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Pence spoke Saturday in Louisville, Ky., and gave a full-throated endorsement of the American Health Care Act, which guts Obamacare and partially replaces it. Pence’s comments come after a week in which conservatives have opposed the bill as a new entitlement.
Pence also sought to downplay whether anyone would lose insurance coverage under the bill, which has yet to get a score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on how it will affect coverage and federal spending.
“Despite some fear-mongering among those on the left, we are gonna work with Congress and work with Health and Human Services and we are gonna have an orderly transition to a better healthcare system,” Pence said. “We’re gonna make the best healthcare system in the world even better.”
Pence said that action is needed to end the “Obamacare nightmare.”
“Virtually every promise of Obamacare has been broken,” he said. “Medicaid here in Kentucky is threatening to bankrupt this state.”
Kentucky was one of the few red states to embrace Obamacare, creating its own state-run healthcare exchange and expanding Medicaid. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin ran to end the expansion, but has since left it intact after getting a waiver for changes from the federal government.
The Medicaid expansion is a major sticking point in the American Health Care Act. The bill keeps the expansion in place until 2020, at which time it replaces Medicaid with a per capita cap system that doles out federal spending based on the number of beneficiaries.
But conservatives in the House and Senate have opposed the long deadline and called for the expansion to end after this year. However, moderate GOP senators have clamored for a longer transition for the expansion, worried about coverage losses.
by CHIP ROY, CHRIS JACOBS, DEANE WALDMAN March 6, 2017
AUSTIN –The Texas Public Policy Foundation this evening released a summary of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Obamacare repeal and replace legislation. The detailed summary, by TPPF Senior Healthcare Analyst Chris Jacobs, explains how the bill falls short of making good on the promise to fully repeal Obamacare and fails to fundamentally change federal control over supply and demand of healthcare:
1 – This plan fails to repeal most of the costly mandates and insurance regulations driving up premiums and deductibles.
2 – This plan replaces Obamacare’s subsidy scheme with a new costly federal entitlement in the form of a refundable tax credit.
3 –This plan leaves significant portions of the flawed and costly Medicaid expansion intact by delaying the freeze on Medicaid enrollment, maintaining the expansion of the program to the able-bodied, and providing a pathway for non-expansion states to accept enhanced federal dollars.
To read the full summary, please visit: http://txpo.li/2mZvs1W
TPPF’s Center for Tenth Amendment Action Director Chip Roy stated:
“Congressional leadership had the opportunity to transform the American healthcare system to enable truly affordable healthcare for all Americans. While they took some positive steps such as sunsetting some of the expensive regulations (at a future date) and repealing the individual and employer mandates – the bill as drafted remains unworkable, expensive, Washington-centered and cannot become law.
“Rather than honoring their commitment to fully repeal Obamacare and instead of fully respecting the people and the states to make healthcare decisions, we are offered more of the same doomed-to-fail Washington-centric ‘solutions’ that have created the current healthcare crisis and which empower insurance companies and government over people and doctors. “President Trump has the opportunity to pursue a better way, which starts with honoring the commitment to fully repeal this disastrous law and ends when people can get the affordable healthcare of their choice unencumbered by federal mandates.”
TPPF’s Center for Health Care Policy Dr. Deane Waldman said: “The problem with the GOP plan is that it ignores what is important in healthcare – care not insurance – and refuses to fix why healthcare is failing: federal government control.” Last week, TPPF sent a letter to the Texas Congressional Delegation outlining key principles for renewing American healthcare. The principles are centered on the full repeal of Obamacare and restoring the Constitutional role of the states in regulating healthcare. To read the principles, please visit: http://txpo.li/2l8VdzW
This commentary originally appeared in CNS News on January 24, 2017.
Desperately seeking ammunition to defend their disastrous health care reform act, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and other Democratic Party leaders commissioned the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to report on the effects of repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The CBO played the part of Chicken Little and obediently calculated that 32 million Americans would lose their health insurance coverage at the same time as premium costs would rise, all due to repeal.
How can the CBO calculate the effects of repeal and replace when the plans for repeal and replace have not yet been announced? They can’t.