Senate Pessimestic on AHCA
President Trump concides defeat – but Obamacare will explode
Senator Paul Ryan concedes defeat of AHCA repealing ACA – ObamacareLIVE: 3.16.2017 Markup Meeting of the Committee on The Budget, U.S. House of Representatives budget.house.gov LIVE: 3.9.2017 Paul Ryan Press Conference, Nancy Pelosi Press Conference
Big Rate increases coming for 2018 LA Times 5.22.2017
Senate Pessimistic on AHCA The Hill 6.5.2017
California Assoc. of Health Underwriter’s Summary
On May 4th, the U.S. House passed the ACHA, so what happens next?
Majority Leader McConnell is “holding the AHCA at the desk,” which is a procedural move to skip the committee process and allow for the bill to go straight to the floor for consideration. But first, we are waiting on a fiscal analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the version of AHCA that passed through the House. This analysis is expected next week. Meanwhile, we expect Republican Senators to be developing policy changes to the AHCA that will help secure at the required 50 of the 52 Republican votes in the U.S. Senate. No Democrat votes are expected. Some artificial deadlines for the vote are the beginning of Independence Day Recess on June 30th or the August Recess on July 28th.
As for the policy challenges, there are three key moderating areas with the greatest likelihood for changes in the Senate. Those policy areas are Medicaid reforms, tax credits to purchase coverage, and insurance market reforms. In addition to navigating the political and policy challenges, Republicans will need to perform legislative gymnastics in order to comply with the complicated rules of budget reconciliation. This is particularly important since some of the carefully negotiated provisions that ultimately helped achieve House passage may need to be dropped in order to maintain reconciliation protections.
President Trump is anticipated to release his budget on May 23rd, giving Congress an additional opportunity to craft a reconciliation package for Fiscal Year 2018. While details remain scarce, the document is expected to outline a path toward a balanced federal budget within 10 years through a combination of economic growth (estimated at 3%), cuts to non-defense spending programs and other savings, and up to $800 billion in cuts to means-tested mandatory spending programs, including Medicaid but not Medicare or Social Security. Additionally we can envision a scenario in which a number of ACA taxes are repealed as part of AHCA and Congressional Republicans end up calling that “tax relief.” cahu.org/legislative-program
“We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. The decision means the ACA remains in place, and a major GOP campaign promise goes unfulfilled. Ryan warned that “we’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” Cal Broker Magazine 3.24.2017 * The Hill.com *
Thursday 3.23.2017 House Vote Postponed indefinately Modern Health Care 3.23.2017
Covered CA comparison of ACA to AHCA 3.14.2017 InsureMeKevin.com
7 ways the GOP Health Plan will wreck your health care LA Times 3.14.2017
Anthem supports part of AHCA, but wants more & fast Money.Cnn.com 3.10.2017
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones took a hard-line stance this week against the Obamacare repeal House Republicans are staking out, saying it could reverse advances California has made under the Affordable Care Act and strip 5 million Californians of their health coverage. Loss of Medi-Cal Expansion, Income Related Tax Credits, Individual Mandate, Learn More ===> Sacramento Bee 3.10.2017
Insurance Lobbyist ask for changes in AHCA Modern HealthCare 3.9.2017
Democrats opened a House committee hearing Wednesday to mark up the Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a slashing attack on the GOP for not offering an open and transparent process for considering the legislation
Doggett noted that before passing the ACA, House Democrats in 2009 heard 181 witnesses in 79 hearings, while Senate Democrats held 53 hearings. He compared the process of evaluating the GOP bill to the way consumers buy a new pair of pants. “They have two questions – how much does it cost and what is its size,” he said. “We are being asked to vote without knowing how much this bill costs, what it covers, and how many millions of people are once again being left without coverage. If you have nothing to hide, one week will not impair your effort.” Modern Health Care 3.8.2017
President Donald Trump warned House Republicans Tuesday if they can’t pass health care legislation after seven years of promises it could be a “bloodbath” in the 2018 midterm election, according to one member present in the meeting.