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A selection of opinions on health care from across the country.
But some of these efforts, including his signals of willingness to make changes in the measure, are causing unrest within the Republican caucus. Meanwhile, the White House is working to marshall conservative grassroots action to encourage members to follow the party line. And what about the name, “Trumpcare?” Will it stick? Finally, the White House continues to cast doubt on the value of the yet-to-be released Congressional Budget Office cost and coverage estimates of the American Health Care Act.
A few comments made by lawmakers during debate of the GOP health bill make waves, while many Republicans in California’s congressional delegation keep mum about the plan.
In other news on the state-level impact of the Obamacare replacement proposal, some in California worry changes could hurt one of the nation’s healthiest marketplaces.
And Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduces an alternative repeal bill identical to one that passed the Senate in 2015 by a party-line vote.
Trump administration officials tell CNN that they are willing to accept Republican conservatives’ efforts to amend the House health bill to end the Medicaid expansion earlier than the legislation currently seeks.
Among the key complaints, according to The Wall Street Journal, are that the tax credits are too broad and amount to a new government entitlement and spending limits on the Accountable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion are phased in too slowly. The message from this part of the GOP is that the current House blueprint does not go far enough.
Talk got tough as Democrats struggled to slow the measure’s progress. But, ultimately, both the House Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce committees approved the American Health Care Act along party-line votes.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used his regular Thursday press conference to offer a power point presentation — complete with charts and graphs — to defend the GOP House bill to replace the health law.
Critics say the proposed changes could poison one of the nation’s healthiest marketplaces, driving up premiums and drawing in only the sickest patients. Republicans and industry analysts call those concerns overblown.
Blue Shield of California is hoping to steer consumers to “preferred” pharmacies where drugs are cheaper and copays lower.
Opinion writers across the country pick apart the health care debate that is roaring on Capitol Hill.
Developments related to hospitals in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Minnesota and Colorado are in the news today.
As fissures begin to emerge among congressional Republicans, President Donald Trump is stepping in with hopes to tamp down opposition from both conservatives and moderates.
The Washington Post fact checks Sen. Chuck Schumer’s claim regarding the number of women who get mammograms through the women’s reproductive health group, while Planned Parenthood officials push back on Republicans’ efforts to defund the organization. In other news from Capitol Hill, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduces a bill aimed at surprise bills after a colonoscopy.
California’s insurance commissioner said the approach would be a “devastating blow” to the state’s insurance marketplace and leave millions without coverage, while Ohio hospitals and state lawmakers worry that the measure will harm the stability brought to the health industry as a result of the Medicaid expansion. News outlets from Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Tennessee and Wisconsin also contemplate the proposal’s local impact.
The possibility that voters could lose health care coverage under Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare is already becoming a campaign issue for Democrats, as they continue to fight the repeal.
News outlets analyze the specifics of what’s in the House Republicans’ repeal-and-replace legislation, compare it with Obamacare, identify who wins and loses as a result of its changes, and detail issues such as taxes, subsidies and mental health coverage.
House GOP leaders chose to move ahead with consideration of the American Health Care Act in two key committees — Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce — without an official, independent estimate by the Congressional Budget Office of the measure’s cost and coverage. This move has raised the ire of many of the bill’s opponents, including House conservatives, who want to know more about its cost implications.
Even as key committees considered the legislation, industry groups including the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association joined with organizations representing seniors and patients to oppose the House Republican’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.