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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new poll shows that GOP lawmakers’ strategy lacks widespread support and most people are more concerned that health care is affordable and available.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.
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.
As Republicans begin their effort to repeal the federal health law, Obama administration officials announce that the number of people getting individual coverage in 2017 is higher than at this time in 2016. Also, news outlets look at enrollment issues in Tennessee, South Carolina and Arizona.
The Kentucky senator made clear his opposition to this budget measure. He’s known for making such “protest votes.” In this case, his reason is that the resolution would add too much to the federal budget deficit for fiscal year 2017.
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.
News outlets analyze the various approaches congressional Republicans could take as they sharpen their focus on developing an Obamacare alternative.
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.
There’s no lack of drama as President-elect Donald Trump takes to Twitter and Democratic leaders issue verbal barbs.
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.”
Both parties are trying to claim the high ground as the protectors of Americans’ health while casting their opponents’ positions as dangerous.
Premiums on 2017 plans are rising by comparable amounts both in counties where multiple insurers still compete and in those where only one insurer remains after several companies stopped selling individual plans under the health law, according to Avalere, a consulting firm.
Opinion writers offer their views on the politics of repealing and replacing the federal health law.