ACA replacement might not be ready until 2018

Speaker Ryan: Obamacare Replacement Bill to Pass This Year
Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow
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08 February, 2017

"It statutorily takes a while to get", Trump said.

The president campaigned on a pledge of eviscerating Obamacare, boasted at a post-election press conference that Congress would act to repeal and replace the insurance program nearly simultaneously, and then told The Washington Post more than two weeks ago that he would unveil a comprehensive replacement plan that would cover "everybody" within days. Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress are opponents of the ACA, often known as Obamacare, and they are working to repeal it.

The president still calls the act a disaster, but now says Congress might not repeal it until next year. If Democrats see that Trump is toxic next year, they'll refuse to sign on to a GOP replacement plan and suddenly Republicans will be in limbo, with ObamaCare set to expire shortly and the Senate paralyzed due to a Democratic filibuster.

State lawmakers plan a hearing Tuesday on the potential impacts of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Around one in six Americans thought that there would be no changes to Medicaid or subsidies if Obamacare were repealed.

Some Republicans have begun discussing "repairing" Obamacare, rather than simply repealing and replacing it, as they work to figure out how to make sure insurance coverage isn't jeopardized for the roughly 20 million people who've gained it under the law.

Listen to Trump's comment below.

"The big question I get asked now is, "Gee, Trump's in office, you must be anxious about them repealing and replacing Obamacare." said Tim Olson, the chief financial officer for ThedaCare". It will take time for insurers and agencies to shift to the new Republican plan.

Lofgren's H1B reform bill hits Indian IT
In some cases, American employees have alleged that they were made to train H-1B holders to do their own jobs, and then fired. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren , introducing the bill , said it would stop companies "replacing" American workers.

Trump, for his part, was adamant about swift action.

There may be a number of reasons for the shift in tone and timing from Republicans.

Under normal conditions, the opposition party would have worked with the administration to improve the law, but the Republicans were far more interested in using the ACA as a political bludgeon than in seeing that its goals were achieved, to the detriment of us all.

The House and Senate have also both passed a budget reconciliation measure that could repeal major provisions of the ACA, and Trump has issued an executive order that instructs federal agencies to ease portions of the law deemed burdensome to various stakeholders. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters last week that the ACA was "unrepairable".

"Obamacare has failed the American people, with one broken promise after another", said a spokesman for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, according to CNBC.

"We just started to address the healthcare need in America and now we're just going to this place where were pulling it back", added Flasgow.


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