Trump Insists GOP Will ‘Totally’ Protect Pre-existing Conditions, Despite Obamacare Repeal Efforts

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that Republicans would “totally” protect people with pre-existing conditions, trying to fend off Democratic attacks on GOP Obamacare repeal votes.

“Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican,” Trump tweeted.

Republicans in tough races have been scrambling to say that they will protect people with pre-existing conditions as Democrats use the issue and GOP votes to repeal Obamacare as a key line of attack.

Trump last year supported GOP Obamacare repeal bills that would have weakened protections for pre-existing conditions. The House GOP bill, for example, allowed states to get waivers to allow insurers to spike premiums for people with pre-existing conditions… Read More at The Hill

Suddenly, Vulnerable House Republicans No Longer Bash Obamacare on Their Websites

If you visited Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’, R-Wash., campaign website in 2014, you would have had no doubt what she wanted to do with Obamacare. She wanted to kill it.

Four years later, Rodgers’ hatred for President Obama’s signature domestic law has not just softened on her campaign website, it’s disappeared. Her site today doesn’t make reference to the Affordable Care Act under the healthcare section. Instead, it refers to Rodgers “getting a ten-year extension for children’s health care funding” and her support for “more doctors in rural communities.”… Read More at The Daily Beast

Kevin Brady Sees Vote to Nix Obamacare Taxes Slipping Past Midterm Elections

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady suggested Tuesday that the House won’t have enough time this week to vote on a bill that delays or repeals key parts of Obamacare, meaning that the legislation won’t be passed until after the midterm elections.

Brady told reporters at the Capitol that a recess in the House due to Hurricane Florence could mean the Save American Workers Act of 2018 will not be considered until a lame duck session of Congress after the 2018 midterm elections. The House is expected to recess after this week for the whole month of October to give members more time to campaign before the elections in early November… Read More at Washington Examiner

Trump Administration Warns of ‘Chaos’ if Obamacare Is Blocked Too Soon

The Trump administration isn’t defending Obamacare from a legal attack that could finally slay the embattled health-care law, but the federal government cautioned Wednesday that an immediate and nationwide halt may trigger “chaos.”

Unlike the state of Texas, which urged a federal judge to block the Affordable Care Act right away, the Justice Department wants a court order not to take effect before Jan. 1, when the provision requiring people to pay a tax if they don’t have insurance is phased out.

Blocking Obamacare before January would “cause chaos in the insurance market,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brett Shumate told U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor… Read More at Bloomberg

The Stealth Repeal of Obamacare

Obamacare survived the first year of President Donald Trump, but it’s badly damaged.

The sweeping Republican tax bill on the verge of final passage would repeal the individual mandate in 2019, potentially taking millions of people out of the health insurance market. On top of that, the Trump administration has killed some subsidies, halved the insurance enrollment period, gutted the Obamacare marketing campaign, and rolled out a regulatory red carpet for skimpy new health plans that will change the insurance landscape in ways that are harmful to former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

None of these individually represent a death blow. But in aggregate, the past year adds up to a slow, stealthy erosion of the law.

Read more at Politico

Republican Push to Repeal Obamacare Collapses

A Republican plan to replace Obamacare will not be voted on this week, effectively signalling its collapse.

The party leadership said the bill would not come to the Senate floor after a third “no” vote emerged.

Susan Collins said she could not back the “deeply flawed” bill, despite a call from President Donald Trump and promises of money for her state.

It was a major blow for the president and Republican leadership, who have made Obamacare’s repeal a top priority.

Read more at the BBC

Republicans Tweak Obamacare Repeal Bill, Support Tepid

Republican senators tried to gather more support on Monday for a last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare by revising funding provisions of their bill to make it more attractive to a handful of undecided lawmakers.

The outcome remained in doubt, with several senators in the party voicing concerns in recent days about the legislation to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Republican senators leading the effort on Monday released a revised version of their bill in hopes of finding more support.

Read more at Reuters

Obamacare Repeal Bill Offers Both Enormous Flexibility and Uncertainty

The latest Republican proposal to undo the Affordable Care Act would grant states much greater flexibility and all but guarantee much greater uncertainty for tens of millions of people.

The legislation, proposed by two Senate Republicans, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would not only reduce the amount of federal funding for coverage over the next decade, but would also give states wide leeway to determine whom to cover and how. The result is a law that would be as disruptive as many of the Republicans’ previous proposals, but whose precise impact is the hardest to predict.

Read more at The New York Times

Trump Says ‘Inaction Is Not an Option’ After Gop Senators Unveil Last-Gasp Obamacare Repeal Plan

  • President Trump criticizes Obamacare but does not appear to endorse a plan championed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.
  • The senators introduced their last-ditch Obamacare repeal plan on Wednesday.
  • The GOP faces a Sept. 30 deadline to use budget rules to pass a health-care bill with only Republican votes.

 

Read more at CNBC

GOP Support Erodes for McConnell’s Obamacare Repeal Plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he is preparing to bring before the full Senate a comprehensive repeal of the Affordable Care Act — but Republican support for his plan quickly began to erode.

Three Republicans senators — all women who were left out of the core group who met to write the first draft of the Senate’s health care bill — have already come out against the move.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was the fateful third, effectively killing the effort to repeal Obamacare without an alternative.

“I said in January we should not repeal without a replacement and just an indefinite hold on this just creates more chaos and confusion,” Murkowski told reporters.

Read more at NBC News