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Obama Derides GOP Plan To Delay Health Law Replacement As ‘Reckless’

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In a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, the president acknowledges that the Affordable Care Act has problems but says if Republicans’ don’t have a firm plan for replacing it when they seek to repeal the law, they could do immense damage to consumers.

On Capitol Hill, Talk Of Collaboration And Compromise? Not So Fast…

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Thirteen moderate Senate Democrats penned a letter Thursday to GOP leaders that included a “long-shot bid” to work together to find bipartisan fixes to Obamacare, rather than dismantle it. At the same time, though, President-elect Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., traded verbal salvos.

Senate Republicans Reject Democrats’ Effort To Block Obamacare Repeal Resolution

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Democrats fail in their attempt to offer an amendment to the budget resolution that would have prevented the chamber from taking up legislation to raise health insurance premiums or out-of-pocket costs. But what has become clear is that some of Congress’s most stalwart conservatives are signalling their readiness to support a budget that would add more than $1 trillion to the deficit by the end of the decade. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is not among them and is pressing members of the House Freedom Caucus to join him in the opposition.

For Some Republican Leaders, Repealing Without Replacing Is Cause For Caution

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have doubts about the current strategy of repealing the health law quickly without a clear plan to move forward with a replacement. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican whose state pursued the measure’s Medicaid expansion, also warned against this tactic.

Health Law Replacement Plan Will Be Completed In 2017, Ryan Says

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., echoed the sentiments expressed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., regarding the need for swift action to repeal and replace Obamacare. But the effective date of those changes will likely be further down the road and some members of the GOP rank and file are concerned that the Affordable Care Act skirmishes ahead could hamstring other aspects of their legislative agenda.

A Hint From GOP Leaders: Replacement Plan May Not Maintain Health Law’s Coverage Expansions

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The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2015 that an Obamacare repeal would result in about 19 million people losing their health insurance. Ideas offered so far do not provide as much financial aid to purchase coverage and could lead to an increase in uninsured people. This possibility is at odds with President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign assurances that people won’t be left without.

New N.C. Governor Seeks To Expand Medicaid Without Legislative Approval

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The state legislature passed a law in 2013 prohibiting this sort of executive action, but Gov. Roy Cooper says it “infringes” on a governor’s right to negotiate Medicaid issues with the federal government. Also in Medicaid news from other states, a study identifies expansion benefits in Michigan, New York’s governor releases data about the effects there and Arkansas’s governor asks the incoming Trump administration to soften the expansion rules.

Obamacare Repeal Has Hefty Price Tag — $350 Billion Over Ten Years, Study Finds

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The analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated the repeal would lead to savings of $1.55 trillion resulting from reduced spending on providing coverage, but that would be negated by cancelling $800 billion in tax increases and $1.1 trillion in Medicare and other cuts.

What Will The Replacement Look Like?

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News outlets analyze the various approaches congressional Republicans could take as they sharpen their focus on developing an Obamacare alternative.

Pence Rallies GOP Lawmakers Toward Repeal; But Disagreements Over Strategy Still Emerge

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Republicans are moving toward their long-desired repeal of President Barack Obama’s signature health law. Vice President-elect Mike Pence holds meetings on Capitol Hill as the rank and file begin to focus on some of the realities of taking apart the law that has touched the nation’s $3 trillion health sector and covers millions of Americans.

Dynamics Of Repeal: GOP Grapples With Challenges Of Day-One Promises

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Part of the reality President-elect Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers face is finding ways to undo the 2010 health law without harming the 20 million people who gained insurance as a result of it. It’s leading some policy experts to predict the evolution of an “Obamacare lite.”