Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Rose by 3 Million in 2017: Gallup

The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly …

Trump Rule Permits Health Plans by Self-Employed, Small Businesses That Skirt Obamacare

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rule to allow Americans who are self-employed or work for small businesses to buy health insurance that does not comply with all Obamacare requirements in an effort to unwind the 2010 healthcare law. …

What Trump Declaring Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency Means

U.S. President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency on Thursday, stopping short of a national emergency declaration he promised months ago that would have freed up more federal money. Responding to a growing problem, particularly in …

Trump Pulls Support for Senators’ Bipartisan Deal to Save Obamacare Subsidies

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a bipartisan deal from two U.S. senators to stabilize Obamacare by restoring subsidies to health insurers, one day after signaling his support for the plan. The agreement reached by Republican Senator Lamar …

Trump Defends Killing Off Obamacare Subsidies; 18 States Sue in Uphill Battle

Eighteen U.S. states sued President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate …

Obamacare Individual Premiums Would Rise 20% Without Insurer Subsidies: CBO

Health insurance premiums for many customers on the Obamacare individual insurance markets would be 20 percent higher in 2018 if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on a threat to stop billions of dollars of payments to health insurers, a …

Senate Republicans Eye ‘Skinny’ Repeal of Obamacare

U.S. Senate Republicans begin their final push on Thursday to unravel Obamacare, seeking to wrap up their seven-year offensive against former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law that extended insurance coverage to millions. Republicans leaders hope a pared-down “skinny” …

Returning from Recess, Senate Republicans Worried Obamacare Repeal Will Fail

Republicans expressed increasing pessimism on Sunday about the prospects for the healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at rolling back Obamacare as lawmakers prepared to return from a week-long recess. One prominent Republican lawmaker, Senator John McCain, said he …

Republican Health Bill Would Cut Deficit by $119B, Add 23 Million Uninsured: CBO

A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency …

Democratic Attorneys General Move to Defend Obamacare Insurer Subsidies

More than a dozen Democratic attorneys general on Thursday sought to intervene to defend a key part of the Obamacare healthcare law — subsidy payments to insurance companies — which is under threat in a court case. The 16 attorneys …