In this session, Jessica Waltma discusses the failed American Health Care Act, the possibility of reviving the legislation, some of the changes that can be made through regulation, and other bills that might gain some bipartisan support. In a time of uncertainty, Jessica helps clarify what’s already happened and what’s likely to happen going forward.
Tagged: Repeal & Replace
It was about as close as you can get to a sure thing in politics. But on March 24, after 18 days of in-fighting among House GOP members, President Trump and Speaker Ryan made the decision to pull the American Health Care Act, the reconciliation bill that would have done away with the individual and employer mandates, the individual and small group tax credits, expanded Medicaid, and billions of dollars’ worth of taxes. So what in the world happened? And what can we expect to happen next?
President Trump says that the “time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines—which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care.” This article explains why he may be wrong. [Business Insider]
The proposed legislation would repeal the individual and employer mandates back to the beginning of 2016, increase the contribution limits for Health Savings Account, and eliminate many of the taxes created to pay for the Affordable Care Act. Read the bill and an eight-page summary here.
On February 28, President Trump addressed both sessions of Congress on national TV. Here are the five proposals he offered as a replacement to Obamacare.
John Boehner said that he does not believe the Republican-controlled Congress will be able to completely repeal and replace Obamacare: “In the 25 years I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time, agreed on what a healthcare proposal should look like. Not once.”
When Donald Trump was elected president, ACA repeal seemed to be inevitable. Not anymore. While many GOP lawmakers are still talking repeal, some seem content with repairing the health care law; others want to take their time and get it right. [NPR]
Shortly after being sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, Donald Trump swung by his new office at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to hang the drapes and sign a few executive orders. Among them was one instructing federal regulators to take steps to ease the burdens of Obamacare.
The ACA has taken years to implement, and it’s unlikely that it can be undone overnight. This article explains that ACA replacement may be incremental, “with small bills that tackle one part of the health care system at a time.” [Politico]