Health Care Fyle


  • The House is making changes to the GOP Obamacare replacement bill in hopes it will pass a vote in the House today. [Link]


  • House Republicans release a copy of their healthcare bill that will be a replacement for Obamacare. [Link]


  • Rand Paul was prevented by House Republicans from seeing the House proposal to repeal Obamacare. Paul was hoping to share details of the plan with the American people. [Link]


  • The IRS will accept tax returns without line 61 filled out. Line 61 is the Obamacare individual mandate question that asks filers if they had health insurance in the past year. Allowing Americans to leave the line blank effectively ends the enforcement of the individual mandate. The change comes as a result of an executive order Trump signed last month. [Link]
  • Humana is pulling its insurance from the Obamacare marketplace starting January 1, 2018. Humana is one of the five largest health insurers in the US. [Link]


  • 400,000 fewer Americans signed up for Obamacare health insurance on the federal website in 2017. [Link]


  • 20 million people will not lose their healthcare if Obamacare is repealed. This article breaks down the real numbers behind those who have enrolled in Obamacare and who is at risk of losing insurance. [Link]


  • New rules and regulations placed on doctors that accept Medicare are causing doctors to drop their Medicare patients. 21% of doctors now refuse Medicare patients. [Link]


  • The average life expectancy in the US decreased in 2015. Experts predicted that this would be an effect of Obamacare. [Link]


  • The staff at a VA hospital left the body of a dead vet in the shower room for 9 hours. The body likely began to decompose in this time. The staff members who did this then lied about it on official reports. Those staff members were not fired and will go through retraining. [Link]


  • The VA is contacting 592 vets to let them know that their dentist may have infected them with HIV or Hepatitis. [Link]
  • Healthcare spending increased by $3.2 trillion in the US in 2015. Obamacare is responsible for the growth in health care spending. [Link]


  • Trump says he no longer plans to repeal Obamacare. Trump wants to keep the provision that prevents insurance companies from denying people with preexisting conditions and continue to force insurance companies to keep children on their parent’s insurance plans until the age of 26. [Link]


  • A universal health care ballot measure was defeated in Colorado by an 80-20 margin. [Link]


  • Obamacare exchange users will have an average of 2.9 plans to choose from in 2017. That’s down from 5.3 plans in 2016. 21% of exchange users will only have one plan to select. [Link]


  • Obamacare insurance consumers in Illinois will face steep increases in premium in 2017. Bronze plans will increase by44% Silver plans by45%, and gold plans by 55%.


  • In 2014 it was projected that Obamacare would have 22 million enrollees in 2016. Total enrollees for 2016 was only 10.4 million. [Link]


  • Obamacare will increase by an average of 25% for 2017. [Link]


  • 1.4 million Americans will have to select new insurance plans as their Obamacare insurance plan will be canceled next year. [Link]


  • Obamacare is failing in Tennessee, as Bluecross Blueshield is pulling out of the major markets. Most people in Tennessee will only have one health insurance provider on their exchanges and premiums will increase by 56%. [Link]


  • 5 states will only have one provider for Obamacare insurance plans. South Carolina announced they will only have Blue Cross Blue Shield offering plans. South Carolina residents who use Obamacare plans will also see a 27% increase premiums. [Link]


  • 1.8 million Americans paid $1.7 billion in Obamacare penalties in 2014. This data is from the first year people were required to pay a penalty for not having health insurance. [Link]


  • A St. Louis VA hospital sends letters to 1,800 vets telling them they may have been infected with an infectious disease, such as, HIV or Hepatitis C. The VA hospital incorrectly washed medical instruments since 2009. [Link]


  • A 76 year old US Vet was seeking mental health treatment at a Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was denied services and killed himself in the parking lot. There are several other reports of Vets being denied mental health care from VA run medical centers, then committing suicide. [Link]