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28 February 2017, 12:47 | Clarence Schmidt
Committees in the House of Representatives may begin considering legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in early March, and when they do, Rep. Daniel Donovan said he won't vote for the first without the second. The clues are contained in the Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief released by House Republican leaders on February 16, which you can download here, . "It would significantly roll back Medicaid spending and give states money to create high risk pools for some people with pre-existing conditions". While not detailing what that solution is, Trump acknowledged the difficulty of overhauling the health care system. "The flexibility of block granting based on a per-capita formula best allows for state-based innovation and care", Brownback spokeswoman Melika Willoughby said.
Medicaid is eyed for deep cuts and transformation under the various proposals being considered by Congressional Republicans. "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated". She told lawmakers during an oversight hearing of KanCare, the state's privatized Medicaid program, that discussions at the federal level involve attempting to not financially harm states that haven't expanded. Still, others thought broadening health coverage was a desirable goal, but that the subsidies and regulations that Obamacare used to accomplish this goal were poorly designed and transferred too much power from the states to Washington.
Baker and other governors on Monday also met with the new U.S. health secretary, Tom Price, who indicated that he wanted to work with them on the health care law and simplify issues around rules and regulations, Baker administration officials said. Baker argued for flexibility in federal policy so MA can restore certain elements of its landmark health care law from 2006.
"It's an unbelievably complex subject", Trump told the Republican and Democratic governors at the White House. It was complicated for generations as policymakers in both parties launched various efforts to extend health security to Americans for the better part of a century.
The heath consultants estimated the number of people covered by the ACA through the individual insurance market could be slashed by as much as 51 percent in states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare and by 30 percent in those like CT that did expand the health program for the poor. He said his members want to repeal the expansion entirely and offer health savings accounts to help that low-income population.
To quote the February 7 edition of the New York Times, "A sizable minority of Americans don't understand that Obamacare is just another name for the Affordable Care Act". Later this week, we'll look at the pragmatic, policy challenges of stitching together a replacement for the ACA that can pass a Republican Congress. Health-care restructuring is a major focus of the governors at their annual winter meeting, given likely changes to Medicaid that have potentially large implications for state budgets.
Other GOP governors, including Rick Scott of Florida, have advocated a full repeal of the law.
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