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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: Affordable Care Act Repeal / Replacement Reply with quote

The bullet points of the legislation that was not voted on last Friday;

http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....-bill.html

Information on the Bill Being Pulled:
http://www.wsj.com/livecoverag.....-bill-vote
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

House vote to scrap Obamacare set for Thursday


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

First posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 09:38 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 09:44 PM EDT



WASHINGTON — The House will vote Thursday on GOP legislation to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, as Republicans finally aim to deliver on seven years of campaign promises that helped them gain control of Congress and the White House.

But the move announced late Wednesday by GOP leaders also carries extreme political risk, as House Republicans prepare to endorse a bill that boots millions off the insurance rolls and may not even survive the Senate.

“We will pass this bill,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., confidently predicted after a day of wrangling votes and personal arm-twisting by President Donald Trump.

Pressed by reporters as he exited a meeting in Speaker Paul Ryan’s office, McCarthy protested: “We’re gonna pass it! We’re gonna pass it! Let’s be optimistic about life!”

After an earlier defeat when Republican leaders were forced to pull the bill for lack of votes, the decision to move forward indicated confidence on the part of GOP leaders. Failure would be catastrophic. But a successful outcome would make good on the GOP’s No. 1 goal of undoing Obama’s signature legislative achievement, and provide a long-sought win for Trump, who has been in office more than 100 days without a significant congressional victory save Senate confirmation of a Supreme Court justice.

The White House had aggressively pushed House leaders to act, and Trump got heavily involved in recent days, working the phones and personally agreeing to changes earlier Wednesday that brought two pivotal Republicans back on board. Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri emerged from a White House meeting with Trump saying they could now support the bill, thanks to the addition of $8 billion over five years to help people with pre-existing conditions.

“‘We need you, we need you, we need you,”’ Long described as the message from a president eager for a victory.

Democrats stood firmly united against the health bill. But they generally applauded a separate $1 trillion-plus spending measure to keep the government running, which passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 309-118 earlier Wednesday.

The latest iteration of the GOP health care bill would let states escape requirements that insurers provide a menu of basic services like preventive care and charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same rates — changes that brought a key group of conservatives on board last week. Overall, the legislation would cut the Medicaid program for the poor, eliminate fines for people who don’t buy insurance and provide generally skimpier subsidies. The American Medical Association, AARP and other consumer and medical groups are opposed. The AMA issued a statement saying the changes sought by Upton and Long “tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill — that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result.”

If the GOP bill became law, congressional analysts estimate that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year.

When the health bill does come to a vote Thursday it will be without an updated analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office about its cost and affect, a point Democrats complained about bitterly.

“Forcing a vote without a CBO score shows that Republicans are terrified of the public learning the full consequences of their plan,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “But tomorrow, House Republicans are going to tattoo this moral monstrosity to their foreheads, and the American people will hold them accountable.”

Even with Upton and Long in the “yes” column, GOP leaders had spent the day hunting for votes among wary moderates. More than a dozen opponents said they were still no despite the latest changes. GOP leaders can lose only 22 from their ranks and still pass the bill, and an Associated Press tally found 19 opposed even after Upton and Long got on board. But late in the day Wednesday at least two more Republicans — Daniel Webster of Florida and David Young of Iowa — also reversed their opposition and announced support for the bill.

Even so, Thursday’s margin could be razor-thin, much like when “Obamacare” itself cleared the House in 2010 on a party-line vote of 219-212. The GOP has been trying ever since to repeal the law even as around 20 million Americans gained coverage under it. On Thursday Republicans might succeed for the first time in passing a repeal bill that may have a chance of getting signed into law.

As they have throughout the debate, Republicans argued that Obama’s health law is collapsing under its own weight, and they must intervene to save it. They argue that their plan will provide consumers with lower premiums and more choices, removing the unpopular mandates that require most Americans to carry insurance or face fines. Several Republican lawmakers pointed to news out of Iowa this week that the last carrier of individual health insurance policies in most of the state might stop offering them to residents.

“That’s why we have to make sure this passes, to save those people from Obamacare that continues to collapse,” McCarthy said.

Separately, on the spending bill to keep the government running, Trump and GOP leaders hailed it as a victory, citing increases in money for the military. The $1.1 trillion spending bill was the bipartisan result of weeks of negotiations in which top Democrats like Pelosi successfully blocked Trump’s most controversial proposals, including a down payment on his oft-promised Mexico border wall, cuts to popular domestic programs, and new punishments for so-called sanctuary cities.

Now that it’s passed the House, the mammoth, 1,665-page measure to fund the government through September heads to the Senate, which is also expected to approve it. Trump has promised to sign it.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017.....r-thursday
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ObamaCare replacement bill approved in House


Published May 04, 2017
· Fox News


House Republicans on Thursday narrowly approved a sweeping health care bill aimed at fulfilling their campaign promise to upend ObamaCare, after bringing out the legislative defibrillators to resuscitate a package that had flatlined on the floor not six weeks earlier.

The revised American Health Care Act passed on a 217-213 vote. It heads next to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain fate.

“A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.

Capping a fiery debate moments before the vote, Ryan appealed to colleagues to move beyond ObamaCare, which he called a “collapsing law” and “failed experiment.” Citing the situation in Iowa, where the last statewide insurer is threatening to leave, Ryan said: “This is a crisis. … What protection is ObamaCare if there is no health care plan to purchase in your state?”

Health Secretary Tom Price told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” earlier Thursday that he expects the Senate to ensure the best-possible bill emerges and rejected criticism that the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would lead to reduced coverage.

“What we want to do is have a seamless system, not pull the rug out from anybody,” Price said, claiming the proposal would ensure people with pre-existing conditions remain covered.

That issue is a major point of contention.

After the original bill was pulled from the floor in March amid conservative resistance, GOP leaders won over some of those lawmakers by including waivers that states could claim pertaining to ObamaCare’s coverage requirements, including for those with pre-existing conditions.

WHAT'S IN THE GOP HEALTH CARE BILL?

Earlier this week, moderates in turn objected that constituents with pre-existing conditions could effectively be denied coverage by insurers charging them exorbitant premiums.

In a final tweak, leaders added billions more to help people with pre-existing conditions afford coverage. Critics say it’s still not enough, but the changes helped attract just enough support from conservative and centrist Republicans to pass – GOP leaders announced overnight they had the votes, setting in motion Thursday’s action.

In a sign of how the bill’s reputation had changed among conservatives since March, the conservative Club for Growth withdrew its opposition just before Thursday’s vote.

Democrats, though, continue to rail against the legislation that would overhaul many key provisions of ObamaCare. Lawmakers took to the floor to call it a "gut punch to America," and a boon for billionaires and "undertakers."

“This disastrous bill has been condemned by almost everyone,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday at a press conference. She said the latest version is “worse” than the original and rejected claims it would protect those with pre-existing conditions.

“This is a scar that they will carry,” Pelosi said of House Republicans who vote for the plan.

Republicans say a new health bill is necessary to curb rising premium costs and stop insurers from fleeing markets across the country.

“Doing nothing leaves too many Americans out in the cold,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said. “We tried the ObamaCare way. It is failing remarkably.”

The health care vote was scheduled after the White House and congressional leaders barraged rank-and-file holdouts with pressure in recent days and claimed they had the votes to prevail.

But in the Senate, some Republicans consider the House measure too harsh.

The bill would eliminate tax penalties Obama's law which has clamped down on people who don't buy coverage and it erases tax increases in the Affordable Care Act on higher-earning people and the health industry. It cuts the Medicaid program for low-income people and lets states impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. It transforms Obama's subsidies for millions buying insurance -- largely based on people's incomes and premium costs -- into tax credits that rise with consumers' ages.

The measure would retain Obama's requirement that family policies cover grown children until age 26.

But states could get federal waivers freeing insurers from other Obama coverage requirements. With waivers, insurers could charge people with pre-existing illnesses far higher rates than healthy customers, boost prices for older consumers to whatever they wish and ignore the mandate that they cover specified services like pregnancy care.

The bill would block federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year, considered a triumph by many anti-abortion Republicans.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the GOP bill would end coverage for 24 million people over a decade. That office also said the bill's subsidies would be less generous for many, especially lower-earning and older people not yet 65 and qualifying for Medicare.

A CBO estimate for the cost of latest version of their bill will not be ready before the House conducts its vote.

http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....house.html
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