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GOP expected to coalesce support behind a consensus measure
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President-elect Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders are taking the initial steps necessary to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While competing legislative proposals for an ACA replacement have already been introduced, the incoming president and GOP leaders are expected to coalesce their support behind a consensus measure over the coming weeks.
Trump Vows 'Insurance for Everybody' in ACA Replacement Plan
Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace Obama's signature health care law with the goal of "insurance for everybody," while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid. (Washington Post)
Pence Says Lawmakers Can Replace Health Care Legislation by April
Vice President-elect Mike Pence said that the incoming Trump administration would move to repeal the ACA and replace it with new health care legislation by April. Republicans have proposed dozens of ideas over the years for overhauling the health care system but have yet to build consensus around a single plan.(Wall Street Journal)
SHRM: Reconciliation Must Strengthen Employer-Based Health Care
As the Republican-majority in Congress takes the first step toward repeal and replacement of the ACA, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is urging Congress to maintain the success of the employer-based health care system. (SHRM Online)
Paul Previews ACA Replacement Plan Focusing on Lower Cost Policies
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken., previewed his replacement plan in an apparent effort to take the lead in the effort to simultaneously repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. Paul said his plan borrows from previous GOP replacement plans and appears to have consensus among congressional Republicans. Paul said the plan will include health saving accounts and tax credits to help health insurance enrollees save money.
Republicans Introduced Range of Bills to Repeal ACA
The ACA may be on the chopping block, but the path and timing are yet to be determined. During the first weeks of the new Congress, Republicans introduced a variety of bills and proposals relating to the dismantling of the ACA.
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