncture his progressive credentials and raise questions about whether the self-declared socialist has the skills and experience to be president. She used the final debate before voting starts in Iowa and New Hampshire to make a case to faithful supporters of Obama, who some Clinton allies worry might be shifting to Sanders. She'll need them to build a winning coalition capable of winning the Democratic nomination and mounting a successful race … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders clash on health care, guns, Wall Street
Story highlights The UK's National Health Service was formed in the 1940s to provide universal health care Today, the service is under severe financial strain (CNN)In a doctor's waiting room in South London sit three people of varying ages and ethnicities, waiting among a sea of empty green plastic chairs. It's Tuesday afternoon in the Hetherington Group Practice, which serves more than 8,500 people from dozens of miles in every direction from its base in the bustling area of Brixton. Adorning the many notice boards on the walls are posters asking people to get flu vaccinations, to embrace more walking as part of their day to day and to speak up if they feel that they may have symptoms of bowel cancer. Another poster informs that the Accident and Emergency room at the local hospital "won't kiss it better," appealing to people not to visit their local ER when something is not urgent. Records from the National Health Service show that the numbers of people visiting an … [Read more...] about How health care works around the world