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Today, insurers must decide whether to sign contracts to sell coverage in the Obamacare marketplace next year, but they don’t know whether the federal government will continue to pay subsidies or enforce the health law’s mandates to have insurance. That is forcing some companies to raise rates significantly.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) both oppose pairing the two issues. “Since we have fumbled at least twice now on health care, to include it and make tax reform contingent on us getting across the finish line on health care, I wouldn’t be in favor unless we can keep it on parallel tracks,”Meadows said.
Health groups are also worried this won’t be the last time Republicans try to roll back the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, The New York Times looks at what the failure means for consumers.
A major part of the reason it fell apart at the seams was because of the rush and thus the haphazard process of the trying to shove through the legislation.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the HELP Committee, says he will resume talks with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) but that future legislative action will be more limited than the plans they were discussing before the Graham-Cassidy bill gained traction.
Less than 24 hours after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) stated her official opposition to the legislation, Republicans admit defeat, for now. They’re now planning to turn toward an overhaul of the tax code.
Even though the Affordable Care Act has dodged another legislative bullet, it still faces challenges.
Republican efforts to pass a repeal-and-replace plan by Sept. 30 are over, as Senate leaders halt their plan to hold a vote this week on the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Opinion pages across the country view the impact of the Republican health bill — which currently appears to have failed under its own weight — in harsh terms.
Editorial writers offer harsh words and examinations of what caused the GOP’s most recent repeal-and-replace effort to come undone.
“Honestly, I am really struggling to figure out how we would respond,” said Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of human services, saying it’s “highly unlikely” Pennsylvania would be able to build a functioning insurance marketplace by the bill’s 2020 deadline. In other news, a look at what it would mean for consumers if the measure passed, The Washington Post fact checks remarks by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on premiums, and critics focus on pre-existing conditions.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office didn’t have enough time to do a full projection and its score was estimated from an earlier version of the Graham-Cassidy bill. But the agency says “the direction of the effect is clear.”
Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defended their proposed bill at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, where they sparred with Democratic senators.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joins Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in opposition of Republicans’ last-ditch efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, naming the “dramatic, sweeping cuts” to Medicaid as her top reason to vote no. The Republicans only had two votes to spare, so unless leadership can persuade one of three to change his or her vote, the bill would fail if brought to the floor.
The insurer says hospital-based imaging services are too expensive and the independent facilities provide high-quality care.
The statement from the Maine senator came after the Congressional Budget Office said the bill would cause millions of people to become uninsured.
Editorials from a variety of news outlets offer different thoughts on the current single-payer health plan being advanced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and whether it is picking up momentum.
In between what appears to be a tendency among editorial writers to give the GOP repeal-and-replace plan a grim review, one writer offers a defense.
Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Maryland and Virginia.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also slammed the Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. California gubernatorial candidate and current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom calls on the state’s Legislature to move its single-payer bill along.