Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer took to her campaign Twitter account today to announce that she’s got something to announce on June 24th.
I have a big announcement to make on June 24th! Sign up if you would like to hear it first:https://t.co/3d8qtZf7Et
— Deb Fischer (@DebFischerNE) May 25, 2017
(And, yes, that IS a Snapchat interface on her Twitter profile.)
Asked on her press call today if she would give any hints as to what this announcement on announcements may entail…she calmly refused to announce anything.
But if YOU would like an early preview of said announcing, you can sign up on her campaign page to be an early announcee.
(The guess here is that it’s not going to be an announcement that she’ll let you know if she’s going to announce for President at a later date.)
While the CBO report came out about the House’s Bill on the AHCA, Senator Fischer noted that the U.S. Senate is developing their own health care bill. (Which always makes the wailing and gnashing of teeth suspect on this stuff.)
And which won’t stop heads from spinning about the House version.
But here are some interesting facts put out about that CBO report on the House’s AHCA:
1. The original CBO estimate of Obamacare premiums (November 30, 2009) said that premiums for the “nongroup” (exchange) markets would increase slightly and “would be about 10 percent to 13 percent higher in 2016.” As HHS has proven, those plans are actually 105% higher. Clearly Obamacare’s mandates, regulations, and government controls have woefully failed to keep costs down.
2. Even if it’s assumed CBO’s AHCA estimate is completely accurate, the first score (March 17, 2017) showed that the bill would bring down nongroup premium costs over the next ten years. While CBO did say that premiums would rise slightly over the transition period (attributed to the repeal of the individual mandate), by 2020 the AHCA would change the trajectory of premiums and “By 2026, average premiums for single policyholders in the nongroup market under the legislation would be roughly 10 percent lower.” We expect that with the waiver in the final version of the bill, the cost reductions predicted by CBO will be even more pronounced. Thus, even CBO recognizes that the AHCA will change course and lower costs.
3. One other serious mischaracterization about the AHCA relates to the number of uninsured. In its first score of AHCA, CBO estimated that 24 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage in 2026. However, it was rarely reported that 10 million of those would have dropped out of coverage because mandates are repealed. It is important to note that the AHCA removes the individual and employer mandates and allows for citizens to make the decision to purchase healthcare for themselves.
That enough policy talk for ya?
But it does simply note that the talking heads that will be rotating tonight (you get extra points if you see what I did there) and through the week about this CBO report will have plenty to discuss.
On BOTH sides.
Just picture it…
Say what you want about the rough and tumble of the Omaha Mayor’s race: Mayor Jean Stothert was never recorded while grabbing Tom Becka’s neck and body-slamming him to the ground.
And thanks to any and all of you who donated during Omaha Gives! yesterday!
Our favorite charity, the Kamie K. Preston Hereditary Cancer Foundation, went over their goal of $10K in just the final two minutes last night. The folks there couldn’t be more overjoyed and grateful.
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