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
Republicans are about to play a game of chicken with 20 million Americans’ healthcare.
GOP lawmakers are planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, in 2017 but delay the the rollback by up to three years to draft a replacement plan, according to Politico.
In an article in The Hill online, June 10, Elise Viebeck says the Obama White House is now permitting over 12 states to defer putting into effect a portion of the ACA’s insurance exchange for small businesses. The delay is until 2016.
House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R.-Mo.) has criticized the latest delay, by saying, “HHS and CMS haven’t answered any inquiries regarding the development if SHOP and it appears that the dysfunction is worse than many of us thought.”
Viebeck says this means only one option will be open to small-business employees who wish to purchase health insurance in the SHOP system. “In the latest deferral, the administration allowed state insurance commissioners to request that the SHOP in the state not offer “employee choice” next year.”
The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new “Obamacare” healthcare law.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified insurance companies on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, that it would not sign final agreements with insurance plans between September 5 and 9, as originally anticipated, but would wait until mid-September instead, according to insurance industry sources.
Even so, HHS spokesowman Joanne Peters said the department remains “on track to open” the marketplaces on time on October 1, 2013.
The reason for the delay is unclear. Sources attributed it to technology problems involving the display of insurance products within the federal information technology system.