Obamacare Repeal Isn’t Really Dead

Against all odds, Republicans keep coming up with worse and worse health-care plans.

To be fair, though, it’s not entirely clear that we should even really call them that. Each of them has been more like a plan to have a plan—or, it’s hard to tell, maybe a plan to have a plan to have a plan—than an actual one. Indeed, House Republicans passed a health-care bill that President Trump himself thought was “mean” out of the expectation that the Senate would make it better. It didn’t. Instead, the Senate came within a vote of approving a bill that one of its supporters Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called a “fraud” and a “disaster” in hopes that a conference committee with the House would yield something a little less “terrible.”

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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.

 

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New Gop Health Care Bill Could Allow Cheaper Plans With Fewer Benefits

Senate Republicans unveiled their newest health care bill Thursday as they continue to search for the majority needed to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Now, it’s up to senators to decide if they like it.

The new bill includes major changes to the original. One of the most significant was the inclusion of an amendment by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which would allow insurers offering Obamacare plans to also offer cheaper, bare-bones policies. The amendment was included in an effort to earn more conservative support, but could also drive away some moderates who fear the amendment could drive up premiums for those with pre-existing conditions.

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Top Republican Says Senate Will Repeal and Replace Obamacare “by the End of July”

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Wednesday that the Senate will pass a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare before Congress leaves on its annual August recess.

In an interview on KFYO’s “The Chad Hasty Show,” the Texas Republican was asked if the Senate could get a repeal and replace plan by the end of the year done.

“Oh, absolutely,” Cornyn said. “We’ll get it done by the end of July at the latest.”

Cornyn said he suspects the upper chamber will resolve the health care issue “in the next few weeks” and that lawmakers have “no choice” but to tackle it since, he said, “Obamacare is in meltdown.”

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Build a Better Bill: GOP Senate Must Save Obamacare Repeal Once Again

It’s no secret that my organization, FreedomWorks, had serious concerns with the American Health Care Act. The amendment negotiated by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to allow states to define their own community rating and essential health benefits was a step in the right direction, but further improvements must be made as the bill works its way through the Senate. As Meadows said during the House debate over the AHCA, “The American people are going to care about one thing, and that’s premiums going down.”

It’s a tall order — especially given today’s political climate and the endless onslaught of liberal outrage.

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Republicans Reveal Obamacare Alternatives

According to an online post in The Hill (Feb. 4) by Sarah Ferris, at least three key Republicans are supporting alternatives to the Affordable Care Act.

One option, according to Ferris, would do away with law’s much publicized mandates while retaining the tax credits. Those are key in assisting those low income persons in the purchasing of health insurance plans – private ones that is. Details of the new plans being offered up remain vague (as of Feb 4). One would additionally keep two of Obamacare’s “most popular provisions” according to Ferris: the ACA’s inherent protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The other? The provision the young like very much – permitting them to remain on their parents’ health insurance coverage plans until they reach the age of 26.

Perhaps some of the most compelling of the Republican senators’ proposals are those advocating that: “individuals would no longer be required to buy healthcare coverage and employers would no longer be required to offer it.”

The three Republican senators offering different versions of Obamacare are Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Richard Burr, R-N.C.

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GOP Health Plan Could be Road to Nowhere

For an opposition Party bent on doing away with the most revolutionary change to American healthcare since Medicare and Medicaid, a decision to hold a vote doing so has not been made – yet. The house GOP would also have to completely repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, then  work could begin in earnest to construct, then implement,  their alternative. In the next several weeks, much talk is anticipated, a lot of it coming from Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about a replacement plan. Here, there is even concern about the term “replacement”, given many in the Republican Camp would rather offer their own market-based solutions versus government sponsored ones. Political concerns, logistically and strategically speaking, also revolve around Republicans’ unwillingness to let vulnerable Democrats vote. This following their rout in Florida’s recent special congressional election.

Three Republican Senators, Burr, Hatch, and Coburn have offered a proposal to repeal then replace Obamacare, with “market-based reforms.”

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