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
For years, congressional Republicans vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
In a case sending shock waves through midterm election campaigns, Republican attorneys general across the country might be poised to make good on that promise.
Both political parties expect record-breaking fundraising for the 30 contested elections for state attorneys general this year. Democrats aim to translate narrow public support for the Affordable Care Act — a Fox News poll last month showed 51 percent of Americans viewed the health care law favorably — into the votes needed to seize a handful of posts held by Republicans… Read More at USA Today
Not satisfied with a raft of legislative and administrative steps likely to drive up health premiums just as voters turn their attention to the November elections, a coalition of conservatives on Tuesday unveiled another attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act.
This one also has Republican fingerprints on it. The “Health Care Choices Proposal” advanced by the Health Policy Consensus Group closely tracks the so-called Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that enjoyed a brief moment in the sun last fall before fading away. The sponsoring group comprises the Heritage Foundation, the free-market Galen Institute, the right-wing Goldwater Institute and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), among others.
Like Graham-Cassidy, the latest proposal would effectively do away with protections for people with preexisting medical conditions and would remove the ACA’s requirements that all health plans offer minimum essential benefits, such as hospitalization, maternity care and mental health services.
Graham-Cassidy would have eliminated the Medicaid expansion and funneled money away from states that covered their poorest residents via Medicaid, such as California, and toward those that didn’t bother, such as Texas, via a block-grant system providing each state with a capped amount of federal funding.
The new proposal is vague on how its block-grant system would work, but on the surface it has some of the same features as Graham-Cassidy. As Duke University health insurance expert David Anderson puts it, the message for Americans saddled with a healthcare law like this is: “Don’t get sick.” Read More at LA Times
The ObamaCare premium wars are back.
The cost of health insurance plans on the ObamaCare exchanges could jump in the coming weeks, some by double digits, inflaming the issue ahead of the midterm elections.
Democrats argue the price increases are the result of what they refer to as “Republican sabotage.” They contend that, since the GOP controls Congress and the White House, the price hikes are their responsibility — and that’s the message they plan to take into the fall campaign.
Read More at The Hill
According to Byron York in Townhall (online, 10/28) some Democratic candidates are acknowledging voter discontent over the Affordable Care act by promising to repair the 2010 healthcare law. York briefly outlines events at recent political debate in the state of New Hampshire when Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was quizzed about her proposed Obamacare remedies. At best, when asked to list her ideas for fixes, she responded with plans to name a committee to identify problems with HealthCare.gov.
Byron also cites a Gallup Poll information, hinting voter opposition to the Affordable Care Act may be rooted in their actual personal experiences, versus upon what they have read or heard about the law. York adds, “Since Obamacare was enacted in 2010, the Gallup polling organization has asked people whether the law has helped or hurt them personally, or whether they haven’t been affected at all. In the latest survey, most people — 54 percent — said they have not been affected. But 27 percent said they have been affected and hurt, while a smaller group, 16 percent, said they have been helped.”
Byron’s Townhall piece also explains, as Republicans continue their attacks against the Affordable Care Act, their positive numbers in the polls grow. Such criticism may be effective, and working.
Many across the U.S. may be receiving monthly bills for substantially increased health insurance premiums. According to a recent report in the Washington Times (online, Sept. 3) those Americans are at the least starting to shop around for brand new health insurance coverage. This is being done as advance preparation for the new open enrollment season this fall. They’re also possibly discovering that the new health policies under Obamacare reflect starkly increasing costs, and – that here are no less expensive alternatives.
Also, according to the Washington Times report, President Obama’s Gallup Poll approval stands at 39 percent approving, with 54 percent negatively viewing the president’s job performance.
These latest survey findings and the increasing premiums may help and to return The Affordable Care Act to front and center in the fall Midterm Elections. When the Democratically controlled Senate passed Obamacare in 2009, one of its main provisions compelled health insurers, drug companies, hospitals, as well as health care centers, to share the $2 trillion cost – spread over the next 10 years. Yet, President Obama postponed this requirement. Now, as things stand, as of Sept. 30, 2014, insurers will have to pony up some $8 billion – which will eventually come from policyholders, ultimately bearing the full brunt of it.
Endangered Democrats in the midterm elections continue to distance themselves from Obamacare while President Barack Obama celebrates hitting the 7 million sign-up mark by the March deadline.