A Top House Republican Doesn’t Concede Defeat On Health Law Repeal
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said that getting rid of the health law and tackling Medicaid regulations would be top priorities for the coming year. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has called on Congress to fully re-fund the CHIP program, saying that the lawmakers' short-term solution isn't good enough.
House GOP Whip: Entitlement Reform, ObamaCare Repeal On 2018 Agenda
ObamaCare repeal and entitlement reform are at the top of the agenda for House Republicans in 2018, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Tuesday. "The next big thing you're going to see is a need for workers, and I think the next thing we can do is to go and reform those welfare programs that are trapping people in a failed welfare state," Scalise said on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning. (Hellmann, 1/2)
Conservative Groups Push For 2018 Repeal Of ObamaCare
Conservative groups are pushing President Trump to make ObamaCare repeal a priority in 2018, even as some Republicans signal a desire to move on from the issue. A letter to Trump signed by 43 right-leaning groups calls for health-care reform to be the focus of the fast-track process known as reconciliation this year. Using that process would allow Republicans to repeal ObamaCare in the Senate without Democratic votes, but it would also preclude them from using the tool for other priorities like welfare reform. (Sullivan, 1/3)
The Wall Street Journal:
Congress Faces Long To-Do List, Short Deadlines
At the end of 2017, Congress punted the long-term resolution of a number of thorny issues into this year. Here’s a rundown of what lawmakers will need to hammer out in early 2018. ... While lawmakers broadly support a five-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, they have yet to decide how to pay for it. In its latest short-term spending bill, Congress made $2.85 billion available to shore up states’ funding for the program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have indicated that should be enough to get states through the end of January or early February, a House GOP aide said. But states have signaled they need more certainty. (Peterson, 1/3)
Clinton: Short-Term CHIP Extension 'Doesn't Cut It'
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on Senate Republicans to bring a full extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program to the floor for a vote. “This alleged extension until March doesn’t cut it as states freeze enrollment & send out letters warning that coverage will end,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee tweeted. (Weixel, 1/2)
And in news on the tax overhaul —
Seven Key Changes The New Tax Law Will Force Hospitals To Consider
Not-for-profit hospital systems will have to grapple with a number of changes that make their tax-exempt status less advantageous, including new provisions on unrelated business taxable income and executive compensation. In addition, borrowing rates on tax-exempt municipal bonds may rise because the new law's big corporate tax cut may make tax-exempt interest income less attractive to institutional investors, said Richard Gundling, senior vice president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. (Meyer, 1/2)