Overnight Healthcare: Clinton says ObamaCare was 'HillaryCare' first

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE is out with a new defense of her healthcare record – Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE may have helped write ObamaCare, but it was her idea first.

"It was called HillaryCare before it was called ObamaCare," Clinton declared to a crowd at a country club in Vinton, Iowa. "I don't want to start over."

Clinton's rift with Sanders over healthcare deepened this week. While the Vermont senator stands by his single-payer plan, Clinton has dismissed the idea as a political impracticality under the current Congress.

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Earlier on Thursday, Clinton also hit Sanders for failing to advance his proposal in his 25 years in Congress.

"He never got even a single vote in the House or a single Senate co-sponsor. Not one," Clinton said at a rally at Simpson College on Thursday, according to a report by The Washington Post. "You hear a promise to build a whole new system, but that's not what you get... You'll get gridlock and an endless wait for advances that never come."

Here's a photo, courtesy of Des Moines Register healthcare reporter Tony Leys: pic.twitter.com/xISFmgQLSD And here's a poll, showing Sanders up by 8 points in Iowa: http://bit.ly/1WyWVTG

Full story here: http://bit.ly/1PHL4gF

AVERAGE OBAMACARE PREMIUM RISES TO $408: The average ObamaCare premium rose to $408 per month for 2016 plans, about a 9 percent increase from this time last year, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services.

However, 83 percent of ObamaCare enrollees pay far less than $408 because they get tax credits under the healthcare law. The average tax credit for 2016 is $294, meaning that the average share of the premiums that enrollees have to pay is $113. That is up $8 from the $105 people paid on average last year. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1SAn3OI

SLAVITT LOOKING TO HELP CO-OPS: Chief of CMS Andy Slavitt said at a hearing Thursday that CMS will look for ways to help the 11 remaining ObamaCare co-ops, mentioning the possibility of getting the co-ops access to outside capital. There are currently limitations on accessing outside capital.

"I am eager to loosen up the capital rules," Slavitt said. He also mentioned the possibility of co-ops merging as "very much on the table."

CMS said it will be releasing more information on the path forward "in the next day or so." Slavitt expressed some confidence that the remaining co-ops can make it through 2016 without shutting down. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1S8dW6w

Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE SHOPPING ON HEALTHCARE.GOV: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Thursday he is currently without healthcare insurance after his insurer cancelled his plan last month.

"I'll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is who's lost their healthcare because of ObamaCare? That would be me," Cruz said at a rally in Manchester, N.H. "I don't have healthcare right now."

Cruz said he was enrolled on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas until Dec. 31 when the company canceled all of their individual policies. He said he is "in the process of finding another policy," but recently received a quote that raised his premiums by 50 percent.

Cruz has exactly 10 days to find a healthcare plan to avoid a steep fine come next year's tax season (unless, of course, he becomes president). http://bit.ly/1RWUYBD

MORE SUBPOENAS: House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyGOP eyes limits on investor tax break Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot Swing-seat Republicans squirm over GOP tax plan MORE (R-Texas) issued the subpoena for Lew and three IRS officials to produce documents related to financial help for people under ObamaCare known as "cost sharing reductions." Read more here: http://bit.ly/20hLjXh

 

COMMITTEE UPDATES:

Snow watch – House Energy and Commerce announced Thursday afternoon that they're postponing everything scheduled for next week for the snow. Yep, the whole week.

TOMORROW'S SCHEDULE:

Snowpocalypse, probably.

WHAT WE'RE READING:

Drug companies ask governments to do more to prevent 'superbugs' (Reuters)

Lawsuit claims Chipotle tried to cover up foodborne illness outbreak (Time)

One big problem with Medicare for all: Medicare coverage isn't that great (Vox)

IN THE STATES:

Louisiana Medicaid rolls could grow to 450,000 (Times-Picayune)

'Our mouths were ajar': Doctor's fight to expose Flint water crisis (CNN)

Iowa Senate leader: State not ready for privatized Medicaid (The Iowa Gazette)

New York has small window to find savings in Medicaid (Capital New York)

ICYMI FROM THE HILL:
Martin Shkreli plans to remain silent at House hearing: http://bit.ly/1ZFnu9v

Emails show Michigan state leaders finger-pointing over Flint crisis http://bit.ly/1ZPQMHU  

 

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