Saturday, January 14, 2017

Affordable Care Act Repeal Update

Trump calls for immediate Obamacare repeal, quick replacement: NYT
He said he wanted a repeal vote next week and said he would not accept a delay of more than a few weeks for a replacement.

Senate to replace Obamacare ‘very rapidly’ after repeal
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday wouldn’t commit to a firm timetable for replacing Obamacare, saying it would occur “rapidly” or “very quickly” after the law’s repeal this year. The Kentucky Republican also wouldn’t say whether everyone covered by the Affordable Care Act would still have health insurance under a GOP plan, pivoting to the fact that 25 million Americans still lack insurance under President Obama’s reforms.

Senate rejects Paul's balanced budget
The Senate rejected an alternative budget proposal from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday. Senators voted 14-83 against Paul's balanced budget measure aimed at overhauling legislation that is being used to pave the way to repeal ObamaCare. GOP Sens. Mike Crapo, Ted Cruz, Steve Daines, Jeff Flake, John Kennedy, James Lankford, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, James Risch, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse, Tim Scott, Pat Toomey and Paul supported the proposal. The measure would have balanced the budget over roughly five years but retain the guidelines for nixing the Affordable Care Act.

Obama Health Secretary’s Speech Ignores the Consequences of Obamacare
On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell gave a speech in support of Obamacare proclaiming the benefits of Obamacare and cautioning against repealing and replacing the law, as Congress has promised to do. Unsurprisingly, she left out some critical details from her list of Obamacare “benefits.”

GOP leaders push back at critics of ObamaCare plan
Senate Republican leaders are pushing back against the idea proposed by some in their caucus of passing an ObamaCare replacement at the same time that they repeal the law. Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, indicated to reporters Monday that simultaneous repeal and replacement is not practical. “I think we would all like that to be the case but, like I said, it's more aspirational,” Cornyn said of doing a replacement at the same time as repeal. “I think the practical challenges are many and so we're doing the best we can given the hand we've been dealt.” He noted that fast-track reconciliation rules would not allow a full replacement to be included. “I think we're better off doing it correctly and carefully rather than just quickly for quickly's sake,” Cornyn added of a replacement, saying he wants replacement to be a step-by-step, bipartisan process.

GOP senators drop push to delay ObamaCare repeal
A group of Senate Republicans announced Wednesday night that it is dropping its formal push to delay the deadline for ObamaCare repeal legislation.

Obamacare Repeal Moves Forward as Centrist GOP Senators Abandon Plan to Delay It
Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana introduced an amendment to the budget resolution Monday pushing back the deadline for House and Senate committees to craft the reconciliation bill repealing Obamacare to March 3. The original target date for the committees was Jan. 27. But during a marathon voting session—called “vote-a-rama”—that began Wednesday evening and extended into early Thursday morning, Portman and Corker withdrew the amendment.

Senate passes budget with ObamaCare repeal rules
Full updates from the late-night vote-a-rama.

Senate takes first step toward repealing ObamaCare
The Senate took a first step toward repealing ObamaCare and fulfilling a long-time campaign pledge in the early morning hours Thursday. Senators voted 51-48 to pass a budget resolution that is being used as a vehicle for rolling back the Affordable Care Act, with the House expected to vote on Friday. Republicans needed a simple majority of votes to clear the repeal rules, instructing committees to begin drafting repeal legislation, through the upper chamber, with the vote falling largely along party lines.

A Destroyed Health Care System Because of a Parliamentarian?
At its core, Republicans swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, not the parliamentarian’s interpretation of precedent of Senate rules. It is simply unconstitutional to force private companies to only offer actuarially insolvent plans.

Schumer flubs Dems’ ObamaCare protest slogan
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted the wrong slogan Monday evening, while promoting his party’s protest against repealing ObamaCare. The tweet was quickly deleted and replaced, but not before Independent Journal Review reporter Joe Perticone snagged a screenshot. “Now deleted,” Perticone tweeted of Schumer’s gaffe. "Chuck Schumer accidentally tweeted ‘Don’t Make America Great Again.’”

U.S. House votes to begin repealing Obamacare
U.S. House Republicans on Friday won passage of a measure starting the process of dismantling Obamacare, despite concerns about not having a ready replacement and the potential financial cost of repealing Democratic President Barack Obama's landmark health insurance law. The House of Representatives voted 227-198 to instruct committees to draft legislation by a target date of Jan. 27 that would repeal the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. The Senate approved the same measure early Thursday. No Democrats supported the initiative. Nine Republicans voted against the measure. With this vote, Republicans began delivering on their promise to end Obamacare, which also was a campaign promise of Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

House Takes Major Step in the Repealing of Obamacare
The House of Representatives took a major first step in repealing Obamacare, voting 227 to 198 on a resolution package that lays the framework for rolling back the health care law. “We’re moving forward with a yes today, because … nearly every Republican ever who has arrived here since 2010 since this horrible piece of legislation was passed, made a promise to the American people that at first opportunity … [he or she would] repeal this damaging law,” Rep. Mark Walker, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

New Legislation Could Open Up Health Care Options After an Obamacare Repeal
Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., has introduced a bill in the House that, if passed, will allow individuals to decide how they want their health care funds to be spent, without the influence of the government or health insurance providers. Brat said that the health savings account legislation is a way for lawmakers to prove to the American people that they have a plan to replace Obamacare after repealing it.

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