Obamacare repeal and replace won't happen: Boehner
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 8:30
However, President Donald Trump noted on Wednesday that his administration would have a replacement for Obamacare in mid-to-early March.
There are doubts that Republicans will succeed with repeal, or if they do, that it will significantly change the existing law.
"We had a little taste of fairness with the ACA", Smart said.
Easter this year is April 16.
Many Republican "plans" and proposals to replace the ACA "would eliminate the essential benefits standard for individual and small-group [insurance] policies", according to a January analysis by the Washington Post.
Allen says that Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight.
Shifts tax subsidies to block grants based on age: Instead of tax subsidies based on income, as in the ACA, the House GOP plan would give every American a chunk of money to purchase insurance based on their age. Experts said that while that level of tax credit might be large enough to cover the premium of a comprehensive health plan for a 30-year-old, it probably wouldn't be enough to cover the premium for a 60-year-old.
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey Friday said 87 percent of residents in the 16 expansion states with Republican governors want to keep federal funding for the program.
"What we have to do is restore the marketplace", Allen said. Meanwhile, Rendell called for more investment into laying the health IT groundwork that will improve quality and cost savings. And once the Democrats got the power they needed to move forward on it, Republicans kicked and screamed and complained about it at every turn. "That we're not in a position where we're pulling the rug out from under folks". This was part Obama's plan, passed by what was then a Democrat-majority Congress.
The talks on the Hill over health care are being driven by five key Republicans: Ryan, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, Senate Health Chairman Lamar Alexander, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady. It did, however, note that party officials believe that "President Trump and HHS Secretary Price have an important role to play in providing relief from Obamacare's burdensome regulations". The Senate did that February 10.
Still, the blueprint from House Republicans promises to repeal and replace ObamaCare. But Obama, as promised, vetoed it.
"So there are many things that he can do inside the law to help the marketplace, to build the marketplace back, and these are interagency regulatory reforms", Allen said. While they are nearly evenly divided between wanting to see the law repealed (47 percent) or not repealed (48 percent), very few (18 percent) of those favoring repeal support the idea of working out replacement details later.
Much attention will be paid to the proposed tax credits offered for people to buy health insurance and the changes to the tax treatment of employer-based insurance. Of course, these two gas stations will try to compete with the station across the street - but they're also in the middle of nowhere and people will most likely show up and be desperate to fill up their tank.
"A ideal system encourages everyone to buy an insurance package", Owen said. "Well, people don't need that, and don't need to pay for that".
These tax credits can not be put toward paying for abortions or even any health insurance plan that offers coverage for abortions.
Statesboro resident Joanne Atekha, whose husband is a doctor, spoke to Allen upstairs at the library as he was leaving the Free File event. The ACA has barred insurers from doing this.