The Health 202: the New Gop Obamacare Repeal Effort Faces the Same Old Math

A small group of Republicans — led by Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham — appear convinced they can rework the equation to secure that ever-elusive 50th vote for their measure, finally passing a bill overhauling the Affordable Care Act with a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Pence and moving closer to their goal of repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

There will be a lot of moving parts to watch this week. Republicans have asked the Congressional Budget Office to rush a score of the Graham-Cassidy bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky., office confirmed yesterday. McConnell plans to take the temperature of his leadership team and his entire conference over the next few days. They have only two weeks left to scrape together enough support, since the budget reconciliation bill they’re using expires at the end of the month.

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4 Key Questions Surrounding Obamacare Repeal

House Republicans are mounting yet another effort to tear down Obamacare and remake the health care system — but the path to delivering on one of the GOP’s longest-standing priorities remains complicated and fraught with uncertainty.

House GOP leadership is working furiously to rally support for its Obamacare repeal bill amid threats of a government shutdown, rebellion within its ranks and dire warnings about the consequences for the nation’s most vulnerable Americans. The Trump administration and Republican leaders contend they’re drawing closer to a deal. Still, the situation is more fluid than ever.

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Milbank: the Masterminds Behind Obamacare’s ‘Death Spiral’

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) says Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” and he should know: He’s the one who cut the power to Obamacare’s engines and pointed its nose downward.

President Trump says, “Obamacare is imploding and will only get worse,” and he should know: He’s the one who placed the explosives under Obamacare’s foundation.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), co-author of the GOP health-care bill, says of Obamacare: “We’ve arrived at the scene of a pretty big wreck.” And he, too, should know: He’s the one who dumped oil and tire spikes on the road.

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GOP Health-Care Plan: Republican Hard-Liners’ Reaction Puts Bill’s Future in Doubt

Conservative lawmakers in the House and the Senate continued to attack the Republican health-care plan Tuesday after congressional budget analysts found it would dramatically increase the number of uninsured Americans while raising premium costs in the short term.

The reaction from Republican hard-liners to the Congressional Budget Office report cast doubt on the viability of the American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s proposal to revise Obamacare, which could receive a House vote within two weeks.

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3 Fatal Flaws Of The Republican Plan to Replace Obamacare

This month, the Republicans have finally introduced their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. For anyone familiar with the economics of insurance, the plan is highly problematic. The death spiral of Obamacare (which is real) will only get worse with Trumpcare. This article discusses three of the biggest flaws, and their implications.

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GOP Health Care Plan: White House Vows ‘Full-Court Press’ on Behalf of Proposal

The Trump administration is preparing to pitch House Republicans’ health-care proposal directly to the public in an attempt to circumvent a surge of opposition to the plan among conservatives, Democrats and health-care industry groups.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said administration officials, including President Trump, are engaged in a “full-court press” to sell the health-care bill through local radio and television interviews and meetings with stakeholders.

Trump will host a group of conservative leaders at the White House Wednesday night to discuss their concerns, Spicer said — the second night in a row Trump has huddled with players in the debate to discuss strategy.

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Conservatives Lash out at House Gop’s Obamacare Replacement Bill

Influential conservative lawmakers and activist groups panned health-care legislation drafted by House Republican leaders Tuesday, throwing the GOP’s plan to undo the Affordable Care Act in serious doubt less than 24 hours after it was released.

Those groups dubbed the House bill, backed by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), as “Obamacare Lite,” “RyanCare” or “RINOcare” — a reference to “Republican in name only,” a popular conservative epithet for establishment politicians.

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John Boehner Says Obamacare Repeal Is “Not Going to Happen”

With Republicans on Capitol Hill no closer to coalescing around an Obamacare replacement plan, and angry constituents and liberal activists staging protests at G.O.P. town halls across the country, former House Speaker John Boehner says there is little chance the party can successfully repeal Barack Obama’s signature health-care law this year—let alone replace it.

It’s not going to happen,” Boehner said Thursday while speaking at a health-care conference in Orlando, Florida, Politico reports. He dismissed claims by Donald Trump and G.O.P. leadership that Congress will successfully “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act by the end of the year, calling the prospect mere “happy talk.”

Boehner told the crowd on Thursday that he “started laughing” when congressional Republicans, ecstatic after Trump’s unexpected election triumph, predicted that they would rapidly repeal and replace Obamacare. “Republicans never ever agree on health care,” said Boehner, who resigned in 2015 from his House leadership role amid widespread turmoil in the party.

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Why Obamacare Is Unlikely to Die a Swift Death

Congressional Republicans have long boasted that once they claim the reins of power, they will act quickly and decisively to roll back what they view as the most onerous piece of President Obama’s domestic agenda: the Affordable Care Act.

But their actions starting Tuesday to end Obamacare will be far less sweeping, at least initially, than a full-blown repeal of the law.

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A Big Step Toward Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

For six years, it has been abundantly clear that Americans want Obamacare to be repealed—but only if a well-conceived conservative alternative is positioned to take its place. That’s why the recent release of the House GOP health care plan is a big deal. The new plan would of course repeal Obamacare. But it would also fix what the federal government had already broken even before the law was passed and made things so much worse.

Like the Obamacare alternatives advanced by the 2017 Project, the Hudson Institute, Ed Gillespie, Tom Price, and Scott Walker, the House GOP plan would finally fix the tax inequality in health care—which favors job-based insurance over individually purchased insurance—by offering a simple, refundable, non-income-based tax credit to those who buy health insurance on their own. (Those who don’t use their whole tax credit could put their savings in a health saving account.) Why should someone who has to buy health insurance on his own not get a tax break while his next-door-neighbor, who has job-based insurance, gets a tax break? Fixing this longstanding tax inequity, combined with repealing Obamacare, would allow the individual market—finally—to begin flourishing.

Read more at The Weekly Standard