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The leaders are trying to avoid a repeat of a draft being leaked. Meanwhile, House lawmakers are expected to vote on a repeal bill next week.
The president said the intricacies of replacing the health law could slow progress on other priorities, such as the tax overhaul and infrastructure.
Patients are canceling their appointments due to fears of being deported.
The state leaders gathered for the National Governors Association winter meeting but were stymied over the problem of how to handle Medicaid. They want to make sure a repeal of the health law doesn’t penalize states that took billions of dollars in federal funds to expand the program.
The replacement would be paid for by limiting tax breaks on generous health plans people get at work.
Both Republicans and Democrats wanted to preserve the funding that’s helped 11 million low-income people get health care coverage.
For those who were able to get federal subsidies, the health law was a blessing. The ones who didn’t were left feeling angry and short-changed.
“With all due respect, sir, you’re the man that talked about the death panels. We’re going to create one great big death panel in this country,” the vice chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party’s Rural Caucus said at Sen. Chuck Grassley’s town hall meeting. Across the country, lawmakers are facing agitated and concerned voters during their weeklong recess.
House Speaker Paul Ryan met with rank-and-file Republicans to review a plan to dismantle and replace the health law on Thursday. Ryan told reporters leadership will introduce the legislation after the House’s upcoming recess.
Outlets report on news from Arizona, Connecticut, California, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia and Washington, D.C.
The state has one of the highest rates of small business owners who get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
The rate of uninsured in America is nearly half what it was before the Affordable Care Act was passed.
“If I could give you an answer today, I would, but I can’t,” Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said in the latest example of Republicans having to dodge questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the myth of death panels makes a return, and one prominent lawmaker says these town hall protests won’t alter the future of repeal.
Many are worried that if the health law is dismantled, they’ll lose their coverage.
Groups who spoke out against the passage of the legislation are now lobbying in support of maintaining certain provisions. Meanwhile, patient advocates worry about the sickest Americans not being guaranteed coverage.
The event highlighted the challenges congressional lawmakers face in coming up with a plan both sides can agree on.
Most health care economists believe lawmakers will be hard-pressed to come up with an effective and politically tolerable alternative to what has become the symbolic heart of the health law. “Carrots are expensive,” says Paul Van de Water, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “Sticks are unpopular.” Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., reiterates that the plan to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act will be completed this year.
This year, 9.2 million people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a 4 percent decrease from last year.
California state Sen. Ricardo Lara talks about progress and setbacks in the Trump era.
As efforts to unify behind one plan founder, some Republicans are starting to embrace the idea of “repair” instead of “replace.” But House lawmakers are calling on their party to continue to move forward with repeal, a sentiment echoed by the vice president.