On March 24, 2017 Paul Ryan decided to pull the repeal Obamacare vote from the floor that afternoon. The repeal bill was combined with the AHCA, or the republican’s version of healthcare reform. Ryan told reporters “We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
While Democrats rejoiced and made back handed comments about Trump’s so called failure at the art of the deal. Conservatives on the hill aren’t done yet. Only a few days later, after pressure form conservative activists, House Republican Leaders and the White House said they would begin negotiations about repealing ACA again.
Last week Stephen Bannon with far right groups the Freedom Caucus and Tuesday Group have started meetings about repealing ACA. The problem is that they aren’t just talking about repealing the current healthcare system we have, they want to replace in the same bill. Which means these far right groups who found the AHCA to be just shy of the ACA, means the healthcare reform likely to come from these meeting will make Americans worse off than they are now.
Yet, there isn’t much time to offer a replacement as April 7th begins another two week recess for congressional legislators. Also a budget proposal must be passed by April 28th in order for the government to stay funded.
Here is what we know of the bill so far with updates coming in the next 24 hours
- States would be allowed to charge higher rates to sick people.
- A waiver system that would allow States to opt-out of some of ACA’s requirements. There would be non-negotiable requirements such as the ban on excluding coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.
- These waivers would make states prove that they could provide equal or more coverage with less costs.
There isn’t much known about the current Plan B for healthcare reform from the GOP candidates, but the White House has been reported saying that the bill needs to be in this week. We shall see what will happen in the meantime with our taxes.