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The Senate GOP’s new health care bill is just ObamaCare, but less of it

Source: Reason
by Peter Suderman

“When congressional Republicans began drafting health care legislation at the beginning of the year, critics worried that the result would not be the repeal and replace of Obamacare that the GOP had long promised. Instead, they warned, the Republican party was on track to produce something more aptly understood as ‘Obamacare lite’ — a watered down version of the law that is already in place. Partly this was for procedural reasons: Reconciliation, the budget maneuver which Republicans are relying on to pass a bill in the Senate with a simple majority vote, presents some procedural barriers to full repeal. But those worries also stemmed from long-simmering concerns that, despite having spent seven years campaigning on replacing the health care law, Republicans had developed no substantive health policy goals of their own.” (06/22/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/22/the-senate-gops-new-health-care-bill-is

US House passes ObamaCare repeal

Source: The Hill

“House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, taking a major step toward a long-held goal and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health system. The narrow 217-213 vote is a victory for GOP leaders, who faced a tumultuous path to getting the bill to the floor. The measure had to be pulled in March because of a lack of votes, but a series of deals since then brought on board the conservative Freedom Caucus and then wavering moderates. … The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, repeals the core elements of ObamaCare, including its subsidies to help people get insurance coverage, expansion of Medicaid, taxes and mandates for people to get coverage. In its place, the bill provides a new tax credit aimed at helping people buy insurance, though it would provide less help than ObamaCare to low-income people.” (05/04/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/331937-house-passes-obamacare-repeal

US Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill

Source: The Hill

“The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP’s healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included. The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there was’t enough Republican support to pass it. The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law. … Moderate Republicans are facing a difficult decision on the bill now that the Freedom Caucus has backed it, bringing the legislation close to the 216 House votes needed for passage.” (04/26/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/330681-freedom-caucus-endorses-revised-obamacare-repeal-bill

Repealing ObamaCare is not enough

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“One would think that repealing Obamacare would have been the first order of business for the Republican-controlled Congress once Trump was sworn in. After all, Republicans have spent the last seven years since Obamacare was passed denouncing the law, campaigning on promises to repeal it, airing more than $235 million in ads attacking the law, and staging more than 50 high-profile votes in the House to repeal it. It turns out that ‘some GOP legislators are saying that the political assault on Obamacare was an exercise in cynical politics, and that an outright repeal was never on the table.'” (04/07/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/repealing-obamacare-not-enough/

White House presents new GOP health care plan to moderates, conservatives

Source: CBS News

“The White House has come up with a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters Monday night. Meadows said Vice President Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney met with the conservative House members Monday. Pence met with moderates earlier in the day. While Meadows said ‘there is no deal, in principle,’ he did refer to the proposal as ‘a solid idea that was offered,’ and said his caucus would evaluate its impact on premium costs. … The White House initiative on Capitol Hill comes just after another vocal opponent of the last Republican bill, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spent the weekend playing golf with President Trump and talking about health care.” (04/04/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-presents-new-gop-health-care-plan-to-moderates-conservatives/

ObamaCare repeal is dead — long live ObamaCare repeal

Source: The American Spectator
by Ross Kaminsky

“While President Trump has over the course of less than a week vacillated between ‘I’m moving on’ and ‘a deal is near,’ Republican congressmen are ignoring the White House. Mr. Trump has done all the cajoling and arm-twisting he needs to do. Most Republicans are already as motivated as they can be to repeal and replace Obamacare. At this point, more presidential involvement is not only unneeded, but would serve only to slow down the process. Despite President Trump’s back-and-forth, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s depressing statement that the Obamacare ‘status quo … (will) go forward, regretfully,’ every House member I spoke with believes that an improved measure will come up for a vote in less than a month, perhaps in just one to two weeks.” (03/29/17)

https://spectator.org/obamacare-repeal-is-dead-long-live-obamacare-repeal/

Comparing ObamaCare scams

Source: Independent Institute
by Gary M Galles

“Speaking on the Boston Herald’s ‘morning drive’ radio show several days ago, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber called the Republicans’ Obamacare ‘repeal and replace’ plan ‘a scam.’ That’s an interesting accusation coming from one of the architects of Obamacare, who helped ‘sell’ the plan to the American people by misleading them. As British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with saying: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ Gruber seems to have mastered all three, using his knowledge of economics to twist things so the less-well-informed would believe his lies. And he has repeatedly bragged about it.” (03/27/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9027

How right-wing media saved ObamaCare

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

[T]the GOP didn’t honestly acknowledge the hard tradeoffs inherent in health-care policy before making the case for a market-driven system. Republicans tried to hide the fact of tradeoffs …. And it helps explain how Republicans could win a presidential election and lots of congressional elections on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare, only to produce bill so wildly unappealing to voters. Once Republicans commenced governing, the tradeoffs couldn’t be elided any longer. Still, even the insight that Republicans spent years willfully obscuring the tradeoffs involved in health-care policy doesn’t fully explain the last week. Focusing on GOP officials leaves out yet another important actor in this debacle: the right-wing media.” (03/27/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/the-right-wing-media-helped-obamacare-in-spite-of-itself/520851/

Why Trump can’t fix healthcare

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Bill Clinton tried to fix America’s health care problems and was shot down by Congress. Barack Obama got his solution enacted only to find most people didn’t like it. Republicans who voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better have found it fiendishly hard to agree on how. It could be that our health care problems don’t get solved because of partisanship, incompetence, corruption or dishonesty among our elected officials. Or it could be because those problems are not soluble.” (03/27/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/27/why-trump-cant-fix-health-care

For GOP on healthcare, there’s no “moving on”

Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

“On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn’t have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a ‘setback’ and that Republicans are ‘moving on’ from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won’t be pretty. ‘We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,’ Trump told the media after the House pulled the bill. There is no way this will stand. No matter what President Trump says, he is not done with Obamacare. Congress still needs to rescue Americans from this law. Now they have a chance — and a responsibility — to do it right.” (03/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gop-health-care-theres-no-moving