Fix, don't repeal, Obamacare

Posted February 27, 2017

So instead of tearing down what's working simply because it has Barack Obama's name on it, Congress should spend less time repealing it, and more time improving it. "If [people] don't buy it, they're going to get penalized".

Another conflict at the center of the repeal is how to handle Medicaid expansion.

Previously, those in individual health plans before Obamacare would eventually have to switch from their old plans onto a new exchange plan. The Kansas House, which has a Republican supermajority, voted Wednesday to take Obamacare funding to expand its Medicaid program. These already financially-strapped organizations can't look forward to the idea of reimbursement cuts and some organizations, such as the National Rural Health Association as Herman notes, have begun to speak out. Now Boehner says it's not going to happen.

Younger adults are more likely than older people to approve of Obamacare.

The Republican-led Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump have said repealing and replacing the law - under which more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans received health insurance, many through the Medicaid expansion - is a top priority.

The Republican summary said those Americans losing Medicaid coverage would be eligible for a monthly tax exemption to help lower the cost of health insurance.

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Stephanopoulos asked Jordan to respond to Republican Gov. The former speaker's frank comments capture the conundrum that many Republicans find themselves in as they try to deliver on pledges to axe Obamacare but struggle to coalesce around an alternative. The poll also found the law has record levels of support, with more Americans now viewing it favorably than unfavorably.

Details of potential Obamacare replacements by U.S. House Republicans emerged in news reports on Friday, as Republican lawmakers have vowed to introduce new legislation in the coming weeks. They also were scheduled for separate closed-door sessions with congressional Republicans and Democrats.

The Republican leaders' memo didn't mention this matter specifically but it said: "Governors and state legislators ... know better than Washington bureaucrats where there are unmet needs and opportunities to cut down on waste, fraud, and abuse".

The discussion draft, leaked to Politico, calls for tax credits for individuals based on age, ranging between $2,000 and $4,000 - a shift from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which bases subsidies on income. "And full repeal means not taking the taxes" from people.

Overall, Medicaid serves more than 70 million people who automatically receive coverage for much of their medical care.

Yet, Senate budget rules limit how much of the health care law can be replaced through the process known as "reconciliation", meaning that the GOP will have to rely on skeptical Democrats to pass other health care bills and on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to take executive action on other fronts.