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Organizations such as Protect Our Care and health care leaders like Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are trying to keep the momentum going to get people to enroll in health care coverage for next year. Media outlets report on marketplace news out of Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado and Ohio, as well.
A group called Protect Our Care says it intends to spend more than $1 million on digital ads accusing Republicans of working to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
On top of the 90 percent cut to the advertising budget for the open enrollment period, grants to navigators who help people sign up for coverage were nearly halved.
The official, who spoke to The New York Times, says President Donald Trump wants to stabilize the marketplace, but wouldn’t commit to saying the administration will pay for insurer subsidies or promote enrollment for the next year.
Govs. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) announce they’ve come up with a bipartisan plan, but they aren’t releasing the details yet. Meanwhile, a sweeping ad campaign focusing on repeal-and-replace efforts is being launched against Republicans. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases numbers on how many Americans are uninsured.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says after Congress returns from recess that Republicans will have to sit down with Democrats and figure out a way forward. Meanwhile, state and local groups are stepping up to preemptively counter any lack of enrollment support from the federal government.
But residents are now losing hope that the president will be able to change the cycle of alcohol, drugs and suicide that has hit these places so hard.
Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage wrote an op-ed chastising Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King for their vote. But the senators defend themselves, saying they met with thousands of people to discuss improving the health care system, and concluded that the GOP proposals would’ve eliminated insurance for millions, raised premiums, hurt rural hospitals and shifted costs to states. Other lawmakers also face tough questions at home about the health care legislation.
Seven Democrats and six Republican governors from a wide range of states came together with proposals that aren’t all new, but may carry more weight considering the bipartisan push behind them.
Despite threats from President Donald Trump, many in the party are giving up and shifting their attention elsewhere. “Maybe lightning will strike and something will come together but I’m not holding my breath,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll also finds that voters want Congress to turn to other issues. Still, the results fall largely along party lines with just three out of 10 Republicans saying they wanted to keep or modify the law. Meanwhile, the most recent failure of Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act relieved some Americans.
“For months it’s been: ‘Here’s a bill, we’ll vote. No, we won’t. Now it will change. Maybe not. Will that one person vote or not?’” says Meghan Borland from Pleasant Valley, N.Y. The concern over the uncertainty on health care coverage is rippling across the country.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemed to admit defeat in passing a Republican-only health proposal after his shocking defeat in shepherding legislation through the chamber.
When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) swooped back into town after being diagnosed with brain cancer, he was hailed as “an American hero” by the president. With a simple thumbs down vote in the early hours of Friday morning, though, he went against his party and helped kill Republicans’ chance to fulfill seven years of promises. Media outlets look at what went down on Capitol Hill.
The so-called “skinny plan” kept most of the Affordable Care Act in place, only rolling back some provisions that were unpopular with Republicans. But experts warned it would send premiums skyrocketing and bring about the collapse of the individual market.
The Democratic senators say they see no point in offering up their proposals if they’re amending what they say is a shell of a health care bill.
The “clean” repeal proposal would have given lawmakers two years to come up with an alternative, but some Republicans found the idea untenable.
The plan would roll back only a few of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions, but in such a divided Senate, it might be Republicans’ only hope of getting something passed.
As senators continue to debate health care legislation, a “clean” plan to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act in two years, without replacing it, fails to garner enough votes to pass.
The Affordable Care Act should have been easy to get rid of, considering how many Americans held a low opinion of it when Republicans came into office. But a shifting tide of support has been one of the things that has complicated matters.