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From Kaiser Health News:
People with preexisting conditions will still be able to buy coverage under the GOP plan, but it’s not clear there will be plans anyone can afford. (Julie Rovner, 3/13)
Not being officially admitted — a status known as observation care — can have financial consequences for beneficiaries, and patients had often complained they were not informed. (Susan Jaffe, 3/13)
A Kaiser Permanente pain management program in Southern California aims to help patients taper off addictive painkillers. Some doctors and patients see it as a godsend; others complain that patients have been cut off medications they need. (Sam Quinones, 3/13)
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THIS LOOKS FAMILIAR ...
Repeal and replace!
Let's not and say we did though.
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Summaries Of The News:
The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its projections on the Republicans' new health care plan as early as Monday.
Roll Call: CBO Score Will Ring In Another Round Of House Fight
All eyes this week are off the floor as Capitol Hill awaits a Congressional Budget Office score for House Republicans’ health care plan and the House Budget Committee prepares to mark up the plan. While a CBO estimate on how much the plan to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law will cost and what effect it would have on those with insurance is expected as soon as Monday, the Budget Committee has scheduled its markup of the legislation for Wednesday morning. (Dick, 3/13)
The Associated Press: Republicans Brace For Downbeat CBO Analysis Of Health Bill
Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump’s promise of “insurance for everybody.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said he fully expects the CBO analysis, set to be released as early as Monday, to find less coverage since the GOP plan eliminates the government requirement to be insured. (Yen, 3/13)
Reuters: Agency's Analysis Of Republican Health Bill May Sharpen Resistance To Measure
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republican healthcare plan's top backer in Congress, acknowledged on NBC's "Meet the Press" program on Sunday that the CBO projections would likely show a decline in insurance coverage because the legislation would drop an Obamacare provision mandating that Americans obtain health insurance or pay a fine. "The one thing I'm certain will happen is CBO will say: 'Well, gosh. Not as many people will get coverage,'" Ryan said. "You know why? Because this isn't a government mandate." (3/13)
CNN Money: The Truth About The Uninsured Rate In America
The nation's uninsured rate has fallen to a historic low under Obamacare, but you'd never know that listening to Republican leaders speak.Bracing for a harsh assessment of their Obamacare repeal bill, House GOP leadership and the Trump administration are attacking the accuracy of the congressional agency tasked with reviewing it. (Luhby, 3/13)
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said that because Republicans are doing away with the individual mandate, the plan could mean fewer people have insurance.
The Washington Post: Trump Said No Americans Would Lose Coverage Under Obamacare Repeal. Paul Ryan Won’t Make That Promise.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday that he doesn’t know how many Americans would lose coverage under his proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act, which is under fire from fellow Republicans, AARP and virtually every sector of the U.S. health-care industry. (Snell, 3/12)
The Hill: Ryan: 'Can't Answer' How Many Will Lose Health Coverage Under GOP Plan
“I can't answer that question," Ryan told CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” when asked how many people will lose healthcare coverage. "It's up to people.” “Here's the premise of your question: Are you going to stop mandating people buy health insurance? People are going to do what they want to do with their lives because we believe in individual freedom in this country.” (Shelbourne, 3/12)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Paul Ryan Says Health Premiums Will Decrease Under His Replacement Plan
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he expects health insurance premiums to eventually decrease after a Republican replacement for Obamacare is put in place. Here was the exchange between the Wisconsin Republican and host John Dickerson on Sunday's show. (Kertscher, 3/12)
Politico: Ryan: Disaster If GOP Health Care Reform Fails
“I believe we can get 51 votes out of the Senate,” Ryan told host John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Look, this is what the legislative process looks like. When you are going through a deliberative legislative process, not ramming and jamming things but going through all the committees, going through the entire process — people are going to try and negotiate.” Ryan downplayed the opposition to the House bill as typical “negotiations and compromises.” (McCaskill, 3/12)
The right wing of the party is demanding changes be made to what they are calling "Obamacare Lite."
Politico: Conservatives Escalate Threats To Tank Obamacare Repeal
So much for President Donald Trump's charm offensive with conservatives. Conservative Hill leaders warned on Sunday that they won’t support the House GOP Obamacare alternative as it’s written, saying they’ll let the bill fail if they don’t get concessions. (Bade, 3/12)
The Associated Press: Conservatives Want Health Bill Changes, House Leaders Resist
Conservative Republicans demanded tougher changes Friday in insurance requirements and Medicaid than the House GOP health care bill proposes and warned they’d oppose the legislation if it isn’t reshaped. The White House signaled an openness to negotiate, but there was resistance from House leaders. (Fram, 3/10)
The Washington Post: GOP Infighting Over Health Care, Other Issues Belies Victory
Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump had won the White House, House Speaker Paul Ryan triumphantly proclaimed the start of a new era of Republican leadership that would “hit the ground running.” Six weeks into Trump’s administration, Republicans are running — just in different directions. As congressional leaders move forward with efforts to undo former President Barack Obama’s health care law, conservative activists and GOP lawmakers are slamming the proposal as “Obamacare lite,” ‘’Obamacare 2.0” and “RINOcare” — RINO standing for Republicans In Name Only, a term of derision. (Lerer and Beaumont, 3/13)
The Washington Post: Will Obamacare Repeal Break The Freedom Caucus? It Depends On Trump.
The internal Republican battle over replacing the Affordable Care Act has become the GOP’s first chance to break the House Freedom Caucus, the bloc of more than two dozen conservative lawmakers who have frustrated leadership for two years. And President Trump is likely to play a leading role. (Weigel, DeBonis and Snell, 3/11)
WBUR: Virginia Republican Says It's 'Conceivable' That Obamacare Repeal Won't Happen
Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Garrett (@Rep_Tom_Garrett) joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss why he won't vote for the health care proposal that his party put out this week, unless some changes are made to the measure. Garrett says the issue is "too important to rush." (Hobson, 3/10)
Meanwhile, in the Senate —
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