What's New in Health Care Reform provides an overview of the past week’s news, updates, and commentary in health care reform and utilization management.
Trump, Price, and Hill GOP at Odds on Obamacare
Donald Trump and his pick to lead the Obamacare repeal effort, Rep. Tom Price, share a vision that the current health care system needs to be completely uprooted. But the two men have articulated wildly divergent visions for what comes next—and that's making it hard for Hill Republicans to figure out where to start on a coherent replacement plan once Obamacare is gone. Via Politico.
Ryan and Trump Set for Medicare Showdown
Since the election, Paul Ryan has accommodated and deferred to Donald Trump on all sorts of issues they don’t see eye-to-eye on. But when it comes to Ryan’s career-defining cause—overhauling Medicare and other entitlements—the speaker has held his ground. The clashing philosophies between the GOP's two top pols—Trump once called Ryan's doctrine "political suicide"—is about to come to a head. Left unresolved, it threatens to sink tax reform, a top priority for both men. Via Politico.
Trump Promises "Insurance for Everybody" as Health Law Replacement
President-elect Donald J. Trump said this weekend that he was nearly ready to unveil a plan to replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act with “insurance for everybody.” Mr. Trump, in an interview Saturday evening with The Washington Post, said that health care offered under his plan would come “in a much simplified form—much less expensive and much better. We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Mr. Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” Via NY Times.
With House Approval, Congress Set to Begin Obamacare Repeal Process
The House voted 227-198 to approve a budget resolution that puts Republicans on the path to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The vote on the budget framework formally instructs four congressional committees to begin drafting reconciliation legislation that would repeal Obamacare. It comes on the heels of a Senate vote on the resolution, which narrowly passed by a vote of 51-48. Via Morning Consult.
Poll Shows What the Public Does and Does Not Know about Obamacare
NPR and the polling firm IPSOS have a new poll out that suggests the public might not be as enthusiastic about repealing Obamacare as their representatives are. Via NPR.
House Expected to Follow Senate’s Lead on Rush to Repeal Health Law
The House is expected to give final approval on a measure that would allow Republicans to speedily gut the Affordable Care Act with no threat of a Senate filibuster, a move that would thrust the question of what health law would come next front and center even before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office. The House vote would come after the Senate narrowly approved the same measure, a budget blueprint. Via NY Times.
Anxious Lawmakers to GOP Leaders: What’s the Plan to Replace Obamacare?
House Republican leaders attempted to quell concerns of a skittish rank and file before a key vote to begin unwinding the Affordable Care Act. The assurances came after lawmakers across the GOP’s ideological divides sounded anxious notes this week about advancing legislation that would repeal Obamacare without firm plans for its replacement. Via Washington Post.
Health Law Sleepers: Six Surprising Health Items That Could Disappear with ACA Repeal
The Affordable Care Act of course affected premiums and insurance purchasing. It guaranteed people with pre-existing conditions could buy health coverage and allowed children to stay on parents’ plans until age 26. But the roughly 2,000-page bill also included a host of other provisions that affect the health-related choices of nearly every American. Some of these measures are evident every day. Some enjoy broad support, even though people often don’t always realize they spring from the statute. Via Kaiser Health News.
Trump’s Obamacare Impatience Challenges GOP
Donald Trump called for a quick and nearly simultaneous repeal and replacement of Obamacare—a task that's technically almost impossible. Republicans can repeal much of the law on a party line vote under fast-track budget rules. But replacement require at least a handful of Senate Democrats to help dismantle President Barack Obama's historic achievement that's covering 20 million Americans. And the Republicans have to agree among themselves on a specific detailed bill, an agreement that has so far been elusive. Via Politico.
Nearly Two-Thirds Say Obamacare Replacement Must Happen with Repeal
Nearly two-thirds of registered voters say Congress should not repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll finds. Via Morning Consult.