GOP govs: ObamaCare repeal bill shifts 'significant' costs to states
- Author: Ismael Montgomery Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 0:41
"That's exactly where we are right now". That panel's meeting - usually a prelude to bringing legislation to the House floor - is expected to produce amendments aimed at securing votes.
The House is set to vote next Thursday on the American Health Care Act. Republicans can only lose three votes and still expect the bill to get out of committee. "We've done some great things", and "health care looks like it's really happening". "We need to keep our word". Democrats have defended the current law and reject repeal. "It is our obligation to do that".
Those promises from President Donald Trump and Republican leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan seem less likely after a report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Much of the infighting around the health care bill is normal for a legislative battle of this size and impact. A superior approach would be to come up with a way to actually improve the nation's health care system. There's still a long way to go before this fight is over.
The report could influence sentiment toward a bill that is already under fire from both Democrats and many conservative Republicans, especially if it suggests the legislation would reduce the number of Americans with health coverage or that it would worsen USA budget deficits. Had one more Republican joined them, the measure would have failed in what would have been a damaging, embarrassing - but not fatal - blow to the measure. The study released on Monday was highly anticipated given that the CBO independently evaluates the effects of congressional bills, on both the political and economic levels, Efe news reported.
Changes to Medicaid proposed by Republican lawmakers may cut the program's budget, but won't jeopardize care for beneficiaries, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., said Wednesday.
The GOP's American Health Care Act "provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states", the governors wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
"These changes definitely strengthen our numbers", said the House GOP's top vote counter, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, among Trump's guests Friday.
G20 ministers struggle to find consensus on trade
A meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors kicked off in the German town of Baden-Baden on Friday (March 17). Europe, China and Brazil want the G-20 to preserve current language calling for a rejection of protectionism "in all its forms".
Two House committees approved the bill's provisions with no changes last week.
It seems that proponents of the AHCA are not listening to the message that citizens in MI and nationally are giving policy makers: fix the ACA so that it can provide better quality, more accessible and lower-cost health coverage. It probably won't result in a dramatic increase in the number of insurance companies participating.
Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, wants changes in private insurance mandates that he says will lower healthcare premiums.
The House bill would repeal major elements of former President Barack Obama's 2010 law. White House spokesman Sean Spicer insists the president is all-in, as do Pence, Ryan and Price. "It's failing", Trump told reporters at a joint news conference with the visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Conservatives have criticized the legislation as too similar to Obama's law.